Iain: Hey Gabriel. So first things first, for how long did you live in Ireland for and where abouts?
Gabriel: I lived in Ireland for a total of 2 years and 9 months. I lived right in the Dublin city in Dublin 3.
Iain: And did you enjoy your time in Ireland?
Gabriel: Absolutely. Moving to Ireland was the greatest decision I have ever made!
Iain: Cool. So what was your favourite thing about Irish culture?
Gabriel: Most probably the friendship and hospitality shown towards me during my stay. I made friends for life in Ireland; people that will never be forgotten. I enjoyed the strength and happiness of the Irish people after so many bad chapters on their history.
Iain: That’s nice to hear. Most importantly, what was your favourite place to go drinking in Dublin?
Gabriel: I had a few! I liked the Turks Head, Czech Inn, Dicey's, Finnegan's and many others. Dublin is plentiful of good places for drinking.
Iain: Amen! Did you see any similarities between Brazilian cultures and Irish cultures?
Gabriel: Yeah for sure. We are both very happy people. Even though life can show us some difficulties we can both carry on with a smile on our faces and a beer in hand.
Iain: Nicely put. So for how long have you been back in Brazil?
Gabriel: It has been almost 1 and a half years.
Iain: And could you tell us a little about the Green Grass Hostel?
Gabriel: The Green Grass Hostel was created after several trips in Europe and visiting many hostels. At the very first place I stayed, I realized how joyful it would be to have this type of business. It is like travelling, but without leaving your home town. We have hosted people from 67 countries so far and the amount of culture absorbed is countless. Our goals are to provide comfort with fair play for both sides and to turn guests into friends.
Iain: Does Ireland have anything to do with your choice of name for the hostel?
Gabriel: Certainly yes! Ireland has made a big impression on me and its beautiful landscape was remembered when choosing the name. The person I am today is much different than the person I was when I left Brazil. Ireland has made me a man. The good people I met there were some of the most important teachers I ever had. I went to Dublin alone but I left it with a great bunch of lifetime friends.
Iain: Great to hear. Thanks for your time and all the best with the hostel
You can check out the Green Grass hostel at: http://www.greengrasshostel.com/