I’m moving!

Okay so last time I wrote about my personal status I noted that I had something on the balance, as a new job. Now that I signed the contract I can say that I do have a new job.

This means among other things that I’ll finally be leaving Italy. My new home is going to be Dublin, Ireland. At the time of writing I’m still fretting about stuff I need to finish in Italy, in particular digitizing as many documents as possible so that my mother can search through them easily, and I can reach them if needed, contacting my doctor for a whole blood panel, and the accountant to get all the taxes straightened up.

What does this mean for my Gentoo involvement? Probably quite a bit. My new job does not involve Gentoo, which means I won’t be maintaining it any longer on paid time like I used to before. You can also probably guess that with the stress of actually having a house to take care of, I’ll end up with much less time than I have now. Which means I’ll have to scale down my involvement considerably. My GSoC project might very well be the height of my involvement from now till the end of the year.

On the personal side of things, while I’m elated to leave Italy, especially with the current political climate, I’m also quite a bit scared. I know next to nobody (Enrico excluded) in Dublin, and I know very little of Irish traditions as well. I’ve spent the past week or so reading the Irish Times just to be able to catch a glimpse of what is being discussed up there, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to be enough.

I’m scared also because this would be the first time I actually leave alone and have to cater for everything by myself, even though with the situation it feels like I might be quite a lot more lucky than most of my peers here in Clownland Italy. I have no idea of what will actually sap away my time, although I’m pretty sure that if it turns out to be cleaning, I’ll just pay somebody to do that for me.

We’ll see what the future brings, I suppose!

20 thoughts on “I’m moving!

  1. From my short experience, Ireland is quite tranquil (away from the cities and touristic sights, it’s even a bit empty :p), and the people quite friendly :) Lots of foreigners in Dublin too, notably students, so you probably won’t feel too lonely. The streets are generally quite large and open, notably in the city center. The difference in development between some areas feels a bit strange at times (common of fast economic development), even a bit superficial, but I suppose you get used to it.That being said, not coming from an English-speaking country, there is one thing to remember: if you want a Coca-Cola in a restaurant, don’t forget about the correct pronunciation of Coke. Its [kōk], not [kŏk]. Definitively not. You don’t want to be asking for a [kŏk] in restaurants for days, with the clerks, each time, making you repeat three times what you want as a drink, until finally, someone corrects you with a large smile on his face… and then you think about it for a bit… and then… ow… OWWWW… OH GOSH!Well, good luck :)

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  2. Well, what I’ve seen of Dublin is that its a brilliant city, wouldn’t mind living there myself. Its quite a technology hub.It’s gonna be a shame to lose you – but life happens. This is why I’m a gentoo user and not a developer.Good luck, and have a blast.

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  3. I totally understand your feelings, as I moved from Italy to Dublin a month ago :) So, if you want to have a chat, we can go for a beer or so :)p.s. _j_: the political climate in italy is one of those that make you wonder why you’re still there.

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  4. Good luck Diego!Living by yourself will take you more time for sure but it’s fun, my guess is that you will start developing linux based home automation stuff :P

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  5. I hope you can remain involved with Gentoo. In any case your efforts have been greatly appreciated. As one whose grandparents left Italy more than a century ago, I feel compelled to say that only the best Italians leave Italy!

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  6. Spent quite a few years in Dublin, Ireland.There are a lot of pros – young city, a lot of fun, particularly if you like relating with people, drinking and love outdoors. Also, there’s a large Italian community so you won’t really feel lonely.On the cons, it quickly becomes very limited in what it can offer and there’s way too much addiction to alcohol.Beware the knackers (you’ll learn who they are soon!)All the best.

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  7. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine. The living alone thing is sometimes frightening at first, but you’ll get over it.You will need to spent more time on other not gentoo or IT related things, but at the end of the day, you’ll still have time for your passions. At least that is my experience.The strange thing perhaps will be, being in a new city, and nation all by yourself. I’m kinda getting through that myself too.I Wish you all the luck.

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  8. Congratulation for your new job.And thanks a lot for your gentoo work. I hope your blogging will go on ;-)Good luck and all the best Diego!

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  9. You will meet a lot of great people Diego. Don’t worry, you won’t feel lonely :-)If you ever pass by my former collegues on the first floor, forward my greetings there. Hope to be back someday.Enjoy the fish, really! Both at work, in Howth and also at Leo Burdock’s.Don’t worry about the apartment as well, really.Hope you will have fun and take it easy. I’m sure you will find time to contribute to Gentoo.

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  10. no edit button, hence a separate post (should have posted it in the first place)The best of good luck Diego! I honestly think that Dublin is a fantastic place to go. Myself from Russia… stuck here, would move to Europe at the slightest opportunity.

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