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October 6, 2014

Enjoying Mexican Cuisine

Huevos rancheros

I'm lucky enough to travel quite a bit for work and this week I'm in Mexico City. Since I knew that the jetlag would "destroy" me and render me completely useless, I flew out a couple of days early. So I've spent the weekend here in Mexico City seeing some of the sights, wandering the streets, soaking up the atmosphere and sampling the cuisine.

I've always liked Mexican cuisine. But up until now I've only ever eaten in outside Mexico. And like the way Italian food in Italy is completely different to Italian food outside Italy, the difference between what I'd come to know as "Mexican" and what you can actually get here is huge.

Here are a few shots that I took over the last couple of days to whet your appetite and give you an idea of what real Mexican food looks and tastes like (granted you'll have to base the taste off the photos .. )

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros

 

Crepes with cajeta

Crepes with cajeta

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The presentation of the food is fantastic!

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And of course I had to try the local cheese:

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September 14, 2014

Istanbul Colours and Flavours

I spent a week in Istanbul, though I only really got to explore the city for two days.

The city is fascinating. It's also incredibly big, so unless you're prepared to walk a lot you won't get to see that much!

I spent the Saturday and Sunday I was there exploring some of the sights with friends and while I was exhausted after two days I was also really invigorated.

Here are a few photos:

Looking towards the Galata tower in Istanbul

Looking towards the Galata tower in Istanbul

Galata tower by night

Galata tower by night

The spice market Istanbul

The spice market Istanbul

Spices and lots of colours!

Spices and lots of colours!

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Archaeology ..

Orient Express, Istanbul

Orient Express, Istanbul

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While I did get to see a lot over the course of the weekend there's still a lot that I haven't seen. So a return trip to Istanbul is definitely on the cards .. It's simply a matter of when..

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September 6, 2014

Respect The Cultural Rules

I'm currently spending a couple of days wandering around Istanbul.

It's a fascinating city where Islam and Christianity co-exist.

But you have to respect Islamic rules when you want to visit their historic religious sites:
Rules

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August 3, 2014

Carlow vs Los Angeles Weather

Over the last couple of weeks the weather here in Carlow has been uncharacteristically warm. However that all changed in the last couple of days. It's been raining and drizzling for the last couple of days, which is rather annoying, as it's a long weekend.

I'm heading off to Los Angeles towards the end of the week so I thought I'd check the weather over there.

The contrast is pretty dramatic:

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While the weather is one of the reasons I chose LA, it's not the only reason. There's always plenty of things to do and see in Los Angeles..

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July 13, 2014

Even When I Try To Escape From Work ..

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This year I probably won't take a "proper" holiday. I'm more likely to take a few short "semi-holidays" either alone or with friends or family.

The first one of these breaks was to Lisbon. And it was meant to be a holiday .. but could I escape work? Well not entirely:

dns.pt offices

Yes, that's the .pt domain registry's offices in Lisbon. I stumbled upon it over the weekend. Fortunately they were closed, so I didn't mix business and pleasure :)

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June 21, 2014

Pizza In London

Tasty Italian pizza in Princi, London
Tasty Italian pizza in Princi, London

Tasty Italian pizza in Princi, London

When you're travelling you tend to end up eating a mish-mash of good, mediocre, excellent and terrible food. You never know where you're going to end up eating and sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised.

On a recent trip to London I was brought to Princi for dinner.

It's, to borrow an Americanism, awesome.

The restaurant is constantly packed and won't take reservations.

The staff are all Italian and some of them probably don't speak much English.

The food is to die for.

Highly recommend it - you won't regret it!

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April 6, 2014

Singapore Hotel View

Singapore is a very modern city. It's got plenty of the ultra-modern highrises that you often only find on the outskirts of European cities.

On my recent trip to Singapore I was staying on the 39th floor with a pretty good view of the city's skyline:
Good morning Singapore ! #singapore #icann49

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March 11, 2014

Swedish Cuisine

Last night I was taken out for dinner by the guys in NetNod. They took us all to a very nice Swedish restaurant down by the water in Stockholm. The menu, below, is in Swedish, so I had to get one of the local hosts to translate it for me.

The food was exquisite and wasn't all about fish!
Tasty Swedish food

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March 9, 2014

I Love Serbian Pricing

I'm in Belgrade, Serbia, for about 24 hours as I'm speaking at an event here tomorrow.

Across the street from the hotel there's a Costa Coffee so I headed over there to grab a bite to eat and a coffee.

I'm always fascinated by the difference in pricing between various countries and how much value you can get in some places.

Serbia is incredibly good value.

My total bill today was just over €6 for which I got:

  • Ham and cheese panini
  • 2 x mineral waters
  • 1 very large coffee

I suspect I'd have paid at least double that in Ireland.

Large coffee, hot panini, 2 mineral waters in Belgrade

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March 8, 2014

Hilton Honors (sic) Finally Send Me A Physical Card

I've been staying at Hilton hotels around the world for the last few years. One of the reasons why I use Hilton more than any other hotel group is because their Hilton Honors (sic) program is pretty good. You earn points with every stay and you can cash those in for free hotel nights, but you can also earn airmiles. So if you stay in a hotel for one night you might get several hundred Hilton points AND a couple of hundred airmiles.

A couple of years ago I was able to use the airmiles and points to spend 3 or 4 days in New York. I flew Dublin to New York business class, stayed in the Waldforf Astoria in Manhattan and the total trip cost me $20 or something (excluding meals, transfers etc).

For the last two years I've been at the top tier of their frequent traveller program, but they'd never sent me an actual physical card for some odd reason. You don't actually need the card, so it wasn't a big deal, but it was nice to get my card delivered this week. Whether I'll be able to maintain that status next year or not remains to be seen - a lot depends on where I'm going and which hotel is the best for the event both in terms of location and price.
Finally got a physical card from #hilton #hhonors

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