Ireland: First month recap
I'm a few days past the official one-month mark since I've moved to Ireland, and just about three weeks since we moved into our apartment in Dublin. It's been incredible and terrible. Some amazing times and some really difficult.
I miss my Boston apartment, my job, and my routine. But this jump has been one of the most eye-opening and self-centering experiences of my life. I was able to take a step away from all the comforts of what I had built in Boston to see what remained, and what was really important to me. I stopped addictively going to group fitness classes. I stopped eating out every day for lunch at sweetgreen. I stopped putting off things I wanted to do for later and just did them.
Heres a few things that can sum up my first month:
cooking: I enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. It's always been a dream of mine to open a bakery or do something with food. I found this course because it's a gluten free cooking school, which was a factor that was always holding me back (along with addiction to routine). And to go along with the course, I started this blog. Putting myself out there is not something that comes easy for me, and this blog has become the perfect creative expression for me to embody this passion and create something that I'm really proud of.
hiking: I've always loved being outside, especially in big wide open spaces. Ireland has tons of that. And for the first time in a while we have a car which makes exploring easy. Before Shaun settled into his job, we were going on hikes and long walks almost everyday. Now we go on weekends, or I make an effort to run through Bushy Park which is about a 2km from our house. Below are the pictures from all our hikes, my favorite being Glendalough. It's about an hour south of our place and, although a difficult climb in the beginning, the view from the top is incredible. It's a popular tourist destination which can be annoying, but for most of the trail you're alone.
differences: Grocery stores. For this, I miss America. The selection is much smaller although incredibly less expensive here. For example, there are NO corn tortillas in any grocery store. None! One day Shaun and I were going on a run into the city center and on our way back, I spotted a Mexican shop and got too excited. We went in and they had them! So many items you have to get in specialty shops. Theres no one-stop shop for everything. We have it so easy in America.
That's about it for differences. You drive on the left side of the road. You don't tip the same. Measurements are in the metric system.
Just like America, and all over the world, some people are really friendly and other's aren't. Nail salons are still run by Asians here. People watch sports at bars on Sundays and eat chicken wings. So many things are universal. There's no foods that I'm missing or stores that I can't live without. I like it here.
reflection: Without a job, I've had so much time to read, do home yoga practices, go for long walks and runs, and just be. It's really nice, and I hope by finding a connection to it in my time without the chaos of a full-time job, it will be easier to come back to when I have those stressors back in my life.