16 Things Only Irish People Experience When Abroad

16 Things Only Irish People Experience When Abroad

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Whether you’ve lived abroad or just went on holiday somewhere, chances are you will have experienced at least one of the following:

1. Tea is never as good in other countries.

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2. Neither is Guinness, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (and other snacks) or dairy products.

I could write a page on each ranting about how they suck in different countries but I won’t for your own sake. Point is, if you’re moving abroad, enjoy it while you’re home, make sure to stock up on all snacks and get sent regular care packages.

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3. NO CHICKEN FILLET ROLLS!!

No other country does them and I don’t understand why.

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4. We naturally gravitate towards other Irish people ….

Irish people cling together. When I moved to Madrid and barely spoke Spanish all year because I had an Irish social network over there. Made some of my best friends there (AWWWWWWWWWWWW).

This is especially true for sporting occasions. For any Ireland v France in the Euros or McGregor fight while you’re away, every Irish person in that city is obliged by law to meet up and watch it over a few drinks, get even more patriotic than if they were actually at home, and start singing The Fields of Athenry.

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5. …and Irish pubs.

Where did I end up when I went to Milan for a weekend? An Irish pub. Typical.

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6. Different perception of time.

Our perception of time is usually later than most countries, except Latino countries where people show up whenever and think it’s all gravy. The Germans hate us and them for it.

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7. People loving you because you’re Irish: Good.

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8. People thinking Ireland is part of the UK: Bad.

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9. Being asked why you don’t “look” Irish.

“You don’t have red hair”. My hair is dark and I tan, so what??

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10. Introducing Father Ted to everyone and feeling so proud of how awesome it is.

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11. Being forced to say something in Irish…

When you barely passed it in school and haven’t spoken it in 3 years.

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12. Having to adjust our vocabulary to be understood.

Fair play, gaff, the jacks, getting the shift, sure look, eejit …etc. Some people might find the slang charming, others not so much. Oh and Craic does NOT translate to banter…

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13. Speaking of banter, no one does it quite like we do.

We slag each other, sarcasm is used on a daily basis and we just know how to have a good time. Although many people from other countries also know have fun, they may not react well to the slagging and sarcasm. Some might not even get the sarcasm, which always results in an awkward situation.

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14. Having to explain our unpronounceable names.

Aoife, Saoirse, Dearbhla, Siobhan, Caoimhe , Roisin, Ruaraidh, Diarmuid. To us these are perfect normal names; to foreigners it looks like a made up language.

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15. People love your accent.

Foreigners, especially Americans, love our accents. Who needs a good pick up line when you’ve got an Irish accent?

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16. Assuming we drink more than any other country.

I mean, I’m sure it’s probably true… but the stereotype is still annoying.

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