My favorite places in Dublin

It’s been 3 years since I started working for FieldAware, a Dublin based company. During this time I’ve been travelling quite often to the Irish capital.

So, If you are planning to visit Dublin, this is a small guide with tips and places I liked… Mostly food & drinks, I know :D.


You’ll probably arrive to the airport. T1 if you are travelling with Ryanair, T2 if you are travelling with AerLingus.

AerLingus is pretty much the same price than Ryanair, you can check in bigger bags and the crew is usually nicer.

If you arrive late and you want some dinner, there are one McDonalds open on T1.

A taxi to the city centre costs around 25€, so it’s a good option if you are a group… or if you just don’t want to wait for the bus.

There are two main bus lines to the city centre, the Airlink 747 (ticket is 10€ with return) and the Aircoach (price depends on your destination). Line 16 is the cheapest option, but takes ages.

Going for a walk

Trinity College

I’m not really a monument guy, but a visit to Trinity College is mandatory.

The old and private University of Dublin. If you take a guided tour, one of the students will guide you through the buildings. It’s the best way to discover small traditions, legends and history. Guides aren’t paid by the university, so remember to tip him at the end.

Once you are on Trinity college, it’s good to visit the Book of Kells in the library. It’s one of the best New Testament books from the medieval era. Also, the library in the Harry Potter movies is inspired on Trinity’s one. There’s usually a big queue here, so befriend a university student and trick him to have priority access.

If you are lucky and it’s a sunny day, don’t hesitate and go to the bar next to the cricket field. You can buy some drinks there and have them lying on the grass.

Grafton Street and St. Stephens green.

If you want to go shopping, take a walk down Grafton Street. It’s a pedestrian street that starts on trinity college and finishes on St. Stephens green park.

It’s the centre of the shopping area south of the river. It’s not only shops you can find there, but good restaurants, and live music. You can find smaller, bohemian places in the streets around.

At the end of Grafton Street you will find St.Stephens green shopping centre. The top floor has amazing views, and you can get a tatoo, some paintings or maybe buy some other art stuff.

St. Stephens green is a big park, ideal to take a walk and lie on the grass (if you are lucky and it’s sunny). It’s pretty common to find lots of people sunbathing and having lunch there on summer.

¡Beware the swans! and the seagulls, they will fight for your food.

Leeson Street, the canal and docklands.

The area around St. Stephens green is full of offices and embassies. The buildings may look old, but as the facades are protected they are kept and everything else is usually built from scratch. It’s nice to walk around the typical Irish houses.

Curious fact, you’ll find a metal bar next to almost every door. I challenge you to guess what they are for :D.

From Stephens green, you may walk Leeson Street or Baggot Street to the Grand Canal.

There are several canals in Dublin, they are a nice place to take a walk. In summer there are lot’s of boats there and if you are lucky, you may see them crossing the floodgates. Also ¡you can find ducks! and very few seagulls… ¡I hate seagulls!

Walking the canal towards the east you will find Grand Canal Dock. The old port neighbourhood which once was full of industry is now a renewed area with nice buildings. One of the cool things to do there is look for the headquarters of the IT companies, like Google, AirBnb, Amazon…

O’Conell street.

Walking North from Trinity and crossing the river, you will find O’Conell street. Named after Daniel O’Connell, defender of the Catholics in Ireland.

There are some interesting buildings there, like the Eason building or the general post office.

The streets west to the Spire are another big shopping area.

The moment you cross the river to the North side you start seen strange people, so beware the drunks, the pick-pockets, the traffic and the seagulls. Just always beware the seagulls.

Temple bar

The street in front of Trinity is Dame Street. Between Dame Street and the river you’ll find Temple Bar. The neighbourhood with the most typical Irish pubs and restaurants. So typical, that you will find very little Irish people there.

Anyway, it’s another mandatory stop. You haven’t visited Dublin until you had a drink on Temple Bar.

There are two typical pubs there. The Temple Bar gives the name to the neighbourhood and it’s always full of people; and The Porterhouse, one of the first pubs to brew their own craft beer. Both have live music, although you’ll find it easier to sit on the Porterhouse.

¡¡Beware the chicken wings!! That’s a warning from now on. I don’t know what’s wrong with this people, but they really like their chicken wings spicy.

Pubs, bars and restaurants

The best thing in Dublin are the Pubs. Shops closes pretty soon, so there isn’t much to do after work… but to have a drink in a Pub, with friends.

