GEC and the Recipe

We started the day off with a nice breakfast, as we have almost every day. I switched from my normal order of fruity pancakes to the full Irish breakfast. This consisted of sausage, eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, and baked beans. Baked beans for breakfast was a new one for me, but surprisingly not as strange as it sounds. It was cool to try something different, especially since the Irish cuisine isn’t that far off from that of America.

From breakfast we went straight to our next site visit, Guinness Enterprise Center (GEC). Contrary to popular belief, this was not the company that brews beer. GEC is a company that supports entrepreneurship and start up businesses. They do a lot to ensure that their clients are set up for success in their industry. It was interesting to hear about what entrepreneurs go through in order to have their ideas heard and well received. It is clear that the ability to think outside of the box and not follow the “recipe for success” step by step is required in this area of business. 

Later, we made a few stops to fill up our afternoon. First stop was Lidl— the Aldi of Ireland. The prices were unbeatable. I was finally able to get fruit for the first time since being here (aside from the fruity pancakes, of course) and I am feeling rejuvenated. Second stop was Griffith College where we went over some assignment logistics. Third stop was shopping! We went to H&M and Zara but I didn’t get anything. It was nice to browse around but I will need to hold off buying things until I don’t have to worry about the weight of my suitcase. 

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