21 Assumptions We All Made About Dublin Before We Actually Moved Here
The Big Shmoke really ain't all that big
Moving to Dublin is a rite of passage, a coming of age, a big adventure and perhaps one of the most significant moves you'll ever make in life.
Whether you moved here for college, work or just to GTFO of the bog, there were surely assumptions you had about our fair city before making the big move.
Here they are...
1. That UCD and Trinity were beside each other
If they're both on the Southside surely that means walking distance? No?
2. That the Luas only went from Stephen's Green to Dundrum to The Point, and back
The fact that there are actually TWO lines shocked many of us to the core.
And I still don't even know where Saggart is...
3. That drugs would be everywhere
There would, undoubtedly, be cocaine shops open in full view of the blasé city cops.
4. That you wouldn't be able to take your phone out in public
Because someone would rob it right off you the second you took it out of your bag.
if my phone gets robbed in dublin i'll jump off the nearest bridge— padwad (@crazyjpg) September 2, 2014
5. That you'd see famous people everywhere, all the time
Or even just Louis Walsh.
From a distance.
Nope. Not even that.
6. That Carrigstown existed for real
Heading out to check out where Fair City is filmed is the idealllll day trip! Except that it's NOT EVEN REAL.
I feel like my whole life has been a lie.
7. That it would be the fashion capital of Ireland (or the world)
And that's just because the D4 girls you went to the Gaeltacht with wore Uggs and velour Juicy Couture tracksuits that you didn't stand a fucking chance against.
8. That Grafton Street was a mecca of the performing arts
Instead, it's some guy making sand sculptures of a dog.
9. That the Wi-Fi would be better
It's shite. Everywhere.
You'd do anything for a bitta signal. Anything.
10. That it wouldn't be so damn expensive
Which seemed a bit deluded, in retrospect.
11. That everyone in Trinity would basically be Oscar Wilde
They're just like the rest of us! Except that they'll tell you they go to Trinity...
Congrats to all the new little trinity wankers pic.twitter.com/3HlhcfJJoY— Stephen (@Stepheeeeeen) August 17, 2015
12. That the public transport would be ace
13. That Coppers was the only club in Dublin
Of course, some outsiders still labour under that impression...
you'd swear katie and her friends have gone on a cross country tour of nightclubs in dublin, I think she's told me about five already— Bró (@Brona_D) September 13, 2015
14. That the South and North liked each other
In reality, we're just counting down the days until all-out warfare commences.
15. That you would be considered an equal
Instead of a culchie.
16. That potatoes didn't exist here
I *may* have brought my own, okay?
Whatever. Shut up.
17. That there was no other scene than the Irish pub scene
When really there are multiple. The coffee scene. The juice scene. The coconut water scene. The craft beer and cocktail scene.
Bevs for everyone!
I have never seen so many people drinking coffee in Dublin #nopintstoday— Donal Keating (@donalkeating) March 25, 2016
19. That Clerys was the be all and end all of shopping
And now look.
18. And that the deer of Phoenix Park were a myth
And holy fuck, the first time we saw them was simply majestic.
Though we all assume different things, I think there's one thing we can all agree on: Dublin exceeded all of our expectations and it's feckin' unreal.