Another chapter

Today I cried for the first time in over two months. I was in the middle of a book store.


It appears as though I can’t apply for a driver’s license here because even though they exchange Australian licenses for Irish ones, Canada and Ireland do not currently have a reciprocal agreement. So even though I have had my license for 10 years, since I originally held a Canadian one, my Australian full license is null and void in the eyes of their current law and those Irish authorities just won’t budge.

Turns out they’re ‘working on it’ with the province of Ontario, where I am from, but because legislation takes ages to get through here, I’m told not to hold my breath.

On the plus side, I can legally drive here for one year with my Aussie license, I just can’t get insured. Which means I can’t buy a car. Even though I can drive one.


Lately I’ve been feeling like Ireland is a toddler that is testing me with their finicky ways and changeable weather. Or maybe they are a senile senior using words like ‘ambiguous’ on public transit websites. Plain English people, it goes a long way in public service communications.

But I refuse to bow down to these obstacles and I won’t be throwing my towel in any time soon. Sure, I may lose it in a moment of frustration in the middle of the self-help aisle, but my optimistic outlook is here to stay. So bring your restrictive policies, Ireland, I can take it.

As an aside, it’s our one-year anniversary tomorrow, so we will be quietly celebrating before our friends arrive from Berlin and London for a weekend of festivities!


Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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