After two months, I only realized that I was living in Dublin when I walked to Griffith Park, with Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds in my hand. The wind was so strong that I could barely flip the page, but I was sitting on the bench facing the canal, and accepted that I was not existing, but living in Dublin.
From the outside, I was no different from the jogger or the mother pushing her stroller. The past few weeks, my excursions to the city center had purpose, whether it was to see friends, buy groceries for the week, or sift through the record stores and clothing shops. But somehow, it was the neighborhood park that solidified my existence here.
I had walked down Drumcondra Ave., taken a right past the Millmount House, then followed the street towards the canal for no other reason than to pass the time. During my first 15 years in Hong Kong, school and commitments made it difficult to explore the city on my own, and the overlapping bus routes and crowded subways felt daunting. This time, I knew the buses that took me to town and back, and how long it would take to get there, depending on the time of day. I knew the pubs that charged a little too much for a pint, and the hole-in-the-wall shops with the strangest vintage postcards.
I cracked open At Swim-Two-Birds, a complete labyrinth of a book. The narrator walks down Grafton Street with his friends for a stout, and I follow their path, ignoring the gusts biting my fingers. I was finally living in Dublin.
Nat Mak, Staff Writer
Nat Mak is a junior from Hong Kong studying Media Science at the College of Communication. They are currently based in Dublin and writing for The COMmunicator as a Terrier Abroad Blogger. Passionate in media and visual art, they have gained experience in a wide array of channels, such as college radio, print and digital publication, and advertising. Outside of BU, they enjoy drawing, watching movies, knitting, and making music.
Audrey Ritchie, Senior Editor
Audrey Ritchie is a second-semester graduate student earning her Master of Science in public relations at BU. Ritchie graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in business in 2021. A life-long writer, she is excited to join the COMmunicator this semester. In her free time, she loves reading, exploring Boston, and playing with her dog, Bear.