No Place Like Home

“Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin” (literally: there is no hearth like your own hearth). This Irish phrase simply means, there is no place like home.

What makes home feel like home? Is it the sense of familiarity in your surroundings, the people, the language, the accent, the weather? I believe it runs deeper than that. For me, it’s a place where you feel like you belong.

Prior to Dublin, I’ve had other homes. Homes in the the sense of cities. There is my hometown where I was born and then my family decided to immigrate to Canada. Not that I didn’t enjoy these cities but I didn’t choose either fo them. I’ve always loved travelling. The more you get out there and see the world, the smaller you feel, and this inevitably makes you feel like you haven’t seen the half of it.

Before my big move, I had visited Ireland twice. The second time was the Centenary of the Easter Rising, my first solo trip. I felt deeply touched and connected to the Irish history. I intentionally chose those dates. On the day of the Easter Sunday parade, I stepped out of my flat with my tri-colour wrapped around me, I looked up to the street ahead of me and a lady smiled at me. At that moment, I knew I was in the right place and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

After that trip, I went back to my “normal life” like any vacation. I looked back at the pictures as if it was from another life. I realised that it was madness. I’m still living this life. Eventually, it came down to “Will I regret it if I don’t do it?”. So if you’re reading this and still hesitating then ask yourself that question.

Now I call Dublin my  home. Instead of naming a list of reasons to convince or encourage you to move abroad, it can be as simple as, “because you can”. The only person who really needs convincing is you.

As much as I miss my friends, family and favourite tea room, I’m happy to be here in Dublin, Ireland. USIT will support you every step of the way. You will meet new people and find new favourite spots. The working holiday visa is literally a once in a lifetime experience and we only have one life to live. There will be obstacles, tears and laughter along the journey. The adventure is what you make it, so dare!

By Tracy Yeung


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