10 things French people were surprised by when they arrived in Dublin

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1/ BUSES

They don’t start until everyone pays its fare.

If unfortunately you get when the bus closes its doors, it’s too bad for you. Time is time!

Crossing the first floor to the lower one is dangerous, even fatal. Good luck!

Oh, and you have to thank the bus driver at the end of the journey, anyway.

Bus on route credit photo desomurchu archive gallery (flickr)
Bus on route credit photo desomurchu archive gallery (flickr)

2/ SAFETY VESTS

In Dublin, everybody does wear it when night begins to fall, or when the sun has not risen yet. Children, dwarfs, bicycle drivers…all that is small and a bit risky, wear it.

Kids Safety Vest credit photo Spreadshirt (flickr)
Kids Safety Vest credit photo Spreadshirt (flickr)

3/ EURO GIANT

Those stores in Dublin where everything costs 2 euro. So magic. You can buy clothes, costumes, accessories, jewels, makeup, cards, some food…Well. Their phone charger burnt my outlet. It has exploded, be careful sometimes though.

 

Euro Giant photo credit Rafal Wojcicki
Euro Giant photo credit Rafal Wojcicki

4/ DRINKS

Irish people start drinking so early (around 5). But a drink never comes alone. It’s usually a tenner. Pubs and clubs close as well so early (around 2)! It’s very common to see ancient men drinking alone at a pub’s bar.

If you look under 25, alcohol sellers will probably ask you your ID if you buy a beer. Even if it’s only one. Ciders are very famous in Ireland. I personally stopped drinking beers when I noticed that cider contained more alcohol and costed the same price as a beer.

siamese cat drunk with vodka panin melnikov credit photo Jennifer Gensch (flickr)
siamese cat drunk with vodka panin melnikov credit photo Jennifer Gensch (flickr)

5/ DOCTORS

It is hard to get an appointment in Dublin , it is expensive (about 60e fees) and they usually prescribe Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. You better stay in bed and buy you a new pair of shoes you were dreaming of when you get better, trust me!

Guy with a flu credit photo Davide Taviani flickr
Guy with a flu credit photo Davide Taviani flickr

6/ HALLOWEEN & St PADDY’S DAY

They are as important as Christmas or the  New Year’s Eve. Maybe even more!

Dog at St Patrick's Day credit photo Pawel Loj (flickr)
Dog at St Patrick’s Day credit photo Pawel Loj (flickr)

7/ COLLEGE

Teachers, lecturers and other college staffs are much more easier to reach than those in France. They are willing to help students anytime, and they easily give their phone numbers.

students credit photo NWABR (flickr)
students credit photo NWABR (flickr)

8/ FOOD

Emmmmmm…still haven’t seen any food in Dublin yet actually!

Empty Dish credit photo Jamie (flickr)
Empty Dish credit photo Jamie (flickr)

9/ MOOD

You, Irish people, know how to be in a lovely mood. You have amazing personalities.

Heart in Hands credit photo  Shimelle Laine (flickr)
Heart in Hands credit photo Shimelle Laine (flickr)

10/ Girls nights out outfits

Same as Food (9/), where are they?

Girl wearing bikini credit photo Maegan Tintari (flickr)
Girl wearing bikini credit photo Maegan Tintari (flickr)

 

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