As of today I’ve been living in Dublin, Ireland for one month.
Silly question. I’ve always wanted to live overseas. I vaguely recall telling someone that I was going to move to Australia back when I was still in school. Plus I’m a travel nut, and this is a great home base to explore the rest of Europe.
OK, but why now?
The opportunity came up through work. Honestly, I’d felt a bit at ends lately. I needed to make a change, and this definitely counts. The funny thing is that I could’ve done this in my twenties, if I’d only known.
Hard to say. I’ve mostly spent my time in Dublin so far, and Dublin isn’t exactly representative of the rest of the country. I’ve been going through a crash course in Irish history, c/o some of the marvellous museums and attractions they have here, and it looks like for much of its history since being founded in the 800s, Dublin has required defending from the Irish — first when it was a Viking city, and then when it was the “second city” of the English Empire.
This weekend I’m finally going to get out of Dublin, to go down to County Wicklow. It’s been a month.
As for Dublin, it reminds me a lot of Vancouver, while feeling both bigger and smaller. There’s a lot of history here. For hundreds of years Dublin was built on top of Dublin, and in some places you can see the remnants of the old city walls. Lots of beautiful churches. Lots of beautiful brick buildings. Lots of history.
And yet it feels small. Stores close early. Banking hours are short. People seem to just walk everywhere. And compared to pretty much any North American city, Dublin’s ridiculously compact.
What have you been doing?
Working, I guess. And finding a place to live. It took me nearly three weeks of searching.
Yep. Apparently there’s always a housing crunch in the fall due to students going to school. This year it just seemed to keep going. I spent the better part of the month bouncing from room to room in hostels, hotels, and everything a bedroom in someone’s apartment. But I’m happy with what I finally found.
Anything else to share?
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