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.
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 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.
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.
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.