Turning 28 and a Weekend in the Côte d’Azur

 

Nice from Above

Despite living in Europe for over two years now (what?!) we have yet to get over just how easy it is to travel here. We decided, since we had a long weekend and ticket prices were good, that we’d fly to Nice for my birthday weekend. I’d celebrate turning 28 on the French Riviera. Which, truly sounds far more glamorous than it was. It is essentially the same as traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles (weather change included). But to us, it’s still one of the most exciting things about living in Europe, and proximity to different countries is top on my list of things I’ll miss when we move home (t-19 months?!). And so, Friday morning we took a quick two-hour flight to Nice.

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Exploring Dublin: Blackrock

Rare Sun: Blackrock

Rare Sun: Blackrock

One of the questions I get a lot from people back home about living in Ireland is “what is it like?” And to be honest, Dublin, and Ireland in general doesn’t feel all that different from living in the states. I’m not the only one, most North American expats in our circle of friends feel the same. After awhile, the Irish accents fade, and you stop noticing them. And although you hear accents from all over the world, having spent the majority of my adult life in major cities, this doesn’t feel at all foreign. Basically, I forget we’re in Europe. And indeed, Dublin shares many common aspects to living stateside. One of which, is the lack of adequate public transit. And nothing makes me feel like I’m stateside more than not being able to rely on public transportation (outside of New York).

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Amsterdam: A City Break

Amsterdam Canal at Night

Amsterdam Canal at Night

Hands down, my favorite part of living in Europe is the possibility for short city breaks to nearby countries. I’ve been able to visit a fair number of countries cheaply that normally, would merit full-scale planning and a lot more money. So, when we found cheap fares on Aer Lingus to go to Amsterdam for the weekend we jumped on it. We were able to stay at a friend’s apartment, making it a very affordable weekend.

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