Hi! I’m Beatriz, but my friends call me Bea. I started this blog a couple years ago when I was living in Florence, Italy. I had been living there for a long time, working in the tourism industry, and felt inspired to start writing. Inspiration to write and document a life comes naturally when you’re surrounded by all the beauty, culture, fun moments and sometimes incredibly frustrating moments, as often happens for those of us who have chosen a life beyond our own borders. After being raised in California (with a short stint in Chile when I was young), nearly 10 years in Italy and now going on a year and a half in Dublin, Ireland, I call myself a serial expat.
I blog about the things that interest me the most: travel, food, drink, people, and culture. Starting this blog was the result of many people emailing me for recommendations and advice on travel, particularly to the areas in which I had spent so much time traveling. After constantly writing and re-writing the same bits of advice to friends and friends of friends, this blog took on a new shape. So here I am, now in the 4th country I have lived in and learning the ropes of being Irish. In this blog I want to explore my new home, talk to locals, tell you about the amazing places to eat and drink, and try to give sound advice to anyone who wants to travel or live in Ireland. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
So how did a thirty-something year old girl from the Bay Area, California with Chilean-born parents end up living in
Florence, Italy Dublin, Ireland? After a semester studying Italian and Art History in Florence, Italy, I was bitten by the travel bug and realized I enjoyed having an “expat” life. I enjoyed learning a new language, become a local in a foreign land, scaring myself into new adventures and learning a new country and its culture. After college, I got extremely, ridiculously lucky, landed a dream job with a tour company leading hiking and biking trips all over the world, peddled my way through Tuscany and other parts of the world, and along the way met the man of my dreams. So I stayed. None of it was an easy or flippant decision, and the process for staying in Europe was a lot of work – Especially the part where I got my Italian citizenship and Florentine residency. I still get very homesick, but the easiest part in all this has been enjoying where I am, who I am with, and taking in this amazing adventure.
Eventually, we decided that although we love Florence, it was time to try something new and try to expand outside of the roles we had in Florence. So we moved back to his hometown of Dublin, Ireland with some big plans and dreams… so here we are!
Now my dream man and I are going six years strong, are engaged to be married (big yay!), and took the opportunity to launch a new business venture in Ireland. I’ll continue to update this blog with as much creative, interesting and engaging content as I can come up with whenever I’m not at my day job, baking in my kitchen, hanging out at any number of lively pubs or restaurants in Dublin, or sleeping 😉