Galway Breweries

Galway Breweries has some great crafter beer, also there are a couple of Pubs from them you will want to visit: Against the grain and Alfie Byrne’s.

Both are pretty similar, have LOTS of tap and bottle crafted beer. If you want a Guinness, this is probably NOT the place you are looking for… you can get much better here.

Against the grain is pretty much the old classic Irish Pub

Meanwhile Alfie Byrne’s is the pub under a 5 star hotel, so it’s somehow bigger and modern.

The butcher’s Bar

The butcher’s Bar is the typical bar for students, with some crafter beer as well. You’ll find it up the stairs, next to the Bull and Castle restaurant.

It’s kind of a different place, as it’s rather big and has very long, shared, tables.

Café en seine

The Café en seine It’s a great Parisian café, worth to visit on the inside. Really classy and has live music from time to time.

The bar with no name

Check it on Google Maps. It actually has no name, all you’ll see are some stairs and a snail sign. But fear not, upstairs you will find a very classy bar with a huge terrace.

Market Bar

The Market Bar is just in front of the bar with no name. It’s a bar inside the old market, a perfect place for a drink or some tapas. If you don’t mind the crowded places…

Fade St. Social

So you are in Dublin with your loved one and you fancy a romantic dinner. Fade St. Social might be your place.

It’s owned by Dylan McGrath, judge on the Irish version of Masterchef. So don’t expect it to be cheap, not too expensive either.

The place is split in three areas, a cocktail bar, a tapas bar and the restaurant. You want to go to the restaurant.

Here you can find really good meat accompanied with some delicious sides. Don’t forget to order the Banoffee for dessert!

The Church

As his name states, this is a cafe-restaurant… inside a church!

It’s usually crowded, so try to reserve in advance.

You can find the old graveyard stones on the square next to it.

Pablo Picante

Big yummy burritos… no need to say more. If you want room to eat them there go to the one in Clarendon Market

John Gogarty

So, John Gogarty is the typical place for tourists I agree, but, it’s also one of the few places where you can get traditional Irish food. One of the famous dishes is the Guinness stew.

Food Markets

I love Food Markets!

Just food, of different kinds, to take away, in the middle of the street. Lovely!

You can find whatever you like, falafel, german food, thai, sushi, burgers… just don’t try the paella. Beware! They close rather early, between 12:00 and 13:00.

They are a nomad business, so check the schedule on their website

Hanyang Corean Market

Hanyang is not the fanciest place, but is one of the weirdest place you can find.

It’s a supermarket with corean products, but there’s a restaurant on the back. Try the daily special (around 5€), a huge dish with rice and three sides to choose; or a special dish. I challenge you to finish everything!

Other stuff

Ok, I’m missing a lot of places, just trying to fit some personal favourites.

Don’t forget to check the internet for seasonal events, like the christmas market or Sant Patrick celebrations.

Hope you liked it, don’t forget to add your favourite places on the comments!

Dublin Skyline from leeson street

9 Mitos sobre el VIH y el SIDA

Hoy, 1 de Diciembre, se celebra el día mundial de la lucha contra el SIDA.

Hace un mes uno de mis amigos dio positivo en VIH. La noticia le cayó como un jarro de agua fría. Cuando me lo contó pensaba que su vida se había acabado para él.

Intentando tranquilizarle me di cuenta de que si yo estuviera en su lugar estaría acojonado. Y no por nada en especial, si no que apenas sabía nada de la enfermedad y solo tenía dudas. Las dudas llevan al miedo, el miedo lleva a la ira… en fin.

Un mes después me he informado todo lo que he podido y me he dado cuenta de que hoy en día no es para tanto, hay cosas mucho peores, y además la gente está muy desinformada. Tener VIH sigue teniendo un estigma social muy grande y no debería ser así.

Por eso he recopilado una serie de falsas creencias que, algunas tenía yo, y otras las he escuchado últimamente.

1. El VIH no existe

Falso, para muestra, una foto:


Fuente. Fotografía hecha con un micoscopio electrónico y coloreada para resaltar el virus (en verde) atacando un linfocito.

Hay quien, a pesar de todas las pruebas que existen, sigue negando que exista el virus y no toma tratamiento o prueba alternativas no científicas. Enfermos que creen esto lo único que consiguen es empeorar sus síntomas, morir antes, y peor, contagiar a otras personas.

