My first day of Ireland has been full of jetlag and excitement at the same time. After only sleeping 2 hours, we got right on the road. One of the first things I noticed was how open they are about their political views. When driving into Dublin there were many signs voicing their support for either the yes or no vote for abortion. While in America you may see these signs either defaced by supporters of the other side or them not being even near each other, but in Ireland you see these signs by each other showing open political views and open discussion. This was shocking to me as we don’t see open discussion like this in the United States. After breakfast at the Chorus Cafe, we went to Griffith College, where we passed many group of people, who greeted us with smiles and screaming “Donald Trump!” The people were so nice and welcoming to all of us.
Susanne Bach spoke to us at orientation about relationship management and how it differs between the US and Ireland. Susanne talked mainly about how you converse in small talk quite often and the Irish use these small talks to get want they want because they are much more indirect than Americans.
Overall, it was a great first day in Dublin and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.
P.S. Dreaming peacefully. Thanks Liz!