Introduction: Dublin

Ted Wynne is a a student at the University of Rhode Island and an official API Student Blogger. Ted is studying abroad with API this spring in Dublin, Ireland.

The adventure begins as the airplane descends and my ears pop.

Outside it was still pitch dark and cold. From my window seat I could not tell how far we were from the ground. Only a blinking red light at the end of the wing was visible, faint and lonely in the black frosty wind. Flying isn’t my favorite of adventurous things to do. It’s not that I’m exactly afraid of the idea. When I was younger I dreamed of being Peter Pan and flying off to Neverland. Judge me for that, but I was five… so shut up. I’m just supremely terrified that I’ll meet a horrific, soul slaughtering end crashing into the icy sea or a large mountain. Thus, for ten minutes or so, my eyes remained focused on the tiny nipple like fan above me, drying my corneas nice and blind with its cool breeze as I twiddled my thumbs. Until…

A foul mouthed group of Irish boys cheered and whistled.

The plane had made a safe landing. They tossed their newly bought green Red Sox caps at each other, playfully lashing out with mutual pride for their successful roundabout journey to America and back, none knowing the team or the passion behind their typical and true wearers. The red eye flight from Boston, a short four hours due to a strong tail wind, had carried us from the early evening in The United States to the earlier morning on the east coast of Ireland.

Time moves slowly when you come to a new place. Slow and surreal. The first few hours waiting in the airport seem to be some sort of a distant daydream. I’ve been here for a week as I write this, yet my mind places me in some time quite further than now. The jetlag begins to slither into the back of your eyes as your waking hours move past twenty four. By the time the first day (or two?) goes by, Ireland has become a fantasy, even less real than the mere idea it was before takeoff. All I seem to remember fully is the gorgeous rain and the color green.

This post is an introduction post to my international travel blog. This blog will feature some of my more offset adventures: real life characters including other API Dubliners living with me and the strange and/or extraordinary Irish living folks we meet along the way, the places I go, the things I see. By the end I hope to give you the same sense of wonder and discovery that I’m experiencing now and tomorrow.

As I said to my friends the other night, raising a pint of Guinness to theirs as we sat at a corner table in a bustling, folk playing Dublin pub: “Let us toast to the good life, whatever it is and wherever it may be.” The time is now, the place is Ireland. Let the good times roll.

Ted Wynne

This writer will return with: A Walk Down Grafton Street, Pub life in Dublin, and The Hills of Howth.


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