Like a True Tourist…

Like a true tourist of Ireland, we traveled to the Guinness Storehouse to see the process and the history of the Guinness Legacy. It was quite interesting because I knew absolutely nothing about anything! I came in to the tour blind and came out feeling like I was a historian who knew everything about the topic.

The Guinness legacy is quite extraordinary. When signing a contract for the land, they signed a 9,000 year contract. This was a big risk for the family as they would have no idea if they could even be success with their product or not. Taking big risks is exactly what an entrepreneur and companies with big ambition need to do. We have seen this in all of our site visits to companies thus far (Microsoft, Thinkhouse, and Guinness Enterprise Company). All of these companies also have the trait of passion for their work, what they do, and try to accomplish. This grit and determination is what has gotten them to the places they are today, especially Guinness. On the tour, it seemed the whole Guinness family had this mindset. The wife during the start of their legacy had 21 children! It’s almost as if she knew how successful they would be and knew she needed to keep the legacy strong. She is an underrated strong woman for everything she provided for the family.

Later we went back to Griffith College to discuss some things we experienced alone on our time off. We talked about how different communication is and how it can cause conflict when cultures clash. One experience my peers and I had was when we went to get dinner at a pub and there just so happened to have been live music. The band just so happened to have been taking requests for songs and we thought that was a great idea to try and volunteer some. We walked up and rattled off five songs, thinking he would know at least one. He shook his head and replied no to every single song while giving us a grossed out look; he either didn’t know the song or just didn’t want to play it. We made a comment that we were American and clueless to which he replied by mocking us and making a joke. Humor is such a big spectrum throughout cultures. We knew the band was being lighthearted and funny so we shook it off with a laugh. However, other people couldn’t interpreted that interaction completely differently and could have gotten irritated. Because they live in a high-context culture, they assumed we would have interpreted that as a joke and it’s good we did. With that being said, like all places we travel to we have to realize the different forms of communication and how things can be said/worded. High context vs. low context cultures can butt heads which leads to untrustworthy and bad relationships with one another. Next time someone starts talking to me, I won’t fear making a joke or two to build a relationship and work on my interpretation skills!

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