Strange Things I’m Homesick For:
American Food Chains: Chipotle and Dunkin Donuts, not necessarily together but definitely in that order.
Supermarkets: Target/Walmart, essentially anything larger than a CVS or Walgreens because that’s the usual size of a grocery store in Ireland.
24/7 Anything: This is definitely an “American Problem,” but sometimes you just want chips and salsa at one o’clock in the morning. And you should be able to get it. #freedom.
Driving (on the right side of the road): It’s going to be so amazing that I can go where I want, wherever I want, and not have to make 10 stops along the way. Direct route to Target, no detours, no extra stops.
The American Dollar: I miss Abe Lincoln. I would say Ben Franklin, but we all know I never see him around.
Things I’ll Definitely Miss About Dublin:
Accessibility: While sometimes using the bus system is a must, you can walk to most places. That really lets you get a feel for the city because you get to go at your own pace.
Being Able to Legally Drink Alcohol: It’s nice.
New Cultural Experiences: Something my friends and I do on a regular basis is compare what we see as a regular occurrence in Ireland to American culture. Fun fact: If you’re a teenage girl with a best friend, you’ll seven times out of 10 be wearing an almost identical outfit.
Being a Tourist: I still get overwhelmed by how cool the city is, and I’ve lived here for 5 months. Geeking out is allowed and happens fairly often. Tattoo parlor, coffee shop, and a barbershop in one? Check!
Being Close to the Rest of Europe: For less than $100, you can fly almost anywhere in Europe, so I’ve definitely taken advantage of cheap airfare — thank you Ryanair.