Day 5, Guinness Storehold

Today was so fun! We first went to breakfast which was great and then we were off to the Guinness Storehouse. I was excited to see the storehouse since Guinness is so famous and associated with Ireland. It was a cool space with a lot of fun displays showing the process of making the beer. There was also a section with all of their old advertisements which were so fun and encapsulated the cheekiness of Irish culture. Another part of the museum focused on sustainability which every single site visit we have had previously mentioned. We finished the tour at the sky bar which has 360-degree views of the city and mountains which was so beautiful. I also bought some fun gifts and a cool shirt to bring home! A communication difference happened today while our visit to Guinness. I was walking anomalously and one of the store workers asked me if I was okay in a very distressed manner. Typically, in the US, a worker would’ve asked if you needed help and probably hoped that you would say no and the interaction would be over. But here in Ireland, it felt as if the worker genuinely cared if I was okay. This is an example of high context communication because high context focuses on making connections and relationships with others. I have noticed overall that the Irish people feel alot more interested in you than they do in the US. During our classroom time today at Griffith college, a few of my group members and I were able to relate to feeling like the Irish people seem to care a little bit more. It is a nice feeling to have someone genuinely interested in what you have to say, therefore I am going to try and implement high-context communication techniques into my day-to-day life. I plan on doing this by being a better listener and asking more questions when I communicate with others. Overall, today was such a fun day and I can’t wait for our trip this weekend!

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