September 3rd, 2014 | Uncategorized
Even though I claim to be from Boston, I am really from a suburb about 15 minutes outside the city. Also at home I always have my GPS on my phone. This means I rarely have to find my way based on the height of the sun or the placement of the stars (I may also add that the sun and stars can sometimes be hard to find in Dublin). That being said, Jen and I have resorted to using a map to navigate the streets. Who uses a map these days? (Yes, this is sarcasm directed at the older generation reading my blog) Luckily, Connie and Allen (the parentals) have made me look at a map before on various AAU trips when no one knew how to work the GPS we so fondly call Gloria, so I am not completely map-illiterate. But let me tell you, a map is a whole different can of worms when there isn’t a blue dot that moves with you.
Jen and I have been pretty good at finding our way so far, mapping out our routes before we leave our apartment just in case we need the assistance of Wi-Fi, however, today was the first day we ventured out on our own. We were supposed to meet at Trinity at 1:50 by the front gate. This is the only route we know so I was pretty confident I could get there myself. I left the apartment without double-checking a map and before I knew it, I was completely lost. I tried to picture the map in my head, tried looking up at the sun, tried to find potential students that may be headed toward campus, looked for stores we had been in already, but nothing seemed to work. As I stood at an intersection twirling around (shoutout to Madelyn and Clare) I ended up having to accept defeat and ask someone to point me in the right direction. Thirty minutes later, I arrived at Trinity, obviously sweating from my adventure, to be greeted by everyone laughing (myself the hardest).
Now I find this very comical and am taking it as part of my initiation to a new city. It was kind of fun getting lost and not being able to tell anyone I was going to be late for our meeting. They say the best way to learn a new city is to get lost, so I guess I am on the right track. This is part of my growth and learning and I know I will eventually learn how to get around the city, but for now, say a prayer for me (especially when it comes to figuring out the bus schedule).