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Random Thoughts on Dublin

I should write something about Dublin. I’ve been here for two weeks now? Three weeks? I’ve wandered about the city a little bit, but to be honest I haven’t done done or seen a lot. My time has been occupied with the following:

  1. Recovering from a cold/flu
  2. Doing a bunch of bureaucratic paper work required to live/work here.
  3. Looking for a job
  4. Looking for an place to live
Sunrise over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland

The one day I had to wake up really early to go to a government office to get my GNIB card (which lets me get a job in Ireland). That wasn’t fun, but I got this really nice picture of the Ha’penny Bridge and the River Liffey because of it. Plus there aren’t a lot of people out at 5:30am.

Recovering from the cold was the easy part (and it was a nice excuse to stay in and watch Bojack Horseman on Netflix). The paperwork part has been a pain so far, but doable. The job search has been ?? I hate looking for a job. I just want to know I have a paycheque and something to do. I’d be a better freelance writer if I didn’t need more security. The place to live search has also proved difficult. Dublin’s rental market is crazy. One point I replied to someone on Daft (a local rental site) about an interest in a room. They messaged me back to see if I’d be interested in seeing the room. Before I could respond back they sent another message saying the room was gone.

But yes random thoughts on Dublin, after being here for a few weeks, which may or may not change the longer I’m here and the more I experience.

Random Thoughts on Dublin

  • Dublin isn’t a small city, but it’s not big. A lot of the attractions are within walking distance, and the ones a little further out are easy to get to on transit.
  • I find it funny that some of the pubs have signs that say “We Have Guinness.” Isn’t that a given at most pubs here?
  • Georgian doors are pretty awesome. They’re often brightly painted, and a lot of them have the door handle in the middle of the door.
  • The public transit has been pretty easy to figure out. It’s fun going up to the top of the double decker buses and getting a nice view of the city.
  • Howth is not pronounced how I thought it would be. It’s a fishing town about 20 minutes from the city centre by train. You can see seals there and they have some delicious fish and chips. I definitely want to go back out and spend some more time here.
  • I’ve always lived in a landlocked province, so being by the ocean is pretty cool. One day I spent an hour at the beach picking up rocks and seashells because I’m 5.
The beach at Bray, Ireland.

Bray is about 20 minute south of Dublin on the train. It’s more of a beach town than Howth. And yes I did spend an hour here picking up rocks and seashells on the beach.

  • Some people have little ships in their home windows, which I love.
  • Gaelic is an official language here, so you’ll find it on street signs, on the public transit, etc. But you don’t see Gaelic on products, like you would with English and French in Canada.
  • It hasn’t rained as much as I thought it would. However the first day it rained my umbrella broke.
  • It’s also awesome that Ireland is the only country with an official music symbol – the harp.
  • As a writer I’m totally ashamed to say I haven’t read anything by some of Ireland’s best known writers poets, and playwrights like James Joyce, W.B Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Johnathan Swift, and Samuel Beckett. There are a variety of bookstores and libraries nearby so this can be remedied.

I wish I had to write for you. I’m still getting a feel for the city. Does it feel like home? Not yet, but maybe it will when I settle in somewhere (that isn’t a shared dorm room at a hostel). Maybe it won’t and I’ll just feel like a semi-nomad for the next two years. Either way I’m liking what I’ve seen so far, and I’m looking to explore a lot more of Dublin and Ireland (and elsewhere in Europe) over the next two years.

Have you been to Dublin?

6 Responses to Random Thoughts on Dublin

  1. Murielle Petitpas August 31, 2016 at 4:23 AM #

    It sounds hella cool. Well except for the whole cold, no job, no place yet deal. Dublin looks amazing :). You’ll probably find work once you get the paper work done.

    I too would think they serve Guinness in pretty much every pub, but then maybe they have some sort of deal with Guinness where if they advertise they make more money?

    James Joyce is apparently overrated but Oscar Wilde is hilarious. If you want to start slow on the literary path you should read Angela’s Ashes. It’s a biography about a man who grew up in a Dublin slum. You might like it, cheery as it sounds…lol.

    Can’t wait to read more!

    Cheers!!

    • Alouise September 20, 2016 at 2:31 PM #

      I did read Angela’s Ashes back in High School. Great book, but totally sad (but also really funny in some parts). I guess I haven’t dropped the ball on reading any Irish writer.
      And I’ll definitely have to read some Oscar Wilde. He seems a little bit more manageable than Joyce.

  2. Murissa Shalapata August 31, 2016 at 3:51 PM #

    Love Dublin! Heading back for my honeymoon in October.
    Go to Trinity College to see why the harp is Ireland’s (and Guinness’ symbol although you might already know).
    Howth was a great town for a seafood lunch!
    looking forward to following along on your discoveries as you live there!

    • Alouise September 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM #

      I must admit I’ve gone to Howth a couple times for seafood. It’s just so nice there.

      Hope you enjoy your time in Dublin. Are you planning to visit anywhere else in Ireland for your honeymoon?

  3. Ryan Biddulph September 5, 2016 at 8:12 AM #

    Hi Alouise,

    Hope you’re feeling better 😉

    Funny thing signs need to mention G. That beer IS that part of the world, I’d reckon.

    I just finished a Narcos Netflix binge myself 🙂

    Ryan

    • Alouise September 20, 2016 at 2:20 PM #

      The common room at my hostel was playing Narcos, and I’d watch it while I was emailing my friends and family back home. Definitely going to be binge watching that pretty soon. Thanks for the comment.

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