Travelogue

One Month in Ireland…

April 27th, 2014.  We’ve been in Ireland officially for a month.  Time has flown and so much has happened, my head is spinning.  I haven’t had much time to dedicate to this blog but I think it’s time for an update!

We left Florence a month ago, got rid of so much of our stuff, packed up the rest, I quit my job, and here we are!  I had no idea how I was going to really feel about everything.  I can honestly say I was excited to move out of Florence, even if I was a bit sad, and ready for a change of scenery.  I did think that I was going to be an emotional mess and start freaking out about making such a massive change like this.  As expected, a little bit of this is true.  I am still really happy that we are here and although I wasn’t an emotional mess, I have had my moments of really missing Florence, our apartment, my friends, my job, and the beautiful sights of that town.

Just Arrived at the Dublin airport with about 1/3 of our stuff.

Just Arrived at the Dublin airport with about 1/3 of our stuff.

But living in Dublin has been amazing so far!  Since we arrived, we have had the most amazing weather I have ever seen in Ireland.  We have had exactly two days of rain and there are daffodils and green grass everywhere.  Best of all (I hope I don’t jinx myself) I don’t seem to be suffering from the hay fever allergies that have plagued me for my whole life while living in more mediterranean climates… I’m not allergic to springtime here!  That alone has confirmed what a kick-ass decision this was.  Best of all, we’ve been staying with Keith’s sis and brother-in-law until we find our own place, and it’s like being at home, so cozy and comfy and so much fun.  We’d be lost without them for sure.  Cable TV and wine nights!  Woot!

Walking from work to the bus stop on a sunny spring afternoon along the Liffey River.

Walking from work to the bus stop on a sunny spring afternoon along the Liffey River.

Daffodils in the spring instead of Tuscan irises and poppies. I can live with it. :)

Daffodils in the spring instead of Tuscan irises and poppies. I can live with it. 🙂

I found a job really quickly, mostly due to luck and a good friend who told me about an opportunity that I had to check out.  I have a temporary contract at the new European headquarters of Airbnb.  I got thrown into the world of recruiting and the first week was tough, just trying to figure out what to do and how to do it, but it’s a great company and I’ve been keeping my eye on them for years, knowing that eventually both I and they would be in Dublin and hoping I would get the chance to interview with them.   If you haven’t heard of this amazing company, check it out the next time you’re planning on going away on holiday.  DO IT.

Meanwhile, I’ve compiled a list of things I love about Ireland and some things I don’t like.   All in good fun now 🙂

THINGS I LOVE:

–The slang and the things people say here.  I’ll probably do a separate post on this in the future but I’ll tell you my favorite is this:  “Aaaagh” (said in a really raspy voice, like you’re clearing your throat, which means ‘aw come on now’ or ‘don’t worry about it’ or something like that)

–A proper one of these:

Especially when it's poured in one of those small, old pubs that look like your granny's living room and smells like mold, beer, and old furniture. Yes.

Especially when it’s poured in one of those small, old pubs that look like your granny’s living room and smells like mold, beer, and old furniture. Yes.

 

— The Dublin Nightlife

Great craic. Music everywhere and loads of cool places to choose from.

Great craic. Music everywhere and loads of cool places to choose from.

–Irish Hospitality.  It’s true what they say, the nicest most hospitable people in the world live here in Ireland.  I’ve been blown away by how nice people are here.  The customer service here is almost a shock when you compare to what you can potentially experience in a place like Florence.  People telling you to have a nice day, asking if you need any help… feels like home alright 🙂  I’d like to point out that in a matter of days I had a PPS number (a tax ID number), a job, and a bank account.  That whole process took me months in Italy.

— The “Vibe” here.  It feels like San Francisco sometimes.  Maybe it’s because so many San Francisco and Silicon Valley start up companies have shacked up in Dublin due to the low tax rates, maybe it’s the influx of hipsters (that’s not a good thing but those damn hipsters do have some great ideas, damn it), maybe it’s the cool pubs and bars and restaurants, but there is definitely an air of “cutting edge” here, and it’s refreshing and I love it.

