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Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

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Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Hi Everybody,

its time to get the ball rolling on this.

I've put in for a transfer with my current company to our offices in Boston and I couldn't be happier! Obviously moving from Northern Irealand to the most Irish place in America is an added bonus but I think just Boston as a place is fantastic on its own.

But this is just going my from childhood memories of a month my family spent in Boston while my dad was on a research sabbatical. I was 8 years old and had a great time.

I guess my question really is about living and working in Boston. I'm sure if my company is crazy enough to actually allow me to move I'll get the low down from my colleagues there but I just want to get a start on what life is like over there.

Are there any websites that anybody can point me to that will give me a heads up of what to expect?

I'm sure nearer the time I'll have more questions but a general start would be nice.

Thanks for any help!

Quincy...
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1. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Hi Irish,

I am sure you will find the city has changed quite a bit from what you remember, but it's still quite Irish. In fact, there's now an Irish Famine memorial downtown to prove it :)

Anyway, if you want information on the usual life things...apartment rentals, etc, you can check out these websites:

http://www.boston.com This is the web portal for the Boston Globe and a lot of their real estate listings as well as entertainment listings are online. The Boston Herald also has a website with some good information: http://www.bostonherald.com

Other sites you might find helpful:

http://www.thebostonchannel.com

http://boston.citysearch.com

http://www.thedig.com (alternative weekly newspaper here)

http://www.thephoenix.com (another alternative paper)

http://www.mbta.com (for public transportation/subway information)

http://www.cityofboston.gov (the city's official website)

Also, in this forum, there have been a few discussions related to relocating, so do a search for that as well.

When your plans firm up, and you have more questions about neighborhoods or commuting, etc, let us know.

Good luck!

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2. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

All of the above websites and www.boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe, the main newspaper in town. The Boston Herald is our local right wing and slowly going bankrupt tabloid.

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3. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Good morning Irishluck,

Good for you! You're going to really like living and working in Boston, that's wonderful news!

I wanted to give you a really good website to check out before your move. It'll give you all kinds of information on different things about Boston, where to live, where not to live, how to get here there and everywhere around the city, you name it it's on this forum, it's just wonderful, here it is here:

www.city-data.com

If you click on Forum on the front main page over on the right hand side at the top of the page. Then once there go to the state of Massachusetts, you'll see the list of towns and cities within the state, one after the other. Boston is at the top as you can see, just click that on and you can go through that particular discussion or the ones listed underneath it OR what I do is scan for any previous discussions that were held on living there as well as read up on all kinds of helpful tips and suggestions mentioned. It's really a wonderful forum site for finding out different things important about the city or town you're interested in living and working in. You can also send them any type of questions you have by registering with them as you get closer to your move you could do that if you wanted to and you'll get quite a lot of suggestions and ideas sent your way. I don't know what I'd do without that site! It's really great. You learn SO much, things that you wouldn't necessarily find out about any where else. It's truly a fantastic tool to have when you're moving! It's really good to know about a place first hand from the people that actually live right there and this site city-data is definitely useful, so click it right to your favorites, you'll end up useing it quite a bit before your move.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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4. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

www.boston.com for news, restaraunts, arts events

www.craigslist.org for things for sale, and housing/apartment rentals and sales.

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5. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Welcome welcome!

You will want to check this link out, and see the links it includes.

http://www.bostonirish.com/

When you arrive, be sure to head to Dorchester, to the Green Hills Bakery on Adams Street (near Gallivan Blvd) in Neponset. It's an Irish bakery that's also a centre for transplants here to the city. Dorchester (the Neponset/Cedar Grove parts) are full of newly-here Irish. South Boston is legendary for its Irish population but the prices are through the roof now. There's an Irish Social Club over in Dedham/West Roxbury.

Despite the fact you're moving far from home, you'll find lots of familiar company when you get here.

Best wishes...

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6. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

http://www.irishemigrant.com/boston/index.htm

another link

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7. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Guys, thanks so much for your responses. You've given me LOADS to go on!

I really have a lot of work to do before I make it to Boston but fingers crossed everything will work out.

Not that I dislike Belfast but I would like to get out and explore the world.

Made a bit easier (but much less fulfilling) by the fact that my long-term relationship has just come to an end. Women.....honestly......

Looking forward to a brand new start in a new City!

Thanks again and hope to see you in Boston.

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8. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Well be thankgful that you both didn't end up getting married! At least you found out all of this before you tied the knot. A lot of people are stuck in marriages, some are pretty miserable and it's written all over their faces! The beauty of being single is that you have the chance to find out exactly what you want in life a little more and where you want to go, it's wonderful to be able to travel to another country all together to experience it. Do it now while you're young. Who knows? May be you will find a new significant other right in the City of Boston when you move here; you never know! Be on your guard though, you know what I mean? There's a lot of desperate cases out there desperately trying to get married and yet on the other hand? Just as many that don't want a thing to do with the "institution of marriage" down the road too!

All the best to you on your move to Boston.

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9. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Here is another web site to check out. Interesting, entertaining and somewhat informative!

www.celebrateboston.com

Westernmass

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10. Re: Moving to Boston from Northern Ireland

Congratulations on your move. It’s a great time to be in New England, well maybe except for the weather! GO PATRIOTS. Hopefully you’ll be settled in by Opening Day of the Red Sox.

If you are planning on renting an apartment I would suggest Brighton or maybe Watertown. Brighton has a huge Irish transplant population. It is a section of Boston while Watertown, one town away, is a suburb of Boston. Both have good public transportation (the T). If you will have a car, parking could be a major concern in Boston

I think once you know where you’ll be living more practical advice will come your way. Although Boston is not a huge city, each section has its own personality and dynamic.

Keep us posted.

Good Luck