Dublin tips: Moving into your new apartment

So, you’ve done the most difficult part and secured yourself a place to live in Dublin…congratulations!! However, the trials and tribulations aren’t over yet my friend. Here are the top things you need to know:

1. Get your gas meter unlocked

This is something you’ll want to do ASAP if you’re moving in the winter. You can get your gas and electric done at the same time by calling Bord Gรกis and opening a gas and electric account. Note, contact your landlord about paying the gas unlocking fee.

2. Sign up with a trash collection service

This ones a bit odd but I learned the hard way that the city doesn’t have a trash collection service. They’re all privately owned. You can compare quotes online and choose which is the best for you. Once signed up, they’ll send you the bins you ordered. Trash is usually gray, recycling is green, and compost is brown. I use Thorntons Recycling and have the pay as you go service with two bins, trash and recycling only. I fill up my account and they only withdraw money when I put my trash out to be collected. Trash pickup is โ‚ฌ10 and recycling is โ‚ฌ1. I also bought bin locks because my neighbor tries to put her trash in my bins instead of paying for her own ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

3. Make an appointment to set up your internet ASAP

…because it takes forever for them to actually come out and set it up for you. Which is odd because there should be a self service option.

4. Buy a hanging rack

…because the dryers just don’t work. The washer dryer is combined into one machine that washes just fine but takes like 3 cycles to dry.

Getting your nails done in Dublin 101

Dear friends, today I’m going to save you a good โ‚ฌ40 by sharing my fav nail salon with you.

While living in the US I got hooked on acrylic nails. It was almost like an addiction. They’d start threatening to fall off after two weeks and I’d frantically rush to the nail salon to get them refilled.

You can only imagine my horror when I arrived on Dublin ready to get my nails refilled and acrylics cost like โ‚ฌ65. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ

So after paying that exorbitant price once, I vowed to never pay it again…and after weeks of searching I found Elite Nail Bar, a privately owned boutique nail salon run by just the owner herself.

Acrylics here go at about โ‚ฌ40 but she showed me how to get the very same stiletto nail look I love using my real nails and gel polish! So now I pay โ‚ฌ25 for the gel and occasionally an additional โ‚ฌ8 if I’d like for her to add 2 coats of gel nail hardner before putting the polish on.

The best way to reach her is via text and her number is on her website.

Acrylics:

My real nails: