Mission Complete: Finding the Best Coffee In Dublin, Part II

When I first moved to Ireland five years ago I wrote a post called 'Mission Impossible: Finding the Best Coffee in Dublin'. The post is now so out of date it's irrelevant, so I figured it was time for a new one! Five years ago the speciality coffee scene was just barely breaking in to…

Part one: Davis family takes on Ireland

There's a reason why people cite road trips as a priority while traveling. Driving through small winding roads amongst green hills, stone walls and bodies of water. Sparkling sunshine one minute, downpour of rain the next, and double rainbows to follow. There's something charming about spending hours in a car with friends. Snacks, stories, music…

blossoms and benches – best parks in Dublin

Green leaves, pink blossoms, and flowering vines dancing across stone hedges. Dublin, spring looks good on you. It's been a very long winter. I spent so much time feeling cold that my only wish was for summer to arrive so I could finally warm up. I forgot about spring, the season that spoils us with…

#76 – Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

I crossed something off my Before 30 list this week. #76 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin. Ireland is a small country with big history. According to Google, Ireland's population is sitting at 4,487,000 and the size of the country is 84,421 km². To give you some perspective, Canada's population is 34,482,779 and the size of the…

Christmas in Ireland

I have now spent Christmas in three different countries — Canada, Australia, and Ireland. An Irish Christmas is comparable to Christmas in Canada in terms of food, traditions, and decorations. The main difference is that in Ireland it's all about Christmas - there's no "Happy Holidays" here. Being a predominantly Catholic country, people don't worry…

How to become a Dublin “local” in under a week.

It's official. I am a Dublin local. How, you ask? I am renting a flat, I have a job, I have a phone, I walk when the light is red, and I've ventured away from Temple Bar and Grafton Street. Here's how I settled into Dublin in five days: Step 1: Mobile phone Before you…