“So what brought you to Dublin?”
I get asked this question a lot. Because of this, I’ve got a few different responses depending on who I’m talking to.
The logical and professional response: “I love traveling and have always wanted to live in Europe and it’s easy for Canadians to get a visa in Ireland, plus I can speak the language.”
The lighthearted, casual response: “For the craic. Ireland is a beautiful country and Dublin is such a fun city, I just love being here.”
The truth: *Points to Seán* “Him.”
Of course all of these answers are true, but the last one is the most true. I have always wanted to move abroad, but Dublin was never a place I considered living until I met Seán. I moved here because of him. I moved abroad for love.
I think the most important thing when you move abroad for love, is to find your own reason for living in your new country. I’d imagine it would put an unbelievable amount of pressure on your relationship if your partner was the only thing keeping you in the country. Sure they can be the thing that initially brought you abroad, but don’t let them be the sole reason you’re staying. Make new friends, find a rewarding job, and fall in love with the culture, the people, and the sights. Learn to love your new home and your move abroad will strengthen your relationship, instead of putting strain on it.
I am so happy in Ireland. Every day I feel so blessed to call this beautiful country home. I’ve gotten to know the city quite well, and can tell you the quickest way to get to town, where to go to hear live music, and the best place for late night falafel. I’ve made new friends including other expats here on working holiday visas, my coworkers, and a few vegan girls who are always down to join me for lunch. I’ve traveled around the country and admired the endless rolling hills and shades of green and I’ve explored the quaint Irish towns and seaside villages, trying a pint of Guinness in each. And on top of all this I am finally living in the same city as Seán. Moving abroad for love has been everything I’d hoped and more. It really is a dream come true.
- 27/04/2017 - Today I’m grateful for motivation from my wonderful boyfriend. I know I should workout and I know how good I’ll feel afterwards, but sometimes it’s so hard to drag myself to the gym (even though it’s only around the corner…). Seán exercises every day, either working out in the gym or playing rugby, and knowing… Continue reading 27/04/2017
- 26/04/2017 - Today I’m grateful for my evening yoga class. After long hours at work it’s so nice end the evening in a relaxing way. I’m also grateful for my comfy bed and going to sleep early. I was so tired today so I’m glad I listened to my body and had a early night tonight.
- 25/04/2017 - Today I’m grateful for my heater! It had been starting to warm up here in Dublin but today out of nowhere the temperatures dropped. My room is so cozy right now and I’m oblivious to the cold outside. I’m also grateful for a warm and nourishing bowl of roasted veggies, potatoes, and tahini. This is… Continue reading 25/04/2017
- 24/04/2017 - Today I am happy that I took the time to organize my life and prepare for the week ahead. I’m grateful for my fridge full of food, my organized agenda filled with tasks for the week, and my clean bedroom and fresh sheets. I’ve also made my lunch the night before so I won’t be… Continue reading 24/04/2017
- 18/04/2017 - I’m grateful for a wonderful weekend in Sligo. It was so nice to have 4 days off to relax in the beautiful Irish countryside. I always love spending time at Seán’s family’s cottage and this weekend was no exception! I’m grateful that I live in a country with rugged mountains, endless green fields, and beautiful… Continue reading 18/04/2017