“When I Die, Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart.”

Hey guys! I’ve written at length about my study abroad trip to Ireland because A) I’m still processing everything that happened and B) you asked me to! Today I thought it would be fun to give a sort of overview of the trip – my experience “by the numbers,” if you will.

In addition to plenty of pictures, I’ve included a video my friend Kristen made as a gift to everyone who was part of our trip! You can also learn more about my trip by typing “Ireland, “Irish Writing Program,” or something similar into the search bar located on the right-hand side of this blog to find my previous posts about this experience. 

This is my final planned post on the subject this summer… although who knows when I’ll be itching to write about it once again?!


Length of my trip: 45 days

Rainy days: About half of the total

Distance traveled: Approximately 3,600 miles

Average duration of the flights: 8 hours

Times I had a window seat: 2 (!!!)

Weight of my suitcase: 23 pounds

Times I thought I would get lost in the airport: 3

Flatmates I had: 5

Classes I took: 4

Days of class I missed due to sickness: 3 (!)

Plays I saw: 4

Movies I watched: 2

Books I bought or received: 4

Books I read: 4

Bookstores visited: 3

Authors I met: 5

Books I got signed by Derek Landy: 3 (!)

Bookish Gays™ I met while in line for Landy’s signing: 3

Times I wanted to fight W.B. Yeats: 11

Aggressively enthusiastic conversations I had about James Joyce: 3

Times I used the Dublin bus system: Many many many

All-day bus tours I went on: 2

Round-trip train journeys I went on: 1

Castles I saw: So fucking many

Churches & abbeys visited: About 10

Cemeteries explored: 5

Times I visited Northern Ireland: 1

Ticket stubs I came home with: MANY

Times I visited Galway: 2

Times I listened to Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” while in Galway: 3

Times I heard Irish people complain about “Galway Girl”: At least 7

Times I got lost: 30ish

Times I mispronounced Cú Chulainn before I finally got it right: 9

Pride flags I acquired: 1

Pairs of rainbow suspenders I bought for the Pride parade: 1

Photos posted to Facebook: Over 300

Pints of Guinness I tried but did not finish: 1

Pints of milk I ordered at a pub: 1

Pubs I visited: Who even knows

Club Lemon sodas consumed: Too many to count (I’m addicted!)

Cups of tea: A million, probably

Times I saw ads for fidget spinners: Like 16

Crushes I had: 2

Number of times I daydreamed about marrying an Irish girl and living in a tiny home in the countryside with cats, sheep, and a little vegetable garden: 73

Dogs I pet: 20+

Cats I met: 1

Things I wrote: ???

Skype calls home: 3

Postcards bought: 5

Times I missed my two best friends: 1,000

Words I learned in Gaelic: 6

Times I fell in love with Irish accents: 

Classmates I had: 15

Friends I made: 15

“When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.” – James Joyce

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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1 Response to “When I Die, Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart.”

  1. Evi says:

    This is so cool!! I’m glad you had fun, it sounds like it was an awesome trip!

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