Moving to the other side of world feels so natural and normal it’s scary.
We did it. We finally have accomplished the goal we’ve been working towards for over a year. We have moved to Dublin, Ireland!
It has been a whirlwind and a reason we missed our May lunch date. Sorry, I’m a bad friend.
It was so easy getting swept up in ALL the things that had to be done.
- Sell MORE of our stuff. Seriously, at this point how is that we still had more stuff to get rid of? SO MANY PURGES.
- Move out of the SECOND apartment in 6 months.
- Sell the last remaining car. We officially have no cars. #Weird
- Say goodbye to family and friends.
- A bunch of small tiny ninny nanny things that had to get done.
It’s almost like a wedding. You think you got it figured out until you realize you forgot the small details, like napkins. (Yes, that happened at my wedding)
Moving across the world
It is actually easier than people might think. As long as you have a few mantras that are your steadfasts to fall onto.
- Shit is going to go wrong.
- Adapt and figure it out.
Shit is going to go wrong. It’s true, life is messy and only in utopia does everything work out great 100%. So when we got our Irish bank set-up we thought we were all set! Turns out even if it’s set-up we can’t access it until we were there. Which meant no money in our accounts to pay for any rental we might find.
*Cue Frantic ATM pulls to cover rent and deposit**
*Note* There is still a large wire transfer that has gone missing and no one knows where it went. Note to self: Never ever fucking doing a wire transfer ever again.
Which leads our next mantra. Adapt and figure it out.
What can you do? Life is messy and instead of worrying about it and ruining your day might as well rise above it and figure out a solution to the problem. At this point I think the money is gone and not more we can do. Problem solved.
Granted when we were told our wire transfer might not come back I had a melt-down the first 10-15 minutes. I can’t lie about that one. I have my moments with mantra #2.
Having Realistic Goals
Do your research and have a realistic goal. I’m personally the glass half empty person. I think of the worst case scenario and accept that scenario. So when things are better it’s like a little nougat of goodness for the day.
Now I would of LOVED a cheaper place to live but with this market it wasn’t realistic. Sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet and work with what you got in front of you.
How We Got our Dublin Apartment
So you might not be aware but Dublin housing industry is booming beyond anyones comprehension. It is bonkers and what I’ve dubbed the Dublin Hunger Games.
We heard stories and talked to many who have been through it. They were not joking, it is insane.
The first day we went to a viewing. Now you can’t just show up to view apartments. They have ONE viewing time for the lets and that’s it. The viewings get full and there will be 40-50 people lined up to see the place. Thankfully we didn’t experience anything of this magnitude but we were told this by chatting with the first viewing group.
There was 8 other people at the first one and this one was a last minute showing as I guess the agreed let from the previous week fell through for some reason.
3 of those people walked in, didn’t even look at the place and said, “I WANT IT”.
The place was much smaller than advertised. The wide angled lens made it out to be MUCH more spacious. I’m talking a bedroom that is big enough for a double bed and that is it.
R and I looked at each other and realized what we’ve gotten ourselves into. We are knee deep in the Hunger Games and it’s adapt and figure it out time. We were already a little worried to have to do this every day for the next month. This was emotionally exhausting already.
Now I don’t like the word “Fate” but call it what you want, the universe stepped in.
The letting agent for the first viewing was also the one for the second later that night.
She was running behind for the first one so there was no way we were going to make it to the next one taking public transport. She was kind enough to offer a lift to the next. We got to chat with her and she was super helpful in talking up this next place and the location of it. Which we didn’t know if we were alright with from the get-go.
The second viewing of the day
We pull in and there are 12-14 couples/roommates waiting for the viewing with more piling in. *Adapt and figure it out. . . It’s going to be OK*
But to be honest, both of us were pretty discouraged at this point.
The second apartment was beautiful. Brand new community, brand new EVERYTHING and floor to ceiling windows. The grey walls, the large plank flooring was dreamy and it felt easily like it could be home.
We walked away from the viewing laughing about how there was no chance in hell we were getting this one with that many other applicants. The competition was fierce. We were in the Dublin Hunger Games after all.
Well . . . it is now our new home.
Pinch me. We are about 10-15 minute walk to the ocean and shops. It feels so good to cook again and eat a homemade meal. We feel like adults again with an actual place to call home.
Sometimes things are just meant to work-out and they work-out for reasons we don’t understand. If there is anything I’ve learned along the way is that most things are out of my control.
What I CAN control though, is my reaction.
I’m not responsible for anyone or anything else but I can control how I react to situations and life.
Long drawn out lunch date but we had to catch up from the past TWO months. 🙂
Hope everyone has a fun and safe fourth of July with family and friends this week.