The day after we all arrived, 10 June, we got together and were introduced to how the internships would go. Afterwards, we went on the Viking Splash Tour, where we all got to wear Viking hats and get a tour of Dublin. It was a lot of fun, especially when we got to Viking yell at random people walking by. Us interns enjoyed that emmensely. After the tour, we went to a pub for drinks, food (which was delicious), to watch the football match between Ireland and Croatia, and to see Irish dancing and live music after the game. It was exciting, but at this point we were all exhausted, so we headed back to the apartment to sleep before our first days of our internships.
My internship is interesting, to say the least. I'm excited that I get to write articles all the time, but one thing I will stress is communication. It's mutually beneficial to all that you communicate efficiently with your supervisor at your internship. If you don't, it may be an unpleasant experience for you. At first, it was rocky for me, but I think it's a bit clearer now and will get better as the weeks go by. I am happy that some of my articles will be getting published, though. That'll look great on my resume, and gives me a lot of practice.
We also had another outing on 16 June to Glendalough and Kilkenny. Both places were absolutely beautiful! It rained a little bit, but not enough to take away from the experience. I also got to go see a castle for the first time in my life. I was definitely excited and jumping around like a hyper child. I couldn't take any pictures inside Kilkenny Castle, but I took a few pictures of the castle from the outside. We were able to get a discounted rate for the castle tour, which is self-guided, because we are college students. That's another tip for you: bring your student ID. There are plenty of places, such as tours and food, that accept student discounts. It helps with saving a little money along the way.
Overall, I'm excited for this internship and opportunity so far. Can't wait to keep exploring! I'm hoping to get more out of Dublin in the following weeks. I want to see as much of Ireland as I can while I'm here. So far, it's definitely worth the trip to be here.
P.S. The title of this blog, céad mile fáilte, translates to "a hundred thousand welcomes," a phrase associated with Ireland. Thought you all would appreciate seeing that.