Well I am 6 months into working full time in Dublin and what have I done?? Good question. Well for one thing, I have not written on my blogs because I have been so busy. I think it's a trend I go through- blogging and then avoiding it. Don't get me wrong, I always THINK about blogging... but then life get's in the way. The only site I seem to keep updating consistently is my Pinterest page.Now I will attempt to recap the last 6 months...
Theatre... As noted on my Aesthetically Pleasing blog earlier this fall, we went to see a show at the Abbey Theatre: Picture of Dorian Gray- FABULOUS production and I'm now a huge fan of the Abbey's production quality and creative endeavors.
Christmas... We spent in Donegal- my home away from Vancouver. I love it so much. On the ocean, with fresh air and surrounded by stunning views. I feel so relaxed there. Not to mention the wonderful company of Emmett's extended family. You never know who will drop in unannounced for tea. The kettle is always on and the stove is cranked up so its nice and cozy. Have I mentioned how at home I feel there?
On top of having a good ol' fashioned Irish Christmas- filled with Christmas Eve Mass, opening gifts on Christmas Eve and eating Christmas dinner at 2pm we brought a Matiachuk tradition by making/decorating my mom's famous Graham Cracker - Gingerbread- Houses! That's right, I had planned this ahead by bringing graham crackers from Canada to Ireland cause I couldn't find them anywhere in Ireland. That was loads of fun and I'm so proud to have passed on a tradition! (Last year we had surprised them with stockings for everyone- also a tradition their house has not done in the past).
New Years Eve.... We had a quiet one in Belfast. We watched the London countdown on TV, curled up with Friends reruns and an open fire! It may sound like a regular evening for other people but seeing as our apartment in Dublin has neither a TV nor an open fire, it was a lovely little retreat! Plus our anniversary is Dec 30 so it was a nice quiet celebration of that too.
St Patrick's Day.... we went to Castlebar & Westport for a wonderful weekend away! Got to spend a great evening catching up with Adam & Yvonne (Emmett's brother & brother's girlfriend)- and even meeting Yvonne's parents. Then on to Westport to visit our good friends Brian & Kristyn (last time we saw them was for the GAA All-Ireland final in September, as they live in London) and have a relaxed and more traditional Paddy's day. I find the best evenings are the casual ones that naturally flow. We spent the afternoon/evening chatting away with drinks at Shane's (Brian's brother) where more friends slowly joined over the evening. We didn't even notice the time pass and it was midnight before we walked down to the pub. The pub was filled with locals and musicians playing some good ol trad music. To be honest it could have been any other night in the pub- it wasn't filled with tourists or gimmicky green beer (in fact I don't think you can get that anywhere here in Ireland!) it was just good craic! When we made it back to Brian's family home in the country (about 3) we stayed up eating a feast of fresh grilled salmon and about 10 more cups of tea- then all retired around 4. Rounding it off we traveled the weekend by train so we had a nice relaxed train journey to get back to Dublin- its hard to beat a good cup of tea and the country side passing you by! It was a great weekend.
Easter- Back to Belfast & Donegal! We are definitely trying to make the most of family time here. spent one night in Belfast and then on to Donegal. In Donegal we had a fun night out at the Bailey. Emmett's old stomping grounds for busting a move! It was great to have almost all the siblings on a night out. I have to say that going to a country night club is a COMPLETELY different experience than a city one. For one thing, everyone is picked up in a small bus from their local pubs in the 'minibus' around midnight and is transferred to the nightclub-of-choice for that night.... could be anywhere from a 30minute to an hour drive away. You buy your dance pass from the buss- gets you your bus right to the club, into the club and your bus ride home at the end of the night! Depending on where you live along the way back from the club you could be dropped off first (to your door!) and it only take 15 minutes or you could be dropped off last- if you live the furthest away and it take upwards an hour and a half! Well we got home around 430 and after a quick bite to eat I went to bed- however the rest of the clan stayed up till about 6! I don't know how they do it :)
DIT Architect's Ball (April 11): This year the theme was prohibition and I was pleasantly surprised how well everyone dressed for the event! People really got into the theme of the evening and there were some great outfits. I've posted a couple photos of the night below :) Too bad the event was on a Wednesday night, would have stayed later if I didn't have to get up for work the next morning at 7! Also there was a gypsy wedding going on at the same hotel our event was at! I am thoroughly jealous of all the people who snuck into the gypsies dance party! By the time I got wind of the event it had been closed off - but I was fortunate enough to see a few wedding goers in the lobby! I would have loved to get a couple photos of their fashion choices but I opted not to intrude!
That pretty much brings me up to speed on the last 6 months big events. In between the big events we find reasons to eat out at new restaurants, visit family in Dublin, go for long walks around the city, attend some causal gatherings at friends homes or pubs and I always find time to do some shopping. In the coming weeks & months we'll be heading to Wales, Italy and more of the Irish country side (showing my parents around!!). Will have to update again soon!
Just trying to keep a running record of my life here in Dublin!