Welcome to the West! Episode 04, Thais from France!

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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 Thais from France!

Thais from Bordeaux, France

1. Where are you from? 

I am French from Bordeaux.


2. Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Thaïs. I am 23 years old. I studied art and I have a Masters in human resources.

I also love to play the piano.

When I finished my studies, I moved to Africa for three months to volunteer and help people.

When I came home I went to France to celebrate Christmas after which I flew to Ireland to meet people and try and improve my level of English.

3. Why did you decide to come to the West of Ireland?

A friend of mine came to Ireland last year and told me she loved it. She told me that if I wanted to improve my English that Galway was perfect for that and that it was also a fun and beautiful city.

galway city by the sea

4. What were your first impressions of the West Coast?

My first impressions was the landscapes were so beautiful and the sea being right next to the city was incredible.

It’s such a perfect city to live because it’s a big city, but not too big and because of where Galway is located, it makes it great for travel because you can get a bus to anywhere in Ireland so quickly.

The atmosphere and the people are so nice. The city and nature – its a perfect city for my style of life.

..the sea being right next to the city was incredible...
Thaïs (1)-2
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5. How long did it take for you to feel at home?

To be honest, I don’t feel at home just yet because currently I am moving from hostel to hostel and job to job. 

So I don’t feel at home just yet because I don’t have a fixed situation yet.

6. Have you desires to stay in Ireland for a long time?

Well I start a new job volunteering in a hostel for the next month. So I will see how that goes. I would like to stay longer and see Galway in the Summer, but we will see.

I couldn’t see myself living in Ireland forever. I do miss good weather. I don’t mind the rain a little but not for all my life. I need the sun 🙂

ireland coastline

7. What do you love most about the West of Ireland?

I am ever never bored here. I can start a conversation at any moment with anyone and this I love.

I also love cycling so I often take my bicycle and just head off and explore. 

Plus there are always cultural things on at the moment which is amazing.

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8. What was most surprising about the West of Ireland?

The Irish people drink so much! ha. But this is fun.

The landscapes are also unique. Ireland has so many different landscapes for such a small country.

I visited the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara and many other places on the West Coast and was shocked to see the different landscapes of beauty.

9. What did you find most interesting about the people of Ireland?

Irish people are very open minded and they talk to different people very easily. I really love this and this is a real pleasure. I found it very easy to make new friends and felt good to be here very quickly. The Irish people are very warm.

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