Naturally, Ireland is different; it's a different country, they speak Irish rather than French, they drive on the other side of the road and eat a lot more cheese. But I think my culture shock is greater because I'm moving from rich, booming big city in BC to a small town and economically struggling Ireland.
The economy here really is struggling, in an unbelievably encompassing way. For example 18% of males in Brad's age bracket are unemployed (36% in the 20-25 bracket!). That is staggering when you think about it. The government is so cash strapped that EVERY public service worker got an across the board pay cut starting this week (and merchants are concerned about the trickle down effect of that move). Housing prices have fallen by 42% in the past 2 years, the cost of Goods and Services has decreased 5% in the past year. And that's just what we learned from last Saturday's paper!
In general, everyone we met has been really nice. When we tell them that we've moved to Ireland because Brad got a job we tend to get a very shocked look, because apparently "everyone is moving to Canada".