We’ve made it! What a crazy few hours its been. Initially, I’ve made a few observations. First off, in the political spectrum. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that it seems to be highly publicized, with most citizens trying to stay actively engaged. I saw this with all of the signs on the roadways that, mainly, highlighted women’s right to have an abortion or not. Also, in the short time I’ve been here, you can hear the citizen’s general interest in politics; recall when we walked through the group of people and they had mentioned Donald Trump. Outside of politics, I’ve made a few observations about the Irish in general: they’re incredibly friendly and don’t seem to be introverted. From what I’ve read in my free time and what we discussed in class, this was to be expected. In light of this, it makes sense that Hayley was incredibly kind and helpful – I think she will be a valuable asset to our time here. Her vast travel experience and domestic knowledge of Ireland will combine to help us immensely. One specific piece of information she provided that I felt was helpful were the common Irish phrases; for example, French Fries = Chips and Chips = Crisps.
I think Susanna will help us in a similar way. As far as her comments on relationship management, I would say that it differs between the United States and Ireland. I feel like the difference is that Ireland values communication while the United States values production.