Life in Ireland

American Observations about Dublin & Ireland

I recently came across this article that discussed an American’s observations about England when he visited a few weeks ago. People are always asking me what’s different about living here, so why not jump onto the bandwagon?

Here is what I’ve noticed about Dubin / Ireland:

  • Dairy is far superior to anywhere else I’ve been
  • Dryers are a luxury, so be prepared to have to line-dry everything always
  • It’s common to go for a “sneaky pint” aka an impromptu drank
  • Burgers are extra delicious here… and this is coming from a Texan
  •  No one says “Top o’ tha mornin’ to ya!”
  • Everyone walks everywhere
  • There are fat people here- they do exist outside of America
  • There’s no AC- they just keep windows / doors open
  • There aren’t as many redheads as one may think
  • Telling people I live “close” to the water and then saying I live an hour from the ocean does not qualify me as living close to the water on this tiny island where everyone lives within -2 seconds of the water
  • Things are more expensive than in Texas
  • If someone buys a round of drinks you must buy a round too
  • Guns are considered barbaric
  • Same goes for the death penalty
  • They know our history wayyy better than we know their history
  • The eggs don’t get refrigerated. I know, it sounds gross…
  • Ice is not really a thing
  • Irish people are notoriously late. So if you want to have dinner with them at 7:30, tell them to meet you at 7:15 and they’ll hopefully be there by 7:35
  • You don’t have to tip!!!!!!!!!1!1!11111!
  • If you admit you’re Catholic, prepare for the stares and hushed tones about the rapes
  • When offered tea, you must take it. One does not simply turn down tea
  •  They say things like, “Thanks a million!” and “Oh, that’s grand!” all the time
  • There’s a tiny switch ya gotta turn on to make each outlet work
  • “DoyaknowwhatImeanlike…” is a complete sentence
  • The homeless population here fancies heroin. They’re harmless. Just don’t look. You’ll be fine…
  • Dublin is way more diverse than you’d expect. It’s common to hear six languages in the 30 minutes you’re doing your shop at Aldi
  • You can walk everywhere!!
  • There’s a love / hate relationship towards Bono
  • When they say, “How’s the crack?” they don’t really mean crack, they mean craic and it’s slang for, like, “Where’s the fun at?”
  • Everyone has a local neighborhood pub they frequent. Sometimes at 5 pm, sometimes at 10 am
  • There are a ton of old people in the cafes, at the library, in the park, etc. They like to get out and I totally respect that
  • People get drunk in the parks at 9 am even if the weather is cloudy
  • In some houses, you have to turn on the hot water switch and wait a half-hour for there to be enough hot water to shower… this is extra annoying when you’re running late
  • Bus transportation in Dublin is unreliable
  • People actually use the bus
  • Irish people are naturally a little more self-depreciating than Americans. Which is cool cause you don’t see a whole bunch of bragging all the damn time on Facebook, Instagram, etc. quite like we find in the States
  • Napkins are a luxury at fast-food places. And ketchup is not always free
  • It’s common to recycle and have multiple bins for types of rubbish
  • Burritos are one of the major food groups
  • However, to my utter dismay, queso has not made it across the pond yet
  • You will talk about the weather at least once a day in casual conversation
  • All the girls shop at Penney’s (Ireland’s Target), and you’ll notice every girl wearing the exact same scarves, boots, and hand bags
  • Beer is disgusting in America and delicious in Ireland
  • For being such a tiny island, there are a variety of accents found throughout Ireland
  • “Irish hospitality” gives “Southern hospitality” a run for its money
  • The girls contour every day… leaving me the ugly little uncontoured potato in the corner
  • Within a one mile radius, there are eight Starbuckses (Starbucksi?) in city centre Dublin…. including two right across the street from each other (it’s on Westmorland, for all my tourists…) HOWEVER, once you leave the Dublin city centre, threre are hardly any in any other part of Ireland.
  • “quay” is pronounced key and “queue” is pronounced cue
  • Burger King tastes better here, and so does McDonalds
  • The ground floor is floor 0 and the next level up (America’s “second floor”) is considered the 1st floor
  • They don’t care for the English too much… so if you were president of the British club in High School like I was, it’s probably best to withhold this information
  • They think it’s silly the extent that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  • Toilets are almost as fussy as the showers here
  • Most younger people don’t have driver’s licenses
  • You may get told once or twice you’re not really American if you’re Hispanic… there’s no way someone who looks as ethnic as you is really American… you’re Mexican so stop saying you’re American. Even if you’re third generation American, this is not worth arguing with some random country folk
  • The girls here are extreme with their eyebrows… there are hardly any eyebrows on fleek here… so stop staring already! Same goes with tanning. You learn to ignore it…
  • They like Americans for the most part, and look at us as their protective older cousin should shit hit the fan
  • Coffee and tea culture is almost as important as pub culture
  • When the weather cooperates, you’ll want to cry at how beautiful and green everything is
Bittersweet feels as my time here comes to an end!

8 thoughts on “American Observations about Dublin & Ireland

  1. Wow, OK!! Very interesting!
    Question..what does contoured mean??
    Also, whats a quey in Dublin? You’re starting to pick up their vocabulary so now I have to ask about that too. For instance, whatdaya mean about fussy toilets?? Just very curious my love!!
    So happy you are opening up our eyes. Also, what is your favorite pub & why? And is a round costly?

    1. Definitely not! Though, in its own way, being able to walk to the supermarkets on the way home from an errand without having to park & make your way through massive Costco is less of a hassle!

  2. This is very spot-on. For instance: whenever I visit my boyfriend’s family, I never have fewer than 3 cups of tea. Just can’t say no! And burgers do taste better there. Most beef does. Good ol’ Irish beef.

    An anecdote: I had a conversation with a girl from Dublin once about American high schools. She was thinking all high schools in the US were like the ones on telly, and wanted to know about my experiences. I must have broken her heart when I told her I spent my high school years at an all-girls Catholic school, with relatively little drama. Just an interesting view of the States through one Irish person’s eyes. 🙂

    1. American culture is so much more absorbed by other countries than I ever realized! I’ve crushed several dreams (and fulfilled many!) being asked if things are like the movies. My favorite one had to be, “Do you REALLY eat chicken and waffles!? Together!? With syrup!?” We do, and it’s so good!

      Thanks for reading!

  3. ”…You may get told once or twice you’re not really American if you’re Hispanic… there’s no way someone who looks as ethnic as you is really American… you’re Mexican so stop saying you’re American. Even if you’re third generation American, this is not worth arguing with some random country folk..”
    That’s so Irish! But they are harmless.
    What about the meat? Steakhouses? Do you like it here?
    From a Brazilian with family in Texas.

    1. I miss the steakhouses and BBQ from back home, definitely!! I love it in Dublin- it’s so multi-cultural AND I can speak English everywhere! If you haven’t yet, you should visit Texas if you get a chance- it’s great!
      Thanks for reading!

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