The Comforts of Home…
No matter where we may be in the world, the Irish always have been gifted at adapting to new cultures and new customs. We have a long history of immigration that is still ongoing today with housing crises in all our major cities, lack of public transport pretty much all over the country and lets not forget the harsh climate that we all have to endure on our little island.
While I’ll never regret emigrating at such a young age, there is a huge amount of things about home that I miss a lot. For today’s post (and since I am still in Ireland) I thought I would share them with you! Let’s start.
I may be a little biased in saying this but out of all the places I’ve travelled, the Irish radiate a genuine warmth like no other. Coming home from Paris was especially a culture shock in this regard. Back in Paris everybody people tend to be extremely cautious to the point of being afraid of each other, especially when talking to strangers but this is the total opposite in Ireland. It’s not unusual for the lady in the shop to tell you her whole life story or for the barman to be cracking jokes with you at the local pub. This sense of community doesn’t exist to the same degree in Paris because in a big city people are just too busy to stop for each other. Coming home and having the craic with everyone, especially friends and family is always refreshing for that reason.
France may be considered THE country to go to for amazing food and while I do agree wholeheartedly that french food is on a whole other level of deliciousness, nothing can really compare to the food that you’ve grown up with your whole life. Whenever I come home I go crazy for pub grub, feasting on cosy takeaways and fish and chips in the evening and then of course the chocolate in Ireland is unmatched by any other.
(I think I must have already wolfed down enough Cadbury’s and Butler’s hot chocolates for a lifetime in the two weeks that I’ve been here and I’m not even done yet!)
If you’ve been following my Irish travel posts on here then you’d know how breathtaking the landscape is all over the country. There are so many wide open spaces everywhere you go in Ireland and I love how no matter where I may be in the country (even in most places in Dublin) I can still breathe in the fresh air.
The fact that the island is so small as well means that you’re never too far from some gorgeous cliffs and sandy beaches. Even though Ireland as a country may seem tiny on a map, the actual vast landscape makes you feel like you’re in an immense place.
Even though Paris is probably the fashion capital of the world, sometimes it can feel unmatched to the shopping in Ireland that I know and love. In Dublin there are so many independent designers and small businesses to check out, (like the ones in The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, The Creative Quater and Temple Bar to name a few trendy areas.)
Even local boutiques in the small seaside towns surrounding the city often have beautiful and unique and affordable things that you can’t find anywhere else.
The Irish Language
Not many people abroad know that in Ireland we have our own native language and being a speaker of it myself, coming back to my home country and being reunited with the Irish language is one of the things that makes me truly feel at home. There’s nothing quite like coming home from abroad and catching up with everyone at home over a big mug of Barry’s tea. (If you’ve never tried Barry’s tea and you’re into black tea, this one trumps all! Especially with milk added to it.)
So that’s it for this little post about Ireland! If you’re enjoying the series so far then be sure to stay with me because there will be more on the way before I’m back to writing about fashion and life back in Paris at the end of the week!
I always get questions about the sweater dress I’m wearing in the photo and it’s from Lazy Oaf! I don’t think they have it anymore but they often repeat similar items in their new collections. They’re also a brand that I couldn’t recommend enough if you’re into 90’s fashion.
What are the things you like the most about your home? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!
That’s all from me for now. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you very soon in my next post.