What a day….

So Friday was my last full day in Dublin and I wanted to make the most of it. It was also the assessment day so we had some presentations and written tests to see if the training was any good at all or was it just a ‘free’ costly vacation for some of us! I did OK I guess. I won the award for the ‘Best Presentation’. Written assessment followed and I scored an overall 89% which was 2nd in class. So the day was indeed going well.

By 4pm, I started walking back to my apartment, my last walk on a now very familiar path. And I was talking photographs to capture everything forever.

Just outside the office – on the right, can see only the edge of my office bldg.

The entire block from the right are the Oracle bldgs

As we walk further away! The entire Eastpoint Business Park is spread out next to the sea

This is my favorite pic!

Our walking path was right along the edge of that sea

And through housing colonies

And finally to our apartment block – Ashbrook

Walking into Ashbrook

And that is the building where I stayed!

Next post: The best evening of my life!

Observations…

Things I noticed in Dublin:
1. Strangers greet you! Doesn’t matter who it is. I could be a traffic officer, biker, newspaper man, students, neighbours…absolutely anyone. If someone passes by, you get a quick smile, or a ‘Morning’ or a ‘Hi’ or a ‘How ya doin?’.
2. Everyone is so apologetic! If, by chance, someone comes in your walking path, you hear an immediate ‘Sorry’ or ‘Oops’. And that person makes way for you to pass. Even while getting onto a bus, no comes in the other person’s way. Period.
3. Queues everywhere! People are ready to wait for how long it takes in queues. There isn’t one person who even tries to jump the line.
4. Every bar is known as the ‘……. Temple Bar’. Good ambiance, great music, friendly people – worth every penny!
5. People are ready to chop off their right arm for ‘the black stuff” or also known as Guinness.

‘the black stuff’

Short story to narrate here: A bunch of us stepped into this bar after dinner called ‘Fitzsimons’ (yes, you guessed it – Fitzsimons temple bar!). Good place and while we were placing our order, a relatively drunk man walked up to my colleague, who was standing right next to an empty chair, and asked her “How much for that chair?”. We all look up. And he asks the same question again. Startled, my colleague, Selma, replies “Take it, it’s for free”. Quickly the man replies, “Sorry to take the chair away from you dear. It is for this women, ya see, who I wanna have sex with tonight!” We all broke into a laughter. And the guy picks up the chair and walks off, also laughing!

So far, I’ve received extremely warm hospitality from folks in Dublin. I guess we all should learn a thing or two from the Irish!

Dub…Dub…Dublin!!!

Every new hire who joins Oracle Dubai is required to attend a 3 weeks (now 2 weeks!) foundation training in Dublin, Ireland. So, here I am, in Dublin! Got here at 5am today. It is raining, max temp 8 deg. with a min of 4 deg. The apartment is good, well equipped with all essentials (stove, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, TV, DVD player…even an iron!). All I need to get is foodstuff and I am good to go! The heating system is amazing – probably that’s why I’ve not frozen to death….yet! But, best of all, it has wifi! 🙂 It’s almost like home away from home!
That’s the living roomFrom the couch in the living room – kitchen and dinning table

That’s my bed room!

And what I love best about this apartment – the kitchen!

Training starts tomorrow morning at 9am. I don’t have a flatmate yet but I am sure my luck is gonna run out soon. I have another colleague whose travelling with me. She’s now my next door neighbour.
Looking forward to an interesting & ‘cold’ next couple of weeks!