Goodbye Ireland, Hello China!

I'm finally ready to drop the bombshell.

The title of my blog post is kind of an obvious indication as to what I have to say but I'm not imaginative enough to come up with a better (?) title for this post.

I have a solid excuse too. I had one of my wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday and I'm in pain. I feel decidedly uncomfortable and rely on painkillers to take the edge off whenever it gets too much. 

My diet

I can't chew properly so my food intake is limited to water, soup (I think I might just never eat tomato soup ever again), and soft food. Yesterday's lunch consisted of two mashed bananas. I feel like a baby. I should be fine in a few days but for the time being I am whiny and unhappy. I also can't sneeze because it makes my mouth hurt and I'm tired because I'm running out of positions to sleep in to avoid putting any weight on the side of my mouth that's recovering from surgery.

Yes, I've gone off topic again, but that's me, so just roll with it. It's best not to question me when I'm grumpy. It might not end well. In fact I'm sure it won't end well.

But, moving on...

Some of you, who know me a little bit better, will know that I've been contemplating to relocate to China for quite some time but things never really worked out the way I wanted them to and now I have suddenly been offered the opportunity of a life time (for me anyway). There are many things to consider when it comes to relocating. Especially when one wants to relocate to China. One needs a job and a valid working visa for starters. These things are not that easy to obtain but with some determination it is possible.

For me the location was also important. I love Shanghai and Beijing but I couldn't live there, I don't think. Mind you, I haven't tried it, but who knows. Anyway, my heart has always been set on a different city, located in Central China.

So, without further ado: I will be leaving Ireland next month and going forward Selly's Little World and its owner can be found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

黄鹤楼 Yellow Crane Tower
These last few days things have come together quite quickly and suddenly I find myself with a job that's waiting for me in Wuhan, a valid working visa and a one way flight out of Ireland.

I haven't started saying goodbye just yet but I am sure things will get rolling soon. I just hope I can have one last Dim Sum at my favourite Dim Sum restaurant and hopefully I can also squeeze in one last stroll through Powerscourt Gardens. I have no idea what things I still want to do before I leave, maybe I'll do nothing special at all and just spend the time with the few friends I still have left here in Ireland. What I do know is that I have a massive list of things I need to buy so I need pay-day to come around, preferably now.

Over the last few years I've bid farewell to so many friends here in Ireland that it's kind of difficult to comprehend that this time it's actually me who is doing the leaving. I've had a bit of a hard time delivering the news to my current boss but I am ready for a new challenge. Well, I don't know if I'm ready for the China challenge, I fear this time around I may actually suffer from culture shock, but we'll see. Abwarten und Tee trinken, is what we say in German. It translates into "Let's wait and have some tea" but the English equivalent of this phrase would be "Let's just wait and see".

Now that I've dropped the bombshell I am kind of all out of words. Unless you want to know more about my wisdom tooth misery there is nothing else I have to share...

I'm all set to leave on August 10th and I'm presently wondering if a quick visit to Germany is possible. I would love to give my dad a massive hug before I board a 22h (transfer times included) flight to China. If you could get the National Irish Lottery to sponsor me, I'd be absolutely delighted.

So, anything you have to say? Maybe you think I'm utterly insane or you're gobsmacked or maybe you saw it all coming...?

Comments

  1. Wowowowowow! Congratulations & I'm so looking forward to reading all your posts from Wuhan.

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    1. Thank you. I'll keep you posted on my new couch ;-)

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  2. Wow, that's wonderful news. I think that's great! Dawen and I are thinking about visiting Hubei province cause that is where his father is from. Jingmen, though, I believe. :)

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  3. If you find yourself in Hangzhou one day, well.. www.nialljoreilly.com

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    1. Interesting blog, followed you on Twitter :-)

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