Living in Ireland, I learned they had quite the drinking culture. Okay well, I actually already knew that, but I didn't realize how thoroughly engrained it is in their society. The weather is not often nice, and instead often cold and bitter. What better way to spend the day than in a nice warm pub, … Continue reading The Irish Whiskey Museum of Dublin, and Why You Need to Go
I'm a huge fan of thrifting and finding a good deal. As I have grown older I have tried to adopt policies of buying less, buying higher quality, and buying reused (recycled, up-cycled, second-hand, whatever word you want to call it). I find buying new to be mostly unnecessary and in some cases a waste … Continue reading Thrifting in Dublin
After immigrating to Ireland and already spending loads of time at the immigration officer, the last thing you want to do is deal with getting a PPS number. But fortunately, it is not as painful as other Irish bureaucratic processes can be! I had spent 4 hours trying to register for immigration at the INIS … Continue reading Getting a PPS Number
Before I came to Dublin, everyone told me that transportation is great. “Buses run everywhere, you can get everywhere with the bus!” Well that’s true, but only if you have an hour to spare. We found that in a lot of cases, walking is actually faster than waiting for the bus, missing your connection and … Continue reading The Wonderful Experience of the Dublin Bus
Getting a bank account in a new country can be difficult. You have to prove a bunch of documents, somehow prove your current address, and get lucky enough that the bank thinks your documents are sufficient. Well, there’s an easy way to have banking now with new online banks. You just have to apply, put … Continue reading Banking in Ireland (and the EU!)
If you have already received your WHA and are trying to get an immigration meeting, I'm here to inform you that only half the troubles are over. You may have heard that getting an immigration meeting in Dublin is hard. In my opinion, difficult, frustrating, and stressful are all better words for "hard." There is … Continue reading INIS and GNIB
You may have done some basic searches for medical insurance abroad and seen some of the larger companies in the US and their outrageous costs for medical insurance abroad. Paying $100 for a certain number of months in advance to get your visa approved can be daunting and very costly. What do those plans even … Continue reading Medical Insurance for the Working Holiday Visa
Update: So I mailed out my application on Monday, it is Friday afternoon and I have just received an email from the consulate in Chicago that my application has been approved and I can move on to step 2 of the application! This is really exciting as I had expected it to take over a … Continue reading Irish Working Holiday Visa – Updated!