Hi guys! Happy Monday, I hope you all had a great weekend! With it being St Patricks week, Ireland has obviously been on my mind a little and I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how I deal with homesickness when it does come around. I’m really lucky in that I rarely rarely get homesick anymore but this weekend I did actually wake up on Sunday CRAVING a walk at my local beach in Kerry, Rossbeigh. It’s the little things, right? Haha! These days a lot of us seem to be fleeing the nest and taking off for bigger cities and places. Whether you are moving away to college, for Erasmus or on the grad visa, it’s a feeling you will more than likely cross paths with at some stage – it can be hard to avoid! I know for 100% I am happier living in NYC and definitely don’t want to leave anytime soon, but I still wanted to share what works for me when that little bit of homesickness does kick in…..
This could be the single most important thing when moving away. When I moved here first, although Kaelin was actually with me for the first 3 months, I didn’t know anybody else! Luckily I managed to make some really great friends and now I don’t know what I would do without them! Funnily enough all of my best friends here are Irish which is actually really nice and definitely great when you are missing home a little because you can totally relate and almost bond over it. Visa struggles are also something we bond over and talk about 80% of the time haha! I think when you meet people who have also moved away from home your goals really align and as a result you just click and end up being so similar which is the nicest feeling.
For about a month or two the girls and I have started going to the same restaurant every Sunday called ‘Banc Cafe‘ and it has become a nice little weekly tradition of ours. It’s something I thought I would never do as I am usually all about trying new places. I end up feeling quite guilty if I don’t especially in somewhere like New York City when the choice of restaurants are endless! However it’s become a habit that we finding very hard to shake and I really love it. You get obsessed with a particular dish (in my case shepards pie haha!) and get to know the waiters & barmen and it just feels homely. Although it is only a simple thing we now really look forward to it every week.
Moving from Ireland to a city is obviously a pretty big shock to the system! You go from green fields and fresh air to skyscrapers and stuffiness so having somewhere like Central Park to escape to can be a god sent. Whenever I feel a hint of homesickness it’s the first place I go and it really does help. A trip there always calms and reassures me. The fact that it is like something out of a movie and one of New York’s biggest landmarks reminds me just how lucky I am to actually have the opportunity to live in this city. That nearly always kills the homesickness instantly.
IRISH NETWORKING EVENTS
I can’t stress how important it is to get out and make an effort to meet other people when you first move away. Networking will be your best friend and you honestly never know who you will meet. It’s great to meet other Irish people because they have once been in the same boat as you and understand exactly what you are going through when you first move here i.e apartment/job struggles. The Irish community is really strong here so it’s nice to be a part of it! I have been to networking events that have led to meeting some really interesting people, many a job opportunity and some great advice – so never pass one up.
I really hope this post helps you if you are in a similar position and have a great week & St Patricks Day!