Warm weather is here in Dublin. It has been for a few weeks now, and I’m hoping it will keep sticking around. Where I am from, just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, warm weather = snowballs. And no, not the pastry/marshmallowy snack item. Maryland snowballs consist of shaved ice with sugary syrup flavoring (egg custard is classic). … More Delicious Dublin: Irish Ice Cream
Well, we finally did it! After 3 years of mostly being long distance, a few 3 month stints at each in-laws’ homes (all that a tourist visa would allow), and dozens of back and forth flights, Dermot and I just signed a one year lease on an adorable “two up, two down” stone house with … More A Home of Our Own
One of my favorite spots in Dublin is Brother Hubbard, a café on Capel Street (one of the MANY hipster areas in town). Their menu is limited and I say that as a good thing. Nothing puts me off more than when restaurants boast pages and pages of options. I get overwhelmed and end of reading the same dish description … More Delicious Dublin: Brother/Sister Cafés
When I first moved to Dublin (for graduate school 5 years ago now!), there were only a few spots to go for anything other than the usual Guinness, Heineken, Stella, Bud, or Bulmers in a traditional pub. You had The Porterhouse- with at least 5 locations, Bull & Castle, The Bernard Shaw, Dice Bar, and a … More Delicious Dublin: In Search of Craft Beer
I recently wrote an article for Stint Ireland’s blog about Irish stereotypes you should rethink. As I was brainstorming I realized there were quite a few stereotypes that I have encountered. One that I hear over and over goes something like this, “Ireland is beautiful, but the food is so bland/bad/plain/boring.” This makes me crazy! Irish … More Delicious Dublin: Changing the world’s perception of Irish food
There were so many factors that led to my attending graduate school abroad. At the time (2009) I had spent my first year out of undergrad year of unsuccessfully applying for full-time work in my field. I worked part-time as a substitute teacher and server. Student loans repayments were starting. And the price of attending … More To Postgrad Abroad or Not To Postgrad Abroad?
This post is part of Small Planet Studio’s monthly #MyGlobalLife Link-up. That all so annoyingly Irish phrase “it’ll be grand” or “be grand” is, in fact, the only way I know to describe my visa process in Ireland. After being in Dublin on a 90 day tourist visa for about 50 days, we finally got … More Irish Marriage Visa: ‘Be Grand