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Coffee and pastries at Caffè Wallner in Verona

Who I am

Travel is my blood, it seems. I think I once wanted to settle down. Instead, I have lived in seven countries and travelled in so many others. How did this happen?

Born in the Emerald Isle, one grand-uncle raised the Irish tricolour on the General Post Office in Dublin at the beginning of the 1916 rebellion. His gesture would ultimately culminate in Irish independence. Needless to say, from him I inherited my given name- Gearoid. Don’t ask me how to pronounce it, please! I sometimes wish he had been called John or Dave…

At the same time, another grand-uncle on the other side of the family joined the British Merchant Navy. He travelled the world and was one of three survivors when his ship was bombed by the German Army in Tobruk, Libya. There were a few hundred on board!

He went on to live a long life and to introduce me to the beauty of coffee when I was the grand old age of two. The 1970s truly were liberal times. Apart from coffee, without which life would grind to a halt, he also fired my imagination with tales of far-flung places on the other side of the globe. Add into this equation a love for learning languages and my passion for travel was born.

Unlatinoverde travels to the Pyramids of Giza

Un Latino Verde

 

Paris When The World Was Young

At the age of eighteen I spent the summer in Paris, partying by night and working in McDonalds by day. I remember watching the sun rise on the City of Light from Montmartre back in the days when the world was young. Sometimes I still wish I could have frozen those moments in time but life goes on.

Travel  Through the Middle Years 

After a brief corporate spell in Dublin the lure of new adventure was too strong. Therefore, I embarked upon a seven year stint in Asia. Since returning to Europe in 2008 I have spent countless hours as a London commuter, endured months of fog in miserable Milan and lived two years under the endless grey skies of Scandinavia. To be fair, Swedish friends tell me that summer is their favourite fortnight of the year.

Italia! Italia!

Italy remains a love affair of sorts. Despite trying to leave, it eventually summoned me back and appears to be the place that I will call ‘home’. These days I live and work in Bergamo, so there should be countless opportunities to discover more of Italian culture and better again, Italian coffee. It may not have been the life I imagined when I was a bright-eyed eighteen year old back in Paris but…

I should not complain too much because the opportunities for travel have been constant, which is why I decided to create this blog (click here for the story behind the blog).

 

Six months and a first South American adventure after the birth of Unlatinoverde.com, I decided to create a Mission Statement for this website:

MISSION STATEMENT OF UNLATINOVERDE.COM

The mission of this blog is to travel the world in order to uncover the world’s finest coffees and cafes and to share tips and anecdotes with my readers about the countries and cultures that I encounter on my quest to find the world’s best cup of coffee as well as its best café.

  Candlelight and coffee on a cold day in Helsingor, Denmark Coffee is a symbol of warmth and hope, even on a cold and grey day in Scandinavia. (Helsingor, Denmark)

Contact Me 

Please feel free to leave a comment below if you want to share an opinion or an experience. You can also mail me at unlatinoverde@gmail.com. I would love to hear your feedback, both positive feedback, and constructive criticism. 

 

6 Comments

  • Reply Suansita January 21, 2016 at 09:58

    Most people don’t believe me, but Australia does extremely good coffee. Consistently good coffee. Ecuador and Bolivia produce some quality beans, but Australians win in terms of preparation 🙂

    • Reply Unlatinoverde January 21, 2016 at 10:01

      How interesting about Australia. I never would have thought it! Where does it grow?

      Have you been to Los Yungas? There are coffee plantations here. Is it worth visiting?

      • Reply Suansita January 22, 2016 at 07:11

        We don’t grow coffee here in Australia – we import the beans but roast and grind them here and do the best cappuccinos in my opinion 🙂

        Los Yungas is nice, Coroico is very popular and in the outskirts is the Munaypata coffee plantation – we had amazing coffee ice cream there and bought some beans. They also do tours for about 240Bs which take you through the whole process from planting through to pouring your cup of coffee, and it includes lunch. Caranavi also has plantations – there is a cafe in Zona Sur in La Paz called Typica which does a great cappuccino and source their beans from that area.

        I did a coffee tour in El Airo in southern Ecuador which was fun and interesting so if the ones in Bolivia are anything like that, yes I’d recommend doing a tour!

        • Reply Unlatinoverde January 22, 2016 at 08:15

          Great. More notes made for this summer. Have to say that Los Yungas is becoming more and more likely as a final destination. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

  • Reply Vyjay Rao April 17, 2016 at 00:20

    I think this is a great About Us, page, one of the best I have come across recently, your narrative brings across your passion for Coffee and travel and compels the reader to look farther, in terms of this site.

    • Reply Unlatinoverde April 17, 2016 at 21:38

      Thank you, Vyjay. It is hard to believe that the site is almost one year old, even if I have really only been blogging for the last nine months. It is always good to get constructive feedback. With so little time blogging under my belt, I feel that I am still learning lots of new things and making mistakes has been an invaluable part of that learning process.

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