So it’s settled, I move into the place in Rathmines tomorrow: Canada Day! A good omen, for sure, don’t you think? Yippppeeee! I can’t wait 🙂 I am meeting Aidan in the morning after I check out, then I’ll get a money order for the deposit, and off I go! Just have to figure out what bus to take from here but I’m sure Aidan can help me with that 🙂 It’s nice to have such a nice friend here; I have Facebook and my love of Wordscraper to thank for that! I feel such intense relief right now, it’s insane! I look forward to cooking and doing my laundry — who would have thought that would ever happen? Hehe, life is good. My next order of day will be to get the Internet, because I cannot live without it, that’s for sure!!! There are Canada Day celebrations here tomorrow (org. by SWAP) and a Canada Day bbq on Saturday. I think I may skip tomorrow’s celebrations and go for the bbq on Saturday just to meet some fellow Canadians! Hope some of them speak French; I miss it!!
My friend Daniel C. is visiting me from the 1 to the 6 of August — I can’t wait to see him! My cousin Jacinthe has asked me to travel with her from the 24 of July to the 31 so I won’t even bother to look for a job until August. Actually, I am quite fortunate as I spoke to the organization for which I edited the book before I left and not only do they want to offer me some contracts this summer, they want me to be their “in-house editor”, meaning that any time they have editing assignments, they will offer them to me first! It looks like they will have work for me in August but I would still like to find something here just so I can meet new people and get out of the house 🙂
Once I get a letter from my landlord stating that I live there, I have to present it to the Garda (Immigration) as well as proof that I have sufficient support funds (they will be surprised when they see my bank statement, hehe, I can’t wait, in your face evil border control guy!!), then I must apply for a tax number (like a SIN number) and I must also open a bank account! Everything was dependant upon me having an address! I cannot use my bank card here to pay for things in stores as they don’t have the Interac system so I look forward to getting a “laser card” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_(debit_card). Yet another thing that is different here!
I found a store that sells quinoa today so I got some! As long as I have quinoa, I’ll be happy, that’s what I always say… 😉
I look forward to settling in, surrounding myself with things that are familiar to me, getting to know my new neighbourhood and most of all, relaxing….mmmm.
I have a big day ahead of me tomorrow so I should try to get some sleep!
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N.b. There are lots of smelly boys in hostels. Ewww.