2. Ser seropositivo significa tener SIDA

Falso. El VIH es un virus que afecta a las células del sistema inmunitario y las utiliza para reproducirse. Si no se trata, el cuerpo humano se queda sin defensas. Es en esta fase final de la infección cuando aparece el Síndrome de InmunoDeficiencia Adquirida (SIDA).


Fuente. Al principio el virus se reproduce muy rápido, entonces actúa el sistema inmunológico y frena la infección inicial. Sin embargo, el virus muta y poco a poco le acaba ganando la batalla al sistema inmunológico. Es entonces cuando aparece el síndrome.

Por ello se dice que no hay un virus del SIDA, existe el VIH que puede causar SIDA.

3. El VIH es una sentencia de muerte

Falso. Hoy en día hay medicación que ataca al virus y evita su reproducción. Así, disminuye la carga viral y las defensas vuelven a niveles normales.

Con medicación, las defensas pueden hacer su trabajo y se evitan enfermedades oportunistas.

Es más, con el tratamiento adecuado una persona seropositiva suele anular el virus en sangre. En ese momento se dice que tiene el virus indetectable y puede hacer una vida totalmente normal sin llegar a sufrir el SIDA.

4. Una persona indetectable ya no tiene VIH

Falso. Tener carga viral indetectable no significa estar curado.

La carga viral mide la cantidad del virus:

  1. En el momento del análisis
  2. Por cada ml de sangre

Indetectable se considera cuando hay menos de 20 copias del virus por ml.

Por otro lado siempre quedan reservorios, linfocitos infectados que actualmente no producen el virus, pero pueden hacerlo en un futuro. Además, el virus puede estar presente en otros fluidos como el semen.

5. Es imposible contraer el virus por sexo oral.

Falso. Es una creencia popular muy extendida. Es difícil, pero no imposible. De hecho es bastante frecuente.

Quizá se cree esto porque el virus no se trasmite por la saliva, pero cualquier herida en la boca es un punto de entrada.

Si la persona realizando la felación tiene úlceras, encías sangrantes, yagas… Puede contagiarse en el momento en que el líquido preseminal entre en contacto con sus heridas. No hace falta que haya eyaculación.

6. Una persona con rol activo no puede contraer el VIH.

Falso. Durante la penetración se pueden crear heridas microscópicas tanto en la cavidad penetrada como en la uretra.

Si la persona penetrada es VIH+ (con cualquier carga viral) puede contagiar el virus a través de estas heridas.

Es verdad que el riesgo es menor que en el caso opuesto, alguien VIH+ penetrando a otra persona sin protección, pero el riesgo sigue existiendo.

7. Una persona VIH+ no vuelve a tener sexo nunca más

Falso. Parece que por los puntos anteriores una persona seropositiva no pueda volver a practicar sexo nunca más, pero no es así.

Una persona infectada puede seguir manteniendo relaciones sexuales siempre y cuando sea consciente de lo que hace, eso es, USANDO PROTECCIÓN. Por ejemplo, usando preservativos.

Ante todo se debe informar a la otra persona de lo que hay.

8. Dos seropositivos pueden tener sexo sin protección

Falso. Es algo MUY peligroso.

El VIH tiene varias mutaciones, diferentes para cada persona. Las medicaciones atacan a ciertos aspectos del virus que están presentes en ciertas mutaciones.

Por ejemplo, hay quien tiene una mutación común y solo tiene que tomar una pastilla al día y hay quien tiene una mutación rara que le obliga a tomar tres o cuatro pastillas.

Al practicar sexo sin protección puede haber un nuevo contagio, el virus puede sufrir mutaciones nuevas y puede hacerse resistente a la medicación.

9. Ser VIH+ es de viejos y marginados sociales

Falso. Cuando apareció se relacionó mucho al VIH con homosexuales y drogadictos, y parte de esa imagen queda en la sociedad. Pero la realidad es muy diferente.

Cada año hay entre 2000 y 3500 nuevos casos en España. En España el virus se detecta tarde (estudio en Cataluña), casi el 30% de las personas infectadas no lo saben (estudio en Aragón) y además la cuarta parte de los nuevos casos se da entre jóvenes (estudio en Extremadura).

Hoy en día gente de todas las edades y sexo conviven con el virus llevando una vida completamente normal.

