Dublin Diaries – May 2017

 

We have made it to the six month mark. It is very hard to believe that on May 14th, we celebrated our six month anniversary in Dublin. To say the least, it has been a long, hard journey. But, we have survived and we are waiting “patiently” to see what the six months have in store. We are still taking baby steps over here.

May’s Highlights:

  • The husband bought a car and the bus punishment is over and my eardrums can rest from hearing about the grueling journey and lack of independence while being forced to ride the bus.
  • We traveled to Dubai to celebrate the husband’s birthday. Dubai was an interesting experience that had us in awe and amazement at every turn.

 

 

 

What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:

  • Long Summer Days. I was not expecting this much daylight. I will admit that I was warned but it still caught me off guard. It doesn’t get dark here until about after 9:30 pm. From what I understand, daylight will extend until 11:00pm or so and then it will taper off. Well, we will see. Close to 17 hours of sunlight a day have been nice, especially for me because without sunlight, I begin to wither.
  • Two Mother’s Day Celebrations. We celebrated the American Mother’s Day this month (Ireland celebrates in March) and had dinner at Ireland’s version of my favorite type of restaurant, Teppanyaki. Little did I know, this Teppanyaki experience was like no other. I love a good Benihana’s or Sho Gun celebration but I think this one surprisingly puts those restaurants to shame. Take a look at the video below and let me know what you think. I can tell you one thing, I wasn’t ready:

What I’m MISSING about home (the USA, Texas, Houston) this month:

  • Basic customer service. I bought a pair of athletic shoes at a large shoe chain after a grueling hour at another athletic shoe store with non existent customer service. When I say nonexistent, I mean they don’t even measure feet in the store. I could go on for days about how neurotic it is to have a major shoe store not even have a foot measure in the store. At least let me measure my own feet or my children’s feet! Ugh. Needless to say, we walked next door, I bought a pair of shoes and checked the size before the sales person bagged the shoes. Two days later, I put the shoes on and I have two right shoes. Yes. Two right shoes in the same size. So, I checked the size but not the pairing of the shoes. I contact the store…wait for a response only to be told to return the store which is about 45 minutes away and I don’t even get a cup of tea for my troubles. Oh and when I arrive in the store with the shoes, I was given the third degree as if I wore the shoes or stole the shoes or created this ignorant experience on purpose. Now, I know there is no guarantee that service would be better in the states but this is just one of many unhappy experiences with customer service. Those two words, customer service, are just not a thing in Ireland and it is highly frustrating.
  • Seafood. I am from the third coast (Gulf Coast) and I grew up on seafood. Good, Gulf Coast Seafood and although Ireland is an island, the seafood is different and I miss it. I mean really miss it. Don’t get me started on how I miss my husband’s crawfish boils or coming home to his crab feasts just for me. Shrimp costs about €19/kg and that is why it sits right there in the store. I just can’t spend that much. Salmon is a popular fish here, but unfortunately, I am not a salmon fan at all. So, I suffer. And sometimes I just want a good piece of fried catfish. I’ll just have to wait.

We are heading into summer and I interested to see what an Irish summer feels like. I will certainly keep you posted. Each day is getting easier and the sun is an added bonus.

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

Is there something you want to know about our experience here in Ireland? Please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

 

 

Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.

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