yogan, fortunately I’m unlikely to be seeking employment so Canada is a non-runner. Thinking about south of France/Spain or near Barcelona. Apart from a bit of French I can’t speak a foreign language so it’s going to have to be an area where english is spoken/understood. I’ve been renting a 2 bed flat for 12 years (outside Dublin) but in the last few months have viewed several houses locally. Have yet to see a place that really clicks with me (I’m very choosy) but I’m also not convinced I want to stay in Ireland. The last time I left Ireland was in the late 80s and I left then as much for my disillusionment with politics here as my need for suitable employment. Seems incredible that nothing has changed; we don’t do accountability. If you told me in 1989 that, 25 years later, we’d be dealing with the same fertiliser (squared) I wouldn’t have believed you.
If I stay in Ireland, I’m happy to live where I am currently. My income sources have almost dried up but I knew 14 years ago that that would happen and I planned accordingly. The current election results have really teed me off; I know I shouldn’t be surprised. I may head away for a couple of months around Oct and rent abroad as a try-out.
If you or anyone else has any suggestions, based on experience, I’d love to hear them. I only began posting in 2012 but I’ve always been heartened by the opinions on the Pin from the very early days.