I am so excited to learn that there are no restrictions on the amount of hours / kind of work I want to do while in Ireland. I was originally under the impression I was only allowed to work so many hours in a week but I've been informed that I can work full time which is great news! It's a total relief to know that I'll be making enough money to live and travel which is all I really care about. I definitely won't be working as much as I do here but at least I'll be able to support myself and still save some money :D
I'm currently looking at a variety of vegetarian / vegan businesses and will be contacting them this weekend with my CV in hopes of setting up a meeting once I arrive. I would love nothing more than to stick with the same industry especially considering I am extremely passionate about this industry. Vegetarian and Vegan food is my life and I know that I would be the perfect fit to any of these restaurants so I'm looking forward to opening dialogue with them!
ACK! So exciting! So little time before I leave and so much still to accomplish! I'll keep y'all posted!
It's about as official as it gets now, I have received my working holiday visa and basically have everything I need (paperwork wise anyhow) to leave! I was quite surprised at how quickly it came in the mail as I was quoted at about 2 months and I received it back within a month.
Receiving the package in the mail really sent chills down my spine. It made this whole thing as real as it's going to get with the exception of boarding the plane to Ireland. I am now at a point where I'm getting extremely excited to leave but I know that I've still got a few things I need to take care of. I've been compiling a shopping list of all the things I'm going to need before I leave so in the next couple weeks I'll be doing some shopping and knocking some things off that list.
I have just over a month before I finish at my jobs and then 3 weeks after that I'll be leaving. Yahoo!
Things are really moving along quite nicely at this point. I've pretty much taken care of most of the prerequisites and I'm in the process of looking at Hostels to stay at once I arrive. Believe it or not, there's hundreds of options all within the Dublin city center that would be perfect for me so it's been fun to start looking at them and trying to pick one.
I've got my welcome orientation set for Friday October 13 which will give me a couple days to recuperate on sleep and start learning the surrounding area. It's going to be so fun to do some exploring before I have to start getting into the heavier stuff. I'm definitely excited to see what Dublin has to offer!
I've yet to decide whether I want to stay in Dublin or try my luck with Galway. Dublin would be beautiful but it is also significantly more expensive to live there and I will be living on a budget so I still have to figure out that aspect of the trip. I'm sure I'll be content wherever I decide to live but I want to make sure I make the most economical decision. I want to have enough money to do some travelling while I'm there which is in essence the reasoning behind the trip.
Lot's to do and my time to leave is quickly approaching. I'll update you guys with more info as it comes!
Today's the day that I head to London Ontario to drop off all of my forms for my Visa application. I'm pretty overwhelmed with emotions at this point. As soon as I hand over the application I simply wait for my visa to arrive and head out. This is pretty much the final step prior to leaving and I couldn't be more excited.
I've been doing some research about where I want to live and kind of looking at job postings for these areas and I'm totally hopeful I'll be able to find something I'll enjoy doing during my trip. I'm hoping to stay within the same industry (vegetarian / vegan food industry) as it's something I'm good at and know quite a bit about so my comfort level is definitely there. I'm also considering working in pubs as I think it'll be a great opportunity to meet people and get a feel for the area. I'm leaving it up to chance though, whatever comes my way is what I'm going to go for. I have always been an over thinker so I want to kind of ride the wave and go with the flow.
I am so excited, I can't wait to start this journey!
I received my welcome starter kit from Swap swap.ca and upon opening the email, quickly realized how different things were going to be for me very soon. Not only am I going to be basically travelling alone for the first time, living somewhere new for the first time, and flying incredibly far away for the first time, I'm going to be leaving all of my friends and family behind. This is proving to be the hardest part of this new chapter for me.
After my mother's passing just over 2 years ago, I've made it my goal to try and maintain a close relationship with my siblings and father. We were always close but this had brought out a maternal side of me, one that wanted to make sure everyone was going to be ok. I've recently started to feel like they are going to be just fine which has pushed me to take the plunge and head abroad. It's just so terribly sad that I'll be leaving behind so many people I care about but I think it's finally time to worry about myself.
Anyhow, I received my welcome kit and have the visa application sitting in front of me as I type this, waiting to be filled out and returned. With this application comes a long list of to-dos that I have less than 12 weeks to accomplish. I am usually a worry wart but feel so organized and ready to tackle this challenge.
Wowzers what an experience this is going to be! 2 years in a brand new country, meeting brand new people, experiencing brand new things, and best of all, seeing so many brand new places. I am looking forward to this so immensely! I'll be updating every step of the way :D
Every time I stop and take a minute to think, I realize that my trip is approaching ever so quickly. When I consider the scope of the move, it can feel quite overwhelming but also quite exciting in the same token. There are so many things I am looking forward to with this trip that I am so ready to head out!
Planning is coming along quite nicely. I register for the program this week where I'll be applying for my Visa and learning about some prerequisites I must take care of prior to my leaving. I imagine there will be a lot of things I have to take care of like acquiring medical insurance, purchasing some last minute necessities, and confirming my flight details. I'm so ready to learn about all of this and start taking care of everything. I am a bit of a worrier so the sooner I can start tackling some of these things the better!
I've been doing some googling about different things in Ireland I want to do / see and there's so much I'm looking forward to. Here's a little list of some of the things I want to see!
There's going to be so much more that I'm looking forward to as I continue to research and learn about the country. I'm leaving in less than 3 months so the countdown is definitely on.