I should write something about Dublin. I’ve been here for two weeks now? Three weeks? I’ve wandered around the city a little bit, but to be honest, I haven’t done or seen a lot. My time has been occupied with the following:
- Recovering from a cold/flu
- Doing a bunch of bureaucratic paperwork required to live/work here.
- Looking for a job
- Looking for a place to live
So here are some random thoughts on Dublin, after being here for a few weeks, which may or may not change the longer I’m here and the more I experience.
Random Thoughts on Dublin
- Dublin isn’t a small city, but it’s not big. A lot of the attractions are within walking distance, and the ones a little further out are easy to get to on transit.
- I find it funny that some of the pubs have signs that say “We Have Guinness.” Isn’t that a given at most pubs here?
- Georgian doors are pretty impressive. They’re often brightly painted, and a lot of them have the door handle in the middle of the door.
- The public transit has been pretty easy to figure out. It’s fun going up to the top of the double-decker buses and getting a view of the city.
- Howth is not pronounced how I thought it would be. It’s a fishing town about 20 minutes from the city centre by train. You can see seals there, and they have some delicious fish and chips. I definitely want to go back out and spend some more time here.
- I’ve always lived in a landlocked province, so being by the ocean is pretty cool. One day I spent an hour at the beach picking up rocks and seashells because I’m 5.
- Gaelic is an official language here, so you’ll find it on street signs, on the public transit, etc. But you don’t see Gaelic on products like with English and French in Canada.
- It hasn’t rained as much as I thought it would. However the first day it rained my umbrella broke.
- It’s also awesome that Ireland is the only country with an official music symbol – the harp.
- As a writer, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read anything by some of Ireland’s best-known writers poets, and playwrights like James Joyce, W.B Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Johnathan Swift, and Samuel Beckett. There are a variety of bookstores and libraries nearby so this can be remedied.
I wish I had to write for you. I’m still getting a feel for the city. Does it feel like home? Not yet, but maybe it will when I settle in somewhere (that isn’t a shared dorm room at a hostel). Perhaps it won’t, and I’ll just feel like a semi-nomad for the next two years. Either way, I like what I’ve seen so far, and I’m looking to explore a lot more of Dublin and Ireland (and elsewhere in Europe) over the next two years.
Have you been to Dublin?