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.