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The arrival and my first few days in Ireland

View from the houseThe seafront in ArklowView from the motte stoneThe arrival and my first few days in IrelandTrinity College DublinBray cliff walkThe arrival and my first few days in Ireland

My host family, which had been my girlfriend's au pair family last year, welcomed me very nicely and helped me during my first days. I am very thankful to the family Clissmann. Having such a great host family makes life much easier.


View from the house
View from the house


In my first days I managed several things. I lapplied for the PPS number, which is nearly the same as a Sozialversicherungsnummer in Germany, and I opened a current account at an Irish bank. The application for the PPS number was very difficult, because the office needs to proof your address, which is very complicated without an Einwohnermeldewesen in Ireland. I had to go there a second time on Monday but in the end the application was successful. During opening a bank account I was impressed how digitized Irish banks are. There is a great difference to Germany! Opening an bank account took about 15 minutes. But enough of red tape! I should tell you about the acitivities in my first days in Ireland.


On Friday a former au pair and her boyfriend came to visit the family. They are staying here until Tuesday. On saturday we went with one of the family's children to the beach in Arklow. The weather was great. In conclusion it was a very nice trip. You could view a picture below.


The seafront in Arklow
The seafront in Arklow


The following day we went to motte stone, where you have a good view over the whole region. Check the pictures below to get some impressions.



View from the motte stone
View from the motte stone

Yesterday I went to Bray and Dublin. I stayed in Dublin for a very short time and just visited Trinity College. In Bray I did the Bray cliff walk. You had a great view over the cliffs and the sea.


Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin


Bray cliff walk
Bray cliff walk


After the cliff walk the host family invited us for a dinner in a restaurant in Glendalough. The meal tasted very well and it was a lovely evening with some nice conervsations. At the end of the day I was very tired and went to bed very early.


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