Summer is a wonderful time for many, many people.
Days get longer, skin gets tanned and you're abuzz with the relaxed and warm atmosphere.
That is, unless you're in Ireland.
Summer here in Éire is a little different. The seasons go by so quickly that you can forget that in other parts of the world people are sunning themselves while you're taking your raincoat out in July.
So if you're under the impression that we're not in the middle of Summer, keep an eye out fo these signs:
1. Lashing rain
Nothing says summer like a walk in the rain, does it?
2. Crippling sunburn
When we do get our day (singular of sunshine), we usualy feel the pain from it for days afterwards.
So many tourists. Be it Spanish, American, they take over our little streets.
4. Runny nose and itchy eyes
Summer time = hayfever time = hell.
5. Thunder and lightning
There's no more romantic way to spend a Summer's evening, amirite?
6. Sunglasses become a key part of your outfit
Even if there's no visible sun, there's a glare okay?!
7. Wearing several layers
Scarves never really go out of fashion in Ireland; they're an all season thing.
8. Eating outside becomes a thing
Even though you're shivering and trying to fight the flies away.
9. There's constantly an umbrella in your bag
Because you wouldn't dare leave the house without one.
There is daily office run to the shop for ice cream because it's Summer goddammit.
11. There's a grand 'aul stretch in the evening
The most important, the most iconic, the ultimate sign of Summer in Ireland.
If you don't comment on the stretch evening and notice how grand it is, then are you even spending Summer in Ireland?
If anything, this stretch in the evening is getting a little too grand.
— Mark Keane (@markgkeane) May 16, 2017
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