Extra: Cómo se contagia el virus

Todo el mundo puede contagiarse, algunas de las formas más comunes son:

  • Realizar sexo sin protección.
  • Compartir jeringas o intrumentos para esnifar.
  • En el momento del parto.

Algunas de las formas en las que NO se contagia el virus son:

  • A través de insectos.
  • Compartiendo enseres domésticos.
  • En piscinas o gimnasios.
  • A través de animales domésticos.
  • Por contacto.
  • Por besar.


Un mes después del shock inicial, mi amigo está sanote y haciendo una vida normal.

“Apenas me acuerdo de que tengo esto. El momento más duro del día es en la comida, cuando me tengo que tomar la medicación” Me cuenta. Me dice que toma 3 pastillas al día en la comida, y está esperando pruebas para ver si puede cambiar la medicación y tomar solo una.

La verdad es que yo sí que lo veo muy animado y con ganas de tirar p’a lante. Los que lo conocemos nos hemos informado para poder ayudarle y apoyarle :).

Lo que sí he visto este mes es que hay un gran desconocimiento por parte de todo el mundo. Lo vemos como una enfermedad lejana y remota y nos hemos relajado. Por ejemplo, casi nadie realiza una felación con condón. Ya no solo eso, casi nadie se hace análisis para saber si tiene el virus.

Las pruebas del VIH están cubiertas por la seguridad social, basta con pedirle una serología a tu médico de cabecera y ya. Te sacan un tubo de sangre, esperas unos días y te dan los resultados. Incluso si tienes pareja, es una buena práctica realizarte una prueba al año (la serología también detecta otras ETS).

Por último, también he visto mucha mierda en internet. Hay páginas con información falsa, otras con información anticuada, otras hablan de regulaciones y medicaciones fuera de España (donde las cosas son totalmente diferentes). Como siempre que uno lee cosas en internet, intentad buscar fuentes fiables y sed un poco escépticos.

Continuamente salen noticias esperanzadoras, vacunas, nuevos tratamientos. Todos esperamos que el VIH sea cosa del pasado en unos pocos años. Para ello hace falta seguir invirtiendo en investigación y no bajar la guardia con el sexo :).


Os dejo algunos enlaces de interés:

One Week with the Apple Watch


A friend from London brought me an Watch 12 days ago. I’ve been using it since day one and I have to admit I like it more than I expected.

I’m not gonna do a full review of the device, but rather I’d like to comment on some details that surprised me.


It’s been a while since I last wore a watch and I was afraid it would be too big for me. So I’m using the 38mm sport model (the smallest one) with a blue band.


Truth to be said, it looks way smaller than I thought! In the pictures it looks really thick, but the rounded borders makes it look really thinner on the wrist.

I was also worried about the rubber band, which seemed cheap on the photos. What a big surprise! It has a very soft texture and it feels great even when it’s a hot day or when doing exercise.

The first days I wore it tight, thinking the heart monitoring sensors would work better. Later I realized you can wear it a bit loose and it still works fine.

The only flaw on the design is the huge space between the glass and the display. It reminds me to an older iPhone. Anyway, it’s a small issue. I’m sure Apple is preparing a thinner design for the next iteration.

Interface and Usability

Although the watch runs a special version of iOS, the interaction has little to do with the iPhone.

First thing you notice is it’s designed for quick actions. The few times I used it for more than one minute my arm complained.

It’s pretty fast, and everything works great… as expected from Apple :).

Input devices

Scrolling with the digital crown is fast and precise, and I really like the vibration feedback when you reach the end of the scroll.

Also, I like how the Force Touch makes sense here. It’s the quickest way to display extra options in a small screen. I cannot wait to see this on the iPhone :).


I use the main screen most of the time. From there you can:

  • Check the time (action by default)
  • Swipe down for notifications
  • Swipe up for glances (weather, heart monitor, activity…)


You can use the digital crown as a Home button to display the app menu, but most of the time I get there is by mistake. So, no, I don’t use many apps.

You can also press the digital crown to speak with Siri. I have never used siri on the phone, but I use it a lot on the Watch. First, is faster than the phone (it’s already on your wrist); second, it works really great even in a noisy place. Only downside: You need a good internet connection, or Siri will take ages to process your voice.


There’s another button you can use to display a people menu. You can call and text your favourite contacts from there. Is nice, but It’s a bit useless for me: I don’t call people, I don’t use iMessage, and no one else has an Watch I can draw pennises to.



