Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Just wanted to pop by and give a bit of an update on my life and where I’ve been. When it comes to blogging, I’ve been going through a bit of a creative dry spell lately, and I primarily blame my lack of travel for it. However, I’ve recently committed to some huge life changes that will change that!
I’m very excited to officially announce that I will be moving to Dublin, Ireland in July!
A few months ago, I discovered that I, an American citizen being within twelve months of graduating college, was still eligible for an Irish working holiday visa. It seemed serendipitous. I had come home from my first visit to Dublin last spring saying that of all the cities I’ve been to, I could really see myself living there – and lately, I had been researching any possible opportunities for moving abroad or traveling long term. And here was this option, a perfect composite of the two. While the visa application did come at a price, it measured little in comparison to the opportunity that it offered me. I could always choose to say no, to stay in Chicago… but at least I would have the choice.
As soon as I applied for the visa and discovered that it was likely that it would be approved, I knew I had to make up my mind. The thing is, though, that I never felt like there was even a choice to make. Sure – I could say yes and go to Dublin, or I could say no and stay in Chicago. But that’s just it though. I couldn’t say no. Because I knew that I would always live the rest of my life wondering ‘what if’. And even if the choice to move alone to a new country is absolutely terrifying, what’s even more so is the idea that I could live my life always wondering what I’d missed out on. There was never a choice. I had to go to Dublin.
So here I am! And while it is still a huge change in my life, I’m starting to move past my initial hesitancies and am starting to get excited. I cannot wait to spend the next year living close to new countries and different continents – I plan to spend as much of my free time traveling as I can. And I cannot wait to be immersed in Irish culture. I fell in love with it the few days I spent there last year, and knew instantly that it felt like something familiar. It felt like home.
I have loved my time in Chicago, and there will always be a piece of me that calls this city home. And who knows – after my year abroad, I may even return. But for now, I am enjoying the last few weeks I have here, and looking forward to my new adventures as an expat.
Over the next year I plan to blog regularly and heavily cover the working holiday visa process, from application to arrival to finding work to my experiences. Continue to follow along all of the adventures here.
And thank you to everyone who has supported my crazy wild dreams and fed my restless spirit.