I’ve literally known Maria since I was born. First introduced to me as Mia, I have many memories of begging to play with her and my sisters since I could just about talk. From family holidays, birthday parties and major life milestones Maria has been there as my two sister’s best friend (along with the fourth member Cathy) for all of my life. As the (almost) 26 years have gone by, Maria is considered a very close family friend to not only my two sisters but all of my siblings and I. It’s amazing to be part of other peoples journey’s through-out life regardless to whether or not we take different paths. Maria always sent me wonderful wishes and words of encouragement when I was embarking on any big life adventures and I feel like now its time to celebrate her achievements. [Read more…]
Since moving home almost 4 months ago (where has the time gone?) I’ve toyed with whether or not I should keep my blog going. Mainly because I find Irish people a lot more judgemental and negative than Canadians and that’s where I started the blog. Truth is they really are extra kind, extremely genuine and supportive. Irish people tend to influence your actions, sometimes not necessarily the way you want them to and make you conform to society here. It’s definitely more difficult for me to live a more creatively carefree mind and blog here, without realising I subconsciously tend to worry now about what I write in my blogs.. when before I wrote from my heart, cheesy as it sounds, I was honest and I don’t want to change that. There’s more to my blog than the places I’ve been and sometimes I go back and forth with how much I should share. This blog is suppose to be an open diary of the learnings, struggles, challenges and changes I faced as a 22 year old going from living in Dublin to a major city on the other side of the world. [Read more…]
My first blog post from Dublin!
I can’t believe I haven’t published a post in 6 weeks, it’s been a big whirlwind that’s for sure. With so much going on in my personal life / family visiting Canada / 15Km run / welcoming a new baby to the family / moving country / travelling the west coast / starting a new job / catching up with family and friends, somehow my little blog got neglected. Last night when I logged on I was shocked to see the thousands of people that have stopped by over the past 6 weeks to check in. Thank you all so much! I’m sorry I haven’t had much time to myself to sit and write up posts, but I definitely have so much to share about everything that’s happened! I know there are so many people in the same position who have moved abroad and might be considering moving home, so I feel like its important I share the experience. This blog was always just a place for me to document and log my journey and looking back now I’m so happy I started it. I can reflect back on some of the best years of our lives and I’ll forever have all these wonderful stories to share for years to come. I think it’s just been a bonus to have the numbers grow from something so small to ten’s of thousands. So when I say thank you for reading along, I truly mean it. [Read more…]
Gary and I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off our two years here other than ending it with the ultimate road trip. Before we pack up and move home we wanted to make the most of being this close to the US and take a holiday we will never forget. For the longest time it’s been on our bucket list to do the west coast and drive through California; From San Francisco along the Pacific Coast right down to Los Angeles. But we want to do more than just that so we’ve added in an extra route! We are planning to start in Las Vegas, drive through Death Valley North up to Yosemite National Park and across to Sonoma/Napa Valley which leads us into SF. From SF we will continue down the famous PCH and into LA.
I’m so excited to start planning this trip! Only 3 weeks away and we have a lot to do. I’ve done a good bit of research so far and below is a few pics of the sights we are most excited to see! I’m doing this post to find out any information or tips that you may have that you would like to share with me before we go? Please leave a comment either below or else on facebook, instagram or even in a mail! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear all your suggestions!
Have you been to any of the big cities on the west coast? Restaurant suggestions? Hotels? Hidden Sights? Please share them all!
1/ Las Vegas, Nevada
The hardest thing about living away from my home is not being close to the tiny little people in my life that bring me so much happiness.
Because I was the baby of the family all I had was older siblings to look after me. I missed out on the part of having a younger brother or sister to annoy and boss around. Until I was 7 … and then I became an AUNTIE. Not for one but for two nephews, I had TWIN nephews. So from 7 years old I became Auntie Jools and I was pretty excited to step in to my new role. Although it didn’t take long until they started to mess up all my Barbies, scribble on my books and leave me screaming “MAMMMMMM” every time they came over. It was the beginning of a whole other level of love for my ever expanding fam-jam. [Read more…]
Sunday mornings usually start off with the noise of football coming from the Ipad. First sounds I hear are usually a commentator shouting over rowdy fans, as I roll over to see what game we’re watching. I’ve gotten use to the reality that no matter where I go, how far I travel.. there is no escaping football [soccer for all the Canadians] and I’m quite happy about that. A big part of everyday life at the Dicker household, it doesn’t suprise me that its now transported with us to Canada, even with a 5 hour time difference. There’s something about the game that reminds me of home.. and of my family. [Read more…]
I was feeling a little uninspired last week for a few different reasons, but it was mainly due to the fact that our outdoor activities have been so limited for almost three months now. Since December the weather has been increasingly bad with continual sub zero temperatures, snow & a wind chill that would cut you in half, its hard to draw inspiration when your cooped up inside just to keep warm. Although the winter is amazing in its own snow covered way & I’ve experienced so many outdoor activities… I miss the carefree summer days when I could just roam around outside without worrying about frost bite. [Read more…]