Cheers, mates! We made it to Ireland. In the past 48 hours, I have gone from Upper St. Clair, PA, to Oakland, to PIT, to JFK, to DUB — and it has been a whirlwind! The group of 20 of us going to Ireland has only known each other for two days, but it already feels like so much longer as we have traveled so far and for so long.
After witnessing an unfortunate Penguins loss at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, we boarded our flight, and I fell right asleep. As this was an exhausting day, I happened to be sleeping both times the flight attendant came around to take our food orders and deliver meals. Whoops.
We woke up in Dublin this morning and wasted no time getting an early start in order to have a full day. After leaving the airport, we went to our homestay, StayCity Apartments, to drop off luggage. We had a lovely lunch at The Chorus Cafe (which we look forward to visiting each day for the next two weeks!); then, we walked to Griffith College, which is where we will have our CAPA classes.
Interestingly, our CAPA director Susanne mentioned how Irish people prefer to develop personal relationships to generate rapport before they engage in serious business discussions. This idea is representative of Ireland’s High-Context Culture, where information is better understood and more meaningful when trust exists in the relationship. This theme will certainly come into play when we have our first site visit with Google on Tuesday.
The Plus3 group had dinner at an authentic Irish pub: the Brazen Head.
It has been quite a day (or two)…looking forward to the next two weeks!