Dashed hopes, sunsets, and friends

Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
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Trip End Nov 23, 2004


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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

I started out the day with determination, contacting the Galway Film Centre, Magma Films, and the newspaper. Waiting to hear back from the first two, and the editor of the paper wasn't there, so no leads yet, but making the first contact has made me more hopeful. Later I bought a few clothes to supplement my meagre wardrobe...a €7 purple turtleneck and a €3 belt (it looks like chain mail...pretty cool).

In the evening I went down to the river to watch the sunset--the sky was partly clear and it looked like it was going to be a good one. I leaned on the edge of a wall overlooking the water, watching it change colour as twilight came ("Arvin Hour"). Oddly, the sky never did put on a light show, but the beauty of the river made up for it, and at dark I walked away, cold but relaxed.

I spent the rest of the evening hanging out at the hostel with my Swedish and Aussie roommates as well as a Spanish girl named Ana and a German girl named Kate (I think). Kristen (the Aussie) had already landed a waitressing job after just one day in Galway. Kate, also a new arrival, had just got a library job--and she doesn't even have any library experience. Something I should have thought of first, since now there aren't any openings. Reinforced my perception of myself as a) incompetent and b) chopped liver. However, it was nice to hang out with some non-Canadians and to feel that I was finally joining European culture (even if I still haven't befriended any Irish people).

October 14

Another depressing day (so what else is new?). This week's paper was scarce on jobs. The library wasn't interested in me. Neither were the film centre or the production company (didn't even want volunteers). So much for that hope.

My spirits perked up when I went to hang out with Carla later in the day. We ended up at Katherine's place (she's sick too) watching Jersey Girl--Katherine's a real person now, she can rent movies! Yes, I know, I'm supposed to be avoiding romantic comedies, but I'd seen it before, so that was all right. Besides, the main message of the film is less about the romance than it is about the importance of putting family ahead of career (kind of sad actually--Ben Affleck's character loves doing PR in New York, then has to raise his daughter in a small town in New Jersey, but resents the loss of his career...then eventually realizes that family is what matters, so he'll never get to do what he loves again). I know, I know, that has implications here: I'm in Ireland, so it shouldn't matter what job I get, right? Yet somehow it does. I wasn't really thinking about that though. A nice evening in with friends watching movies--comforting.
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