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Samuel Astorga

Occidental College
Dublin Direct Enrollment - Trinity College Dublin

Greetings, welcome to my blog! My name is Sam, and I grew up in South Pasadena as well as books. I am majoring in history and minoring in Russian language at Occidental College, but I always dreamed of studying Irish history and literature. This semester I am going to attend the Trinity College Direct Transfer program.

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June 17, 2017

While many students I came with have left weeks ago, I’m still here. I decided to stay in Dublin with the IES Abroad Irish studies program this summer.

May 31, 2017

Everyone in IES Abroad is gone, and I await to start my summer of more studying and travel. Although my time in Ireland will continue, I honestly do not think it can be the same, and a skype call this morning proved that.

May 14, 2017

Apologies for the delayed second installment of my Cork trip; however, I shall now continue the highly anticipated visit to the butter museum. But before Batool and I traveled to the butter museum we took a few strolls around the lough and walked by University College Cork.

May 1, 2017

This weekend I remedied a significant mistake I had made during my tenure in Dublin. Throughout the semester, I had unknowingly failed to make a friend with another California native at IES Abroad, Batool.

April 22, 2017

As the semester is winding down, I have had to say some goodbyes. Fortunately for me, the concept of going back home, and the cruel realities of America are something for Sam in 3 to 4 months to deal with. Third person aside, I must now deal with some sad goodbyes.

April 16, 2017

Thoughts on being "Irish."

April 3, 2017

The title sums it up.

April 3, 2017

Pretty much another food review. Also, this was the weekend of March 24th to March 26th.

March 28, 2017

The best thing I have eaten so far during my travels.

March 21, 2017

The most important post that will ever be associated with me.

February 28, 2017

A reflection on my travels.

February 24, 2017

My travel tips!

February 23, 2017

I was told by an Irish peer in my history class that Dublin is the warmest place in Ireland, and I found that hard to believe until I went north. I truly felt that winter had come by the time I made it up there as the cold and the 40 mile per hour winds blew straight through my feeble L.A.

January 31, 2017

My venture to Barcelona began on an interesting note: sitting at the tarmac for two hours. But what more could you expect from cheap airfares Ryanair had to offer?

January 30, 2017

It may seem idealistic and strange, but I truly think that there is some magic in Dublin. I don’t mean this in the sense of Druids and Leprechauns; instead, I think this city has an aura that always makes me smile, despite the cold weather.

January 14, 2017

“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes." –James Joyce, Ulysses.

December 30, 2016

A prologue to my adventure in Ireland