Looking back on Four Months Ireland…

… I really had an alright time here. I saw a country, which I probably would have never visited if it hadn’t been for this internship, and I’m glad for it as there are some breathtaking sceneries on The Green Island. Some of the highlights from my travels here:
4 Months in Ireland

Well, my start here wasn’t the best with this piggie roommate of mine, that horrible electricity meter, all that rain and the ugly street I’ve lived on. Thank goodness that guy moved out and the electricity issue got much better as he was the one using all the energy really ;-). The weather improved. Yeah it still rained every day or so and I hated that but I got two cute umbrellas (after one of mine broke in Belfast where we got super soaked by the way) and I got lucky in the fact that it was rarely pouring while I was working to and from work after that.
Work in itself was enjoyable. I had things to do and I learned a couple of things and was also able to teach my co-workers a couple of things so that was nice. Unfortunately the office never really did anything together after work and with the office being kind of in the suburbs we never went for a drink or anything. There was one party though where we had loads of fun and then thankfully a new girl started to work there and we went out three times and got along great. I’m glad that the internship is over now as I feel that I have exhausted my learning curve there and I’m looking forward to having a real job some time soon. I was very surprised today, my office gave me a lovely ๐Ÿ˜‰ DKNY watch as a farewell gift. I was honestly shocked that they spent over 150โ‚ฌ on their intern! Felt very appreciated!
I was also very lucky in that respect, that a total of 9 people visited me in these four months and I really enjoyed touring Ireland with them. I was busy almost every weekend, this month actually being an extreme as I was in 4 countries in 4 weeks. However, overall I rarely felt too stressed or overwhelmed by the amount of things I had going on in my life – as long as I wasn’t thinking about them but just doing them. A very good thing to have found out about me.
The Irish culture as I experienced it didn’t thrill me too much. They drink way too much for my taste. I don’t mind having a drink or two every day of the weekend but drinking till you’re comatose every day of the weekend and being hung-over Monday and Tuesday is just not my cup of tea. I’m also not a big fan of all the puke that you see on the streets because of that to be honest. Now, being in a pub and having a pint of beer is loads of fun though and there’s usually a cosy atmosphere I just don’t like the sheer amount they drink most of the times.
The famous Irish kindness was there but also a whole lot of rudeness. I think in the rural parts people are much nicer but here in Dublin most people on the street are pretty rude. All the ones that I have been in closer touch with though have been kind – not excessivly but you know, like me kind of. ;-). I have experienced great kindness up north so I’m not ruling out that it exists.
Clothes… let’s not talk about clothes… track suits/jogging pants – enough said.

So anyways, my time here is up and I’m fine with that. I’m not jumping for joy but I’m no where near being sad. The internship was good for my resume, I saw beautiful places and shopped much. Have I found happiness here and want to stay here? Nooooo but I did buy loads of stuff at Penney’s today and shopping always makes a girl happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll see you on the mainland my lovely readers. I hope you enjoyed reading about my life in Ireland!

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13 Comments

  1. The last Irish PM officially admitted in a 2004 state visit to the US that Ireland has a pervasive binge drinking problem which will probably take generations to moderate. Nonetheless, they are a warm people and I will never forget that cozy feeling indeed.

    It was awesome reading about your cool daily life. I’m really glad and delighted you took this opportunity and made such good of it. You’re an awesome girl. And may this blog find a new design after your return! Safe travels, much love.

  2. Well, overall it seems like you had a good time and that’s the most important thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Is your blog going to stay on wordpress or are you moving again?

    *smooch*

  3. i did enjoy reading about your life in ireland, you definately had some interesting stories to tell.

    what are you going to do now, apply for “real” jobs?

  4. I really enjoyed reading about your life in Ireland! Some stuff you’re writing in your summary sounds very familiar to me. Like that people drink until the doctor has to come in the weekends. That’s a fact I’m still struggeling with here in Sweden, too. I think it’s their culture and I try to accept it as long as I don’t need to do it. Good thing J has become a more continental drinker and it’s good to hang out with our international friends who turned their Swedish partners into continental drinkers as well.
    My office is in the suburbs (3 min from my bosses house in an industrial area close to the really nice villa suburbs near the coast) which makes us not really do much together after work. Then the prices you talked about earlier and the weather…And people being rude in the city as well as being really nice in the countyside. You actually really pointed out the facts that are on the negative side of my balance when it comes to Sweden, too and they are still weighing heavy even after 6 years. One tries to get used and succeeds sometimes better, sometimes not really. But as long as I’m with J, the positive side will always outweigh the negative…otherwise I wouldn’t be here anymore. Now you should be soon boarding your plane hopefully troublefree! Have a great flight home! :Smoochies:

  5. i loved reading about you on the green (and apparently rainy) island as well. you did great and i’m sure it was a good experience. now have a good trip home and settle back into german life ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. hi love and good bye ireland! so are you renaming your blog now? where are you going next? how about connecticut? ๐Ÿ˜‰ i know its boring here but we could make it fun!!! i miss you girl, good luck saying good bye and for everything you are planning for your future. love ya

  7. I enjoyed the last Irish post ๐Ÿ˜‰ actually, you have confirmed what I thought about Ireland… and I share with you the no-attraction for this country… I dunno,it doesn’t appeal to me! lol

    So, when are you flying back to Germany ? are you already there ?

    btw, now you have to change the green for teh orange… I dunno, but anytime I think of Germany, I link it to the orange color haha!

  8. The Irish culture as I experienced it didnโ€™t thrill me too much. They drink way too much for my taste. I donโ€™t mind having a drink or two every day of the weekend but drinking till youโ€™re comatose every day of the weekend and being hung-over Monday and Tuesday is just not my cup of tea.

    I totally agree with that, I do not understand how it is considered so normal there to drink those kinds of amounts every day of the weekend.
    The pictures are beautiful and I am glad you did have a good time there for the most part. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I am glad that you had a good time in Ireland, although the beginning of your “life” over there wasn’t that easy.
    Nine visitors in three months…wow…I haven’t had one in three years (my parent’s friend was here, but just for business – that doesn’t really count). Well the way over here is a little bit longer,though.
    Thanks for sharing your experience through the interesting posts and the beautiful pictures…!!! Have a good trip home !!!

  10. Awesome pictures!!
    Enjoyed your stories about Ireland in general and your ongoing positive attitude about it. What are your next steps for life after the thesis?

  11. what a wonderful photo collage…you should be a travel guide writer :)…i felt like i got a taste of ireland…still want to visit one day…but for now, i have a good image in my head..with puke and all ..yuck ๐Ÿ˜›

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