Recently around Dublin

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Hello, friends.

Sorry it’s been so long, I just haven’t had a chance to take any good pictures. But I figured some iPhone photos are better than nothing. So here’s a little update on life. Weekdays have been long, as the sun stays up late during the summer here in Ireland. I’ve been trying to be outside as much as possible, soaking up the sun while I can. I spent a few hours walking along the cliffwalk from Bray to Greystones (just a 20-minute train ride from where I live in Dublin) and the weather was beautiful. The above beach was just at the end of the walk, and it was a lovely reward after the 5k walk.

Other than that, I’ve been trying to have a weekly swim at seapoint, the closest beach to me in Blackrock. The water has been WARM, no joke. As I’m training for a sprint triathlon (the swim is in open water, wetsuit required) I’ve been trying to incorporate some outdoor swims into my training schedule. But it’s been so warm I hardly need the wetsuit… this does not happen often in Ireland so I try to take advantage!

One Saturday I spent the afternoon walking around Dublin town, spending a little time in Temple Bar and then moved over to George’s Arcade. Now living slightly outside of the city I appreciate it when I go in for a few hours much more. It’s a lovely city even besides all the grey.

I’m continuing my quest for the best brunch in Dublin, and so far there’s been several contenders. My favourite place for Eggs Benedict is still from Eden, but the other Sunday I went to Dillingers with a friend and they have some seriously delicious brunch booze, which is always a huge draw. I really want to go try Herb Street for brunch, so hopefully that will come up on hungover Sunday soon 🙂

Anyway, you can see some snaps below from my trusty phone. Hope your summer is wonderful and relaxing.

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^we also took a trip to IKEA and scored these lanterns for €2.50 a piece! totally makes the patio to a new level 🙂

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ILIN recently

ILIN... recently

Did you know I also write a blog with my sister? In case you hadn’t heard, it’s a blog called I love, I need and we have a post every single day during the week… way different then around here.

Anyway, we’ve been writing the blog for over three years (!!) and have the best time writing it.

We’ve had some really good posts recently, if I do say so myself. Sometimes I go through our archives looking for a certain post, shop, item, etc. and get lost down the rabbit hole. Today was one of those days. I was like, I like that post! And that one! So why not share about it here?

Who doesn't love a garland

Today I talked all about garlands. Really, my ode to garlands. I love a good set of bunting at a wedding, new year’s eve party, or even just around the house.

Green Goose Gallery prints

A really great place to snap up a few prints for around the house is Green Goose Gallery. Bonus, she has a whole section for Ireland landscapes and I’ve heard she has plans to have Dublin collection up for this year.

Spring ILIN list

Trying to get together your spring shopping list? Might be a bit belated now, but never too late… Anyway, we’ve put together the I love, I need shopping list for spring.

Odd Daughter

This round-up of paper products Jess put together from Odd Daughter is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Zooey dresses we love

Are you a Zooey Deschanel fan? She’s come up with a fantastic line of dresses in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. And hey, even if you’re not you can’t deny these dresses are cute.

Freelance life

Jess wrote a super-awesome post one her one-year freelance-aversary. Last year she quit her 9-5 job and launched her freelance career. How can you not be inspired by someone heading out in their own to do something they love?

ILIN recipes

My mouth is still drooling after writing this post last month. Let’s talk food, shall we? Recipes for LASAGNA GRILLED CHEESE are included. You’re welcome.

Adam Levine + a puppy = love

And finally, because really our blog is all about fun… a post featuring Adam Levine + a puppy. I mean…

Are you on Pinterest?

Travel Pinterest boardsHello friends! I have a question for you… are you on Pinterest?

One of my favorite ways to plan for a trip is to pin anything and everything I see on the internet while researching my said destination. Last year when we went to Barcelona, my sister and I had a board dedicated to planning, which I think is perfect because it’s entirely visually. This helps me to remember what I want to see and do, but there isn’t a chance I could do it all. But it’s great if you have a few hours one afternoon while traveling.

I have a few trips coming up soon (London this weekend and Edinburgh this summer) and I’ve been pinning away like crazy. My new favorite feature is the ‘related pins’ part and where they say ‘this pin is also on this board!’

So I figured, there must be loads of you out there pinning fabulous places for me to travel to, so wanted to reach out and ask! Let me know if you’re on Pinterest… I want to see what you’re pinning!

 

Spring resolutions

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I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, because I always end up just forgetting what I resolved to do. But I LOVE spring cleaning. The weather’s getting better, days aren’t as dark and I’m not absolutely freezing on the way home.

This weekend I’m planning to peel through a ton of crap I have accumulated over the past year and a half (which is funny because I moved over to Ireland with two suitcases and that’s it). I can’t wait. It’ll be a lot of work, but I know Sunday night I will feel so much better.

Also, in just one week will be my last day at my job before I start a new adventure with a brand new company, and almost even industry. It’s only actually a ten minute walk from my old office, but I feel like I’m moving to a brand new city or something. I cannot wait and it was really time for a change up. So in the spirit of cleaning and rejuvenating for the new season, I’d like to make a few spring resolutions. Just a few gentle reminders to myself…

  • Take more photos! When I was studying abroad I think everyone hated me, I took photos all day every day. Except now I have so many great pictures of that time and am a little sad I’ve missed capturing those great moments. Plus, it was helpful to remember where I’ve been, what I’ve done, etc.
  • Cycle to work again. When I lived right in the city, I cycled to work every single day. I saved money from not paying for transportation, it was a great way to stay in shape and a nice way to end the day. Now I’ve moved a little further out, I just have fallen into taking the train every morning. Since it’s slightly warmer, it’s time to get back to biking.
  • Weekend trips need to happen again. When you’re working a full time job, sometimes (okay, always) on the weekends I just want to sit around and relax and not do anything. But, while I’m living here in Ireland I really want to start experiencing the country again. Living in Dublin has become really easy to just stay in this city all of the time, and I never just go away for the weekend.
  • Make lunch and bring it to work. This is a no-brainer, I buy lunch every day right now and it is so dumb. Sunday evenings I need to spend prepping for the week and just taking the few hours to go and do it.
  • In a similar note, drink coffee at home. This is a tougher one, because it is impossible to buy coffee filters in Ireland. I tried ordering some off Amazon, but no one ships to Ireland. I found some in a grocery store here, and they told me they couldn’t locate the “item code” so I couldn’t buy them. I think the world doesn’t want me to have coffee! But I’m going to try hard to find it and make them work.
  • Worry less. Since some big things happened in my life a few years ago, I have become a constant worrier. I feel like in high school I was always pretty go-with-the-flow, but now I am seriously the opposite. Maybe it’s because my job for the past two years has literally been planning, but I hate not having a plan or if my plan changes. And I’ve just been worrying.  About everything. I need to relax and be more in the moment – I miss studying abroad where there was way less worries, working abroad is a completely different story. I think I need to meet somewhere in the middle for a little bit more harmony in my life.

I think just be a little more zen, spend less, play more and relax will be the theme of spring. Here’s hoping, my friends!

Radio Silence

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Hello, friends!

Apologies as it’s been ages. Literally. I think three months!

A lot has happened since I last wrote in this space. I worked crazy hours for all of Nov/Dec (one week I counted 68 hours of work, eek!) and was home for an entire month. We moved to a new apartment (Frank moved everything while I was in the states, score!) and it’s a brand new spanking year.

The other day I went through my old study abroad blog (perhaps that’s how you found me here… it hasn’t been updated since 2011, but if you want a little more about Galway, you can check it out here) and am very sad I no longer take pictures like I do!

I love going back through the old posts, I practically feel like I am there again… whether holding a lamb (!!), swimming in the freezing ocean in March, touring beautiful places like Connemara, traveling around Europe to places like Portugal and Paris, and the list of that short-time of 8 months goes on.

The difference between studying and working abroad is crazy. Life was so much easier! Ah, I have a feeling that come 10 years I’ll say that about this time… so I really need to just focus on living in the moment. I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but for me and for this space, I want to document as much as I can (hopefully in a beautiful way through photography) and write about my experiences, so I can remember then!

I’d love to take a trip back to Croatia and I have all of those archives to look back on. I want to really start getting into that with more places I visit in Dublin and beyond.

So hopefully, in the next few weeks/months I’ll be able to do that! We moved to the sweetest little village (I’ve only been there for four days) but it’s lovely. It’s right by the sea and my new favorite pub is there. We went on Tuesday night for a quick pint after work and ended up playing Scrabble (I beat Frank by 5 points!). Very different from living city centre but it’s wonderful so far. I can’t wait for a nice weekend afternoon to roam around with my camera.

Anyway, hope you are well. Here’s just a few pictures from recently… more to come once I can find my camera cord (lost in the unpacking process as of now!)

College of Charleston

College of Charleston

lakeside winter

lakeside winter

winter in Wisconsin

winter in Wisconsin

winter in Connecticut

winter in Connecticut

Christmas seesters!

Christmas seesters!

a bloody Mary in Wisconsin!

a bloody Mary in Wisconsin!

the Infinity Rooms

the Infinity Rooms

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Getting out of Dublin city

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Looking for a new apartment around Dublin has been exhausting.

Everyone and their mother are looking for a nice, affordable apartment in a nice area close to public transport. I swear, a place is listed, I ring them an hour after it’s posted and someone just took it over the phone… without even seeing it! Mental I tell you.

However, I have gotten to do a little exploring around outside of the city centre (where I live and work) and it’s been such a breath of fresh air.

While I work in town, my boyfriend works about 15km outside of the city centre, in a smaller little “suburb” of Dublin. So we’ve been trying to compromise, find somewhere that’s a little closer to his work, while still being close to town for me.

In Dublin there’s the DART line (stands for Dublin Area Rapid Transport, it’s a very handy train that goes between the smaller towns around Dublin) and it follows the east coast road. Along the line are cute, scenic little towns that would offer a bit more space, lower rent and a parking space (impossible to find city centre). So we’ve been exploring a few of the towns that have the potential to be our next home.

The other day we went for a walk around Dun Laoghaire (pronounced kind of like Done Leary, if that helps any of you non-Irish like me) which is about a 30-minute train ride from the city centre.

It was so peaceful to get out of town and have a little trip by the sea. There’s a gorgeous, small little street just a little before Dun Laoghaire, which we discovered last weekend. We could never live there, way too insanely expensive, but it’d be nice to live near to sneak away to on nice evenings.

I’m happy I brought my camera along to capture the little slice of peace we found one Sunday afternoon.

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Dear friends

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I’m sorry it has been so long, I am the worst.

I have no excuse… well okay I have a million excuses, but one should never be too busy to update on life.

There’s over 300 photos in my LightRoom that I have yet to edit from the summer (I know it’s October again, I’m the worst) but I just wanted to check-in to say I’m alive.

The photo from above was taken at the Josh Ritter show at the Galway Arts Festival this summer (before I went to Barcelona, again again the worst) and it was fantastic.

Anyway, since I’ve last written lots have happened.

I officially am allowed to stay in Ireland for another year!! The amount of stress the past 5 months of waiting on my visa application really wore on me and I am so relieved it’s all over (read a little more about it all here). We have been celebrating excessively since.

I hope to write a really good long post about what I’ve been through in my immigration struggles, because it’s something you can’t just ask someone about. I secretly want to ask all Americans who I meet who live in Ireland… how the hell are you allowed to stay here?!

But you can’t really do that. So I’d like to write a post soon talking about my experience because maybe it’ll help someone out there. I also am writing for GoAbroad.com (mentioned earlier here) and am working up a post of logistics to moving abroad, which again could maybe  possibly help someone out there.

Anyway. I will have more soon. I really promise, or at least I hope to because I like this space. Also – the fall in Dublin is unreal and it needs to be shared. Pity I don’t write poetry because Phoenix Park here is heaven.

Follow along on instagram if you like, I think every other photo I have is of the Irish autumn.

Lots of love,
Lucy

 

Studying in Ireland

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So, you’ve thought about studying in Ireland have you?

Well, you probably… no wait… definitely should. Obviously my experience in just one semester in Galway, Ireland, changed my life (as I’m now back to Ireland living and working in Dublin) but I think it’s a wonderful way to experience a new culture.

Recently, I started writing a few posts for GoAbroad.com and my first article – ‘How to Study Abroad in Ireland’ was posted last week. To read a little bit more about studying in Ireland, you can check out the post here.

Over the new few weeks I’ll have a few other posts I’m excited about (12 things to do while visiting Dublin, how-to’s of moving abroad) so you can check out my author page here to follow along.

If the post peeked your interest enough, I also wrote a blog while studying in Galway where you can find more about specifically studying in Galway (it is from early 2011, so it might be a bit outdated, but gives you a general idea!).

 

 

Clew Bay

Hello friends.

Just a very quick post to break up a little of the Barcelona posts. This weekend I was in the beautiful county of Mayo and it was spectacular.

Although it rained off and on, we still had a fabulous weekend at Frank’s holiday house in Mulranny.

We went swimming in the rain at Keel on Achill Island, drank several pints at Doherty’s in town (watching a hilarious “take me out” night in the pub).

We then went swimming again in Mulranny and then again drank a few pints at Doherty’s to watch the Mayo-Tyrone GAA football match where Mayo won! They’re through to the finals and now we’ll attempt to find tickets for the match at Croke Park in Dublin, which will be difficult to do.

However – the highlight of our trip was an evening fishing on Clew Bay. I haven’t been fishing in ages (maybe ten years!) so we caught a big bin full of mackeral, which was quite fun. Frank probably caught half of all we took in so he was a happy guy.

I took a little video from the water I wanted to share here. Could we have a more perfect setting? Ireland you’re too good.

xx Lucy

World Swimming Championships

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So remember when I hinted about some very interesting (well to me) characters that we saw in Barcelona the night before the Magic Fountain?

Well, the three of us happened to be in Barcelona while the World Swimming Championships were taking place! And man, was it unreal. We had some extra time on Sunday and were literally at the base of the pool and thought we have to go.

Barcelona hosted the 1992 summer Olypmics so the city has incredible stadiums, perfect pools and all of this plus awesome views. The games all included both open water and pool swimming + diving. The high-dives were all right at the top of Montjuic, giving gorgeous views of Barcelona.

We got to hang out at the “water village” for a few hours before the first night of swimming started and had a blast drinking rosé and beer, and eating tasty tapas.

Around 6.30 we entering the pool stadium and it was incredible! Worlds is a huge deal. Jess and I grew up swimming (since we were six!) and it’s definitely in our blood. We were never a big deal or anything, but we both tried really hard and I absolutely loved my team growing up, a real addition to our childhood. So seeing the top swimmers in the world was really inspiring and spectacular.

There were a few relays on and a few incredible races, and we just had the best time. Our mom kind of took a little siesta (it happens when it’s so warm!) but we had so much fun when USA won a few races. I love seeing the swimmers get teary when they’re raising the flags.

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See! We’re there! BCN 2013. It was great. On the top of Montjuic they also have free tours of the athletics stadium that’s pretty cool to see. Basically we loved Montjuic! There was also a cable car you could take which I wish we had a chance to. Next time though, for sure.