Saturday, June 14, 2008

Radiohead at Malahide Castle

I started my new job on Tuesday. Although it has been strange getting back to work , it's going well, and I like the university environment. My boss is the pricipal of the Engineering, Maths and Physics department (how did I end up there?!) and I havent met him yet because he spends mos of his time flying around the world first class. Lucky for some. However, I'm not here for the work and I've also managed to have some fun in between.

Last weekend I got a free ticket to the Radiohead concert, and went with my flatmate and a friend. They played at Malahide Castle, a castle North of the city. It was amazing! To get there, you have to walk through forest and come into a huge clearing which is the castle grounds, where they played. It started raining just before they were due to come on, which wasn't great until it stopped and a huge double rainbow came out. The concert itself was really good- I prefer their older stuff but it was also interesting to hear some of their new material.

Tonight I'm meeting up with 2 Irish girls I met in Guatemala for a BBQ and party, which should be good as long as the rain stays away!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Employed in Dublin

After 3 weeks of searching, I finally found a job!

I've got a 3-4 month contract with possibility of extension, working as a PA at UCD University in Dublin. I start on Tuesday. Oh and its sunny again. Its funny how the weather seems to follow my moods. Anyway, it feels really good to be employed again, as strange as that might sound. Wait a few weeks and Ill be moaning about working again.

Now I just have to get a tax number and bank account and Ill be set.

I don't know what an 'Employed' photo looks like, so I thought I would stick to photos of my flat. My one is the first one on the right. Its not as grey inside as it looks!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Unemployed in Dublin

Unemployed and resorting to cheap wine to keep me warm. Ok, so maybe its not so bad, but I do love this photo.

Its raining and I'm still jobless, but I'm beginning to like Dublin more by the day. The weather is terrible, its not exotic or particularly beautiful and there is an extreme lack of street benches! But it does have some sort of Irish charm that cant quite be put into words.

I like how easy it is to hop on a train and end up on the coast 20 minutes later, to rolling hills overlooking the ocean and small villages dotted around. My picnic was great- I went with an English friend who I met in Guadalajara who lives in Dublin. Today I ended up North of the city in a coastal village called Malahide at a meeting with a recruitment agency. It was quite quaint, if not for the rain.

Otherwise, I've got more recruitment agency meetings this week and am hoping they get me something soon! Ive also applied for a few jobs online, but the main problem is that my visa restricts me from taking permanent work. So its contract or temp work for me, which isn't the easiest to find.