I never thought I would “end up” in Ireland. I had all of these prejudices; In Ireland it is always raining, Irish people cannot cook, it is impossible to understand the Irish accent. However, faith had decided; I had to move to Dublin in Ireland. So it was time to get over my prejudices and get to know the real Ireland.
I think through the months I fell a little bit in love with Ireland, especially with Dublin! Dublin is a great place to live in! People are super nice, always willing to help and there are a lot of other expats in Dublin. So you’re not alone, there are plenty of other people who also left their home country for another country.
Prejudice number 1 – When I first arrived in Dublin, the struggle with the Irish accent was real! Some people I could understand and when I was listening to some people…I had no clue what they were saying. But the key was time, after a couple days the Irish accent became much easier to understand. And to be honest, now I think the Irish accent is charming! The Irish (also known as Gaelisch) language on the other hand is just impossible to understand. And do not get me start about the traditional Irish names, they are just impossible to pronounce. For example; Owen is spelled as Eoghan and Grainne is pronounced as Gronja. They say practice is the key, but it seems like I cannot get a grip on pronouncing the Irish names.
Prejudice number 2 – Another big prejudice was that it is always raining in Ireland, all day everyday. To be honest it is not that bad! Of course there might be a little bit more rain then in other countries, and yes the summers in Ireland are more like springs and wont get too hot. But it is not raining all day, everyday! But maybe I am not the best person to judge on this…as I’m from The Netherlands and it rains there…A LOT as well.
Prejudice number 3 – Everybody told me the food in Ireland was terrible! As a real food lover, I was super disappointed, how would I survive in Dublin if there were no good restaurants. However, after living a couple of weeks in Dublin I found several amazing restaurant in Dublin. Dublin has an amazing social hub and nightlife. There are amazing restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges. The nightlife is super fun. A fun fact of Dublin is that there are over 1.000 pubs in Dublin, so you can find latterly a pub on every corner. Another fun thing about the nightlife in Dublin is that it is always buzzing. There is always something going on, so if you want to go out every night you have plenty of choice.
Prejudice number 4 – Irish guys are always drunk; this was another stupid prejudice people told me. It is not a secret that the Irish guys like their beer and love a good party. But to be honest, who doesn’t like his or her liquor and who doesn’t like a good party?
Moving to Dublin I have learned that I should not believe the existing prejudices off countries. The best way the get to know a country is to visit a country. Ireland has so much to offer, it is a country with years and years of history! Take Belfast for example, for me it was like going back in time, because the whole Catholic and Protestant thing is still a big thing there. If you go through the different neighborhoods you will see lots of history and lots of old and maybe still existing pain.
One of the things I love about Dublin is how close the nature is from the city center. The mountains are only one hour away from the buzzing city center. And there are so many nature miracles in Ireland such as, Cliff’s of Moher or Giant Causeway. One of my favorite spots in Dublin is Howth. Howth is an adorable small fishers village, only 30 minutes away from Dublin city center. You just hop on the dart and 30 minutes later you will escape from the busy city life. Especially in the summer Howth is an amazing get away place. There is a lovely farmers market and a stunning cliff walk.
If moving to Ireland is too big of a step, I certainly advice to schedule a month to discover the lovely Ireland. And I can say with confidence, its not always raining in Dublin, Irish people can cook (did you ever tried the steak…it is just HEAVEN), but to be completely honest the Irish accent is difficult to understand.