After 10 months of searching I’ve finally been offered a job abroad. As of this September I will be working in Nanjing, China. I’m thrilled! Bonus: I have several friends placed throughout mainland China and can’t wait to reconnect with them over the next year. Double Bonus: my job entails traveling from city to city.
As soon as my visa arrives I hit the ground running.
Here goes nothing.
Its that time folks; I’m waiting at the bus station for the 7:30am to Dublin. I’m actually sad to leave. Deb was an amazing host and the apartment was just what I needed! Travel always makes me nervous, mostly when I’m not in control of the vehicle: how do I know they’ll be on time? Are they going to the right place? What if we get lost?
I’m easily stressed out.
Its also very cold and uncomfortable here because the benches are metal. As much as I have enjoyed Ireland, I am ready to leave and be in the states.
I suppose now is later; I made it to Dublin after nearly missing my bus in Limerick. Seriously, I was almost in tears but thankfully I caught the 12 just in time.
Since then I’ve picked up a gift for my cousin, a thanks for letting me borrow his duffle bag, and I had a mid day snack at Bite of Life.
I walked around Dublin and took in the sites it had to offer, now I’m going to rest and look forward to my flight in the morning.
This morning I made a super awesome delicious breakfast:
Then I spent time talking with Deb, the woman renting upstairs, about books and people and healthy lifestyles (she’s a personal trainer plus some).
After many days relaxing and walking around Limerick I decided to visit King John’s Castle. It is literally right next door and the entry fee is very reasonable. Enlightening is what I’d call it as well as well thought through. The views were absolutely breathtaking! Limerick is absolutely amazing. (Side note I finished the novel Gone Girl a very weird but extremely well written story)
I’ve been in this county for 4 days and have decided it is much to my liking. The river rushes and crashes seeming so out of place in a city. The stone walls and steps and roads ooze age and time, the way musty books compose a library. I’m sad to think I have to leave soon but will have to come back.
I’ve planned to see the museum and castle in the next day or two and ofcourse will sample the night life.
I brought in the new year with Julia. The early morning we walked to the Kilmainham Gaol on the far west side of Dublin. Quite interesting, mostly a political prison after its establishment. We signed up for the 11:10am tour and wandered the museum while waiting. About 11:08am I get nervous because I can’t find Julia because she has my ticket and they wont let me in to the tour without it. Gah. I was very upset and worried because I figured she had gone on without me.
What had happened was…she had to throw up bc of not eating when she room her meds and was so worried she had missed our tour that she got on the wrong tour. Thankfully she told one of the guides so when I went to reception they were talking about this “Emma Rose girl that got lost from her friend” and I raised my hand to go “oh, that’s me!”
Things were quiet after that; we parted ways, I made some stir fry noms and we met up again after nap time.
That night around 7pm We drank cider and watched a movie before going to Quays. The pub was packed to the brim. I lost my hostel key (which had me in tears bc they charge 25€ for that) and my friend lost her credit card. Thankfully the bar tender recovered my key but no luck with my friends card.
I was definitely an old lady because as soon as I had that key back I peaceful out–in bed by 11:45pm where I skyped Alex said “happy new year” and fell asleep.
Half the reason I went to bed early was to catch a 7:30am bus to Limerick. The plan was for Julia to meet me at 6:30am then walk with me to the bus station but that never happened. She fell asleep and missed all her alarms. The only bad part is that we didn’t say good bye and I had to leave her backpack with my receptionist at Times Hostel.
The bus ride to Limerick was a bit bumpy but the countryside on the way was incredible, even in the rain.
Since then I’ve been at a little apartment on the river in Limerick, city of culture. My hostess has been absolutely amazing and the city is beautiful; I prefer being out here to Dublin.
I will post picks of the new place soon. Until then here are some from my last days in Dublin:
Spent the early morning walking all the way from city centre to the Gaol. It was very fascinating! Most interesting is that is mostly held political prisoners and poor starving Dubliners caught stealing.
We roamed the museum before our tour (worth the 2€).
I leave the city in two days. My time here has been interesting. Its always wet and cold but I’m finally okay with it.
In the past few days I’ve just done a lot of wandering around. I did manage to visit the Writer’s Museum and will tour the Gaol tomorrow. (Tried to today but when we got there all the tours were booked!)