5 Things that I Love About Ireland
I’m back with another list! I had fun sharing '5 Things that STILL Drive Me Crazy About Ireland' last week. So today it only seems fair to turn the tables and share five things that I love about Ireland, because there are a lot of wonderful things about living here.
5 Things that I Love About Ireland
Yes, the people. Sorry Minnesota, but ‘Minnesota Nice’ does not even come close to ‘Irish Nice.’ Sure, everyone at home is so kind, but I’ve experienced kindness to the next level here.
My family of 5 was coming to visit for Christmas. At the time Mathew and I owned 4 sets of cutlery, no extra bedding, and minimal furniture. I told my new Irish friend I was shopping for these household items to prepare our home for visitors. She told me to save my money and lent me everything. One condition: just return everything when you move home. What, at this point we had only known each other 4 months?!
I wanted to blog about learning an Irish dessert recipe, and I did so here. But just like anyone, my Irish baking teacher is busy. She worked completely around me and my blog schedule. I should be more flexible. And to do so that meant baking and filming after a long day of work and before daycare pick up, all while her husband was away on a business trip. Wow, talk about kindness.
Example 3, the cherry on top:
Last month I was flying home from Spain and on the flight back to Dublin I started talking with the woman sitting next to me. I learned about her travels and her son living in Philadelphia. Then the conversation transitioned to our delay out of Madrid meaning I was most certainly going to miss the last bus to Wexford and have to sit in the airport for 7 hours until they started again the next day.
After I shared my predicament she became insistent that I would not be sitting in the airport all night. Her first plan was simple, since she is a European Union citizen and her customs line would be much faster than mine, she was going to run out to the bus stop and tell the driver to wait for me. Well she missed the bus by 5 minutes, shoot. Plan two, she waited for me at baggage claim and told me she would drive me to the next stop to catch the bus. While in her car I realized the last bus of the night had a condensed route and the stop we were speeding towards was not on the route.
We weighed the options of waking Mathew to come meet us half way or dropping me off at a hotel, but we were both getting tired, it was after midnight at this point, and her house was just down the road. She offered me a place to stay for the night at her home, and that is what I did. I spent the night, and then the next morning she drove me to the bus stop so I could head back to Wexford.
Isn’t that crazy? I would never offer or partake in something like this at home. But I could genuinely tell she was coming from a place of kindness and wanted to help me. It’s different here, and I love it!
The food, from supermarkets to restaurants, has been far better than I ever imagined. Everything is so fresh, from seafood, meat, eggs, and even fruits and vegetables. Of course you can still buy junk food, but I feel less guilty when I eat junk here. For example, Starburst have no added food coloring. You can still distinguish the different flavors but all the Starbursts are white. Kind of cool, right?
I plan to elaborate on this much more in the coming weeks, spotlighting restaurants and my local fishmonger. Stay tuned!
3. No Bugs
I have photographic proof that Minnesota bugs are obsessed with me. The day before this selfie was taken I was minding my own business watching Mathew play baseball. Apparently the nats were bad. The next day at work I had to start every in-person conversation by saying, “These are nat bites, sorry they’re so visible, yes they itch.” I never want to have that conversation again in my life. The bugs at home drive me mad.
Then I moved to Ireland, holy hell, there are no bugs! Yes, there is an occasional fly, bee, or spider but they are so rare that our windows can be opened without screens. No mosquitoes or nats! I love not having to stress over itchy bug bites. I’m outside more and love cooling my house with fresh air from open windows. Awww.
Ireland is the second largest tea drinking nation in the world, right behind the UK. Summary, a lot of tea is consumed over here, meaning tea is everywhere and I love it!
Every restaurant is prepared with cute teapots and the fixings. Every home has an electric tea kettle on the counter ready to boil water in seconds. Mathew and I have hopped on the bandwagon and enjoy a pot a night after dinner. Lyons (pronounced Lions) Original Blend is our Irish tea of choice.
5. Irish Bank Holidays
I guess every day in Ireland is a holiday for me but Ireland’s Bank Holidays allow for extra time with Mathew! And I look forward to the following dates:
- Monday, April 17
- Monday, May 1
- Monday, June 5
- Monday, August 7
- Monday, October 30
Some dates are random, June 5, others extend a holiday weekend. April 17 was Easter Monday, October 30 is the day before Halloween. The days off here add up, and we sure love the extra time off to travel.
Until next week, cheers!
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