The best part of living up here is that in keeping my travel time to a minimum I don’t feel the fatigue of feeling you’ve done a days work in just getting to the office, the gem I’ve held over from a drunken conversation last weekend is that 90% of work is turning up and I think there might be some value to that inebriated insight. I’m pretty certain I’m in the minority having a walk of less than 10 minutes to work, but hey this is a personal account not a census. Ease of access is nice, I don’t have a car, yet venturing to gigs, random games at Croke Park and fitting in escapes to the oasis Phoenix Park has become for this country man as well as places like Howth and Dun Laoghaire can all be thought of and executed within 20 minutes. I feel a challenge to try new restaurants and pubs (all recommendations welcomed!), shake it up culturally and activity wise and try to mould out a life as well as the job, pension, career, ‘how long are you planning on staying with the company?’ type talk that seems to dominate too many conversations. It really does seem a lot of people work here, not many people live here. That is a downside but it’s one I don’t find myself mulling over. Not because I don’t have time anymore to ponder life’s great questions and where I fit in but merely because I haven’t tried that hard to make the place work or been desperately eager to fill my evenings or the quiet days, it’s just worked itself out. Of course it goes without saying I have not saved a penny nor had a fortnight pass where my paycheque has been badly needed, pints after work, lunch, dinner, there is a crazy amount of choices for me to spend my money on.
Apologies if this was all too positive or uneventful as Simon’s flights, if anyone wants me to moan about the three women in my office and the great air conditioning debate and their inability not to comment on someone after they leave the room then let me know. Also possible negative topics are my odd housemates, but they are just so strange that I like talking to them because of the relief I feel when they leave. Every cloud………………… *Not really a fact, more so a generalisation having had it easy there for 2 months.
P.S. Thanks to that blogger that recommended the Italian wholesaler in Smithfield, best find since I've moved.