What I miss most about Ireland

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A year ago today, I landed in Dublin, Ireland, and I remember that day and what I was feeling like it was yesterday!

Since being back, one of the things most people ask me is what I miss most about Ireland. At the risk of sounding rude, I’m going to say that I hate that question. It’s the whole experience, the whole lifestyle, the whole adventure that I miss, and most of that I can’t put into words. So I say something more shallow. In honor of this 1-year anniversary, here is the shallow list of things I miss about Ireland:

Walking: it kills me that there is literally no store within reasonable walking distance of my house here…that’s the suburbs!

My living location: 15 minute walk to Dublin’s city centre? I’ll take it! I always felt like I was in the middle of some huge, never-ending story going on around me.

The accents: sometimes indecipherable, always entertaining.

Fish ‘n chips: I’m purposely not seeking them out in Austin because I know I will be disappointed.

Green: I can’t really blame Texas because it’s in the middle of a drought, but Ireland just looks so much more alive.

-No Sales Tax: Supposedly sales tax is already figured into the price of items there, but it doesn’t seem that way. I just feel like I’m getting ripped off here now.

-Multiculturalism: America is multicultural, but the Texas suburbs are not so much yet. I am no longer walking past Chinese, Polish, Brazilian, and Nigerian businesses within the span of a few minutes.

Just for fun, here are some pictures from my very first days in Ireland: (seriously, why did I not remove the date from automatically appearing on my camera?? SO ANNOYING)

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Angela says:

    Awww, Emily… that is so true. It is the whole experience. I am dreaming of a day when I can live in a city where I can walk past businesses like those! I am so glad that you were able to go there. You never know where your next adventure will take you, my friend!

    1. Emily says:

      I always love your comments Ange….maybe we’ll live in a city like that together some day! 🙂

  2. Uncle Tommy says:

    I viscerally identify with your comment on the absence of places within reasonable walking distance. Ever visited the walkscore.com website to see how walkable places are?

    1. Emily says:

      Uncle Tommy, I’d never heard of that website before but I’ll check it out! Thanks

  3. Gianni says:

    I can’t believe it!. It’s really so strange that you don’t miss the Irish weather too! 🙂

    1. Emily says:

      Oh Gianni, that is definitely the last thing I miss!! 😉 Hope you’re staying warm!

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