Sunday, 19 May 2019

Moving to Leixlip

It feels like yesterday, however, my third month in Ireland is just about to end. I'm feeling more and more like home here, I got used to some of the Irish specialities like eating sandwich with tortilla chips as a side dish 😃 and my first move within Ireland is done. I drove a car on the left side of the road for the first time in my life. At work I have learnt basic processes and did tens of write-ups. Life is good 🙂

Yesterday I moved to Leixlip. I found a very nice house 10 minutes walk from work. It will be so amazing, I will save 3.5 - 4 hours a day which I used to commute. Fantastic! The house is really nice, modern, sunny, newly renovated and the landlady is supersweet, I think I will be really fine here. Leixlip is a cute little town of 15,000 inhabitants, there is a good train and bus connection to Dublin and the town seems really nice, it is very green, with some big parks and river Liffey which goes down to Dublin. I'm going to share some photos, but at the moment one photo I really love:


You can also take a look at my new house.





There is also a nice garden and a shed for a bike in the courtyard.

One snapshot from my 1st time ever driving experience with the steering wheel on the right side.


And finally my yesterday's vlog post [CZ]:


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Month No. 2

I’m really getting used to my Irish life. Things go well, the job seems to be a really good fit for me, more or less what I hoped and expected it would be, I’m not getting lost in when hanging out in Dublin and I finally started going out a bit.

Yesterday I visited National Concert Hall for UCD (University College Dublin) Symphony Orchestra concert, they had a beautiful retrospective on a couple of masterpiece symphonies by various Russian composers. The venue is really beautiful, I was with my Czech friend Zuzka who I met a couple of years ago in amateur badminton league we both played in Prague. I suited up and enjoyed great music and one of my few nights out since I have been living in Ireland. We started with a drink at Café en Seine (very cool place). I hope it was one of many evenings like that.


Recently I have been thinking about when I am going to leave. My aim when I left Prague was a minimum one year and then we will see. I expected I would miss my friends, my family, many things, sports, my favourite cinemas, bars and theatres in Prague and so on. But honestly the reality is I spend much more time talking to my family than ever through Facetime or WhatsApp, I am in touch with a couple of friends, instead of favourite places in Prague I began creating a list of my favourite spots in Dublin and I started to think about how it had been if I would have never left Ireland. Not saying it is a plan, but the aim has definitely begun to be diverted with many other opportunities I actually didn’t really think through. It would be great to move to another country in a couple of years. Who knows...

I’m in the middle of my stay at the house in Dublin 12 that I rented for 3 months which means that in a month I have to find some roof to sleep under. Taking into account my initial plan to buy a car as soon as possible is ruined for now because I'm not gonna pay thousands of euro for insurance, so I look for a place as close as possible to the office and/or to a railway station. I’m curious where I end.

I received my first salary (happy day it was) J It was taxed by a so-called emergency tax of 41% because I didn’t manage to complete my registration with Irish Revenue. I have been able to complete it at the beginning of the month so I’m looking forward to 28th April, it should be an even happier day. It’s quite interesting, in the majority of ordinary jobs in Ireland you get paid weekly. We don’t, but still, it is nice that we are paid on 28th April for the work done in April, no arrears. It is a general payday in Ireland as I heard. Different country, different habits.

Apart from a few places I want to visit in Dublin and neighbourhood I plan a visit to Belfast during Easter and I think about where to go for a vacation. It seems that Portugal will be the lucky winner. It is Irish Croatia - from what I heard, everyone goes, went or will go to Portugal in summer. I loved Lisbon, I spent a couple of days there in May last year and I would probably go to Faro this time. We will see B-)

I wish you all happy sunny days from rainy Ireland!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Doprava v Dublinu

Doprava v Dublinu je tragická. Je pomalá, neefektivní, nepohodlná, nespolehlivá a v neposlední řadě nejdražší na světě. Neexistují tu žádné měsíční či roční kupony, takže je drahá demokraticky, pro turisty i Dubliňany. Leap card je předplacená karta, která vám cestování nepatrně zlevní a hlavně dokáže zastropovat denní, resp. týdenní náklady na dopravu na €10 za den a €40 za týden (nebo €7/den a €28/týden, pokud nepoužijete LUAS - dublinskou tramvaj nebo DART - příměstský vlak). U mě tedy výdaje na dopravu dosahují €30 - €40 týdně. Neubráním se srovnání s Prahou. Roční lítačka a za 3650,-Kč a hlavně world class efektivita, komfort a perfektní síť metra, tramvají, autobusů a vlaků linky S je sen. Za den to máme 10,-Kč (~€0.39, což je 13x příjemnější cena). Jak to v Dublinu pořešit vidíte na tomto videu:


Asi si říkáte, proboha tak neřečni a kup si auto. Ok, to byl prvotní plán. Benzín je tu za srovnatelnou cenu jako v Čechách (~€1.30 za litr). Jenže pak jsem si nechal udělat nabídku na povinné ručení. V Čechách jsem platil u Directu asi 2200,-Kč. Tady mi v internetovém srovnavači vychází nejlepší nabídka na €3290 za rok. Ne, nechybí tam žádná desitinná čárka. Ano, za povinné ručení bez bonusu (který musí být z předchozího pojištění bez nehody v Irsku nebo Spojeném království) tu člověk zaplatí 85 tisíc korun. 
Psycho! 
Nehoráznost.... 

