29 March 2015

A Dull Spring Day in Stephen's Green

There's nothing that describes an average Dublin day better than the word dull. Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against dull. In fact, I quite like it. It's one of the reasons I had no problem with moving to a rainy grey country. Everyone warned me that I might get bored of the weather but so far so good. A few days ago I went for a walk in St. Stephens Green, Dublin's version of Central Park. I love spending time in this park. It's so easy to forget the city is bustling right outside the quietness and shelter of the trees. Even with grey skies it's still a beautiful place to be, especially in the spring with blooming trees and flowers.

26 March 2015

The World's Easiest Warm Quinoa Salad

After a week of eating absolute junk, including takeaways 4 times in 7 days, I decided this week I'd be healthy. When I want a quick and healthy meal I always reach for quinoa. It cooks in under 20 minutes and anything can be added to it. I didn't have much in my fridge so I threw it all in. A handful of spinach, some feta cheese, pesto, tuna, and my personal favourite, pine nuts. Stir it all in and it's a one pot wonder! Healthy, balanced and nutritious. I'm a happy camper.

17 March 2015

Celebrating the Luck of the Irish

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Irish capital! It's a national holiday in Ireland which means a much needed day off after battling a bad flu last week. To kick off the celebrations, C and I went for some drinks last night with friends in Temple Bar where I enjoyed a few pints of Guinness. So stereotypically Irish of me! It's somewhat surreal to be in Dublin celebrating St. Patrick's Day. People from all over the world descend on the city to take part in the festivities. There was a parade in town and a few fairs around the city mainly aimed at children. For the adults, pubs are opened all day and plenty of drinks to be had. If you're reading this on March 17th, click here to witness the live atmosphere in Temple Bar. I stayed away from major crowds today, favouring a quiet lunch with a girlfriend and a walk along the canal and watched the parade from the comfort of my couch. Obviously, I wore green.

I hope everyone had a great day celebrating Paddy's day! I'll leave you with one of my favourite Irish sayings.

May love and laughter light your days, 
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, 
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

1 March 2015

February 2015

February was a whirlwind month for me in the best way possible. I spent the first week with my parents which was refreshing, lovely and just what I needed. I also started a new job (finally!) and I've really been enjoying it. It feels great to be working again and I'm optimistic for what will come of it. February was a cold month in Ireland but the promise of spring is right around the corner with flowers nearly ready to bloom.