I'm beginning to think it would just be easier to live in a hostel for a few weeks while I'm trying to figure out a place to live! Already, I've had two scammers try to win me over (wanted money right away before I even saw the place and had the exact same add for different countries). I just need to remember that for every scammer, I've received a legit phone call (I've enjoyed having Irish accents on my voicemail!)
The first phone call I had was from Colin (I can't say his name without an Irish accent now :), but I didn't get the chance to call him back as I discovered my phone does not make international calls. The second phone call I received today from Jennifer. She also left a voicemail, but added me on Skype so hopefully I'll be able to talk to her soon. Initially, I only had her add down as a maybe because it's a 30 minute bus ride from UCD, but it's beginning to look pretty good now. It would be living with a family whereas the first one would be living on my own. I go back and forth on if I want to live by myself or not. If I do, I worry that I'm not social enough to really make friends with people without living with someone, but then I remember that I didn't necessarily become friends with my roommates in Galway. If I live with someone, then I would have a person familiar with Ireland (and Dublin) as a go to person which would be nice to have. I guess I'll keep looking at tons of ads and will hopefully have a place to live soon!
"If you're lucky enough to be Irish, then you're lucky enough." ~ Irish saying