Six Months

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Well I forgot to celebrate the six month mark of living in Dublin.  I feel like I've been living here for years already but I can also vividly remember my first few days here like they were yesterday.  I've gotten so comfortable with life and my daily routines.  I know the bus routes, my cycle routes, what neighborhoods to not walk through at night and where to find the cheapest pint or the best dance music.  That doesn't mean that I'm not still learning new things every day though.  Just this weekend my roommate found a grocery store right around the corner from our apartment that we never knew existed.  We've been walking across the City Centre into the most touristy part of town to go grocery shopping there.  This discovery is big news for us.

We also just found a great pub right down the street.  It's an old man bar where we were joking around with the bartender within 20 minutes of walking in.  Nothing is better than banterful bartenders.  Though Ireland is known for its friendliness, I've had a hard time finding a good pub like that in Dublin.  What is even worse is that I walk within 100 feet of this place every day on my way to the bus stop but never noticed it. 

The weather has been so nice here and it's really making me look forward to summer.  It is a little disappointing to know that it will most likely only get marginally warmer than it is right now but it will still be an improvement on the winter.  I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more of Ireland and hopefully a few more trips around Europe.

While I am loving my time here, I do have an unfortunate habit of getting extremely antsy after being in one place or doing one thing for more than six months.  Whether it's a job or a place of residence, I can't help but want to move on to something else after six months.  While I think I've officially decided that I won't be sticking around here much longer than my degree, I also feel like I'm not ready to go home.  Nothing is definite yet but I think I've decided to go somewhere to make up for the lack of sun I've gotten here in Ireland.  Aside from making up for a years worth of sun deprivation, I also hope to finally become fluent in a second language, and take some time to do some writing.  If everything goes according to plan, I'll be teaching English in Spain by October.  And if everything doesn't go according to plan... well, I adapt easily.

2 comments:

  1. Hi there, came across your blog while searching on expat-blog.com. Looking forward to reading future posts about Dublin! I am about to be 24, graduating from San Francisco State this fall. I am looking into applying for the working holiday visa May 2013. Dublin seems like a fantastic place to be! Keep me updated!

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  2. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog and I would definitely recommend coming to Dublin... it's an amazing time!

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