To promote inclusivity and the beauty and wonder that is Westport, we at The Middle Way spoke with people from over the world who have decided to make Westport and the West of Ireland their home!
Below is our interview with Lut from Germany!
1. Where are you from?
I am from Dusseldorf, Germany.
2. Tell us a little about yourself
I am 35 years old, my name is Lüt.
I’m a mathematician and work as process manager in a big company here in Galway.
I like to work in an analytical way, not as a typical mathematician.
That means I don’t like to be in a closed room with only my PC.
I want to work with people and manage is an analytical way.
You have to analyse how people want to work and find a unique way for everybody.
How they process information, how they communicate to each other and how they organise their work
This is what I like to do To bring structure to a complex environment.
My aim is to manage people to reach high productivity.
I also love to travel and see new countries and new people
I like to (like my job) watch people and see how they react and how they speak.
What are there thoughts and ideas. So this is one aspect I like – the people.
On the other hand, I like to be in the nature where I can be myself. I love nature. I love to see nature.
I don’t know how to explain, because it is really a wonder.
And here in the West of Ireland you have so many nice places everywhere.
So this unique combination of nature and people for me creates a special atmosphere here in the West of Ireland
3. Why did you decide to come to the West of Ireland?
For me nature has a certain power and I LOVE Game of Thrones! 🙂 So I wanted to live a place which had a powerful relationship with nature, if this makes sense.
4. What were your first impressions of the West Coast?
When I drove here from Dublin I took the long way and drove to Belfast and along the north coast till I reached the Atlantic Ocean and then drove down the coast of Ireland to Galway.
My first impressions were astonishing and I genuinely freaked out at the natural beauty of the region.
5. How long did it take for you to feel at home?
I felt very comfortable in Ireland once I arrived. I felt very much at home almost immediately.
6. Have you desires to stay in Ireland for a long time?
I like the toughness and wild beauty of the West of Ireland, but I would like to travel and explore Ireland more so I am hoping in the Summer I can see Ireland from different angles and places.
7. What do you love most about the West of Ireland?
The mixture of nature. The lakes and Atlantic ocean. The Irish people are lovely and introverted, kind and very nice and this I love.
8. What was most surprising about the West of Ireland?
I was surprised you guys drive on the left! This gave me a shock 🙂 Your food is amazing especially your porridge and I have become fond of a hearty Irish breakfast. The meat here in Ireland is very good.
9. What did you find most interesting about the people of Ireland?
The Irish people are very kind and gentle. I didn’t always think this because of the weather.
For example in the North of Germany, the people are very closed and not so friendly and so I thought maybe this would be similar. But, in Ireland it is the complete opposite. The people are very, very, very nice.
They are always asking, “Oh, how are you?” 🙂
In Germany this is not as normal. and not that common.
To say hello is okay but the Irish will ask “How are you” and this makes me always reflect and say, “Oh I’m fine, thank you. And you,?” And all of a sudden you are having another conversation.
This is really funny to me and the most surprising aspect of my life here in Ireland.
10. How do you maintain balance in your life?
For me it is about travelling.
I like to try and break my normal routine in life, go outside and get a new take on life. This is how I try to maintain balance.
So would you recommend the West of Ireland?
Oh, of course!
During the Summer you can go hiking or go to the Islands, you can take amazing road trips and visit other smaller towns and cities which are all so close as Ireland is so small but you don’t have too many people everywhere!
About the Author
- Welcome to the West! Episode 04, Thais from France! - March 5, 2020
- Welcome to the West! Episode 03. Lüt from Germany! - March 4, 2020
- Welcome to the West! Episode 2: Gigi from Mexico! - March 4, 2020