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I'm pretty sure she hates Russians because of Stalin screwing over Poland really hard. It's not really an excuse, though. I mean, it'd be like me hating all English people. She recently found out she's of Russian descent, too. I lol'd so hard.
Yeah, it's pretty complicated. Every year there's someone who mixes up their points total because they counted more than six subjects. xD Eleven years, that seems really short. It's 14 here. What age do you start? You can leave at 16, but hardly anyone does. And you can also opt out of the Leaving Cert and do Leaving Cert Applied instead, which, from what I can gather, consists mostly of going to the computer room and setting stuff on fire. University is 3-4 years here, but if you do a 3-year course, you usually take a year abroad which puts you up to 4 years. And lots of people are doing postgrad now, because a Bachelor's Degree isn't enough to get you a good job anymore.
Take a guess! Hint: it's blue and between two shops. Is it green? I've honestly never noticed. Everyone says that about Ireland in general, but I've never noticed it at all.
Yes, quite. I'm going to UCD, which is in Dublin, the capital city. The nearest university is UCC in Cork, and most people in my year are going there. It's my second choice.
Oh yeah, they're just jealous of our mad martial arts skills. :P
Well, not strictly fasting, but, like, giving up chocolate or fizzy drinks or things like that. I'm not religious either, but it's just what everyone does here. And then everyone ends up failing about a week in. Hell, my friend is a Thai Buddhist and even she gives up things for Lent. xD
Well, my cousin was adopted, so that's how he got here. And a lot of Russians moved to Ireland when the economy was good to get a job here. Not just Russians, there are lots of Lithuanians and Polish people here, too. Actually, there's a Polish girl in my class who will take every opportunity to talk about how much she hates Russians. -_-
Eh, they were okay. I probably failed Maths, but I'm only doing Ordinary Level anyway, so I won't be counting it in the real thing. They're just practice exams, I've got the real ones in June. Yup, I'm gonna be going to university to study German and Linguistics, hopefully. We do the Leaving Cert, and I honestly think it must be one of the most stressful exams in the world. Much more stressful than the A Levels, certainly. You get points to get into college/university, and 600 points is the max you can get. The highest amount of points you can get for one subject is 100 (if you get an A1), so only six of the seven or eight subjects you do will actually be counted towards your points total. I only need 355 to get what I want, so I should be fine. Luckily, there aren't really university fees in Ireland (there's a €2000 registration fee, but nothing like America. And if you make under a certain amount, the government pays for pretty much everything), so I don't have to worry about that. What's the Russian education system like?
I'm on Main Street. I bet you wouldn't be able to find my house. :P
Nope. I used to be when I was little, but there isn't a club for people past 12 where I live. I have a friend who's, like, 2nd dan in karate, though.
Oh wow, almost a whole pancake week? D: Jeeealous. I guess I could just have pancakes on a normal day, though. BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME. Do you give up things for Lent in the Orthodox religion?
Oh, you know, blond is the stereotypical hair colour for Russians. A lot of Russians live in my town, too, and loads of them are blond. I guess they probably dye their hair as well, though. In any case, you have more blondes than the average country would have.
Haha, if you were from Dunmanway, you wouldn't be shouting it so proudly. It's kinda rough around here, we have a bit of a reputation with the other towns. xD I'm still alive, though, and I'll be leaving in September anyway, so it's all good.
St. Petersburg is where my cousin was born! Coincideeeence. :O Although I suppose lots of people were born in St. Petersburg, really. xD
Nah, I'm just lame and end up rambling. You are neat and concise. Sorry for taking so long to reply, by the way, I had exams. ;_; I'm finished as of today, though!
Oh, and I'm from a town called Dunmanway. It's really small, only about 3000 people. It's about an hour away from Cork City, though, which is the second-biggest city in Ireland. It's also the best city. :D
Yup, balloons, drums, floats, children being forced to participate by their schools/Tae Kwon Do clubs, various farming vehicles. And bagpipes. Dear God, the bagpipes. THEY ARE NOT EVEN IRISH, GET THEM OUT OF MY EARSHOT. In my town, Patrick's Day is really the only parade. There's a small one for Sam Maguire Day, he's like, this Irish Republican guy that was born in my town. But mostly, he was good at Gaelic football, so the national cup is named after him. But there'd be things like Gay Pride and that in the city. And other towns would probably have their own local parades.
I hadn't heard of it 'til you mentioned it just there, but upon Googling it, Maslenitsa seems to be the Russian Orthodox equivalent of Carnival? We don't really have Carnival here, but we have Pancake Day. Oh boy, do we have Pancake Day. I ate like, six of them yesterday. And now I'm giving up Nutella for Lent. ;_;
I'm not, my hair's brown. I also tan quite well. :D I actually don't know many redheads at all. There are none in my year, even. There used to be, but they were all kind of thick, so they dropped down to LCA, which is basically what you do when you know you're never going to college so you don't need to do anything for the rest of school. None of my relatives are redheads, none of my friends are redheads... it's kind of weird, when you think about it, that I know so few. What about you? Are you blond?
Yeah, that's the thing here, as well, video games are really expensive, especially Nintendo. €50 for a popular new game a lot of the time. PC games are ridiculously cheap, though.
In Ireland, the only anime you will ever see on TV is Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, Bakugan, Beyblade, Dragonball Z, those sorts of things. FilmFour will occasionally do a Ghibli season, but they're an English channel anyway, so I guess they don't really count. With DVDs, you'll get a bit more selection, but only in specialist stores, really. And yeah, I'm not sure they'd be selling too many DVDs.
Manga-wise, it's exactly the same story here. You'll get Death Note, FMA, Vampire Knight, and Fruits Basket, and that's about it. I think I once saw Peach Girl, though, which was weird.
Ah, thank you! I was actually able to understand most of what the others were saying, even though I barely speak a word of Japanese. I guess they're speaking to kids, after all.
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