My last week in Dublin / Looking back - Joshua

My time in Dublin is over. It feels weird to say that. At the time of writing I am already back home, looking back on my stay. To be honest, I was sad and happy to be leaving at the same time - you could say it was bittersweet.


I was sad because I‘d had a great time and really loved it there but I was also happy because I was really looking forward to going home and seeing my family and friends again. 


First, let‘s look at what we were up to during our last week. I had work like usual, but with a tiny twist regarding my journey there. When an employee heard about my crazy way to the shelter she offered to give me a lift every morning! It was incredibly kind and took at least 30 minutes and the unpleasant walk up the country road off my journey.


As for free time, Lea and I visited the Forty Foot at Sandycove beach again. We didn‘t swim but we sat at the shore and relaxed, which was wonderful. We even saw some seals there!


On our last weekend, Maria and Isi came to visit us in Dublin. We showed them some must sees like St. Patrick‘s Cathedral, visited our favourite spots such as Marsh‘s Library (and Nando‘s haha) again and had some Churros. We really had a great time with them.


On our last evening Lea and I were just getting everything packed up and ready to go to sleep early, when two of our roommates suggested we should join them on a night out. It was great fun but we definitely did not end up going to sleep that early. 


Saying goodbye was sad, especially at the shelter. I had really grown to love working there and I felt that the people there had grown to love me working there too - at least that‘s what they told me. It was quite heartwarming, especially how they all said, that they‘re hoping to see me again there one day and telling me that I‘m always welcome there. All in all, I can say that I love Dublin and that I loved working at the shelter.


Further to that, I learned that maybe working with animals is just the right thing for me. It‘s definitely something I will consider in the future.


I already miss it there. By that I mean the people, the city, but also the dogs. I‘ve formed a bond with so many of them and really hope they find all find a great family. I still regularly check the website to see if any of the dogs I worked with have been adopted yet.


I am so unbelievably grateful to have gotten this opportunity and wouldn‘t trade it for anything in the world. So, if you‘re thinking about going abroad with Erasmus+ as well, I could not recommend it more.


Having said all that, that‘s it from me. Thank you for following along and goodbye!

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