The Bogotá native moved to the Irish capital (by way of New York City) more than seven years ago with her husband, who hails from Portland, Oregon. “We both come from colder, rainier, and forever-green cities,” Claudia says, “so Dublin’s the perfect match [for us] here in Europe.” The couple has plenty of fodder for comparison; In the past two years alone, they’ve ticked more than 17 countries off their travel list.
But no matter how far Claudia roams, she’s always happy to be back in Dublin. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.
Dublin Is My City
When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s five Georgian squares.
Any time of year is the best time to visit my city because there is always something going on, regardless of the weather or season!
You can see my city best from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse.
Locals know to skip the Temple Bar area at night and check out South William Street, located a few blocks away, instead.
Irish Design Shop is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.
My city’s best museum is Kilmainham Gaol because it illuminates the Irish struggle for independence.
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is Phoenix Park.
My city really knows how to celebrate creativity because it puts on scores of events and festivals highlighting the arts and sciences.
You can tell if someone is from my city if they can tell a southsider from a northsider, a reference to which side of the River Liffey a person hails from.
For a fancy night out, I would head over to Chapter One for a swanky meal. Tip: Make sure to book reservations well ahead of your trip.
Just outside my city, you can visit the fishing village of Howth and sample the freshest seafood you can imagine.
My city is known for its pub-crawl culture, but it’s really a city of—and for—writers, musicians, and artists.
To escape the crowds, I head south of the city to the Wicklow Mountains for some fresh air.
In the spring you should appreciate the flowers at St. Stephen’s Green and Herbert Park.
In the winter you should explore the city center and soak up the Christmas cheer.
The best book about my city is Ulysses by James Joyce. It’s said that Dublin can be rebuilt, brick by brick, using the descriptions found in the book.