Při jízdě v Dublinu, který je nepřetržitě přetížený a v jedné velké zácpě budu mít těžko kdy nehodu a vysvětlení, že jsem třináct let řídil na špatné straně silnice je možná zčásti pochopitelné, neopravňuje však v mých očích 38 násobně vyšší výdaj.

Mám teď dvě možnosti, možná dojde na obě. 
  1. Vybírám si moped.
  2. Nechám si vyměnit český řidičák za irský doufaje, že u nějaké pojišťovny uspěju s bonusy z Česka. Allianz nebo Axa to prý někdy přijmou, když jim přinesete úředně ověřený překlad potvrzení o tom, že jste jezdili bez nehody.
  3. No a za dva měsíce se stěhuju, tak třeba se povede najít něco tak perfektního, že bych do práce došel pěšky nebo dojel na kole.
Tak mi držte palce 😉

Sunday, 17 March 2019

St. Patrick’s weekend

V sobotu jsem se vydal k moři, krásně jsem promokl a v neděli jsem se samozřejmě musel jít podívat na průvod k oslavám Sv. Patrika. Pro ilustraci se můžete mrknout dolu na videa. To sobotní je hodně dlouhé, měl jsem nějakou povídavou 🙂

Z nedělního průvodu pak kratší video, ale byla to paráda. Skoro tak dobrý jak průvod na dudáckym festivalu ve Strakonicích 😄 Město se zahalilo do zelené, všude mraky lidí a Guiness a irská whiskey tekly proudem 🇮🇪 

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

First impression

I promised this one is gonna be in English, so here it is. My first impressions at work and first weeks in Dublin. 

Let's start with the bad thing.

Public transport

Public transport in Dublin is an absolute disaster. Traffic in rush hours is a hell on Earth. You are in a constant traffic jam from your front door to anywhere you wanna go. Buses are absolutely terrible. The only plus is that there is a wi-fi in every bus which is cool. Irish people like wi-fi. I like wi-fi, too. In Prague, I haven't used it for months as my previous job came with iPhone and 20GB data plan. No company phone and plan at this one ☹️

Public transport in Dublin is definitely worse and less developed than in Prague. The key thing is that it is not build as a network like in Prague, but all the buses go to or from the city centre. So the travel to HPE in Leixlip which took me one hour on the bike, takes me about two hours by two buses. From Whitehall Park to the centre 40 mins then 10 mins waiting and another bus to Leixlip which is 1hr. I didn't think it would be that bad. I was wrong.


First day at work

Monday 25th February
I got up at 5.30am. It is not that harsh as it sounds. I'm an early bird. There is one small difference. In Prague I used to chill out for two hours before I left my flat to take a tram or metro. And it took me half an hour to get to the office. In Dublin it's waaay different.


My team

We are a team of ten. Three of us are based in Ireland, the rest of the analysts is spread all around the Europe. My Manager is in Milan, there are analysts in France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Russia. In Dublin we support UK & Ireland and Nordic countries. I'm not sure how strict my confidentiality agreement is so I will be rather general. Right in the morning on my first day I have my laptop on the table, email is working, Skype is working, I receive many emails with regards to the accesses to all the systems we use. My colleagues are super nice and very helpful. We already work on two cases (still talking about the day 1!). The analysis we do is very thorough and focused on cash flow. Customers are from various industries and of various size, but my team focuses on big deals and the analysis takes us on average two days from requests to the decision / approval. But obviously you can have a clear straight forward deal you have ready in one hour and on the other hand you can deal with a complicated case when you need to request more details which can take weeks. Next to our "Enterprise" team there is another "Channel" team which deals with smaller deals and the analysis is probably not so detailed as they have 3 hours to deliver the result. Two customers we analyze on my first day are one small software company and one global luxury cars manufacturer. Lovely. I'm excited from the work, customers, sophistication of the work, the pace. I'm gonna love it here! In the afternoon I talk to my boss who is on a business trip in Lisbon. Warm welcome. I'm told to settle down, take it easy, take my time to go through our credit policy and to make everything work.

Transport home is a tragedy. I open google maps, I walk for 20 minutes then I wait for my bus for 15 minutes and go to Dublin. Shortly before 8pm I'm home. This is not gonna work. I have to plan it better tomorrow. And I really really really need a car.

Small improvements

When I found the best possible connections, it takes me only 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to the office. Yeeey! This is really the best time I can make with the fucking buses. 150 to Parliament, walk to the river and 66B to Leixlip. Same for the return route. But the total time differs, sometimes I'm at home around 7pm, some days I arrive after 7.30.

I'm getting used to the traffic, get up time and coming back home time. I am trying to to buy a Mini Cooper on Facebook marketplace, I still research how to do it with the car. It would definitely increase my happiness in Ireland a lot driving to work and back in a cute car and saving at least two hours a day on commuting. But: car insurance in Ireland is a really bad joke. One can end up with two to four thousand euro insurance policy when he used to drive on the "wrong side of the road" in past. I'm really afraid that I will pay a fortune for the useless insurance, maybe even higher amount than I will pay for the car.

Otherwise at work I am getting into it, but I have a 1-1 with my boss tomorrow and I'm gonna write more about the work in a separate post.

The beautiful weather which welcome me when I arrived in Ireland is gone. Now we experience as Irish people say "soft and fresh" weather. It's cold, very strong wind and it rains.


Today our wi-fi is down so I made myself to finish and post this. Hopefully you'll enjoy 😉 

I will be more than happy if you drop me a note, short comment or any question you might have!

Ciaaaaooo

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