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5 Things that STILL Drive Me Crazy About Ireland

5 Things that STILL Drive Me Crazy About Ireland

I have lived on this beautiful green island for nine months now! And while most weeks I am well-adjusted, I am still scratching my head over these five things.

Disclaimer, I wrote this list in a comical, sarcastic tone. I hope you read it that way. Of course I understand that things differ from country to country, as they should! I’m just having a laugh, please laugh with me.

5 Things that STILL Drive Me Crazy About Ireland

1. Dog Poop

There are landmines everywhere! People do not pick up after their dogs here. I don’t get it! I just don’t get it. Why do people want to watch their every step while out for a walk? And man, some of these dogs are not being fed the right diet for their digestion...I’m just sayin’. I am proud to report that I still pick up after my dog, and it was not easy to find poop bags on this side of the pond. I think I was in the pet aisle for five minutes searching before I found them on the bottom shelf in the way back.  

2. Paying for Gas Inside the Gas Station

Is there a worse chore than getting gas (petrol)? Maybe laundry, but more on that later. Every single time you pump your car with gas, you have to walk into the gas station to pay.  Oh, and don’t forget that before you actually pay, you get to stand in a long line. It’s brutal. Why isn’t pay at the pump a thing? One day, I got so excited when I came across what I thought must have been the only ‘pay at the pump’ station in Ireland. I put my credit card in, thinking this is awesome, only for the gas attendant to come out and let me know that the outdoor machines were broken. Credit card machines always seem to be broken in Ireland. Patience, calm down and it’s okay are all things I tell myself while waiting in line to pay.

3. Shortage of Electrical Outlets

Okay, I’ll be honest, I haven’t been in every Irish home. This one might be specific to my house and the Airbnbs I have stayed in, but why are there so few outlets? There are only two outlets in my entire kitchen. Two! Don’t even try to charge your phone while baking!  It’s not happening. My home has two bathrooms, and neither bathroom has a single outlet. Say what?!  All you can do in there is actual bathroom stuff. I am currently typing this post from my living room couch. There is one outlet in this room. The TV is plugged into that outlet and my computer needs to be plugged in too. So since I want to sit in this room, I had to scrounge up an extension cord. One outlet. Patience, calm down, it’s okay.

4. No Dryer/ Laundry in the Kitchen

This one is tough. Ireland has a very good answer for why they choose to air dry all their clothes. And I feel like a jerk for expressing frustration about this one, but I must. Irish families typically don’t use dryers because it uses unnecessary electricity, and electricity isn’t cheap on an island. Okay, Ireland, is it possible to love/hate you anymore right now? That answer is so green. But it rains here, sort of a lot. So I hate the risk of hanging my clothes outside. Our washing machine is in our kitchen, so that means our clothes come out of the washer and are hung in the kitchen to dry. I feel like my kitchen is always unorganized, and I will never get used to eating dinner next to my underwear. Come on, it’s bad. I also want to note, only two people live in my home and with a 24-hour dry time, there is usually always some laundry hanging. I cannot even imagine an Irish family’s drying situation. Children generate a lot of laundry, right?  

5. Cash

I sure miss the days of buying my $2 tea at Starbucks with a credit card. I miss Starbucks too, but that’s not what this blurb is about (closest Starbucks to me is an hour away). Ireland is a cash dominate country. If you don’t have cash on you, that’s a problem. And considering I never used cash in America, this has been an adjustment. Sure, you can use a credit card for bigger purchases at the grocery store, restaurants, and in cities like Dublin. But local shops and even B&Bs require cash. The Irish like to see their money, plus the combination of credit card usage fees being expensive for local shops.  A lot of Irish people don’t have credit cards, and when an Irish credit card is used, you are charged about €.30 ($.33), and that adds up. So cash it is. One more vent on this.  When you head to the ATM to withdraw the cash that you must have, you have to be mentally prepared to stand in line. Because there is always a line.

Thank you for reading. Next week I am going to turn the table and share 5 Things that I LOVE About Ireland, seems only fair, right? 

I also want to mention that this post was requested. Yes, I do take requests. Feel free to comment below or send me an email with any topics you’re dying for me to explore. I’m here to please. 

5 Things that I Love About Ireland

5 Things that I Love About Ireland

My 2017 Fitness Goal - 26.2 Miles  

My 2017 Fitness Goal - 26.2 Miles