University of Pittsburgh
1. These places/restaurants/sites were a-may-zing! You should not miss them:
In terms of restaurants, there is a cozy gastropub called “The Oak” in the heart of Dublin conveniently just around the corner from CEA’s Study Center. The pork, potato pie, and beef sliders are to die for! It is a must-stop after class. If you’re looking for a coffee shop, Kaph has the best cup of coffee in Dublin (and for a great price!). However, if you are looking for a coffee shop to study in, I recommend Clement and Pekoe. They have plenty of seating with large enough spacing for laptops and books. On an off weekend, I highly recommend going to the quaint fish town, Howth. It is a short train ride a way and makes for a great day or even half-day trip. There, I recommend hiking the Cliff Path route for stunning views including the lighthouse. After, go to Crabby Jo’s for the best fish and chips!
2. What was your favorite class abroad?
My favorite class had to be Popular Culture in Ireland because of how much it complimented and enhanced my abroad experience. While living in Dublin alone gives its fair share of exposure to the vibrant Irish culture, studying the culture in the classroom adds much more meaning. Primarily, I learned Ireland’s deeply rooted history, which I came to learn had one of the greatest impacts on Irish culture and Ireland today. Additionally, I loved this class because we would learn the background and significance of aspects of the culture in the classroom and then go out on excursions to experience the culture.