5 Reasons to Vote \"Yes\" by John Barry
Hello, Dubliners this is the resident American Intern of Dealmarket. I’ve been in your fair city now for two weeks and while getting settled in was a little rough, I’m really starting to enjoy myself, but like any traveller I’ve experienced a fair bit of culture shock. So here it is Dubliner’s my top 3 observations of your country after just two weeks.
After leaving the air port the first thing I had to do was get a cab, this was the moment I realized what a truly terrifying country Ireland could be. As my taxi driver flew down the wrong side of the road swerving in and out of cars I was wondering what I had gotten myself into coming here. I’m not a proud man so I have no qualms about throwing this out there, after two weeks, I have literally NO clue how your traffic system works. To me it’s just a beautiful, chaotic, mystery. You drive on the other side of the road, there is a complete lack of street signs, and roundabouts, don’t even get me started on roundabouts. Everyone in Ireland keeps telling me how much more efficient roundabouts are, but I feel it’s just some giant lie to lure me into one of your whirling car death traps.
2. Language Barrier
When you’re not trying to kill me on the roads you’re a lovely bunch of people to converse with, or at least when I can understand you. I never thought before arriving in Dublin that a language barrier would exist, both of our countries being English speaking and all, but oh was I wrong. The first day I was here I asked a man in Dublin if he had a problem understanding American’s and he answered “No, but I can’t understand half of the Irish”. I just need to keep reminding myself craic is good, everything is a yoke and yokes have nothing to do with oxen, I want to be langered, and if somebody at the pub says they’re going to glass me they don’t want to buy me a drink.
1. The People
Dubliners are truly amazing; I have never felt that I was not wanted in this country from the moment I got here. While we have our differences, you say roundabout, I say whirling death trap, but we are all people and in the end isn’t that what matters? I will say I haven’t laughed harder this trip then when a group of Irish 20-something’s serenaded my friends and I on the public bus with U.S. National Anthem. So thank you Ireland, you are a truly unique and amazing place.
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