First of all - we rent a flat in a nice building. It's cozy house with high ceilings, carpets, wallpapers and paintings on the walls in the hall and small dressing table next to the entrance doors. Every time I'm in there I feel like in modern Sherlock's set. There are also bathrooms and closet in a mid-hall where we have a "community" hoover. In the dark, ugly and long basement we have a washing machine and dryer that are also shared.
Our flat has a very high ceiling, a balcony without doors (there is a window through which one can go to the balcony), large living room with kitchen and doors to the bathroom and one bedroom with a sink next to bed. Does it make any sense? I don't think so.
There are a few surprising things besides all that community-shared stuff. For example: to open an account in bank you have to go in there in person - there's no possibility to do it on-line and you have to make an appointment earlier. To make things more difficult, banks are usually open from 10 am to 4 pm.
To make an on-line transactions you must have a card reader - a device that generates a unique code for every transaction. But PIN comes in the envelope a few days before a card although there are no mailboxes in our building - there is just a hole in the wall and all letters are going inside the building and then at the shelf in the hall where every occupant has access to them.
I haven't found something like 24 hours shops. There are sometimes problems to find such basic things (at least for me, Polish) like marjoram or potato flour which I buy in Polish shop.
-Do you have marjoram?
-What is this?
-A spice... herb. -Marjoram? No. Never heard of it. When I said about it to Tomasz he said that maybe they thought that I ask about marijuana.
On the other hand, when I went to work office to ask about one thing, I was right away registered and I could talk to the officer five minutes after the registration.
The city is vibrant, colorful and has a lot to offer - from nice quiet places like Merrion Park or St Stephen's Green to busy and crowded quarters like Temple Bar, full of pubs, events and artists performing on the streets to main tourist streets like Grafton or O'Connell with The Spire, wonderful building of General Post Office to Phoenix Park which is one of biggest designed parks in Europe which houses a zoo, President's residence, Garda headquarters, The Wellington Testimonial which is probably the tallest obelisk in Dublin and victorian tea rooms.
Places worth to see are:
* National Gallery
* National Museum
* National Photographic Archive
* Gallery of Photography
* Chester Beatty Library
* Sweny's - for me a hidden gem where with great people in amazing atmosphere you can read aloud and bring to life Joyce's books.
And probably much more, but I write about places that I saw myself. So that's for the start and more about that in another post.