12th December 2006
I am settling down well in Ireland but miss you all in Brazil. There are a lot of other Brazilian people here. There's even a shop in the next town which sells stuff from home.
I got a new job in a large factory and the pay is good. I was
expecting to get paid last week but when I opened my pay packet, it had a note asking for my bank details. The problem is I don't have a bank account here.
I went to the accounts office and they said I need to open a bank account here. Each week my wages will go straight to the bank. When I want money, I have to go and withdraw it from the bank. So I went to a bank and set up an account. They then sent me a card in the post to use at bank machines.
There are lots of bank machines in Ireland. They're called Automatic Teller Machines, or ATMs. As well as being outside banks, they are in shops everywhere. It's really good because I can take money out whenever I want using my card and
personal identification number, or PIN, as everyone here calls it. Food and drink in Ireland is very expensive, but I hope to be able to save some money and come home to visit next year.
Have to go to work now, but will telephone next week.