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From Milan to Sallins

Hugo and Sandra’s three children were born in Milan, northern Italy where Sandra grew up. They’d built a life over there and were quite content. However, when an unexpected opportunity for work arose in Ireland they took a risk and decided to give life in Dublin a go.

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“If you were buying a laptop, you’d shop around, you’d identify the make and model that suits your needs, you’d compare prices and you’d probably buy online for the best price. With houses at the moment, I think people aren’t doing https://www.canadagoosejacketsoutsale.com the same. Everyone is so panicked about trying to buy a place that they are compromising on value. I didn’t want to do that.”

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They couldn’t be happier with their decision and what they found in Sallins was a pleasant surprise.

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Moving out of the city means a longer commute, but Hugo actually spends the same amount of time getting to the office canada goose outlet online store as he did when he lived in the city. He’s lucky enough to work right in the city centre so it’s easy to get to work in the morning.

It’s a six minute walk to the train station where he gets the train to Heuston, which takes about 35 minutes. Then he either uses Dublin Bikes or the LUAS to get to the office. All in all, it’s an hour door to door.

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They were also impressed with Sallins’ diversity. There’s a lot more ethnic diversity in comparison to south Dublin. The immigrant communities are living in the commuter belts, not in south Dublin where they’re priced out of the market.

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And there’s plenty to connect with in Kildare. Sallins is becoming canada goose jacket uk a hip enclave. Just around the corner form Hugo canada goose outlet in chicago and Sandra’s home, there are numerous barges moored on the canal dock with people living in them. People seeking an alternative living solution are turning to living on the water. It’s something we’re used to seeing in London or Amsterdam, but it has really taken off in Dublin and the surrounding area.

“The canal network is stunning,” says Hugo. “I was out running and I made it as far as Hazelhatch and back and I couldn’t get over how beautiful it is. If the canals were in any other country they would be invested in and used as a tourist attraction. While I think they are maintained, they are overgrown and underused,” he says.

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“The canal reminds us of Milan. They have the Navigli there which is all that remains of the once extensive canal network in the city. They built roads over them when they were rebuilding after the war, but they’re still there under the city. The canal is very important to canada goose clothing uk the Milanese, they consider it the heart of the city.”

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canada goose store “We’re a mixed race family,” says Hugo, “and we’re very proud of that, so for us, it is important that the children are in diverse, open minded environments and we’ve found that here out in Co. Kildare. You would think that would be the opposite, but here there are many foreign nationals, and they seem integrated.” canada goose store

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“And Kildare is beautiful. You have this big sky and in Ireland with all the clouds racing by and the constant changes in the light, it’s never boring to look at!”

Growing up in Rathfarnham, Hugo remembers an area that was on the edge of the city, right before the Dublin Mountains started to rise. To him, Sallins has the same feeling.

“It feels like the edge of Dublin. That’s what I remember growing up, was living in an estate, where the kids called into each other’s houses and spent entire summers outdoors. Here the local kids call around and ask if ours are “coming out to play”. It’s great.”

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“In Dublin, if you don’t live literally around the corner from someone, they think you are ‘miles away”. We were used to living in a big city like Milan where you would have no problem driving an hour to see a friend. Things are changing in Dublin so we’ll all have to get used to more time in the car.”

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