American wanting to live in ireland (dublin). Any advice or tips?
Hello everyone! I am currently living in Austin, Texas (USA) and have been thinking for quite sometime now of leaving here and going to Dublin. I have done a little research on how much it will take for me to get there (plane ticket, passport, etc) but the one thing that I have not been able to find is how much the average cost of living is there.
I would only need a 1 bedroom apartment (and to know the costs/places to go to get one of these). Is there a good website to get me started in looking? I found http://www/daft.ie (seems to be pretty good).
I am a rather simple person, so I wouldn't need a lot of "stuff" to get started. I was thinking i'd like to get off the plane and go right to my new apartment (if that is possible). I am also thinking that having mobile phone service would be a good idea, so i'll have to get that as well.
As for working, I would like to know if there is one website that is better than another to look for work. I am not sure if there is a time peroid from the time I get there to the time I will be able to work, so any advice/tips you can provide on that as well would be greatly appreciated.
And the last thing I would like to know about living in ireland is the mentality of the people. I talked to one friend that said most irish people dislike americans and it would be best if I went there to keep my mouth shut as much as possible. I have also read numerous sites that say the irish are a friendly bunch of people and they are very relaxed and take life at a slower pace (much like my own personality). I am a pretty friendly guy who gets along with most people I meet and can be pretty funny (sense of humor) at times. I am also a beginning guitar player, so maybe meeting some musicians or people who just have a love for the guitar might be nice.
Thanks in advance for helping me out with this!! :-)