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In Gaelic: “What I think of Dublin”

The Picture is of Croke Park, the 3rd largest stadium in the EU, and where they play the Gaelic Games of Hurling and Football!

We had our first couple of days in Ireland, specifically Dublin, so far and I have noticed many similarities and differences so far. We had Irish food, and have seen some Irish companies and land marks. In this blog post I will tell you about my experiences and what I have seen that is a little different.

My first impressions of Dublin as I walked out of the airport was that it is rainy, but in a way that it was not bone chilling or soaking, and that the people around me were very friendly, just by interactions and simple gestures. The city itself is bustling with life with historical landmarks nestled in between the newer structures. The people are busy and the service is friendly, people have cracked jokes in conversation and seem to actually care if we have a good experience so far.

The first thing that I knew was different when coming over to Ireland from the United States is that in the gym the weights are all in kilograms. I noticed obviously the accent when speaking with someone, but the thing that is different is some of the business professionals, when talking one on one, is a little loose with their language. You can find this in the US as well, but I thought it cool that they did not feel as if we were strangers, and therefore comfortable around us. Another difference was the way they drive! I knew that England drove on the left side of the road, but I had no clue that Ireland did, until my half-conscious self realized the bus from the airport was not in a oneway. The last difference is that the government is involved in business and can own equity. This is obviously because the US has a capitalist market while the EU is free market.

Some commonalities among the two countries that reminds me of home is the enthusiastic reaction to sporting events. The football fans and hurling fans both go wild and extreme to the point of painting themselves the team colors. The way they take pride with their sports and club areas are very awing and inspiring. Another big commonality between the two countries is the idea of business, even though we have two opposite markets, the idea of gaining revenue and working for a meaningful goal/product/service remains the same. For example, in the company of FoodCloud, which takes retailer’s old supply that is still edible and gives it to charities and foundations, has a picture of the United Nation’s sustainability goals. These goals are taken up by larger American corporations such as BNY Melon as well!

Comparing and contrasting our stay in Charlotte to Dublin shows some of the differences between the US and Ireland. In Charlotte, we stayed in the Hyatt Place, and in Dublin, Stay City Aparthotel. In Hyatt, we were accommodated with breakfast daily and supplied free water and coffee, while in Stay City, we have a shared apartment layout with a kitchen and room cleaning, however, no free food or coffee. This is kind of showing how the US economy is large and booming with supply and willing to take out possible revenue by accommodating their guests to the fullest extent. In Stay City, the rooms are very nice and well kept, while the reception always smiles and is wondering if we need anything extra, they obviously care highly and give us as much as they can. Of course, there is the differences in outlets as well, but that is very common to have different types of outlets in different countries. Overall, I have loved every experience of Dublin so far, and love the culture of Ireland and how tied to their roots they are!

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