A Crash Course in Joyce Okay, I’ll admit it. Before coming to Ireland I had only vaguely heard of James Joyce, and even then, if you’d asked me what he’d done or why he was famous, I couldn’t have answered. Now boy, did that change when I got to Dublin! From the minute I got off the plane, every tour guide and every professor I bumped into hurried to tell me all about James Joyce and where he lived and grew up and all the iconic Joycean sights…

When I came to Dublin, I expected it to be a bustling city. I imagined what most tourists imagined: people playing fiddle music in cozy corners of Temple Bar pubs and nightly Irish dance performances. But it turns out, Dublin is actually very close to the outdoors! During my first few weeks here, I had a day or two to spare and decided to see if I could figure out the train system. Since I would be using it to get to and from work every day, I…