I spent 9 years living in Ireland, most of my adult life so far. I learned a lot.
Here are some of the things I learned while there, for better or worse:
- I learned to drink tea with milk – in my home country we mainly drink herbal teas. It took me a good few years to accept the idea of “milky tea”.
- I learned to eat fried/scrambled eggs for breakfast, sometimes with beans, sausages, or bacon – where I come from we call this a packed-full lunch.
- I learned to apologise when somebody bumps INTO me – this one is really funny and when I do it here, I cannot help but notice the big-eyed wonder in people’s face expressions.
- I learned to say “thanks” when I give my money away – perhaps the most peculiar of all, still can’t wrap my head around it.
You decide whether these are positive or negative, I’m afraid I’m too bloody biased :).