Last night, my apartment-mate, Angee, threw a lovely Korean dinner in honor of my birthday with a few friends from our building. The food was amazing, the wine lovely (Thanks, Simon & Eoin!), and the conversation lively.
At one point, Angee brought up my blog post of this last week and took issue with it, she felt I had been too harsh on Trinity College. Now, Angee is one of the very few International students in my acquaintance who is happy with her program and the service that she has received from the College.
I like my program, but I take issue with the bits of intrenched unnecessary and inefficient bureauracy that I have encountered time and again with various offices on campus.
After telling my network point story to the assembled dinner guests and getting everyone but Angee to admit that they too would be really angry at 40+ days of no broadband that one is paying for with school housing, Angee and Eoin challenged me. Both of them wanted to know what Do I like about Ireland?
Lots. In terms of institutions that I encounter and interact with daily, here are 3 Irish things I am happy with:
1) The Luas. While lots of folk I know are not happy with public transportation in Dublin, I am. The Luas is nice, convienent, runs regularily, and best yet has a purple and yellow interior color scheme. Thanks Connex for the good job.
2) Bank of Ireland: Nice Bank of Ireland. I go to the big fancy branch at 1 College Green. The staff is nice, courteous, and very helpful. The lines are short, service prompt and they have yet to give me any hassle at all. Best of all, they let me deposit US Dollar checks to my account and the money is available in Euros in less than a week. Thanks Bank of Ireland, you rock.
3) Irish Men: Now lots of the Irish women I know complain about Irish men the way I rant about my broadband problems. To them Irish men are passive and not handsome like ___________ (fill in some other nationality). I frequently tell the women in my program that they must need glasses because Irish men are good lookin', esp. their asses. Yes, Ladies & Gentlemen, the true delight of Dublin is the lack of flat white boy butt. Irish men, by and large, have very lovely round bottoms. This is one Irish institution I can get behind....