Ines Paulat, Germany
Hi Ines! Where are you from?
I’m from Darmstadt, which is near Frankfurt in Germany.
What brought you to Ireland?
I want to improve my language skills and at the same time I want to get to know a different culture. So a language course abroad is a perfect opportunity for me.
What do you do in Germany?
I study in Saarbrücken (near to France) “Intercultural Communication” with French as my main subject and English: Literatures, Linguistics and Cultures as my minor subject.
What are your first impressions of Ireland – people / food / Dublin, etc?
The people are so friendly! That’s impressive! The breakfast is very unusual for me, with the black pudding, the beans and the bacon but maybe I’ll get used to it. What fascinates me as well is that the Irish walk very fast. I always thought I was a fast walker but in comparison to them I am very slow. They even put walking shoes on, to get to work. I think they need to do it because of the cold.
What do you do in your free time – here? in Germany?
Here in Ireland I use my free time to see my friends and to get to know the country as much as I can. I love to learn more about the culture of a country, so I use especially the weekends to travel a little bit around in Ireland.
In Germany I spent a lot of time with my friends. There’s a nice river in Saarbrücken called Saar and it’s nice to spend the evenings there. I also love playing beach volleyball, but the season now is too cold, so I have to wait until the summer begins.
What would you like to do while you are here?
I want to see as much as I can. I am very excited to do a trip to Belfast and Galway. Ireland is a perfect place to travel; there are so many beautiful landscapes.
What do you think of Atlas?
There is a great atmosphere at Atlas! Everybody is happy and in a good mood.I also like the fact that students, teachers and staff are all friends and have fun together.
Have you picked up on any Irish expressions that are funny / strange / interesting to you?
It was so strange for me that people say “cheers” instead of “thank you”.