Forward: I'm currently one month into a four month exchange at the Dublin Institute of Technology, also I've been behind on posting/writing/sharing/sleeping
When I left on this trip, I promised myself a few things. I decided before I left that I had to take every opportunity to travel, explore Dublin, and push myself out of my comfort zone. I also told myself I would write something new every week... and this is my first post (yikes). As you can see I'm a bit behind schedule.
So let's dive in.
When it comes to traveling, I believe there are three types of people. Those who plan out every detail, those who blindly book tickets, and then people like me, who fall somewhere in between. I usually book a hostel or find a friend to stay with and write a few things down that I need to see when I get there, but other than that figure things out as I go. However, leading up to my four month move to Dublin, finding somewhere to stay wasn’t as easy as a HostelWorld search.
I had read online about the housing crisis in my soon to be home, but didn’t understand the severity. Before long, I was searching through so the few listings I could find, without quite enough understanding over the good and bad parts of the city. Quickly time began to pass, and with less than three weeks before my trip I made the decision to choose to book a AirBnb for my four month stay.
While this may not work in every city or with every host, this has worked well for me! I credit my Airbnb in part, for my smooth transition into living in Dublin. The place is in Rathmines, a residential area just south of the city center, plus there’s a direct bus that only takes about ten minutes to get to my uni. The area is so cute, and I live down the road from a variety of places to eat & get coffee, a movie theater (priorities), and plenty of pubs to get a pint.
A few signs that I have adjusted:
Friend: “Is it cold in Dublin today?”
Me: “actually, it’s pretty warm and sunny!”
*checks weather app: 54°F*
Other signs, I’m only one stamp away from a free boba tea on my punch card, I help my other friends with directions around town, and I know that one pint always means more.
Some photos to hold you over until my next post:
thanks for reading, I'll make sure there is more for you to read soon.