So it’s my second day in a row writing on this. Yay, Somewhat getting into a trend. It only takes 21 days to make or break a habit so I am already doing well with getting into the habit.
In my last post I mentioned three things I was going to write about at a later date and I haven’t forgotten, don’t worry.
Just to recap these things were my hobbies, the end of my relationship and finishing university. The University one may take a while as I am trying to get some friends to talk about their experiences and I am really lazy and keep forgetting, but keep an eye out it will come up bit by bit as I get pieces in!
Another thing I mentioned in yesterdays post was questions. I invited you to email me with any questions on my email for the blog (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I was VERY pleasantly suprised to open my inbox to see an email today. In honor of that I am going to write a quick post answering the questions I got in the email. I was quite enthusiastic about answering these questions as I am on dating sites since I became single and I get alot of messages from American guys asking similar questions.
First of all I want to thank Alicia for her email. She found the blog on a post on tumblr, check hers out here
. Alicia is 18 and graduating high school and is planning on coming on a working holiday to Dublin and asked me a few questions which I will now attempt to answer as best I can 😀
1. Do you have any tips for solo females traveling in Dublin?
Being honest, this was probably the hardest question for me to answer. I have never travelled anywhere on my own and I don’t really have much experience on the topic. However I do have alot of experience of being in Dublin and traversing the city alone. One thing I will say, Dublin can be a TERRIFYING city. I’ve been to other cities, example London, and I thought it was perfect and lacking the terrors the Dublin streets sometimes have. I have since been informed that London is quite as dangerous as Dublin just I had rose coloured glasses on as I was holidaying there and missed out on it.
Obviously if you are working in Ireland you will be making friends and all your nights out will be with them so you shouldn’t have to travel alone too often but when you do all I recommend you do is maybe do as I do. I always walk as if I know where I am going. And I very rarely travel alone. But when I do I always have my phone ready just in case I need to make a quick call.
Make sure you never carry too much cash on you and have your phone insured as there has been an increase in pick pockets. And if you are getting a taxi, take their number and let someone know what taxi you are in or else use the hailo app. That app is a godsend. Believe me.
2. How’s the public transportation?
Public transport is actually not too bad. While I hate having to get it, as most people do, it’s actually not too bad a system. We have bus services running around the city, as well as the DART, which goes through the city centre but essentially brings you along the seafront, from one side of the city to the other. It’s a train essentially. We also have the LUAS, which is like a tram. This brings you from the city centre to Saggart/Tallaght and then the other line brings you way out on the southside of the city, I’m not actually sure where but the LUAS is the quickest way to Dundrum Town Centre and for travelling between the various tourist attractions/bus and train terminals in the city.
I’m not sure about the price of public transport, when compared to other cities, but the majority of one way fares seem to cost in and around €2.
One thing I will advise you invest in is a Leap Card. The leap card is a card you top up and can use on all forms of public transport. With it fares are that little bit cheaper and it means you don’t have to search for change in advance 🙂
3. Do Irish folk feel any which way about Canadians? How about black people? (I’m half black and I’m pretty sure it isn’t going to be a problem but you never know)
This was another one I wasn’t too sure about answering. I went to university and obviously there you meet all sorts of people from different countries and the likes and I have no problems with people of any race or anything and as far as I am aware the majority of Ireland is the same. Dublin is such a diverse city, there are so many people of different races and cultures living here and I really don’t think you would experience any problems. Like I really would be very shocked if you did. We are a friendly sort of people no doubt and you will have no bother settling in and making friends. Give it a week and it will be like you have always lived here!
4. How is the cost of living?
Now this is an interesting one. The cost of living is a strange one! I currently live at home with my parents but I have moved out before so I do have some experience of having to live off my own means. The most expensive part about living in Dublin, I’d say, is the rent. It all depends on where you are living, who with, etc. I’d nearly say you could expect to pay upwards of €500 a month for your rent. After that though it gets easier. Bills are fairly manageable as most companies here let you bundle your tv/phone/broadband together and once you aren’t leaving electrical things constantly on, you should manage okay. One thing my mum does and I’d recommend nearly everyone do this, is pays something off her bills every week (my dad gets paid weekly but do it every month if possible) this way when her bills come in she is always in credit. Also make sure and always ring in any meter readings. Never let the company bill you based on the estimate. For your cell phone, all the companies are competitive and offer great deals, for example, one network gives you unlimited texts to all other networks when you top up €5 every month.
Food is fairly cheap in our super markets as well. Tesco is brilliant, with reasonably priced foods. But Aldi and Lidl are also really crucial for food that is inexpensive. Food will be the least expensive part of living here I would say!
For clothes and stuff then you won’t be stuck either. We have Forever 21 and everything or then we have Pennys where you can get clothes for next to nothing! Like overall the cost of living in Ireland isn’t too bad in my opinion. But that is from me living off very little money, If you are of more expensive tastes I don’t know how you will get on!
I hope I answered all your questions, to some extent, Alicia.
And enjoy your time here. You really will make friends for life.
And guys I’ve loads more posts coming your way, but if there is anything you want to see just drop me an email.
xo Dublin Girl
PS. Can’t for the life of me figure out why some of this is highlighted in white… eep sorry about that.