I'm on the West coast of Ireland, Galway, teaching. I don't think anyone will be offended if I say that Galway is a little remote.
The air and the Guiness are all refreshing, but what stopped me in my tracks is the co-operation between businesses. One major international company booked me to give a course, but then said to others in Galway, "Hey, we have a technical course running this week, anyone else interested?" , and so along comes a few guys from other companies that could not justify the course on their own. Apparently this happens all the time.
These companies are major internationals acting like sensibile human beings. Now why can't that happen everywhere?