Originally from Dublin, I made London my home about 17 years about. The plan was to spend a year completing my Psychology MSc and then head home, but somehow, I found myself gainfully employed after graduation. And the rest, as they say, is history. Including getting married (to the ever-patient Frank), buying a home and completing my doctorate.
By day, I run my own business as an occupational psychologist. I spend most of my time coaching professionals and running development programmes. This takes me all over, so I’m never far from an airport and rarely have more than a few days in one city at a time.
Luckily, I love travel.
The last few years of business and holidays have taken me to Canada, Spain, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Turkey, The USA, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland… to name but a few. And in no particular order. My favourite city on the planet has to be Tokyo. I’ve been four times and have two more trips planned there this year (2017). It’s both massive and intimate. Crazily busy, but also sprinkled with quiet nooks. Ancient and super-modern.
And of course, where else can you get your food presented to you in the shape of a cartoon character? Or get your portrait painted by a robot arm? Or have an android give you directions in a shopping mall? And let’s not forget just how fantastic the food is.
When I’m not traveling, I’m probably messing around with, or lusting after, some form of technology. I’m never far from some form of Apple device – usually a combo of my iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro 9.7″ and an Apple Watch. Apple rumour blogs give me the chills, though I’m regularly tempted to experiment with Android. I’ve made two ill-fated excursions to the ‘dark side’, but returned to the Apple mothership each time.
The remainder of my life is a rich melange of sci-fi movies, super-hero comics, geeky TV shows, burgers, cinema outings, sauna and onsen addiction, hours on beaches and coffee.
Lots and lots of coffee.