Claudia Rodríguez lives to explore Dublin—and to share her insider intel on Spotted By Locals.

The Bogotá native moved to the Irish capital (by way of New York City) more than seven years ago with her husband, who hails from Portland, Oregon. “We both come from colder, rainier, and forever-green cities,” Claudia says, “so Dublin’s the perfect match [for us] here in Europe.” The couple has plenty of fodder for comparison; In the past two years alone, they’ve ticked more than 17 countries off their travel list.

But no matter how far Claudia roams, she’s always happy to be back in Dublin. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Dublin Is My City

When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s five Georgian squares.

The Guinness Gravity Bar at St. James's Gate Brewery (Photograph by sub-urban, flickr)
The Guinness Gravity Bar at St. James’s Gate Brewery (Photograph by sub-urban, flickr)

Any time of year is the best time to visit my city because there is always something going on, regardless of the weather or season!

You can see my city best from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse. 

Locals know to skip the Temple Bar area at night and check out South William Street, located a few blocks away, instead.

Irish Design Shop is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.

In the past, notable people like writers Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, and singer-songwriter Bob Geldof have called my city home.

My city’s best museum is Kilmainham Gaol because it illuminates the Irish struggle for independence.

If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s that it’s very walkable. Also, Dublin’s public bus system and bike-sharing scheme are great ways to get where you want to go.

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