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By Stephanie Madden

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Irish Visitors

Summer has just begun, and there is nothing better than seeing your family, and getting in touch with your roots while lying out by the pool. Some of my family is currently visiting Sugar Land from Ireland, and they sure are seeing the differences, such as our extreme heat and humidity. The best part about talking with them is exchanging thoughts about differences in countries and seeing their reactions to all the Texas sized roads and trucks. There is nothing better to do to kick start the summer than having some summer fun out at Kemah, and trying some Dippin’ Dots while there.

We have already given the grand tour of Sugar Land and introduced them to the Texas heat, which is unreal for them because on a really good summer day in Ireland it would be about 70 degrees. You can currently recognize my family by the bright red tourist tans they wear, but that’s ok, it’s our way of saying welcome to the heat. The rides at Kemah blew my cousin away because they are all much larger than anything he had experienced at the fairs in Ireland. They really enjoyed spending time out in the sun and enjoying the rides and scenery, and I finally had the chance to play tour guide.

There is a great difference in the types of food you can enjoy here, such as the fried everything that you can order. They were really surprised by the large portion sizes at the restaurants and really liked the free refills that are available at pretty much every restaurant you can go to. To finish off our nights we would discuss Ireland and different terms that are used in Ireland such as “boot” instead of “trunk, silly little differences that can have a big effect on communicating an idea to someone else.

So far my family has had a great time in Texas and really enjoying all the Texas sized meals and roads. Nothing can beat the Texas heat, but having family around can really make a day a lot more enjoyable and exciting. There is nothing like re-visiting your heritage for a few weeks, and it is really great to catch up on the old Irish sayings. If there is one thing I have learned from every out of state visitor we have had, it is the great saying, “everything’s bigger in Texas”.


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