Ireland 2016.01 – Thus Far

The Liffey at dusk.
This is Smithfield Square, in and around which I spend most of my time.

I’ve been in Ireland for nearly two months, and my blog has still only covered my trip to England. So, I’m going to fast forward a little to the present, and then go back and fill in some highlights in the coming days.

Last year, I started planning to leave Vancouver and head to Dublin, Ireland to work with a friend from back home, who has been living and doing community work in Dublin’s inner city for over ten years. She recently started up a non-profit that aims to build community through creativity. I had heard about what she was doing, and was immediately drawn to the creative and unscripted aspect of her work. And so, with lots of help from friends and family, and amid much chaos, I finally left Vancouver, then left Canada.

Christchurch Cathedral, where I’ve been doing some graphic design work.
Trinity College Library

It’s definitely been an amazing time for me. I’ve never lived anywhere except for Canada, and Dublin has been one great experience after another. The people here are wonderful and very friendly, and the city itself feels so much more lively than I experienced in Vancouver. Even during the week, the streets are full of people enjoying the good weather and craic, and music can be heard around every corner. Dublin is a big small town, where you are very likely to run into people you know, and everyone seems to be connected by a-friend-of-a-friend.

Dublin near Temple Bar

Over the past weeks I’ve been learning lots about Irish culture, getting connected with creative groups in the area, and generally having fun and making friends. It’s been loads of fun and very busy. I love the non-schedule, where every day is different from the last, and learning the secret language of Dubliners has been endlessly interesting. Dublin is all about relationships, and I learned very quickly that the only real way to get under the skin of the city is to already be under the skin, or to know someone who can get you under. I’m not under yet, but I’ve been glimpsing it, and digging hard in my own spheres. The first part of my time here was mostly spent exploring and learning, but now I’m in the swing of things and helping out more with events and design work for various people and groups connected to the organization I’m working with. There’s lots to do, but I’m also making progress on some personal projects, including a new sci-fi horror comic.

All told, it’s been a blast, and such a valuable learning experience for me. I have two more months here, and the best is yet to come!

This is Bective Abbey, where we spent some time snapping photos of the crumbling architecture.
Giant’s Causeway, definitely one of the highlights of my time here so far!
The Cliffs of Moher (aka the Cliffs of Insanity).