Broken coffee shop wifi is such a heart-breaker. As I sit here in a small corner, I see faces of people in different nationalities and hear offbeat conversations in contrasting languages. Nine months of living in a different country and I still get amazed when I meet different people from different places and cultures.
One time during my weekend trip to somewhere in the middle of Ireland, I met a French couple who traveled all of Europe and some other parts in the world. They’re in there 50’s and I was bewildered by the stories they shared and the idea that they don’t see travel as a luxury. They travel because they crave adventures and they wanted to see more of the world – no matter what age. In every conversation we had, I became more and more thirsty to navigate and see more of what’s out there.
And whenever that curiosity sparks within me, I always think about how immensely wonderful it would be to share them here and inspire young people like me to explore – not limiting to travel but also to seek real connections with real people.
With that said, I owe you an apology for my inconsistency. My failure to update often and lack of focus haunt me every time. Lately I’ve been figuring out how to solve this. Keeping a lifestyle blog while relying solely on film for my photos is truthfully not ideal. It involves a lot of money and energy which I couldn’t promise to provide with my minimum-wage income as a teenager in a city with a ridiculously expensive cost of living. And it’s going to be especially hard for me now as I save enough money to rent my own apartment before the end of this year.
But this blog is a part of who I am and although I admit of being inconsistent and lazy, for the most part, I still couldn’t let go… especially when I think of those people who this blog inspires. I still couldn’t promise that I’ll be able to post regularly, but I’ll try my best to keep up. So please bear with me as I hold off film photography for now and try to make the best out of an iphone (and hopefully save up for a good hand-me-down digital.) P.S. Film is still not dead.
Meanwhile, feast your eyes with some of these not-so-new film photos I took in the last few months of the Dublin city streets and a coffee shop in Portobello, Thirty Four.
Dublin street art
To these two gentlemen: You’re amazing. I owe you a lot.
The following photos you’ll see won’t be in a very good quality because I didn’t set my camera properly so they were underexposed. When I collected them from the camera shop, they were really bad but I tried my best to fix them.
Thirty Four café is situated at 34 Lennox Street in Portobello area. It’s a bit hidden in a quiet neighborhood but it was definitely worth my time. I love how they celebrate the importance of music and coffee = Two essential things in my life. I discovered this place while I was googling for “free events in Dublin”. The night before the event, I listened to the band, Carriages, which would be playing and I honest-to-goodness adore their music. I was excited to hear them play live the next day and it was even an intimate kind of gig since the area was small and the people were obviously art and music lovers.
The mood and the weather were perfect. The room was packed after a short while and everyone was having a good time drinking coffee and listening as the Carriages play some of their best songs.
Overall, I had a wonderful afternoon at Thirty Four and after the event, I stayed a bit more to finish my coffee and read Kinfolk – which, by the way is one of the best lifestyle magazines here on earth. Makes me really think things through and wonder what would it be like if I start living a minimalist lifestyle as a young creative.
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Much love and gratitude to y’all,