After travelling through eight countries through Eastern Europe two things became very apparent to me. Why I love travelling, but also why I love living in Ireland. During my time away there were a few things I never before realized about Ireland that I love, and here they are:
- Taxi Men Will Never Harass You
If I want a taxi, I will go up to you and ask you for a taxi. I don’t need you to roar at me from 10 meters away, and that won’t make me want to hop in a car with you any faster. In Ireland, the taxi men patiently wait in their cars until you give a gentle knock on their window. Even there their levels of enthusiasm don’t hit that of the taxi men abroad. I never realized how much I took it for granted that they don’t harass you on the street. But be warned, like every taxi man ever alive – if you don’t know where you are going they will rob you blind!
2. You Don’t Have To Pay To Use The Toilet
Very rarely have I ever stumbled upon anywhere where you have to pay to use the toilet, yet every bus station and train station around Europe will charge you just to have a quick pee. It honestly broke my heart for a finish when I went into a McDonalds that charged 50c. Sometimes all we wanted to do was change our clothes after a long bus journey and they would still charge us just to walk into the cubicle. And they weren’t even clean most of the time!
3. Free Baggage on Buses
All but one bus that we took charged us extra to put our bus in the carraige below, and the one that didn’t had it included in the overall price. Each company charged their own individual price and it was just a pain in the ass to be honest. Every little adds up when you are travelling around and €2 for every bag that we physically couldn’t fit on the top deck of the bus was really annoying.
4. The Food
In Ireland the selection of instantly edible food on offer in most shops is really decent. In bigger shops you will always find a salad bar where you make your own salad box, along with a deli counter where you can choose from hot or cold food and get sandwiches on offer freshly made with the ingredients of your choice. You get really sick of stuffing your face with McDonalds after awhile, and for long journeys it’s really nice to have something you know is at least moderately healthy with you to snack on.