Last week I didn’t publish any post, but there was a good reason! I traveled to Dublin and spent the whole week there.

It’s been almost two years since I moved from Dublin to Zurich. I was so looking forward to visiting the city again! Even if my years in Ireland weren’t the easiest for me, I have a lot of good memories of Dublin. The city is very special to me! This is the place where I started my photography journey. I was taking photos before Ireland with my mobile and small cameras, but it was in Dublin where I got my first DSLR and I began to read, learn and practice. It was probably because I wanted to find the beautiful side of a city that, before having the camera, was very grey for me… And I think I did! It really helped me to endure the long rainy days. And not only that! I also met fantastic people in Dublin. A lot of talented photographers that inspired me (and they still do!).

So, there I was! I’ve been following some of the changes in the city during these past two years (mostly thanks to Instagram and the photographers I met in Dublin), so I knew that the city wasn’t going to be the same. I have to say that it was a weird feeling being there again. It’s not the same living in a place than visiting it as a tourist. I think I forgot a lot of the things that I didn’t like from there and it was a bit shocking to remember them (I’m talking about the rain, of course). But it was also so nice to walk around the city and remember all the small good things I experienced there (“here I took a photo of a squirrel”, “here is that house with the beautiful flowers”, “here we came to celebrate an anniversary”, or “and here is where snowdrops bloom first”….). I think I also forgot one thing: there’s no winter in Ireland! It is cold and rainy and dark, but there’re always color and flowers around… I went to Dublin just when their spring is beginning and new flowers are blooming all around. That was an awesome experience, as I will have to wait a few months before I see this explosion of color in Switzerland!!

As I said above, I spent a whole week just wandering around, taking photos of places that I loved when I lived in Dublin, going to new cafes and restaurants, seeing how the city has changed in such a short time, and, of course, meeting with old dear friends!

Here are some photos I took during these days, mostly around the city center. I hope you like them!

This post is dedicated to Blanca, a.k.a. @red_lullaby. Because she’s my favorite person in Ireland, a great photographer, an even greater friend, an endless source of inspiration and support… and she always knows the best coffees and hidden gems in town!! Thanks for an amazing week in Dublin!! Love you!

12 Comments

  1. ¡Gracias por este paseo tan bonito por Dublín!

    ¡Feliz semana!

    • mercedescatalan

      Muchas gracias, Carmen!!! Han sido unos días preciosos en Dublín! Recordando las cosas buenas de la ciudad! 🙂
      Feliz semana a ti también!! 🙂

  2. Pretty photos! Especially like the National Gallery ones

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a mil Snow!! Visiting Dublin after two years was so special… it’s never the same, when you live in a place and when you just visit it… And Dublin has changed a lot since I left! There are new buildings, new facades, new things to see!!! The National Gallery was one of these new things… It was under renovations for the three years I lived in Dublin and I never got the chance to visit it… Now I could and I loved it so much that it has to be part of the post, hehehe

      • I’ve noticed the same thing: my lovely old home towns are so different upon revisiting, like the illusion has disappeared and no one will ever see it like that again… a strange realisation! 😊

        • mercedescatalan

          For me it was the first time visiting an old home town… I guess Madrid doesn’t count, as I go there at least twice a year and family and friends make the changes more unnoticeable for me… hehehe.
          Dublin for me was a bit of a shock at the beginning. I moved directly there, I didn’t know the place before. And it was sooo different to Stockholm! I never saw Dublin as a tourist, but a place where I should adapt as it was going to be home.
          Now I found a city full of color even on grey days, warmer and nicer! 🙂 I think I like it more now! Hehehe

          • Heheh. Good! 🙂 I’ve only spent one night in Dublin but I didn’t enjoy it, it was rainy and all I could find was pubs. What if you don’t want to sit in a pub drinking?? Anyway, I can’t make a fair assessment based on such a short time so I should stay quiet! 😀

          • Well, at the beginning that was also my impression of Dublin, hehehe. Just pubs (and pub food) and rain… always rain…
            But the reality is quite the opposite! Dublin has a great food scene! Very international and lots of varieties, and not very expensive! And for a country that traditionally drinks tea, they are developing now a tremendous coffee culture!!
            Unfortunately, you got the right impression about the rain… hahaha
            If you ever visit Dublin again, I’ll send you some recommendations 🙂 And hopefully, with better weather, you’ll enjoy the city!

  3. Red_Lullaby

    Awww Mer, I am feeling the love. It was so good to have you back! Even if it was only for a couple of day. I loved every single moment we got to share. Love the photo of me…. it is perfect 👌🏼!

    Thank you again for your company, your friendship and the fact you spent your time with me. Love you xx

    • mercedescatalan

      We have met in Madrid and Dublin…. I hope next time will be in Switzerland, so I can show you these magnificent landscapes!! 🙂
      I had the best week in Dublin, thanks to you!! Now I have even more and new beautiful memories from the Emerald Island!!

  4. Thanks for taking us back to Dublin. The city is so beautiful and so are your photos.

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a lot, Anne!! I’m so happy you like them! Yes, this city has something special… I reckon living there wasn’t always easy, but Dublin has its charms and you can only be fond of this city!! And I missed the pubs, the little alleys and, most of all, I missed the Dubliners! They’re extraordinary people!! 🙂
      Have a wonderful week!!

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