11/20/2013

Life On Erasmus #2: Things I Miss


So, I've now been here for 8 weeks. Time for the novelty to wear off & panic to hit. Mainly panic about what food is most like Irish stuff, & how to adapt. Last week I read loads about what people most miss about Ireland when abroad.. & here's my version.

A decent chicken & mayo roll. I used to grab one of these from Centra beside where I worked, almost daily. I almost went through withdrawal on my days off. This is a Wexford thing - During college, I tried a few different shops around Dublin & the chicken always tasted like plastic. I'm dying to get back to work, for my lunchtime roll.




I miss work. I complained occasionally but I loved my job. I've been emailing my boss regularly, with the result that I will be working full-time over Christmas. Okay, that's obviously taking up time from my family, but the money will be appreciated & it means cabin fever won't set in.



Mashed spuds & stew. Look, I can cook, but I don't make spuds just for myself, & I definitely can't make stew. Also, decent soup. I want a nice big bowl of farmhouse vegetable soup with some nice brown bread!



Penneys & Tesco. There are loads of shops I miss, but these are the main ones. It's just so easy to run into Penneys & pick up cheap basics, or a nice warm pair of PJs, instead of the €20 that seems to be common here. And I spent a lot of time in Tesco in the morning, before work, or afterwards. There's similar shops here but.. They're not the same.



A real fire. This is something I miss when I'm in college too, but at least then I'd have a fire at the weekend. While my room is always nice & toasty from my heating, nothing beats sitting in front of the fire when it's cold & wet!



Obviously there are lots more things I miss.. Friends & family go without saying, & while everyone else talks constantly about Cadburys, tea, etc... I actually brought a stock pile of Irish chocolate & many, many Lyon's teabags over here. & I haven't finished them up yet. I knew my priorities!

What're your favourite things about home?
Chloe x

12 comments:

  1. It's amazing the little things you miss when you're away! Do you miss red lemonade?

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    1. Crazy - My boyfriend reminded me of Skittles last night & now I miss them too! Haha I was never into red lemonade :D

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  2. I miss Grafton Street and sipping tea in Bewleys. Very much looking forward to going home for Christmas!

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    1. Oh I miss running into Bewleys for lunch, & walking up Grafton St daily!

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  3. Home sounds awesome! Aren't cozy fires & warm stews the epitome of winter cheer?? Hope you get to visit home soon

    atelier zozo

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    1. They're brilliant! Will be home in 4 weeks time :D

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  4. I definitely know how you feel. I've recently come back from a trip to see my family and there's so many things I didn't realize quite how much I had in fact missed. At least from being away from the things and people we love we grow to appreciate them more :)

    Debra Bros Blog

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    1. True - I appreciate my family so much more!

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  5. When I was away from home I always used to miss the familiarity of my home bedroom and home cooking!!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Oh yeah, they're the first things I missed! My bedroom here is so big compared to my one at home that it's weird!

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  6. Have to say i've never been a home bird, changed countries 6 years ago and now im itching to do it again and discover new cultures. Must be a traveler at heart :)

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    1. Haha I wish I was more like you - Though I think I'd be better at travelling if I wasn't trying to settle in with college too, so I might try again in the future :)

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