Diary of a Ukrainian refugee: “It was nice to see the city turn into a rainbow”

I’ve been in my new job for a month now and so far I’m very excited about it.

I find the working atmosphere very friendly and supportive. There are four newcomers to my team, including myself, and none of us are originally Irish. It’s great to share experiences that people from Ireland just – I wouldn’t say take for granted – just take as a mindset.

I personally like to see how community oriented Ireland is. A few weeks ago I attended a school fair in Kilternan with my former host family and it was absolutely fantastic. The fair was huge and lasted almost five hours. All ages were there and they could play games, try to win a lottery or just enjoy a friendly atmosphere with dogs brought to a dog show (found my heaven there!).

All the parents of the school contributed to the organization of the fair, but they also had time to enjoy themselves and all the money raised went to the school.

I was also at Dublin Pride two weeks ago which had an absolutely amazing atmosphere. I go to an office in Dublin’s Docklands everyday so it was nice to see the city turning more and more into a rainbow each day approaching the parade.

I’ve never been to Pride in Ukraine as Lviv never does, but we also don’t have a community that is as open-minded and united when it comes to Pride.

My family in Poland and Ukraine are doing well and I am very happy for them. It’s not easy to start your life over in a place where you don’t feel like you belong. But my mother and my siblings do a really good job there, I think.

This makes me realize once again how happy I am here. I have found so many people who have opened their “home and heart” to me and made me a part of their family and never made me feel like I didn’t belong with them.

I’m with my fourth host family now, but right now I’m not a big fan of the “host” prefix because they do so much more than just host me. Every host family I’ve stayed with, no matter how long, has just become family to me.

I love the Irish summer. A lot of. It’s never too hot and I think it’s wonderful. It would be pretty muggy and hot in Ukraine at this time of year and you get used to it if it’s your everyday weather, but objectively it’s quite hard to bear.

My mother and my siblings are planning a little summer vacation in Croatia. I won’t be there this year because I’ve just found a job and I generally don’t feel like it’s a good time for me to travel.

I have to get up before I can think of a holiday, although I’m hoping to travel around Ireland a bit. Haven’t had a chance to see the west coast yet and maybe it’s all just movies but I feel like it’s the most beautiful place on earth.

That being said, it’s not like I want to leave Ireland now. I really enjoy my life here and it’s been a while since I’ve felt so good just being somewhere.

https://www.independent.ie/life/diary-of-a-ukrainian-refugee-it-was-lovely-to-see-the-city-transformed-into-a-rainbow-41823249.html Diary of a Ukrainian refugee: “It was nice to see the city turn into a rainbow”

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