So here is what has happened in the past 10 days.
I met 2 other people staying at my hostel that are starting off at UCD and are also looking for housing. We headed out to the UCD campus on Monday to check out the housing situation over there and see if the office of off campus student accommodation could help us in any way. After wandering around the expansive campus, we finally came across said office and they were of absolutely no use. The girl working at the desk already told us all the information we knew such as which websites to search from and which areas of Dublin to look in. I had a huge reality check when I saw a poor 17 year old incoming freshman at the office also searching for accommodation since she wasn’t able to get on the waiting list to enter into the dorms. After seeing her, I knew I didn’t have it that bad after all and know that if that would have happened to me when I was 17, I would have just packed my bags and gone home.
I met Amelia through the UCD student message board. Amelia is a 24 year old grad student from Australia that is going through the same soul-crushing, self-confidence killing, tear-inducing process that I am. Needless to say, we bonded. We hung out at a Starbucks for an afternoon getting to know each other, consoling each other, and helping each other look for homes.
Monday and Tuesday I went and saw about 4 more places brining up the total to 10 places that I had looked at in less than a week.
Thursday I went over to Maria’s house in the burbs where I hung out for a little while. I had the pleasure of meeting her brother-in-law and two little nephews that moved to Ireland a few weeks ago and just started school. I got to practice my Romanian and know that I have not forgotten much yet.
Jentry a former colleague and friend of mine from my J.C.Penney days who is in town this week on vacation and I met up with her and some of her friends and had a wonderful meal of fish and chips and my first Guinness in country.
This morning I was woken up by a text message that read; “You can have the room” I HAVE OFFICIALLY FOUND A PLACE TO LIVE! I NO LONGER HAVE TO LIVE IN THE HOSTEL! YAAAAAY PRAISE BABY JESUS! I went over today to sign the lease. It’s an amazing location with a great view. It is in a young area with many young professionals and very close to lots of pubs, restaurants, and shops. It is about 15 walking from the center and a 10 minute walk to the bus towards UCD. It’s also about an hour walk to UCD so that is nice. I’ll post pictures of the inside once I get settled in but here is a picture of my street!
That’s about all I have for you for the time being. Below is the link to the Dublin Album. Enjoy!
Until next time,