After three weeks in this lovely country, I can say I love Ireland. I wasn’t expecting that much, maybe that’s why I fell in love with it. Ireland is beautiful, so are its people.
Like Dutch people, they complain a lot about the weather, which is, by the way, as changeable as in Holland.
Usually they don’t stop at the crosswalk if there’s no red light. So don’t trust it!
They finish each sentence with: “isn’t it?”, “aren’t you?”, for instance: the weather is good today, isn’t it? They also say “grand” instead of “great” and they say so a lot.
And if they wanna thank you for something, they’ll probably say “thanks a million!”, but this “a” is so subtle that you can easily understand only “thanks million”.
In general, irish people are not just polite, they’re lovely. Speaking of which, they love the word “lovely”.
When you ask them “how are you?” and they answer “not too bad”, believe me, it means “I’m fine, thanks”. The first time I heard it I really thought: poor girl, how could I help her?
Fish and chips with salt and vinegar, please. Try it!
Pubs are cool, even more with live music, rock or irish folk songs. Guinness is nice, but there’s a lot of other beers to try as well. I strongly recommend “Metalman Pale Ale” from Waterford, if you like Pale Ale as I do.
My favourite places to visit:
1. Dunmore in Waterford County, seriously, this place is magic (the first image of this post is the Irish Sea seen from Dunmore).
2. The Trinity College Library in Dublin is so far the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in my life. Unfortunately, it’s not allow to take photos, but trust me and visit.
3. Hook Head Lighthouse in Wexford County (the image above), one of the oldest lighthouses in Europe, built around 1100.
4. The red Lighthouse and the harbor in Dublin (the image below).
Although Dublin is really nice, if you’ve got time, go to the countryside as well to visit the cliffs and the Irish Sea. It’s grand, you’ll love it, I swear.