 

THINGS I HATE:

— These horrible tasting things.  Whatever the brand, Cheese and Onion crisps… ick.  I think I have insulted a major source of national Irish pride by doing this but I just can’t understand how anyone can think these smell or taste good.  It’s like when Keith dry-heaves when he sees me eating peanut butter:

Crisps, chips, whatever. Salt and Vinegar all the way!

Crisps, chips, whatever. Salt and Vinegar all the way! Note, I have no problem with King brand.  Just this flavor, don’t sue me!

 

— I’m gonna say it.  People in Ireland can be so self-deprecating about their own country.  I mean, some things here are bad, but they’re not awful.  I know that’s everywhere, but before I came here I had some people telling me how much I was going to hate it… and I LOVE it here!  Then again, what the hell do I know?  I’m a foreigner that’s been living here for only a month.

 

— The old fashioned taps found in A LOT of bathrooms.  I remember when I was little and we lived in South America (i.e. in a developing country) we had these same taps… why do these still exist?  Why have hot water come out of one tap and cold water come out of a whole separate tap?  The weirdest thing is if you want to re-do your bathroom, you can actually opt to buy a brand-new tap like this.  Like, instead of a way more convenient one where both the hot and the cold water come out of the same tap.

Want to wash your hands or your face with warm water? Oh too fuckin' bad! Your choices are either frost-bite cold, or skin-melting hot. Pppfffffff.

Want to wash your hands or your face with warm water? Oh too fuckin’ bad! Your choices are either frost-bite cold, or skin-melting hot. Pppfffffff.

 

That’s all I can think of now.  I am sure I will have more to say on things I love and hate in the future, but for now, I’m curled up on Anita and Ed’s comfy red couch with a glass of wine and watching The Boys and Girl from County Clare toasting our one-monthiversary of living in Ireland.  Slainte!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Clare Kleinedler
    June 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This post made me laugh – I went through much of what you are going through now when I first moved here four years ago. Those taps drove me mad, I’m happy that I have the modern ones in my apartment now. I also spent about a year trying to figure out what an immersion (heating) was, and all the weird timers on the heaters. And I agree with you about the Irish hating so much on Ireland; I guess the grass is always greener. I love it here and love Europe. I must say however that I DREAM of living in Italy, and would one day love to have the opportunity (if only I spoke Italian, boo!). I got married in Tuscany and honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast and adore Florence. Anyway I look forward to reading about your adventures!

    • Reply
      beatrizrenee
      June 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Claire, thanks for reading and thanks for reaching out! Before moving to Dublin I googled other expat bloggers in Ireland and found yours… have been reading your fabulous blogs and recipes ever since! I love social media so have also been following you as well as other bloggers on IG, Twitter, etc, and I love your posts! I can definitely relate to your world, it seems we have much in common: We’re both married (well, I’m almost married) to Irishmen, both are from California, both are twins! I really loved living in Italy and hope to retire there one day. Florence is definitely a part of me and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it, but I also LOVE Ireland. By reading your posts actually, I have been able to keep up with some of the best places to eat and drink in this town… so thanks! If you ever go back to Italy to visit (or live!), let me know, I could definitely pass on some advice and suggestions. I briefly worked as a wedding planner in Tuscany, how mad would that had been if we had run into each other then? Anyway, best of luck and I also look forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂 xx

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    elizabethe cavendish
    March 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I am doing research and came across your blog. I’m going to take the plunge and live in Dublin for 2 months in the beginning of 2017. It’s funny because you mentioned AirBnB and that is who I’m using to plan my stay. I see you wrote this 2 years ago, so apparently business is good. Anyway, I’m a bit nervous. I’m from Florida so I don’t think the rain will bother me and I’m accustomed to being immersed in foreigners-Except now, I will be the foreigner. Anyway, great post, thanks for the info.

    • Reply
      Bea
      March 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you for reading my blog. I have been very behind on maintaining it and my paln has always been to make this a blog for people who are also moving here from America and other countries, so hopefully I can be of help! Stay tuned as I am soon adding more information to this blog. I no longer work for Airbnb, I work for myself 🙂 Best of luck with your move!

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