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What I’ve Missed About Ireland! Food, Christmas & The Craic!

Tayto, Penneys, Christmas and the Craic! What I've Missed About Ireland While living in the USA

 

The Emerald Isle, Land of Saints & Scholars – Ireland has many names, but I just call it Home. Our little family is about to embark on a move back to Ireland after 9 years in California, and as I’m packing up the last 9 years of our lives, I’ve been reminiscing about what I’ve missed most about living in Ireland.

 

Tayto, Penneys, Christmas and the Craic! What I've Missed About Ireland While living in the USA

1. The People

I’ve missed family and friends, of course, but I’ve missed Irish people in general. We really are a friendly bunch, and I miss the “hello, how are ya’s” when I pass someone I barely know in town, and the obligatory wave when driving.

2. The Food

Chocolate, chippers. good Chinese food,  chicken fillet rolls. rashers, Tayto, bread, oh god the bread! The list goes on and on – I might actually miss the food more than people!

3. The Craic

The Irish have the best sense of humour in the world. You just won’t get quality banter anywhere else, and Americans don’t understand our unique brand of sarcasm.

4. Seasons

I really miss having four seasons. In California, it’s just dry weather all the time, maybe some rain if you’re lucky.  Call me crazy, but I miss the leaves changing colour in autumn and being nice and cosy in front of the fire when it’s frosty outside.

Tayto, Penneys, Christmas and the Craic! What I've Missed About Ireland While living in the USA

 

5. The Landscape

California might have majestic mountains and valleys, but there is nothing like the green, green grass of home. You don’t appreciate how beautiful the Irish countryside is until you leave it.

6. Tea & Chats

Nothing beats chats with friends and family over endless cups of tea. Throw in some decent chocolate biscuits and you’re set.

7. Penneys

I make a beeline for Penneys as soon as my foot hits the ground in Ireland. There is no equivalent in the US. I’ll go hell for leather stocking up on pyjamas, undies, cute clothes and accessories. Last time I was at home, I left Penneys with four bags of stuff, I’ve no shame!

8. Christmas
Most companies in the United States only observe Christmas Day as a holiday – that’s one day off for Christmas folks! We go home most Christmases, but we have spent a few in California. It’s just not the same when it’s 25 degrees out, the pubs are open and you’ve got work in the morning!

Tayto, Penneys, Christmas and the Craic! What I've Missed About Ireland While living in the USA

Life in California has been good to us, and there is a great deal I’ll miss about it (*cough*Target*cough), but we’re so excited to move home. Penneys, watch out!

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This post first appeared as an article on Mummypages.ie

8 thoughts on “What I’ve Missed About Ireland! Food, Christmas & The Craic!

  1. Aw I love Ireland so much! I only visited briefly last year but sometimes I find myself craving everything about it! Thanks for posting!

  2. My friend’s family is from Ireland, and she goes to visit every other year. I’m so jealous! I hope to get there one day. Any tips on where first-timers should go?

    1. Hi Heidi! You should definitely visit! For first timers I think hitting the main cities would be good – Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Cork! There is a lot to see!

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