Friday I’m going to Ireland for 2 weeks to do research for my last university subject of this year. I’m super exited, because I’ve never been to Ireland before but I think I’m going to regret it when have to return home.
I’m staying in Knockcroghery (county Roscommon), a very tiny village compared to which my home village in the Netherlands with its 3000habitants is enormous. I believe there are less than 200 people. HOWEVER, there are 3 pubs (!) in this small village and since that struck me, I’m going to try to focus my research upon these pubs. What is their (social) function, how do they survive with so little potential customers etc etc,
Which means I have to take interviews with customers and owners of the 3 pubs and have to do participant observation: joining in into daily activities. In other words: hanging at the bar! How unfortunate ;) Oh, furthermore I already talked to my host on the phone and she sounds like a sweetheart! “You tell your parents I’m going to take good care of you!” And I could even understand about 80% of what she said, so the Irish dialect isn’t so bad after all (when spoken slowly haha).
And last but not least, I’m only about 5 kilometers away from Lough Ree, a HUGE lake in Ireland which also happens to be the exact central point of the country. I can’t wait to walk around there and see the beautiful landscape! Think I can use some other place to make me see everything more clearly again, to get to know other cultures and people and to get inspired! ;D