Settling into new surroundings

I have now arrived at what may be a more permanent location. I’m located fairly close to where I was staying before. Rathmines is now the closest ‘village’ to me, and it only takes me ten minutes to walk to a health food store, supermarket, and cafe. I’m staying with a woman and her two kids as well as three other women…a student, a gal who is working a bit as an au pair for my host, and a woman who has returned to Dublin and is working. So it is a busy house!

I had a chance to take a bit of a walk around my neighbourhood and was pleasantly surprised to find that I’m located a couple minutes away from Dartry Park and a walking path along the river. Despite the forecast that it would be a dreary and rainy day, it has instead been sunny-ish and lovely, so I took a little walk this evening as the sun set.


A few days back I spent the day with a friend of my dad’s friend. She showed me around South Dublin and the Dun Laoghaire area. It was a beautiful mild day, and I felt that being near the sea was a great way to recharge after spending time in the city. The air was fresh and salty, and it reminded me of BC. After a day of exploring the area, she introduced me to hot whiskey, which unlike my send-off hot whiskey, was in hot water with a lemon slice that had cloves stuck in it. I had ridden my host’s extra bike, and at the end of the day the lights were not working (since the time change it has been getting dark before six). So I headed back yesterday to pick it up, discovering that it’s a two and a half hour walk there, then a half hour bike back to my ‘old’ place, and a half hour walk to where I’m staying now!

Something I enjoy most about travelling is learning about the little things that make daily life different from what I am used to. In Ireland, I’ve discovered some of these things; license plates start with the year the vehicle was made followed by the letter for the county where it was registered, making for some funny road rage exclamations; heat is not something that is generally on throughout the day, but instead is only on for a couple hours in the morning and at night…and for those of you that know me, you will be aware that I spent last winter with my feet shoved in the radiator whenever I was home, so this will be an adjustment; and there are no plugs in bathrooms, which makes some things a bit weird, such as charging one’s toothbrush elsewhere. These little things can help shift my thinking, but they also have a tendency to make me recognize the small things I enjoy, but haven’t noticed, about home.

7 thoughts on “Settling into new surroundings”

  1. Looks pretty green there still. Finding your way about and getting plenty of exercise it sounds like. Hope the weather cooperates. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  2. Green and wet – it certainly looks like BC! It sounds like you are getting lots of exercise – that might help keep you warm : )

    1. Well I was driving around with a friend and mentor and she kept saying things like “Och, Dublin 2006, what are you doing?!!” It took me a few moments to clue in.. 😛

  3. Great to see you’re settling in! Thanks for the detailed descriptions — always interesting to hear how life is different, yet the same. The quality of light in your photos is amazing. Feels distinctly European somehow, although I know that sounds strange.

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