Giving up on the rat race!
Some of you might not know that it wasn't my intention to give up my IT career in Dublin to run Bean with Justin. It wasn't until Bean really took off did I know that a decision had to be made. Luckily for me it wasn't a hard one. Although I was happy with my job and relatively happy in Dublin I was more than ready to move back to Dingle. I know some of my friends and colleagues thought I'd lost my marbles, giving up a well paid career in the country's capital to run a small coffee shop in a small town, I can kind of see why they would think that. What i don't think they knew is how much Dingle has to offer.
Many of you may be surprised to hear that nearly all of my group of friends from school live and work in and around Dingle. All of them have great jobs and see themselves in Dingle for the foreseeable future, which obviously helped my move back home a lot easier. Then there's the town itself. The tourist season isn't just limited to the summer months anymore, the town now attracts tourists all year round (June, July, August are a step above the other months). One of the reasons for this is the number of festivals we now have, there are too many to list. They always attract people to Dingle and are extremely beneficial for businesses like ourselves. Last year's Food Festival and the Other Voices were our busiest weekends ever, the town was absolutely jam packed. Walking around on the saturday evening of Other Voices made me feel proud to say I call Dingle home and it was a pleasure for us as a business to be involved in.
Even without all the festivals the town has lots more to offer. There are a number of sports teams, one of the best gyms in the country at WK Fitness, the Phoenix Cinema, some of the best restaurants in Ireland, and not to mention the pubs. What more could you want? Jobs you say, well I don't think I know another town in Ireland that has as many new places opening as Dingle does. These are creating jobs for locals and for people relocating in the town.
There are some frustrating things about living in a small town like Dingle. For one, the "There's no one new around you" on Tinder is a constant frustration. Also, with every small town, you can't get away with doing much without the whole town knowing. Its often been the case that on a "rare" night out we might have had one too many beverages, resulting in the legs wobbling a bit walking home, and someone is sure to mention that we were seen stumbling out of An Droichead Beag in the small hours. Then there is the internet. Although town has recently been upgraded to fibre optic, out of town is a different story. Its a regular occurrence in our household that Dad has smashed his ipad down while shouting "THE INTERNET'S GONE AGAIN". Or an argument has started over whos hogging up all the internet speed, usually turns out to be Justin watching his favourite show 'Mythbusters'.
I won't mention the weather, but all the rain is forgiven when we get days like this.