It’s official, my WHA application was approved! My flight is booked, insurance arranged, and I even reserved an airbnb for my first week in Dublin. I leave Orlando on July 30th, and beyond that first week where I’ll be staying in Rathmines I have no real plan.
I’ve been doing tons of research on the best way to find housing and jobs in Dublin, but it isn’t the easiest thing to figure out when you’re thousands of miles away. It’s a strange feeling to be moving to a new country with little idea of what you’ll actually be doing when you get there. I’m excited but I’m also terrified.
What makes this move even more scary is the fact that my parents are selling the house I’ve lived in my entire life, and are moving to Park City, Utah pretty much the day after I leave for Dublin. This means that even when I return “home” from Ireland, I won’t really be going back to my home. Apart from the 3 months I spent living in Durrow I’ve never lived anywhere besides my hometown. Knowing that now I only have about 6 weeks left in Gainesville is very strange.
I’m not a fan of the unknown, or of change, but I think moving away from the people and places I’ve known my whole life will be a good thing for me. Or at least I hope so.