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9-21-2007 @ 4:30AM
You would HATE working there. Believe me, I've done it, working in games localization QA.a) Dublin is a tiny city center surrounded by miles and miles of horribly expensive estates. Culture? Getting drunk in city center on the weekend. Anything else to do? Not much.b) Salaries are below-average, with almost nonexistent social security and pension funds. c) Dublin is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. One .5 liter can of beer in a supermarket? E 1.29 (USD 1.8). Rent for an 8 foot by 8 foot room in a shared house on the city fringe? 400 Euros monthly (565 USD). Rent for a tiny one-room apartment near city center? 1100 Euro (1550 USD). Dinner at a restaurant? If you can make it before 7:30 pm, make sure to grab the early bird special for only E 30 (USD 42) per person. I later found a job in Berlin which paid exactly the same: E 100 per working day (of which 16% go into social insurance, and 15% income tax), leaving me about 1400 Euros per month. Prices in Berlin? The beer's 40 cent, 400 Euros rented me a nice 2-room apartment, and restaurant set menus start at 5 euro or 7 USD. d) Up until the 1960s, Ireland was practically a third-world country with lots of poverty and almost no education. Now, the nicer parts of town are full of Jaguars and Porsches. The poorer areas are slums where kids burn cars for fun, where the police only goes with mesh riot shields across the windshield. The old poverty is especially noticeable from Ireland's lousy infrastructure:Public transport is an utter joke (they'll kick you off the bus unless you have exactly the right amount of change - not fun with only one bus every 40 minutes!)Hospitals are at a 1950s level (I waited for five hours - 10 pm to 3 am - for three stitches on the arm).The streets are narrow and winding, making the entire city of Dublin a death-trap for cyclists ... and there's three-hour traffic jams every morning and evening.Believe me, I've been there: Dublin is nice for a week or so, if you're a tourist. After more than a few months, it's unbearable.
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