Issues With Broadband In Ireland

In 2012, the Minister for Communications revealed the plan for broadband in Ireland. You can read an article about this in The Irish Times. Now, seven years later and in a more rural area, we are happy to be online at an average download speed of 23-25 MB.

Yesterday, though, we were having a(nother) troubled day in regard to the internet. The signal was cut quite a few times throughout the day. As of now we are not sure what had caused this, but we are happy to be back online and on a stable connection again – especially because Stefan needs internet for his work from home.

There are a couple of internet providers, here in Ireland. Honestly, most, if not all, of them will provide pretty much the same broadband service. Well, yes, the customer service might be different with some of them.

We are quick in judging and complaining when things go wrong, aren’t we? How about when things are working properly?

I’ve heard myself say before: “Things like these wouldn’t happen over there. In Germany, they are up to date concerning communication services.”

Oh, really? Are they?

Almost a year ago, I’ve spent a week in Germany. During that week I have bumped into mobile phones having signal troubles (including my own, yes, but not exclusively), internet connection being quite slow or even gone at times and even problems with the landline phones that were connected in my brother’s home. So, are the communication services more up to date in Germany than in Ireland?

Hm… I don’t think so!

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It Is More Fun

Remember my last post in December? It’s the one in which I mentioned my friend Andrea and her birthday on the 22nd. Guess what? On the following Saturday I picked her up at Dublin airport. She stayed with us for a week.

It has been such a treat, having her over again. This time she didn’t visit to explore the Emerald Isle but to spend a week with us and to get an extra portion of rest and relax. She was able to wind down, yes, but she also assisted me in many ways: We baked and cooked and did the washing up together — which was so much more fun than doing it all alone 😉

I especially enjoyed walking on the beach with her, exchanging thoughts, praying and having meals together and talking about the Christian faith.

The Sunday before New Year’s Eve we went to church together and I was amazed how much English Andrea understands and speaks. I’m proud of her. Unlike us, she doesn’t get that many opportunities to hear and talk English. We are using the language every single day — while on the phone, in the stores, or just chatting with friends.

Andrea’s holiday in Ireland went by so fast again… In a way it’s hard for me to believe that she had been here for a visit and that she has gone back to Germany already. I sure miss her! Hopefully there will be many, many more holidays to come!

Thank you for sticking around and reading my Carmen In Ireland blog. Wishing you all a happy and blessed 2019.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Before addressing this post to all of you, I want to say…

… to a special person in my life who is not only a(nother) faithful reader of my blogs but also a very close friend. 🎉🎂🎈 Happy Birthday, Andrea! 🎈🎂🎉 Can’t wait to see you soon.

For most of us, December is a busy time: cleaning, decorating, shopping for food and presents and perhaps travelling to meet with friends and family. No matter how great the hustle and bustle, I want to wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’m taking a two-weeks break from writing my blogs. Carmen in Ireland will be back on the 10th January of 2019.

Blessings from Ireland
Carmen and family

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