British Expat living in Dublin, Expat Interview with Jette

Published: 26 Aug at 1 PM
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Jette is a food stylist and private chef and has been in Ireland since January. Currently in Dublin working on cookbooks with celebrity chefs she has more recently lived in warmer climes, Mexico for the last 5 years. She loves travelling and gets itchy feet after 3 years in one place! Jette's expat blog is called Wood and Chocolate (see listing here)

Meet Jette - British expat living in Dublin
Meet Jette - British expat living in Dublin

Here's the interview with Jette...

Where are you originally from?
I was born in the UK on the South Coast but have lived on almost every continent and spent most time abroad than in the UK

In which country and city are you living now?
I'm currently based in Dublin, Ireland

How long have you lived in Dublin and how long are you planning to stay?
I've been in Dublin three weeks but in Ireland since January. I'm hoping to stay long term but it all depends on work.

Why did you move to Ireland and what do you do?
I moved to Dublin for work. I'm a food stylist and private chef. I've come to work as an assistant on two cookbooks

The picture of me on a beach was my first week in Ireland…cold!
The picture of me on a beach was my first week in Ireland…cold!
Did you bring family with you?
No, just me

How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
I love it. I get itchy feet after about 3 years so I'm all for moving, meeting new people and living in different countries.

Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
It's not easy making new friends, you really have to put the effort into meeting new people. But, it's worth it! As for socialising with other expats, it's totally depended on which country I've been in.

Holding a ray at cookery school.
Holding a ray at cookery school.
What are the best things to do in Dublin; anything to recommend to future expats?
Being a foodie, Dublin has some fantastic food spots! There are plenty of great supper clubs and pop ups like the the Burritos and Brew on the last Thursday of every month.

What do you enjoy most about living in Ireland?
The foodie spots and friendliness

How does the cost of living in Dublin compare?
I've found Dublin pretty expensive compared to where I was living last, Mexico!

With my food her, Madhur Jaffrey
With my food her, Madhur Jaffrey
What negatives, if any, are there to living here?
Probably the cost of public transport…it's really handy and runs regularly but is expensive.

If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving here, what would it be?
Be open to new possibilities.

What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
Ooohhh, finding the essentials like, a good hairdresser, beauticians etc.

When you finally return home, how do you think you'll cope with repatriation?
I don't know where my home will be next but I'm sure I'll cope. Lifes an adventure and there are too many amazing places to see.

Holding a spider crab which I was going to cook for lunch.
Holding a spider crab which I was going to cook for lunch.
What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?
  1. Rent short term to see which area you love so you can rent longterm.
  2. Be pro-active in finding new people and places to mingle with. There are some great sites like meet up and couch surfing that you can go along to group events.
  3. Budget.
  4. Put feelers out about groups and events before you arrive so you already have some plans otherwise I just kind of leave it and leave it and then never get around to it!
  5. Get to know your neighbours.

Tell us a bit about your own expat blog.
I'm a food stylist and private chef, so my blog is food based. I mainly talk about vegetarian and gluten free meals but occasionally there's the odd piece of meat!

How can you be contacted for further advice to future expats coming to your area?
You can get in touch via my blog or twitter @woodandc (see links below)

About the author

Expat Blog ListingJette is a British expat living in Ireland. Blog description: A private chef travelling and working around the world bringing people together one dish at a time.
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