Moving House

2 02 2011

OK not really moving house…but moving apartment. Today the day finally came, where I moved out of my apartment at Shanowen Hall and into the DCU postgrad residence. I had a wonderful time at Shanowen Hall. I think the place is quite well organised, safe and well-kept. The people there were really nice, and I had no complaints with my apartment mates. So…why did I move you must be asking? Well, I think that living on campus has more benefits…I will be sharing the apartment with other postgrads (not that I had any complaints with my apartment  mates, but one left last Saturday and another is leaving in a week…so I do not know who will be coming), the room is quite bigger, I will be close to my friends, the gym and the lab and I guess I think it will be more convenient.

So today, after University, I went home and finished my last bit of packing, and waited for Ross to come over. Ross kindly offered to help me transport my stuff in his car. He could not believe the amount of stuff I had (and neither did I). This accumulation was of just 4 months. I cannot imagine how it will be once I come to leave Dublin. We managed to get everything into his car in 3 trips and made our way to campus. This time round we met with Monika, so we only needed 2 trips to get everything into the apartment. After showing them a bit around, they left and I started unpacking. It took quite long but at last I have everything in place.

So what do I think of my new room? I have now met one of my new apartment mates. She is a final year PhD student in Chemistry and seems to be really really nice. The other person is a guy who is also in his final year, though I have not met him yet. The room is much bigger and I have much more storage space. Oh and I do have the longest desk ever. According to my very accurate measurements (using the length of A4 papers) the desk is more than 4m long (14 A4 papers lengthwise 🙂 ).

On the negative side? There is a funny smell in the apartment, and I have a sort of burnt carpet in my room (but the residence operators already know about it and told me before I went in, and they should be fixing it soon, so that should be OK). The residence is nice, though I do wish we had wireless internet access. Being a University I would have expected that. But Oh Well.

Tomorrow I should be going to IKEA (thanks to Ross again) to buy some more stuff for my room, and my room would be ready. I have a much bigger room now so visitors would be more comfortable.


Greets from Dublin!

30 09 2010

Greetings blog readers from my room in Dublin. Today was the day I left my life in Malta to start my life here in Dublin. This morning I woke up feeling OK…but then it quickly went downhill from there, and then the mood lifted again…by the time I arrived at the airport I was feeling better. I started chatting with the Irish lady who happened to be behind me in the queue. She was sooo nice :D…She came to Malta for a wedding, and one of the ladies with her had a son who is coming to DCU this year too…and he will be staying at Shanowen too (however she is not sure if it is Shanowen hall or Shanowen square).

Then went for check in…obviously I was overweight haha…17.5kg…so I removed some things (placed in the hand luggage), and managed to bring it down to the required weight (my hand luggage was that much heavier however :D)…and I removed some things to give to mum.

I said my goodbyes and up to the queue I went. I happened to be just behind the same lady in the queue…then went on the plane, and a friend of the same lady was sitting next to me…we chatted a bit and relaxed a bit. After 2.5hours on the plane, apprehension started to set in (probably as we encountered some turbulence). I landed, got my luggage, and proceeded to go to the bus. I made it to the bus stop I had to stop at (thank you bus driver and nice lady 😀 ).

I then walked to the residence. I was a funny sight…I am sure some people thought I was crazy!!…But made it whole, settled into the room, went to Tesco to buy some things, came home, ate (pizza in the microwave hihi). I also chatted with my mum, Ann, and Bernard and gave them a web cam tour of my place. I am currently talking to Bernard on Skype whilst he searches for master’s courses he might follow next year, whilst I am writing my blog :D.

The room is quite nice…and I think it is suitable for my needs…I only wish I had a pillow…but I thought I would not have one…so tomorrow or this weekend I will go buy a pillow…and a Duvet…cos it is getting a bit cold now the night is setting in. However I will survive tonight.

I am glad I am now here in Dublin…it was so stressful with not knowing. Now tomorrow it is off to Uni. I have already met my supervisor and she seemed super nice. I however look forward to meeting up with the new students and starting my new adventure…BRING IT ON I say.