may the wind always be at your back :~)
I'm american by birth but lived in Dublin from '07-09, which after a bit of a bungled start ended up being 1 year of work and 1 year to get a postgrad degree from Trinity. There are definitely many aspects of life that I preferred there vs. here in the US and vice versa, and on the whole I'm nostalgic to go back and perhaps move my family there someday (my kids and I have citizenship through foreign births). Of course it wouldn't be easy starting life all over somewhere else, from what I understand property prices are still pretty insane and it's still a net-emigration country, so I imagine finding work would be challenging even though I'm pretty competent and work in a relatively essential field (civil engineering).
Yeah, this. I think our family is doing okay during the pandemic (wife and I still have our jobs), but it's clear as fucking day that we're part of the shrinking middle class here in the USA that is getting sucked down the ever widening wealth gap. The costs of health care and higher education here are insane and unsustainable, and no one even talks about it, never mind tries to do anything about it, because these things work just fine as they are for the scumbags at the top (where the wealth is getting siphoned up to), as health care and tuition are drops in a bucket for these fucks. I literally have no idea how my kids get a decent education without leaving us dead broke and them saddled with nefarious debt. <-- tho, if anyone has tangible, good ideas, or pro tips, I'm all ears
Plus yeah the economy and social fabric are collapsing around us so there's that too