Italian Expat Living in Ireland - Interview with Aurora

Published: 2 Apr at 9 AM
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She left Italy many years ago, looking for a new adventure!
The adventure in Ireland turned out to be a little bit different from her initial dreams.
But somehow, she still pursues them, by keeping the wheel turning! Aurora's expat blog is called love isn't for everyone (see listing here)

Me and Asia
Me and Asia

Here's the interview with Aurora...

Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Rome, a small village outside the city.

In which country and city are you living now?
Currently I am living in Dublin, Ireland

How long have you lived in Ireland and how long are you planning to stay?
I have been living in Ireland for almost 7 years now, and I have no idea how long I will be here.
Another 7 years, 2 years, for good?!!
No one can tell!

Drinking Guinness!
Drinking Guinness!
Why did you move to Ireland and what do you do?
I was looking for an new adventure, and I wanted to learn a new language.
I am a full time mother to a 6 years old girl.
I work at the Stadium as barista a the weekends, and I write articles for a website.

Did you bring family with you?
I came here with a friend of mine.
He moved back to Italy many years ago.

How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
It was okay.
I really wanted to change my life, and somehow, I did it!

Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
Not at the beginning.
It was very hard, since my English wasn't so good back at that time.
Communication barriers can be very hard to exceed!
I do socialise a lot with other expats, that's because we share something in common: we left our country of origin!

Paddy's day
Paddy's day
What are the best things to do in the area; anything to recommend to future expats?
Currently I do the Vintage markets.
I started to visit them and now I work in many of them!
I highly recommend to visit at least one of them, Dublin has a lot of Vintage markets that are worth a visit!

What do you enjoy most about living in Ireland?
What I do enjoy the most about living here is the fact that Dublin is a very small city,and at the end you end up knowing loads of people.
There is a strong sense of community and this is something that I really like!
Beside, is a multi-ethnic city and you have the opportunity to connect to people from all over the world!

How does the cost of living in Ireland compare to home?
The cost of living here in Ireland is definitely superior than Italy.
But the incomes, the salary, are also higher, so I guess it's a fair balance.
I find the rent expenses, very expensive, although I can compensate with the bills and the cost of the food that are not so bad.

In Donegal
In Donegal
What negatives, if any, are there to living in Ireland?
First thing comes up to my mind, is the weather conditions.
I don't mind the rain but I can't stand the wind, and here in Ireland is always windy.
I miss the sunshine sometimes, especially in Summer time.

If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving to Ireland, what would it be?
Forget to have sunshine everyday, so if you come from a hot country, get ready for cold, wind and rain!
Here we get them almost every day

What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
Being without my family, I guess, and my beloved friends has been the hardest aspect of living here, especially, during the hard times I went through.

When you finally return home, how do you think you'll cope with repatriation?
I ask myself that question sometimes.
But I don't think I am able to answer until I get back home..
If I ever get back!

What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?
  1. Connecting with foreign people, will help you to learn the language
  2. Share your knowledge of the customs and traditions of your country with the others
  3. Do as many as you can language exchanges
  4. Before you move, get as more as you can, info about the country you are moving to.
    Not just about work or house rent, but also about health system and documentation that you need in order to legally work and stay.
  5. If you can afford for a language course, do it!
    You will get more familiar with the language before you move abroad.
Tell us a bit about your own expat blog.
The blog contains stories of a single mother living in a foreign country, who finds hard to fall in love again.
Between love and other adventures, she finds the comfort in just a cup of coffee!

How can you be contacted for further advice to future expats coming to your area?
You can contact me on my blog, just write in the contact form session.

About the author

Expat Blog ListingAurora is an Italian expat living in Ireland. Blog description: A blog about being single mom between love, adventures and a cup of coffee.
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