It was during the 2007 Rugby World Cup when we heard the voice of the commentator explain:
The Irish take their time.
That time we had a big smile on our faces and thought this comment was funny. Moving to Ireland in 2010 things became different.
We left Germany where many people (not all of them, though) are accurate, punctual and living by the book. Then we came to live here, surrounded by Irish people who view and do many things in other ways — interpreting time included.
It takes time to get used to the way things work here. Many appointments, e. g. at a doctor’s office, are strict and need to be on time. If you are like us, coming from a German background where half ten (halb zehn) is 9:30am, you better double-check appointments on the half hour! If Irish call for an half ten appointment, the event is scheduled for 10:30 not for 9:30.
Things move at a slower pace.
Nobody’s in a rat race.
And these days that’s a special way of life.
(Down Home by Alabama)
Things do move at a slower pace here. But, with the right adjustment and the right spirit, you will find it less stressful – at least most of the time 😉