May 2012

As usual, it’s been ages. I wish I was the person who could keep a blog regularly, but I’m not. I think I binge blog 🙂

Today I actually have things to talk about. I got a job at Keywords for about a month and worked there until last week. Most of the money I got paid for going away to Galway, London and going to see Norah Jones in September (<3 ❤ <3). I am so excited to see her again. I bought her new album at the end of March and I love it 🙂

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I also bought a Kindle Touch, I’m so happy with it, I missed having an e-reader.

I loved woking again, it was nice being in an office and having people around me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I spent my time socialising, but it was nice compared to doing freelance work where I just sit at my desk in my room. The nice thing though, as my old lecturer Miriam pointed out, is that as a freelancer you get to work in your pyjamas 🙂

Working in an International office is great, you get to hear bits of different languages all the time and try to creep on what the German speakers are saying to see how much German you have left. As it turns out, that amount is practically none. The people were really nice and the atmosphere was quite relaxed. You do your work, play your game/ whatever you are testing, do your paperwork and people are happy to occasionally chat. Another benefit of working in the video game industry is that most people there are into video games and technology, so there are a lot of nice nerdy conversations which was a lot of fun. What was less fun was the conversations about football, because I know nothing of football. They were talking about the european cup, possibly about the qualifiers, and I said “qualifiers to what?”. The answer “The Football” was not exactly satisfactory. Long story short, I was completely unaware that the European cup was on this year.

So in summary, I loved working there, even though it was far away (it took about 2 hours to get there), and now I am sad that I don’t work there and that I am back to looking for a proper job.

On a happier note, I went to Galway for the first time last weekend. It was great, I went with Hazal, Cillian, Katie and two Japanese guys called Tomonori and Takai. The weather was beautiful, we were very lucky to have escaped the rain. The first day we went to Inis Mór, we walked to get to the cliffs, unfortunately we didn’t get there, we didn’t even get halfway. Cillian had slightly misjudged the size of the island and in retrospect we should have gotten a taxi. It was nice though, we hiked and ate some chocolate muffins on some rocks with an amazing view. The second day we went to the cliffs of Moher. The cliffs were beautiful and I loved being near the sea, the salty air is always lovely. I noticed that Galway is much more Irish than Dublin, by that I mean it’s Irish. There seems to be a great sense of national pride there which I never really got to experience here, it gave me an impression of just how much had been taken away by the English occupation. It was both lovely and sad to see how much more remained just 2 and a half hours away. I haven’t travelled through Ireland much, well that I remember anyway. My family and I drove around Ireland one summer but I was 10 and I don’t remember much about it. Maybe it’s just that in rural Ireland it was easier for the people to retain their culture. 

 

 
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Long story short, Galway was lovely and I think that I should try to explore Ireland more 🙂 
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