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Wednesday 20 September 2017

FRIENDLY FOLK IN A TINY TOWN

What were your expectations of Ireland?

GUS: "When I heard there were one million people living in Dublin, I thought 'that's nothing!' I expected a ghost town. Nobody explained that it would be one million go in the morning and go back the same way in the evening!"

JIA: "My parents' friends said 'why are you going to Ireland? It's near the North Pole!' But then my father explained, 'don't worry, it's near to England'."

What were your first impressions?

GUS: "Very small, tiny city. The streets are so narrow! At home you just say, 'okay, three streets down and one to left . . .' Here it's so complicated."

JIA: "I don't like Irish weather! I don't like that I have to bring an umbrella all the time, but then I don't get sunburned either."

What did you think of Irish people?

GUS: "Everybody talks about the weather. At home, it maybe rains for an hour and then we get on with the picnic."

JIA: "In my experience in the UK everybody pretends to like you, and then they turn around and say, 'those foreigners coming to our country . . .' In Ireland, they're more honest. Even if they don't like you, they'll try to be nice to you, but not pretending."

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