25 stupid things I already miss about Ireland

I’m a very sentimental person, especially when it comes to being nostalgic. I could go on for hours about some happy or bittersweet memory, and I have to admit I’m one of those people who tells people present for an event about the event, just because it’s such a great story. And if there’s one place I’ll be sentimentally nostalgic about for a long time (forever), it’s Ireland. After a year and a half in Galway – getting my Master’s in Literature and Publishing, meeting amazing people, exploring one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen – I moved back to the United States last week. On one hand, I’m excited; I have plans to move across the country in the next few months and I’m looking forward to a new adventure. On the other hand, I miss Ireland already. I could make this blog post about all the wonderful people I met and all the amazing places I visited and how much I love Galway even when it rains for two weeks straight. But c’mon, that’s mushy, I’m not going to make ye read that. Instead, here are 25 of the silliest things I already miss about living in Ireland:

  • Getting garlic-cheese chips AND curry-cheese chips after a night out.
  • Cans by the Spanish Arch (or anywhere else)
  • Every sentence containing “Ah,” “sure,” or “be grand”
  • “Ah, sure, be grand” also being a complete sentence in itself
  • That ridiculous Garth Brooks/Croke Park saga

  • Looking at photos from the Roisin Dubh photobooth on Facebook the next morning 10665735_10153398382260931_8611365559666158676_n
  • Looking at photos from other nightclubs on Facebook the next morning and being glad you were at the Roisin
  • Football matches being on at a reasonable hour of the day (not 7am EST like is Liverpool – City this weekend)
  • The word “naggin” (and the item “naggin”)
  • The word “craic” (and associated good craic)
  • Watching the Castletown Donkey Derby 1994 video
  • Getting 99s multiple times in a day during the summer
  • Late-night rambles along the prom
  • Buying everything ever from Penneys
  • Leading to constant use of the phrase “Thanks, Penneys” 284_Castlebar2
  • Almost everyone having some random connection to Niall Horan
  • Everyone else having some random connection to Michael Fassbender
  • Assuming all North Americans except myself are Canadian (there’re SO many Canadians in Ireland)
  • Complaining about Bus Eireann but using it anyway
  • Complaining about Ryanair but using it anyway
  • The hilarious lowbudget-ness of the Irish version of “Take Me Out.”
  • Everyone knowing all the words to Rubberbandits “Horse Outside” (and being up to quote it at a moment’s notice)
  • Hating Dublin in the GAA even though you don’t follow the GAA
  • That one really awful, enthusiastic busker on Shop Street (you know the one)
  • And of course, loving ham.

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