Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ch-Ch-Changes


For those who are not aware of what's been going on in my life recently, I have some breaking news: I am currently living in Dublin - birthplace of Oscar Wilde, Jameson, Bob Geldof and My Bloody Valentine. That's right, I've moved to Ireland! Remember when I arrived in Dublin for the first time? Exactly one year ago. It didn't take me too long to consider moving to this capital city - smaller and less stressful than London, relatively safe, multicultural enough and not too far away from home (3 hour flight).

This was one hell of a hard step to take, I reckon. I'm not going to sugarcoat my story: my lack of confidence doesn't really help in these circumstances and there were hard times when I was ready to give up and go back to Portugal. On my own, I had no other choice but to encourage myself to develop extraordinary strength and resilience in order to keep me going. Pretty tough but that's how you adjust and eventually get by. I'm glad I've made a few friends over here who truly helped me when I most needed - it's comforting to know who you can count on. You see, moving abroad can be a thorny experience.

Leaving everything behind for a fresh start in Emerald Isle, a country cursed with neverending rain, sounds like a foolish thing to do but I still insisted on giving it a go. I'm just a small town girl looking for something else in life, brave enough to try my luck away from my suffocating hometown (don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful place but it couldn't offer me whatever it is that I'm looking for). I haven't regretted my decision so far, even though I miss my parents, my friends and needless to say, the coffee back home (!). However, I firmly believe that, if I survived January blues by myself, the mild homesickness and St Patrick's Day, I shall survive this struggle too - hopefully not in a Dickensian fashion. I don't know for how long will I stay in Dublin, no matter how much I enjoy it; temporary things can become permanent and vice-versa. Meanwhile, it's all happening and I'm making the most out of it.

15 comments:

  1. And I'm sooooo proud of you!!!
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  2. Boa sorte por aí!! E aproveita ao máximo...

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  3. Tenho muito orgulho na tua coragem e resiliência.
    Uma princesa sorridente sempre com as "armas" a tiracolo! ;-)
    Viver é arriscar.
    xx

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  4. Never give up, Nancy! Entre pubs bonitos e campos verdejantes, espero que tudo que corra pelo melhor e que continues a partilhar muitos pedaços desse país com o qual tanto sonho <3

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  5. Gata whiskyana estou orgulhosa de ti!

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  6. what a lovely post :) I´m moving to Manchester soon! I´ve already lived there but it´s still a big change for me :D xx

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

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  7. I'm proud of you - that's amazing! I can't wait to see more posts from Dublin.

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  8. Oh I didn't realise you were living there now! Good on you, looking forward to seeing more of what you get up to.

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  9. Good for you! Looking forward to seeing your Dublin posts, hope you meet some other Dublin bloggers too! I moved from London to Belfast last week, sometimes you just know you need a change! X

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  10. I'm sending you feeling-good vibes! I understand it must be hard and I wish you'r write a bigger post for the struggles of such a big step, I'm constantly thinking about this and maybe if my relationship circumstances were different I would have done it already. Was it easy to find another job there? Or did you find a job and then moved to Ireland?! I agree, I want to live somewhere in England or Scotland so much I don't care a bit about the weather or being lonely in the start...!

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  11. Brave girl! Acho que Dublin e Irlanda combinam contigo (dizer isto sem te conhecer mesmo é estúpido, mas são as vibes que o teu blog passam!). Admiro a tua coragem, a sério. Eu se quisesse fazer algo do género nem sabia por onde começar

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  12. That's so exciting! What a brave decision to make, especially moving on your own. Good luck for the future and I hope you enjoy this chapter immensely, even with the tough bits.

    x

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  13. olha tiro-te o chapéu mil vezes por isto. Eu acho que me deixava mergulhar em melancolia no entanto, acho que era disto que precisava pra me tornar uma pessoa como deve de ser. De certeza que te vais adaptar à coisa :)

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  14. Wow, I admire your braveness, you are so strong and you can be proud of yourself -
    it's not easy to move to a different country, but it's the only
    right decision when you want to see the world and make new experiences.
    I wish you all the best!

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