12 Things I Learned in Ireland (in no particular order)
1. Irish people treat friends like family and family like themselves.
2. Irish hospitality is real. Imagine Southern hospitality but without the compulsion or obligation. It’s just real and amazing.
3. Everything revolves around tea and food. Including time. You can only say no to tea so many times before you cave. My record was 5 or 6.
4. I have created a formula to describe the shades of green in the countryside. sG = n + 1. Where n is the number of shades of green you thought existed. There is always just one more.
5. Electric fences hurt.
6. The roads in the country side are smaller than an American economy-sized car. They also happen to be 2-way roads. Don’t worry, they are lined with stone walls and ditches to make it more dangerous. The speed limits are about 300% too fast on the country roads and most people still go faster.
7. Castles are literally everywhere. No one seems to notice they are walking around thousands of years of history. I was in awe.
8. Bulmers is substantially better than Magners.
9. Hurling is the most exciting sport in the world. Seeing Kilkenny vs Dublin live only confirmed it. Next time, All Ireland Finals in Croke Park.
10. I’m not a country boy. I’m a city man. I don’t want to meet my food before I eat it. Or name it!
11. Even though they speak English, I still only comprehended about 60% on the first listen of everything I heard from many people I met. Tip to my heavy-accented friends, open your mouth and slow the feck down.
12. Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich history and amazing people.