My Boring Blog

Hello all. This is my blog which I will be using primarily to show pictures that I have taken while I am in Bulgaria. Any thoughts or opinions are strictly my own and no one elses.

Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nap Time

Google blogger has been acting all funky lately so I'm not going to try to post any pictures.
I remember in high school going to school and sitting in my first class at 7:48 in the morning and listening to whatever teacher I had, the only one I remember specifically was Mr. Heis my senior year, drone on and on about whatever it was they were teaching. I stared up at him and try to keep my head from nodding too much or falling off my hands that I was using to prop it up. At some point a question entered my head, why don't we have a nap time in high school? At first I thought this was just me being my lazy self but now I realise it wasn't laziness, it was brilliance.
Now that the shoe is on the other foot and I am the teacher droning on about whatever it is I am suppose to be teaching I still wonder, why don't we have a nap time in high school. Every morning I wake up get ready for school and start teaching. The first hour I am usually more incoherent then normal, which is really saying something. Usually my thoughts are centered around not tripping over the bumps in the floor or the steps that are randomly dispersed around the room and making sure my fly is closed (I usually fail at at least one of these things a week). The students usually are half asleep and the ones that are awake aren't happy.
If sometime during the school day thirty minutes were set aside for everyone to take a nap I believe that everyone would be more productive and much more pleasant, well not everyone but enough people anyway to make a difference. Why don't we do this? I have no idea. Thankfully however I never have to teach beyond 2pm so if I ever need a nap I just tell myself to make it to then and then I go home and take a nap.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Just some pics

Almost finished with my first week of classes and am pretty tired so no real comments. Only sleep...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Inside the storehouse

These are just some more pictures from inside the Guiness storehouse.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

First day

Just a quick note that yesterday was the first day of school over here. I had a very quick discussion with a student about how depressed she was about school starting. I told her that I was also depressed, she didn't believe me. I don't understand why but for some reason students believe that teachers are happy to teach and work all the time. This is undoubtedly true in some teachers cases but I have yet to meet one. To me the beginning of school is the end of sleeping in, staying up late, being a lazy bum, and traveling. And while it will be nice to get back to doing what I came over here to do in the first place, I will still miss the laziness.

Friday, September 15, 2006

More Guiness Goodness

One of the greatest things about Guiness is that it is very thick. When it comes out of the tap it is like a very runny syrup. I imagine that this is because it is so carbonated. Plus Guiness is full of calories, vitamins, and other goodies. My friend Todd said that when you drink a pint of Guiness it's like you are drinking a pork chop. And if that doesn't make you want a Guiness, I don't know what will.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thank goodness it's Guiness

One of the highlights of my trip to Ireland would have to be the tour of the Guiness storehouse. The Storhous is where they used to make Guiness until relatively recently. Now it isn't really a brewery at all but more of a museum and gift shop. It is really cool though to see all the different stages that the beer has to go through. Of course you also get a free pint of Guiness at the end of the tour which is cool, although to be fair since you have to pay to take the tour the pint technically isn't free.
Guiness in Ireland tastes very different from the stuff in the states. In Ireland Guiness is very smooth and not quite as bitter as in the states. I was told that this was because if the bar serving the beer does not clean out it's pipes enough the Guiness tastes different. So if you try a Guiness in the states and it tastes pretty bitter and not smooth, the bar needs to clean it's pipes. Incidentally the Guiness that comes in a can or bottle does not have this problem, so that is always a safe choice.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Random Dublin

Just some more pictures around Trinity college and Dublin in general.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Pics pics pics

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Irish football

One of the most interesting things I saw in Ireland was a sport called Irish football. Irish football is a combination of rugby and soccer. Two teams try to get a football like rugby. They then have to run, pass or kick the ball towards a goal on the end of the field. The player can then shoot the ball through the goal, for three points, or kick it through the goal posts for one point. It is a very rough sport where hard tackling is allowed as long as it is not malicious. My favorite part was when a player got leveled by another player. The re was no penalty however because the referee thought is was a good rough shoulder.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

More of Dublin

Just some more random pictures I took while walking around Dublin. One thing that struck me a bit was that there weren't allot of tall buildings in the city. I'm not sure if this was a style choice, regulations by someone, or maybe they just ran out of building materials.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Dublin pics

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Ireland pics

These are just a few pics I took near Sutton, which is a part of Dublin.

Hey this finally worked

Wow I can't believe that I am actually able to update my blog! For the past several days I haven't been able to up load pictures to the blog thingy, hence the lack of posting and pictures. Anyway I will start posting again once I think of some stuff to say, right now I am to shocked.