Snapshots from (my new) Life in Ireland

Possibly the scariest, riskiest thing I’ve ever done is moving to Ireland.  Moving to Italy was easy; my job was already there and I didn’t have to “start over”, all I did was change location.  Moving to Dublin was completely different.  I had to wipe the slate clean and completely reinvent myself.  I was no longer Bea, the biking, tour guiding, Italian speaking girl in the US.  Moving to Ireland meant looking for a new job, and in a way, a new identity.  It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been an adventure, and I can honestly say I love where I live and the people and places in my life.  Here are a few photos of life in Ireland, and I will be adding to this page as time goes on.

I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that I happen to live a 5 minute walk from one of my favorite pubs in Dublin.

It's true what they say folks.  It really does taste better over here.

It’s true what they say folks. It really does taste better over here.

One of the first things I had to re-learn is how to drive on the left hand side of the road.  I am a Californian who just spent nearly a decade driving in Italy.  In other words, I’m an asshole behind the wheel of the car (according to a certain person I live with… ahem).

One of the first "driving-on-the-left lessons" with Keith.  Look at his face.  Pure fear and trepidation.

One of the first “driving-on-the-left lessons” with Keith. Look at his face. Pure fear and trepidation.

The Phoenix Park in Dublin.  Europe's biggest Urban Park and home to these beauties.

The Phoenix Park in Dublin. Europe’s biggest Urban Park and home to these beauties.

It took us 6 months after arriving in Dublin – mid-housing crisis – to finally find a place to live.  I love my new neighborhood of Glasnevin.

My new running route.  The peaceful Royal Canal. Swans not pictured.

My new running route. The peaceful Royal Canal. Swans not pictured.

I love that there is a great little Farmer's Market nearby.  The Honest 2 Goodness Market in Glasnevin even has some of my favorites from Italy.  Heaven.

I love that there is a great little Farmer’s Market nearby. The Honest 2 Goodness Market in Glasnevin even has some of my favorites from Italy. Heaven.

We live a short walk away from one of Ireland's most amazing sites:  The Glasnevin Cemetary, home to 1 million buried Dubliners, including plenty of famous people.  Perfect for a peaceful Sunday stroll.

We live a short walk away from one of Ireland’s most amazing sites: The Glasnevin Cemetary, home to 1 million buried Dubliners, including plenty of famous people. Perfect for a peaceful Sunday stroll.

It’s not true that Ireland only has terrible weather.  Our first year here has been absolutely blessed with some of the nicest weather I have ever experienced anywhere.  Perfect for going out to the coast.

One place to visit in Dublin is Bray.  Go for the beach and the views; Stay for the Fish n Chips.

One place to visit in Dublin is Bray. Go for the beach and the views; Stay for the Fish n Chips.

Dublin Bay, as seen from the top of Howth.

Dublin Bay, as seen from the top of Howth.

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    Verónica Waissbluth
    April 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Hello Bea, I am chief researcher of the documentary series My Chilean Family, produced by Surreal http://www.surreal.cl/ for Chilean open cultural TV. During our twenty years of experience, we have received nearly twenty awards for the seriousness and depth of our approach towards our recurrent issues, which are migration and identity.
    Our series My Chilean Family is sponsored by the National Council of Television, and we are looking for second or third generation Chileans who have never been to Chile (or came here during their early childhood and have no memories or the country). We are choosing eight people all over the world for a documentary which would register their encounter with their Chilean relatives here in Chile.

    The can be sons or daughers of either Chilean father, mother, grandmother or grandfather (just one of these is enough), we would fund their flight and stay in Chile, and it doen’t matter if they don’t speak Spanish.

    If you know people who meet these criteria, please let me know. My whatsapp is +56989693379, my email is vwaissbluth@gmail.com, and my skype contact is verowaissbluthg.

    Best regards!

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      Bea
      April 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Veronica, thank you for getting in touch. It all sounds like an interesting opportunity for someone. I will email you now. Thanks!

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