Hello everybody! After turning into a true swine, I have now returned to human form.
I’m still alive and kicking but today something very disturbing happened. As you may recall from my previous post, the Irish will soon have to pay for their water and they are none too happy about this! Well, I’m annoyed by the fact that the water has a metallic taste. When I first drank tap water over here, I noticed the strange taste but I didn’t think too much about it. After a while, I got used to the taste and now I don’t even notice it anymore. But a few days ago I did a little research about Irish water taxes and the Irish water supply system in general. I was quite shocked, as I found information about lead contamination, bacteria and diseases and a certain amount of chemicals that the government puts into the water to keep it “clean”. I was doing my research with a full glass in my hand, filled with a poisonous substance. I could feel the lead starting to contaminate my blood and the chemicals eating away at my stomach….
I’m just joking of course, I don’t take this type of information very seriously and I will continue to drink tap water as I did it the last three months. I’m still alive, am I not? But the fact remains that Irish water is not very healthy. You don’t believe me? Let me google it for you:
Even if the water has a metallic taste and hasn’t the same quality as the water in Switzerland, it’s still drinkable. Just imagine how many water bottles I would have to buy, if I couldn’t drink the tap water here. So, I just hope it doesn’t kill me too quickly, as I want to survive the exchange year. Up to now, the Irish couldn’t really complain too much about the quality of the water because at least it was free. But now that they have to start paying for it, hopefully the quality will soon improve.
I had three tests today! Three tests! Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the first time that we have three test on the same day, but usually we get a couple of days advance notice. Our biology teacher told us last week that we have a biology test today, so I had plenty of time to study for it. But our chemistry teacher only just told us yesterday. And I wasn’t even in class, instead I was listening to a famous speaker in another room (more about this in a future post….). So I only heard about the test from my friends. The test is about chapter 5 which is probably the biggest chapter in the whole book. In fact, it’s so big that it could be it’s own book! I studied until midnight yesterday and in the morning as I woke up I continued studying. I even studied in the school bus but it was tough because there were a bunch of first-graders shouting and screaming, so I couldn’t concentrate. Where is the respect for the senior students? Just kidding….
The third test was a French exam but I didn’t really have to study for that. Always remember that the one-eyed man is the king among blind people!
Fact is, that I’m absolutely exhausted at the moment due to a lack of sleep. If only the Christmas holiday would start sooner!
During yesterday’s chemistry and PE class I was in a room with a famous speaker. It was extremely inspiring. More about that in my next blog post! Keep reading….
As promised, here are some more details about the big zombie event on Sunday. I first heard about this event from Eduardo. He told me all about the competition and made me curious to know more. So where do you turn to when you need all the facts? Yes, the Internet your trusty friend and advisor. So I learned that “Run for your lives” is a 5 km run where the idea is that you have just survived an apocalypse and that you have to escape the zombies together with the other survivors. What a blast! And there are obstacles, too! I love running events, I love zombies and so it was only natural to sign up for this brilliant combination of sports and alternate reality.
When you sign up you have to make a choice: Go as as a survivor, or go as a zombie. Zombies have to pay a higher ticket price because of all the makeup etc. and anyway because Eduardo and his friends wanted to go as survivors, that made the choice easier for me.
There’s also a facebook page with lots of background information and tons of pictures. Can you spot me?
The event took place near Malahide Castle, which is about two hours from where I live. Sadly, my LEAP card picked just this day to stop working and so I had to pay the full fare. The card still has 12 Euros on it and I really want to get it fixed or get a replacement. One of my friends lost his wallet on the trip and couldn’t make it to the race.
It turns out that “Run for your lives” is quite a popular event. We had to stand in line for half an hour to sign up and to get our three red stripes. The stripes represent your “lives” which the zombies have to try and end prematurely. Eduardo forgot mention that you have to be at least eighteen years old to take part in the run. So I asked myself: Would real zombies in a real apocalypse care about my age? No, they would still tear out my flesh and eat me, regardless. With this in mind, it was easy for me to sign the statement that I’m old enough.
After signing up we had to wait another hour. The reason for this was, that they let the runners start the race in small groups so that all the zombies have a good chance to get their share of runner’s flesh. Each group has to wait in a black box until they get the signal to start running for their lives.
But you’re in luck: I was able to borrow a GoPro camera from my roommate and so here’s a clip of the major highlights of my brilliant experience:
Because the Malahide Castle is nearby, we went to see it after the race. Malahide Castle is a major landmark and tourist magnet, so they can charge anything they want. For us that meant that we only got to see the castle from the outside but for free.
We made a lot of new friends that day at the event and we all went to a pizza restaurant together to celebrate. Irish restaurants offer a mix of great food and affordable prices so people here tend to eat out more often than we do in Switzerland. Don’t get me wrong, we also have great food but we’re still working on the prices.
After the pizza we got on the bus back home and had a short stopover in Dublin where I bought postcards and stamps to send to friends and family back home.