19 Habits I Brought Back From Ireland

1: Saying things like “Brilliant!” and “Grand!” and “Thanks a million!” and “Cheers!”

They just slip out and people look at me like I’m crazy

2: Writing my dates like this: 20/11/14

Literally have had to rip up checks and re-sign documents because of this

3: Cadbury Caramel

It’s the best chocolate on the earth. Try to fight me.

4: Wanting to go to quieter bars

Really not into those super loud places anymore. I’d much rather go sit with some friends in a booth or at a table and talk and goof and slow drink. Non of that music pounding, short skirt wearing, dance dance kind of stuff

5: Dressing in layers

I am the queen of jumpers on jumpers

6: Consider public transport then remember I have a car

I’ve thought about the bus or train, but then I’m like, oh yeah! I live in America now! SUV! SUV! SUV!!

7: Randomly talking in a weird accent

People say that sometimes a weird accent that is not American will come out of me. I don’t try to talk in a strange Irish accent!!! It just happens…

8: Drinking cider

Yes. I can get Kopparberg in ONE store that I know of within a three hour radius. AND I found a place literally two nights ago that sells Magners. #Winning

9: Wearing big coats

The bigger, the better

10: Wanting hot tea

I come from a land of ice cold, sugar induced, sweet tea. People here don’t drink hot tea

11: Looking for coined $1s and $2s

The first month I was back, I struggled so hard with getting one dollar bills. Why the one dollar bill?!

12: Wanting to sometimes drive on the left side of the road

This happens when I make turns…. Thank the Lord for muscle memory.

13: Demanding December 26 off because it’s Boxing Day

I mean, I wanna hear a pygmy puff sing. Please tell me someone got that reference.

14: Looking over my right shoulder to cross the street

Or whenever I hear a car coming behind me. And then I’m very confused for a moment when they are on the other side of the road.

15: Saying new cuss words like “Bullocks” and other forms of profanity I probably shouldn’t admit to saying

It’s totally normal over there to drop bombs in the middle of a conversation. The big daddy word here in America is a normal teeny tiny word there. The big one in Ireland is __________. Anyone know!?

16: Walking as much as humanly possible

Such a natural form of relaxation and transportation and exercisezation (yes I just did that)

17: Leggings

Used to never wear them. Now I love them.

18: Wearing makeup

I learned quickly in Ireland, that if I didn’t wear makeup, people would think I looked 16. The makeup only aged me by about three years.

I am 23.

19: Complaining about temperatures over 65f

I got really used to the perfection of jeans and a light jacket. Anything over 65f is just stupid and makes me wanna wear shorty mcshort shorts and a halter top. Think that’s an exaggeration? Go to Ireland in July. See what the local girls walk around in.

28 thoughts on “19 Habits I Brought Back From Ireland

  1. I don’t live in an English speaking country, but I jive with a lot of your comments– like, I have picked up on a lot of Aussie slang spoken by co-workers, added semi-English words to my vocabualary. Plus, new favourite foods and the expectation that I will end up walking places (or, instead of public trans, I take a taxi).

    Here’s to expat cross-over!

    1. The face that you just used the verb “to-jive” makes me love your comment even more hahaha. Is that Aussie too?? When I hung out with a few Aussies, I quickly picked up Heaps, Thongs, Cheers, and Skull

      1. Hahaha, it’s not, it’s just my own weirdness. I more use “run silent, run deep,” heaps, cheers, snaps (instead of photos) and lifts (instead of elevators) and the expression “Aussie Rules” for AFL. I like calling “sleeping in” “having a lie in,” but I think that might be more or a British thing? I still can’t refer to flipflops as thongs (too weird, especially since I teach highschool, and saying “thongs” around high school students seems…. wrong.)

      2. I love this talk of random slang from other places haha Having a lie in is def said in Ireland. It took me a bit to understand that one. Thongs is weird in any language haha

  2. I could not agree with #1 and #2 more haha. The number of times people have made me re-date official documents because of the way I write my date is countless.

    1. Ah yeah! I know :/ haha but that was a Harry Potter reference. Luna talks about how Pygmy Puffs sing on Boxing Day. I had never heard of St Stephen’s Day until Ireland, but certainly appreciate it now that i know it exists! It really upsets me that in America, the holiday is just flat over on the 26th. Plus, who doesnt like an extra day off? Haha

      1. Dammit, how did i miss that refernece!!! I had a Harry Potter movie marathon a few weeks ago and Im half way theough rereading all the books also! I think you need to make dec 26th a thing in America… Although you guys do have Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Wanna swap holidays?! Haha X

      2. Hahaha!! When I was in Ireland, I took about two months and ready straight through the entire series. It was amazing. #IKnowThatLife. And I’m up for switching holidays anytime! Y’all get more days off in the year than we do! LOVED those bank holidays

  3. You forgot one! NO TIPPING! I went to Kuro the other night and laughed when I remembered you almost didn’t tip the girl.

  4. I agree that having tea is something we should do more in the US. Every other country seems to embrace this sort of break. Sure, we have coffee and all, but it’s always on the run. We should slow down!

    The other thing I no longer like about the US — large grocery stores. Local markets are so much better. I find myself trying very hard to go to smaller stores when I am in the US.

  5. I get this post completely – we definitely pick up habits and the idiosyncrasies of language when we live elsewhere. When I returned to Peru from South Africa, everyone at school had to always point out my accent sounded “funny.” Maybe it was because I was a Spanish-speaking Latina in Lima from Joburg attending a British school. Ha, ha! Who knows :/

  6. I was in Europe for three weeks and I caught myself accidentally calling a cigarette a fag. Can be offensive in the US but someone I knew there smoked and it stuck for a week or so after I got back

  7. Aah! Hey girl, I just discovered your blog! I realize you’ve left, but I FEEL YOUR PAIN. I’ve been living in Ireland for the last year and a half, and I’m from Virginia. No joke here was left unchuckled, and I’m so glad to see someone in my situation 😉

    Haha thanks for sharing! xx

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