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As our intership in Cork draws to a close, we share a few final words about facts of life that surprised us in Ireland and some broken stereotypes about Irish food…(CONTINUED):
Food is life
Before coming to Ireland, we had some prejudices concerning the food.
One of the clichés about Irish people in France is that they do not eat really elaborate food, just potatoes and lamb.
Well, we both agree on this fact: it is definitely not true.
Potatoes are quite popular here, of course, but in a restaurant it is possible to find a greater variety of international dishes.
Vegetarian food is also very widespread, which is definitely different from France, where it can be quite tricky to find veggie food.
Moreover, in shops here it is really easy to find fresh milk whereas in France it is not as popular. The only region where you can find fresh milk in every shop in France is probably Normandy!
Want to take a shower in Ireland? Don’t forget to turn on the water…
…use that string hanging from the ceiling, it’s the switch that’ll allow you to enjoy a nice shower…
When you’re a foreigner, it may take a while before you get accustomed to it (and a little moment of complete embarrassment as you ask your housemates why you can’t have any water running), as that’s not something we have in France.
To be completely honest, we both mistook that string for an emergency pull-cord at first…
That also reminded us of those odd plug sockets that require you to turn the button on before use.
Another peculiar thing in the bathroom – and anywhere in the house where you can get some water – is that no one seems to know about mixer taps…
You have to choose either to freeze your hands off or burn them… as you please!
Travel shapes youth:
As we love travelling and dreamt of the Irish landscapes before discovering Ireland, we wanted to explore the country: the coast and the Wild Atlantic Way, Connemara, the ring of Kerry and much more.
We do as much as we can but it’s rather complicated as we do not have our own car.
It turns out, it can be quite hard to rent a car if you are under 25.
Moreover, sometimes public services do not go everywhere.
It seems tourist Ireland can be explored quite easily, but you have to be really relentless and passionate if you want to see more of the real, intimate Éire.
It is definitely worth the trouble though!
AUTHORS: Claire Lourdelle and Marie Thevenin