I can’t believe it’s been just over a month since I landed in Dublin on my second stint in Europe! Time flies.
The beginning of a working holiday is usually the toughest part. You feel the excitement of being in a new city, a new country, where you start making new friends and exploring. That’s what we’re here for, right? But there are also the understandable fears of not being able to find a job, missing home, or realising that your dollar doesn’t exchange to quite as much over here.
I’ve been there, done that. Luckily, the start of my second move abroad has seen me a bit spoiled. I moved into a flat that was pre-chosen for me, made a few friends on my second day in town, and have spent the month lounging about while applying for work. I like to think that I paid my long-stay hostel dues the first time around.
I’ve visited several popular restaurants, including 37 Dawson Street, Bear, and Yamamori, visited a few museums, brunched like a local, and attended the Dublin Fashion Festival. I even got a library card.
Things I’ve learned so far:
- You can get the same quality hangers at Penney’s for less money.
- Asking for your Guinness to be topped with a shot of Malibu is not a thing here.
- You need to learn to touch off when you get off the Luas tram, otherwise you lose lots of money… like me.
- Many things are more expensive than in London. €36.50 is not the same as £25. What’s the deal?
- Mobile phone companies are just as stressful here as they are everywhere else.
- Umbrellas are for tourists.
Upcoming adventures include a trip to London and a drive down to Dingle. Looking forward to being busy!