Category: Ireland

The End of the Yellow Brick Road

Hey, let’s tour an entire country in three days! That’s an amazing idea! It isn’t. Even though Northern Ireland is small and not even a country unto itself, it’s still going to wear you out when you try to traverse the thing and see everything there is to see in the span of 72 hours. ...

Leopold Bloom has an Eventful Day

The human species is incredibly diverse, with intense variety of culture and lifestyle. One universal thing however is that your predilections of the various cultures around the world are probably wrong. No better demonstration for this phenomenon exists than my viewing of a theatrical production of James Joyces’ Ulysses. Ulysses had been described to me ...

Céad Míle Fáilte: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes from Dublin!

On the evening of Wednesday, June 20th, I embarked on my journey to Dublin from Philadelphia. This summer, I will be participating in the Dublin + London Dual City Summer program through the Foundation for International Education (FIE), spending five weeks in each city. I planned this trip with my friend Maggie, who is also ...

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Nat Turner Lives

As I look at the partition of Northern Ireland I can’t help but be reminded of the Jim Crowe south. Shortly after partition, the NI government set about creating a system where it was very hard for the Catholics to get ahead socio-politically. They gerrymandered the electoral process so Protestants pretty much held all the ...

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A Terrifying yet Efficient Bureaucracy

One thing you’ve seen in the movies, even if you didn’t realize it, is the basic process of boarding a plane. It the movies you walk into the gate associated with your airline. You get a boarding pass and check your luggage. You than proceed through security and from their you move onto your gate ...