Greetings, I know it has been quite some time since my last on topic post. It seems that I write in cycles. I hope to break this habit and start bringing you daily content. I also would like to mention that a co-worker has expressed an interest in writing with me to create a blog that is more all-encompassing as well as responsible for more frequent posts. More info on that to come.
As many of you are aware I am interning in Ireland. During this time the best means of communication will be through skype, facebook and email. All of which you can find here.
Since I began my visit here in Dublin I have noticed a myriad of cultural differences. During this article I’d like to focus on a few that stood out to me. I normally like to stay on food or food related topics but since this is such a new experience for me, I wish to share it all with you.
The first element that really amazed me was the shear amount of bakeries and fresh baked goods located in the city. After touring larger cities like New York and Washington D.C. extensively, I have yet to find or see as many bake sops and cafes that make or carry this level of baked goods. Sitting in a small, heavy emphasis on small, broom cupboard located just of St. Stephens Green, I am still fascinated by the proliferation of the cities baked goods. The picture above demonstrates this. (And just as some perspective, that picture is the size of nearly one wall in the café.) I have also noticed how meat forward the Irish Cusine is. I would like to add that with the immense frequency of shops with baked goods the coffee is phenomenal. Everything is brewed as espresso giving even the Americano a welcome robust punch. I have yet to have a bad cup of coffee.
Next I’d like to discuss the general attitude of many of the Dublin citizens. I have had the pleasure of speaking with several. Just as the coffee has been excellent so are the Irish people. I have only been shown the highest level of friendliness and hospitality. Most people ask me my origin after hearing m accent (I never thought I’d be saying that) and when I tell them, they jump into a full conversation. It is a welcome change from the urban dwellers in American cities who would be bothered just to grace you with the time of day let alone any more words exchanged other than hello. Bar tenders, people on the streets and even the heavily inebriated, 3 am pub-crawlers have greeted me with open arms and intriguing conversation.
The next part I’m sure won’t be well received. I promise to only do this once and never again. The Irish, and in my personal opinion, American’s who have any level of common sense abhor Donald Trump. After hearing multiple conversations as well as participating in a few the general consensus is that he is a stupid, ignorant, fear mongering fool. Partially my words but also quotes from them. Many of them don’t understand how America went from electing the first black president, only a short period after slavery was gospel, to supporting a vicious airhead. They take American politics just as serious as we do.
As stated above you can find my daily experiences in the Journal section of my blog. I will make sure to produce content daily but I would like to state that most of it will be under the journal. My personal goals for now are to pursue articles about sustainability. While it is a general topic I feel very passionate about it and will enjoy exploring articles and other books in order to bring you unbiased, (un-political) and informative content. Please feel free to share any articles you find interesting with your friends on facebook, I would love to start developing a larger following. Cheers