Last Friday was my anniversary in Dublin! Two years ago I landed in this green land looking for a new challenge that Barcelona couldn’t offer me at that time. So, I quit my job, I got a flight and I came here.
Now I look back and I can see that it was the right decision but in that particular moment I probably seemed convinced and confident but to be honest, I was really scared.
So today I want to dedicate this post to myself and retrospect a little about these two years.
The first 4 months were tough for many reasons. The first reason was my fear of failure, I wasn’t sure if I was mistaken or right, I didn’t know if I had made the right decision. Furthermore, It didn’t help being alone, I come from a large family so It was harder than I expected to be in my own flat with absolute silence.
The apartment rental was incredibly expensive which I didn’t expect either. I ended up paying 1350 €/month for 1 bed and 1 bath apartment which was consuming my savings faster than I wanted.
At the same time, my job hunting wasn’t going smoothly at all. I was interviewed by the coolest companies in Dublin; Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Airbnb, Microsoft and others. I was happy they called me, however the roles didn’t quite fit with my skills and background, and they didn’t have opening positions where I would have enjoyed working.
Finally, I found what I was looking for, the exact role in the perfect environment. I was hired as a Product manager, working with entrepreneurs and development teams. I already have 2 post about this phase of my life in case you are curious. (Lucey start and Lucey end)
On a different note, but equally important, I had lots of visits from friends and family and that pushed me to get a bigger apartment. So now I am living in a very nice area called Grand Canal Dock or also called Silicon Docks because most of the American tech companies have their HQ here.
About the first year I only can add that it was a transition period and adaptation for me, I was living abroad for my first time and learning from a different culture ,by the way, since then I really like rugby and hurling.
My second year was much better. I got a promotion in my job in just 11 months, recently I got a new job in a different company and I did lot of travelling and had new experiences.
At that point, beginning of my second year, I really felt Irish and well-integrated. I was having launch at 12.30h and dinner at 19h ish, a very different schedule compared to Barcelona. I bought a nice fixie bike and I have been cycling to work regardless of the weather conditions.They are easy to predict 🙂 , I assume rain every day. This is probably not relevant but nice to mention, I fell in love with the Irish Keogh’s crisps and after 2 years I still can´t keep up with the pub crawls, it seems you must to be born here to be able to handle it. In addition to pub crawls, what I love about this country if the live music, It doesn´t matter where you go because you will always find live music.
As I settled in I had more time to enjoy and relax, and of course the work schedule has been much better than the one I had in Spain. I am glad to say I finish at 5.30 or 6pm, 95% of the days. (Can you believe it?!)
So about travelling. I took a roadtrip around Ireland with a friend and we discovered all the north of the island and believe it or not I ended up surfing for the first time in Bundoran. It was June, but it was freezing, even wearing wetsuit. I don’t see myself doing it again. And as a part of the adventure we slept in a gypsy Caravan! (see picture)
I also had time to visit Denmark in April which I loved and then I visited Norway in November, I have been always in love with Scandinavian countries and I never had the chance to visit them until now. (see video norway)
I don’t want to forget to mention my favourite hobby, sailing! My friends don’t understand why I do water activities here when Barcelona’s water is much warmer… Well, I suppose I am getting used to it. I also did kitesurfing with 2 friends! About sailing I joined the Irish Sailing club in June where I have been sailing in Laser and recently building up skills in this Lynx Racing – Reflex 38 (see picture below).
Finally! As I briefly mentioned some lines before, this November a great opportunity came to my door and I couldn’t say no. I have been hired in Clavis Insight as a product manager (read my post) an amazing fast-growing tech company where I am enjoying myself and learning a lot.
I am proud of the decision I made: everything worked out well and I am happy of all the new friends and connections I have been building up here. Of course I miss my family, friends and my home.
During these two years a lot of friends and contacts have been asking me advice about moving abroad, so here is my answer: “Stop asking! And move your F**&s ass from Spain”. You know nothing! And I didn´t either and it is now that I am living abroad that I have realized how much I still need to learn.
These are some of the outcomes:
- I have met people from around the world who have helped me to see and understand many points of views.
- I have lived in a different culture, with different habits, traditions and so on, which makes me enriches as a person.
- I have learnt to appreciate much more what I had before, My home, weather, friends and several things I took for granted.
- I have learnt a different way of doing business having been working in a different environment.
- I have developed plenty of new personal skills that are developed when you are outside of your comfort zone.
- And finally, I have fully integrated a non-native language in my daily life.