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Published: January 30th 2013
4. Moving to Wexford
After this trip from Rosslare up to Wicklow and back again, my cash supply was running very low. I asked the B&B manager for a cheaper room. As he didn't have one he made a deal for a wholesale winter price without breakfast until the following Monday. It gave me 4 days to find a place to live... in Wexford. In the classifieds of the local paper there was a bedsitter to let for 75€ per week. John, the B&B manager, phoned and made an appointment for me to see it on the Friday at 12:30. Meanwhile I stayed in my room using my iPad and the WiFi internet connection there to check schools in the area where I could possibly get a job as assistant teacher. I also registered with an organisation teaching languages on line.
On Friday as arranged I visited what was described as a furnished bedsitter down town, or rather up town as the city is built on the side of a hill facing east and the sea so that most streets end up at the wharf, except Main Street running from north to south. In an old house surrounded by
blocks of flats I was shown a little flat under the roof on the second and top floor, with tiny windows overlooking the ruin of a church built five hundred years ago complete with old tomb stones around it. It did look utterly Irish and somehow I liked it. I took it, gave the money for a week's rent and said I was moving in on Monday. Great!
I still can't believe my luck... For urgencies I received financial help from a good old friend near London who sent me cash via the Western Union bank that I was able to receive over the counter at the post-office in Wexford, on the same day it was sent. This is a very good system to send cash urgently, all around the globe I believe. I had never used it before. It saved me! I was getting seriously hungry.
There was no pots and pans in the flat, so I set out looking for a cheap frying pan in the charity shops such as St Vincent's and Oxfam. Nothing there, mainly clothing. Shopping for food at different shops I eventually found a super looking mini wok made in China at
Aldi for €5.99. Two days later when I went back to Aldi for rice, there were no more mini woks on sale. I can't believe my luck...
At SuperValue, a small supermarket on the quay, I was able to buy the following for €20.33: a loaf of bread, a 2 litre container of pasteurised milk, a box of 10 sachets of cappuccino, a bottle of orange soda, wexford made marmelade, 3 packets of chinese noodles, a washing-up sponge and a bottle of detergent. What I found interesting was that on the bill there was the VAT (Value Added Tax) analysis showing that bare necessity food stuff was not taxed at all. There was also a small asterix in front of "Irish Made Purchases" totalling to €9.27 in my case. At the bottom of the bill was the name of the cashier lady in full. My God! I like this!
I had been travelling from my place in France with 4 pot plants of mine in the car on the floor behind the driver's seat. They were happy to be taken out and placed with honour on the two window sills. They're faring well, thank you :-)
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