Author Archives: Kyle Pienaar

On Loving Ireland

My love for Georgetown, and for DC, is an aggressive love. It was instantaneous and fierce. Most frequent thought during my first two years as a Hoya? “I’m so freaking happy.” When I arrived, everything was new and shiny. I … Continue reading

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A Traditional Meal or: I am an unathletic wimp.

The great guys at OIP who run this blog sent us all an e-mail asking us to write about a traditional meal in the country where we’re studying. I didn’t go out of my way to have this traditional meal. … Continue reading

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This is the panopticon!

Foucault anybody? Day one’s solitary wanderings were interrupted when I bumped into a couple of Georgetown kids and other visiting students on their way to Kilmainhaim Gaol. “Sure!” I said, exhausted, my head in disorienting travel clouds. On a bus … Continue reading

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First impressions, recollected.

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” – William Wordsworth This is my excuse for why my first post since getting to Ireland is published 2 weeks after my arrival. … Continue reading

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Why Trinity College Dublin? Fairytales, mostly.

My Great Grandfather is a mythical creature. He is a towering wraith.  He is part legend, part folktale – our family’s King Arthur or Robin Hood. He was cruel, brilliant, the father of the Pienaar family’s pain and fortune. He … Continue reading

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With two weeks to go until Dublin, a pre-departure post.

“I’ve done it before,” I shrug, when asked about the anxieties of leaving home and flying 13 hours to the Emerald Isle. In fact, the commute is shorter than my usual 21 to the United States and a lot shorter … Continue reading

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