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Today (well the day I’m publishing this post) is August 12, 2017. That means it’s been exactly one year since I first got to Ireland and started this working holiday thing. In some ways it feels like I just got to Ireland, and in other ways it feels like I’ve been here forever.
What the past 12 months has been like
The past 12 months has been both frustrating and wonderful. It took a while to get a job, and I’ve had to move more times than I would have liked (although many others have done the same, it’s just reality here in Dublin). But it has been beautiful. There’s so much history here, and people are friendly and always up for a chat, and it’s so damn green. Even in winter when it’s cooler and not as green it’s still green. There’s outdoor flower markets in January, and lots of rain, and occasional bits of sunshine. When the sun is out it’s like everyone gets outside. I’ve gotten used to the temperate weather so now 0C is freezing to me (I know I’m gonna get teased about this when I come home). Temperatures above +23C are now too hot.
I’ve seen a bit of Dublin, and got to show my parents around when they visited a few months ago, but there’s a lot I haven’t seen. And there’s small pieces of the rest of Ireland I’ve seen, but not as much I would have liked. My initial plan of “I’m going to travel every week” turned into every month to every other month to every few months, maybe. The cost of living here was higher than I had anticipated. Having to move (3 times in one year) and save up for new damage deposits and potentially higher rents has eaten at the travel budget. But I can’t complain. Outside Ireland also got to travel to Bath, to London, and to Brussels and later this month I’ll be going to Edinburgh. There’s also a trip planned for Copenhagen in November. Hopefully there’ll be more, but those are for sure.
And I’ve learned a bit, although I don’t feel Irish and I’m certainly not talking with an accent. I’m gonna do a random slang/words/phrases that confused me post eventually because there were several phrases that confused me when I was first here. But if someone asks if Ireland is my home it is my home for now. It feels like home, but not like Home. Home is Canada, and maybe always will be, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have other homes around the world, and leave little pieces of my heart all over. I don’t know yet. I felt excited when I was asked for directions today and didn’t have to say, “sorry I don’t know I’m not from here” like I would have had to do a year ago. I could actually tell those drunk Brits on the Luas, “yes this is Jervis Street where you want to get off.”
So that’s a jumble of random things and thoughts about being here for a year. I think it’s too early for me to tell what affect Ireland has on me or will have. I probably won’t know until I get back to Canada, and it’ll hit me like a ton of bricks. Or maybe it’ll be slow, random realisations throughout my life. The point being I’m probably too close to see everything now, so I’m going to enjoy the last year I have here in Ireland. I’m going to try to see and do what I can (without pushing myself). I’m going to try to take advantage of being close to other places in Europe too, although I’ve learned I probably won’t get to go everywhere I want in the next 12 months (because I want to go everywhere).
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So that’s life a year in Ireland. Now I want to know, if you’ve been to Ireland what was your favourite place, and if not what place in Ireland would you love to visit. Remember leave a comment below and go back to the Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry for the giveaway.