It snowed! …and other thoughts

I’m not sure where to start. I’m not the best at keeping my blog updated, so I haven’t actually written much of anything in a while. I’ve lived in Dublin nearly 4 months now and time have passed by incredibly quickly. I tried to take advantage of warmer days and sunny weather by exploring my new city so I’ve been kept pretty busy, but winter is quickly approaching. I actually woke up the other morning to snow falling outside my window, which as a native Floridian is not something I see often (or ever).

I’m finally starting to establish a routine. I know what bus routes to take, I have a few pubs that I frequent (shoutout to O’Donoghue’s, where all the barmen know my name), and I no longer get lost trying to find Murphy’s Ice Cream.

However, I still don’t have a full time job. I’ve worked a few jobs here and there but it is a bit frustrating to not have the financial security of a regular paycheck. It’s quite hard to find paid work on a 6-12 month contract. I have recently acquired some freelance video editing work, and will be doing some work this coming week but I’m hopefule that I’ll be able to secure a decent job in the very near future. Finding a job soon is pretty much my only option if I want to continue living in Ireland for the duration of my visa (which expires at the end of next summer) so I will just have to make it work.

Moving to a new country to work isn’t like study abroad. I’m not spending my days socializing, going on cool weekend trips, or doing pub crawls (although, to be fair, I have done all of these things). These last few months have been a crash-course in adulthood that has left me feeling confident that once I move back to the U.S. I’ll be able to conquer anything that comes my way. Adjusting to a new way of life hasn’t been easy, but ultimately it has been rewarding.

This coming week will be pretty busy for me. On Tuesday I’m doing a trial-run for a job that I think I’ll really enjoy, and on Thursday I’m going to be celebrating my second Thanksgiving in a row in Ireland down in Durrow. Philip and Tara are organizing a huge feast in my honor, and I’m so excited to go visit everyone for a nice meal. On Friday the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out, and you can bet I will be headed back to Dublin by mid-day so that I can enjoy all 6 hours of Gilmore Girls alone in my bed with a never-ending supply of Diet Coke. On Saturday my friend Grace and I are taking the train up to Belfast for a weekend of hockey and sightseeing.

I can’t wait to see what this week brings!

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Guinness, Chinese Food and Game of Thrones

Okay, so I’ll admit I’m not the best at blogging. I get busy and forget that I wanted to chronicle my life so I just live it instead. The last few months have been quite busy. I’ve worked in 3 different offices, visited Winterfell, helped Sheppard’s with an auction and for one (horrible) day I even worked in a pub.

Let’s go back to the beginning of September. For the first few weeks of September I was working as a temp receptionist for an energy company. Everyone there was really nice and it was an easy enough job. It was a good intro to what temping is like. After that temp job finished I had 2 free weeks before work for Sheppard’s started and I wasn’t really sure what to do with my time at first, but I found things to do.

In case you’re wondering, it’s incredibly hard to open a bank account in Ireland. I’ve been trying for MONTHS, but my proof of address was never right even if I bring in what I was told to. It took 3 months for me to finally have all of the proper documentation I needed to open a bank account here. My first task during my two weeks off was to go get my PPS number, which was painless, but then I spent DAYS in different banks begging them to let me give them my money. It’s actually ridiculous.

Faced with about a week and a half of nothingness before I was going to head down to Durrow, I decided I needed a little adventure. I’m a pretty enthusiastic fan of Game of Thrones so I booked a spot on a Game of Thrones tour that takes you up to Northern Ireland to visit a few filming locations from the show. If you’re in Ireland, and you like GOT I highly recommend doing this. We visited the forest where the very first scene of the show was filmed, met some Direwolves, visited the original set for Winterfell (they use a different one now) and saw where Rob Stark was declared the true King in the North. Apart from the locations being scenic on their own, our guide Eric is an extra of Game of Thrones and had a ton of cool information to share with us.

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The rest of my time during that time off was spent applying for jobs (someone please give me a job) and exploring parts of Dublin that I haven’t seen before, such as Farmleigh House, or going back to places that are becoming favorites like Howth.

Finally it was time to head back to Durrow to assist Sheppard’s with a special auction at Loughton House in Moneygall, Co. Offaly. Moneygall happens to be Barack Obama’s ancestral village in Ireland, which is evident by the pictures of him plastered up across the village. I was excited to be working with Sheppard’s again because it’s never boring, and everyone involved is always so nice. We had Chinese food 3 times in the span of one week, and went through countless bottles of wine. t was a great time.

The month of October was spent job hunting, making new friends, and finally feeling like I “get” Dublin. I haven’t been updating this blog the way I wanted to, so I am going to try to make writing here weekly (or at the very least, monthly) a part of my routine.

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So much is happening, and I want to remember exactly how I was feeling at this time in my life.