Dublin is a cosmopolitan city. When you come, you will not only hear the Irish-people with their particular English accent (or maybe even the Irish language), you will hear Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Japanese… well, you catch my drift. You will be amazed by how many people from around the world walk around the streets and make Dublin into a wonderful and colourful city. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you come to live in Dublin, you will learn so many new things.
Hold your horses though, before you come there are many things to keep in mind, especially if you are coming to live here (temporarily or permanently). And while discovering certain aspects of your new city will definitely be amazing and worth your troubles, knowing other things beforehand will definitely make the transition and your life easier.
I’ve heard people in Dublin saying they hate the rain, well, they kinda came to the wrong place then. Sometimes the day starts sunny and beautiful and two hours later it’s as rainy as the rainforest. The country is so green for a reason: the constant rain. On the other hand, if you like the rain (like me) then Dublin will definitely be beautiful every day for you.
Irish weather is the biggest mystery of the universe and if you do not know this beforehand, you will be very confused (and drenched to the bone).
Renting and scams
Finding a place to rent in Dublin is quite hard. It may take some time to find the perfect place for you, so you’ll have to have enough patience to survive this task. But when you do find your home, it will feel like the sky opened and a divine light illuminated you while angels sing.
Just make sure to be safe when you look for places and actually pay the deposit and rent. There are some scammers around, but if you are prepared, you have nothing to fear.
Like any respectable city, Dublin has a transport network that will allow you to travel from east to west without any problem. But… what options do you have? Well, Dublin has many; it has Dublin Bus, the Dart (and the Suburban Rail), the Luas, Dublin bikes and, of course, taxis. But you need to find out which one’s right for you, which station is close to your home, the prices… everything. But once you understand the basics, you’ll be on your way.
While the Irish accent is a bit tricky at first, especially in certain places, once you get used to it, you won’t have a problem communicating. But you also need to know the slang. That way you won’t misunderstand anyone and make a fool of yourself when you say you don’t do ‘crack’ when the Irish people where just asking you about ‘the craic’.
Places to go
And now, the best part, what to do in Ireland.
Ireland is a unique country with marvellous places to visit, from breath-taking green landscapes to beautiful architectural wonders, there is something for everyone. No matter what you like doing, you will find your favourite place.
If you want to go have the craic with your mates, there’s no better place to do it than pubs, those great places where the Irish go not only to drink, but to eat, have fun with friends and family and talk.
And if you don’t have too much money to spend? Well, you can enjoy yourself just as much with just a few cents.
Click here to check some of the best pubs and bars around Dublin
Or if you’re more the stay-at-home type, maybe you could just join your local library and enjoy all the free stuff they have to offer. From books to movies, you’ll find more that you think.
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