It’s crazy to think that I have already been here for one month, it still feels like I have just arrived. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that I am still living in temporary housing, and only now beginning the process of looking for a long-term place. But mostly, I think it has to do with the list of things I want to do and see here in Ireland and Europe and not having seen many of those things yet. My camera equipment was in my shipping that came separate, so I put some of the touristy stuff off until receiving it. It is all here now, and I can plan my first out of town trip to Belfast this weekend.

So far, though, I have been enjoying my time on the Irish isle. The fact that it has been one of the nicest summers in everyone’s memory helps. The good food, beer, whiskey, and friendly people also help a bit. A co-worker from the US office was here for a few weeks working, and he described being in Ireland as, “the same, just a little bit different.” A relatively spot-on assessment.

The language is the same, just with an accent and an occasional difference in terminology.  I say fries, and they say chips. We all know what the other is talking about. A Coke here comes in the same red can as in the US, the difference is here they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, so it tastes a little different and in my opinion better with real sugar. Everyone bitches about the government, the difference is the things they bitch about when discussing the government. The keyboards have the same characters and letters on them, some of them happen to be in different locations. Cars run on the same gasoline, just on the wrong side of the road and are on average a smaller in size. We have mass transit in Seattle, it just sucks. In Dublin, the mass transit system is efficient and allows a person to get around without the need for a car, a car which just about everyone in the US needs to have in order to live with our highways crisscrossing the country like a poorly woven plaid shirt.

They say when moving overseas, it is the third month that you start to feel homesick. I will be sure to let you know in two months if that is true for living in Ireland as well. As on right now, living in Ireland is pretty grand.