Margit: Irland Erleben
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Ireland, etc.
I am an Austrian writer, living in Ireland since 2008.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
As I got to know Ireland better, I wanted to introduce it to my fellow people in Austria and to whoever is interested in Ireland and so I created my blog. At the same time, I wanted to introduce my own home country Austria to everyone, that’s why it is a blog about Ireland and Austria and most posts are in English and German.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I don´t have any specific favorite posts, but you can find some on my travel blog.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Ireland differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
No, the Irish are very similar to the Austrians. Though you will start to love your new home and get new friends, you will never forget the place where you are born and you always will miss your family and people you grew up with. Everyone should be aware of that!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Ireland? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
As my husband is Irish, I did not have any problems and everything worked out well.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
When I visited Ireland the first time, my friend Patsy brought me out to Tramore in County Waterford. We went through the field to the “Metal Man” who points out to the sea to warn the sailors about the danger of the cliffs. We had a great view from that point and suddenly Patsy came to the silly idea that I should hop three times on one foot around the statue. She said, she would tell me later why. I must admit, we were in an Irish Pub a half an hour before and I was in a very funny mood at that stage! Giggling like a little school-girl, I fulfilled her wish. Now I am married to her brother! So, if you do not want to be married to someone in Ireland soon, don’t hop around the Metal Man! Locals say he has extrasensory powers!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Ireland?
- Bring your whole family, so that you don’t miss anyone from your original home country!
- You won’t experience the “big Irish craic” when you are not in a funny mood!
- The Irish like to beat around the bush, so be patient with them!
How is the expat community in Ireland? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
It’s easier to find other expats when you live in Dublin, on the country it is more difficult. Usually, expats prefer to stick together with people from their own communities, they don’t mix much.
How would you summarize your expat life in Ireland in a single, catchy sentence?
You have to make yourself at home when you want to feel at home!