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Hey, I’m Annie!

Dublin, Ireland · Member since April 2012
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Fashionista. Foodie. Free Spirit.

Originally from England, I've been living abroad since the age of 18, first in Paris and now in Dublin. I love to travel, but I've always hated hotels. When I visit somewhere, I like to see how people live, so I can imagine myself perhaps living there too one day. I usually skip the tourist attractions and instead establish my new local - a café, library, or park where I'll go every day, even if I'm only in town for a week. I guess I like to create fantasy out of familiarity. But also I like being able to make unique recommendations to other people!

My favourite travel destinations so far have been Morocco and Florence. I'd also love to go to Iceland, Canada, Russia and Madagascar. My dream destination is Japan where I'd like to spend a few months as a living tourist.

I am a huge foodie and love to discover both local cuisine as well as local international cuisine. For example, an Afghan restaurant in Amsterdam or steamed bao in New York. I like a side of adventure with my culinary experiences; I love eccentric places to eat and drink like themed restaurants or secret speakeasy bars, and I'm not afraid to try weird local delicacies! One day I'd love to do a food tour of the USA, eating my way across the country, from Clam Chowder in New England to Loco Moco in Hawaii and a whole lotta pie in between!

I am a creative type and travel inspires a lot of my self-expression. I prefer to visit smaller art galleries and museums, especially those about fashion or photography, but I also find a lot of beauty in the city itself. I get inspired by seemingly insignificant things that I notice just walking around: the contrast of an orange building against a blue sky; an ornate paving stone, or even the way light and shadow fall against a concrete wall. So I love to just wander, and create my own version of the place. I like to make films of my travels, or sketches which might later become fashion designs.

In that way, "beauty in the banal" has become my creative motto. As for a life motto, I will have to borrow from Tolkein: "Not all who wander are lost".