Asking Questions is Always a Good Idea

I am so happy to have another week in Dublin, and another week in my marketing internship, under my belt.

This past weekend my friends and I took a trip to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher! It was an absolute blast and my favorite trip I’ve made here so far. After work on Friday we headed to Heuston station and took our beautiful and relaxing train ride to the west of the country. When we arrived at the hostel we were absolutely starving, but it was a little before 10pm so our options for food were limited. We ended up getting a recommendation from the girl our age working at the front desk for a secret pizza place hidden inside of a pub around the block. It was delicious and JUST what we needed. If you ever find yourself in Galway, head to O’Connells Pub! They are a 23+ establishment but if you say at the door that you just want some pizza, they will let you right in and lead you to the back for Dough Bros Pizza.

The next day we woke up at the crack of dawn, put on our hiking attire (using that term very very very loosely… I was wearing Converse), hopped on the 2.5 hour bus ride to the town of Doolin where we began our journey uphill to the Cliffs. By the end of the hike, we were completely drenched from the rain but were happy from all the endorphins of the hike. You would not find me complaining when views such as these were right in front of my face. I never tire of seeing the countless sheep and cows in the countryside of Ireland, and it was even more exciting to seem them on such a beautiful coast.

After the hike we got the world’s best hot chocolate and hot sandwiches (or at least if felt like it to us after walking so much) at the visitor center cafe, and headed back home. We hit the town again for some pubs based on the recommendations of some locals we met, and had ourselves a great night surrounded by some of the most fascinating people I have ever met.

Sunday morning we hit Salthill beach and Shop Street (aptly named) for some shopping, then packed up in our hostel and hopped over back to the Galway train station back to Dublin. Even though it is the middle of June I found myself buying a few wool scarves for me and my family. I loved the atmosphere of Galway so much I might even dare to say I prefer it to Dublin because of its smaller size, oozing charm, and overall wonderful energy everywhere you go. I hope I can travel back and spend more time in Galway soon.

In terms of this weeks actual prompt (I realized I never actually hit the “publish” button back for Week 3’s prompt so enjoy now as I am about to write by Week 5 prompt). I have noticed that in my workplace, most of my instructions from my supervisors are verbal. Although it is great to connect face-to-face with my co-workers in the office, if I am also not given some sort of email or written instruction to go along with the assignment, I find that I need to ask more questions for clarification than normal. In an industry such as the alcohol/spirits industry, it seems that everyone has their own prior knowledge and experience with brands, bars, pubs, etc. that everyone pulls from when working in the office and with local partners. For me, I have absolutely zero prior knowledge, especially when talking about Irish people’s alcohol consumption, so I always need to complete a little more research on my own to understand what we talk about in meetings in order to keep up with the experts. I sometimes worry I am asking too many questions or seem too out of the loop to even be sitting in these meetings each day, but I think making the effort to ask the necessary questions is better than not trying to connect with the team, the products, or the project at all.

With being from different country, sometimes I need to simply remember that I will not always understand what is going on right away, but if I stay aware of my surroundings in the office and keep a positive attitude, I am certain that any employee in the office would be happy to answer a question of mine.

Every day I am learning more and more and am thrilled to be provided with such a wonderful learning & experiential opportunity as this one! See you next week.