My adventures in Canada are over, but my emigrant life is about to continue in 1,5 weeks. What's up next?
I'm moving to Dublin, Ireland, on the 14th of July. Unlike in Canada, my stay in Ireland will remain permanent until stated otherwise, since being a EU citizen grants me the right to stay and work in the country for as long as I want. Hooray! Good bye endless piles of forms and phone calls, I'm ready to sit back, relax and immigrate like never before.
The reason for my relocation is slightly different to Canada too, as I'm about to start my Postgraduate Degree in Trinity College Dublin. Not only is my country of residence changing, but my subject of study too - which actually makes me much more nervous than moving to a new country! Ireland surely won't be too different from England, where I've previously lived for 8 months, but taking on the challenge of studying sociology as a former literature student feels a little scary. My MPhil program is called Race, Ethnicity and Conflict, so more ponder and research about cultural questions are on their way. I couldn't possibly be more excited to start my studies in TCD! (and not only because of their ABSOLUTELY STUNNING LIBRARY) My postgrad degree will only last for a year, but if it turns out I'll fall in love with Ireland like I did with Canada, my plan is to stay there and seek employment in Dublin. I have no plans of returning to Finland. I often find myself explaining this decision, either to myself or other people, but all in all the core reason for emigrating from my home country is a very fundamental need and will to simply live somewhere else.
I chose Dublin for my Postgraduate studies because of multiple reasons:
1. The language - I want to study in English in an English-speaking country. I often joke about being too old for mastering new languages, but it's partly true: I speak six languages, but studying in any of the countries where these languages are spoken (excluding English) didn't appeal to me. My second option after Ireland was the Netherlands, but realizing I would feel guilty for not learning any Dutch while living there made me quit the plan.
2. The cost - studying in Ireland is much cheaper than In the UK, for example. Well, it would have been if I had chosen any other school than Trinity College... 8000€/year better be worth it.
3. The culture - I love the Irish. I've visited Dublin once, and fell in love in an instant. To my experience, they're like the English without the unnecessary sea of courtesy and politeness, which often made my life a little difficult while living in Leicester. (in other words, I will never forget that one bus I missed because the confirmation email for my ticket didn't say anything about the means of redeeming my e-ticket, but instead was filled with courtesy phrases of different lengths about how important my satisfaction was for their company)
I expect the challenges of living in Ireland to be quite different to the ones in Canada. Instead of struggling with the language, I think I might get in trouble for not remembering to be friendly enough - I'm seriously bad with the please and how are you. Taking on the challenge of studying after working full-time for a year troubles me a little too. Onwards to new adventures!
Other news: I'm featured in expatsblog.com in the form of an interview about my expat life in Canada. You can read the interview HERE. If you're interested in learning more about the struggles of this potato face in Canada, I recommend you read it! Questions about language, transitions and favourite spots in Canada have been answered.
Other news no. 2: Remember that shitty flippy thing I called a phone in my post about MY EVERYDAY LIFE? Well, our ways have parted and I now have an actual phone. This means I now have an access to a camera on my phone, and apps, and stuff like that. So in other words, I now have an Instagram account. I'll use it to record little adventures in my immigrantish life, when things are fun but not worth a blog post. Stay tuned @melliais!
As a conclusion I'll answer a few questions addressed to me during the past 1,5 weeks in Finland: No, I don't have an apartment in Dublin. I'm staying in AirBnB for 2 weeks and hope to find a flat by then. No, I don't have a job in Dublin. I will apply for work when I get there. No, I can't use my Finnish phone number in Ireland. I have nothing in Ireland, and that's the best part. That's immigration - you have nothing, you start from scratch, and managing to build a fully functioning life out of nothing is the best reward there is.