From that menu you can doodle things and send it to other Watch users. It’s funny, and makes sense as it’s the quickest way to communicate with someone from the watch. But I think it’s too specific for this device, so I don’t think we’ll see this feature in other devices.

Dependency on the phone

Right now, all third party apps runs on the phone. And you notice it because it takes some time for them to refresh.

By ’runs on the phone’, I mean:

  • The app UI is installed on the watch.
  • Every time you press a button the watch, it notifies the phone.
  • Then, the phone decides what to do and updates the watch screen accordingly.
  • You can see a loading wheel meanwhile.

Almost everything depends on the phone. ¡You need an iPhone to activate the Watch!


This is one of the greatest surprises I found.

I usually go to sleep with 50-60% of battery. I have to charge the watch every night but I’m not worried to run out of battery during the day.

Also, I haven’t noticed any change on the battery duration on the phone.


Another thing I love is the activity tracking app.

By default, the watch tracks how much you move, how much you exercise and how much you walk.


You set a daily goal of movement, and you review that goal every week.

If you move, walk and do exercise you are constantly cheered up by the watch.

If you sit for too long, the watch will ask you to move a bit.

It’s pretty silly, and not as disrupting as it sounds. Many times I’ve ignored the notifications and haven’t felt bad for being so lazy.

But then you can check how many activity you get on a regular day, and how many you get on a lazy day… And you realize there’s a big difference!

So it’s a good way to keep some control over yourself, understand how lazy you are, and start doing something about it.


You can choose what notifications you get on the watch from the phone.

I found WhatsApp and Telegram ones rather annoying. You cannot answer messages from them (you can on Slack and iMessage ones), so I end up checking the phone anyway.

Other notifications are fine, not as disturbing as the phone and easier to ignore.

Ghost vibration

You know when you feel a vibration on your leg, and you go check the phone on your pocket just to find there’s no new notifications, and the phone wasn’t even in your pocket.

I stopped having ghost notifications long ago, when I disabled vibration on my phone.

Now I’m having ghost vibrations on the wrist :).

Nose as finger

As I said before, notifications are easier to ignore on the wrist.

Well, one thing that helps here is the nose. I found myself dismissing notifications with the nose when I had my other hand busy, or I was too lazy to move it. Hehe.


Someone asked me: “Isn’t the watch too easy to steal with that band?”

Took a look, and yes, it’s really easy to steal an Watch.

Then the second question is… Why would you?

You need to enter a passcode every time you take it off and on.

Without the passcode, you can only check the time. No glances, no apps, no notifications, nothing. And of course, no re-pairing to a new phone.

The watch is tightly coupled to your phone and your passcode, so a stolen watch it’s rather useless.


I’m happier with the Apple Watch than I expected. I use it everyday, and I have the feeling it makes my life better.

I think the activity tracking is the best feature of all. No other device or app made me understand how many time I spend seated, motionless.

In general, I feel it’s a great device that has the potential to make everyone wear a watch again.

Update: Turns out a stolen watch can be erased, as commented here

Web Frameworks

Java is a great language, but if you have ever tested any scripting language like PHP, Ruby, node.js, you know Java is… Over Engineered.

You have to write lots of code for anything. Big configuration files, use of application servers, too many classes to perform simple tasks, no support for Collections literals, etc…

Because of that, and before I knew the world beyond java, I started Blaapps (Bery Lol AAplication Server). A very lightweight application server minded for speed up development of web apps.

After I presented it as my final year project I stopped developing new features, but recently I had to do some web stuff on java and I remembered how painful it is.

If you start doing a web project with java, you feel naked. Standard tools are bare minimum. That’s why there’s a lot of web frameworks for JavaEE.

But most of them follow the java over engineering philosophy. Let’s see some examples…


Let’s see what is needed to develop with some of the main web technologies:

Technology Base Testing server Dependency Management
Java EE Java Runtime + IDE Application Server maven, not included
Play Framework Java Runtime + Play Embedded server included commands
PHP PHP Embedded server pear – Included
Ruby On Rails Ruby + Rails Embedded server Ruby Gems, not included
Node.js Node.js Embedded server npm – Included

So, if you want to develop a Java EE web app, you will have to download the JRE, an application server, and the Java framework you want to use. Also, you will need an IDE, as the Java language requires you to write lots of code, and compiling processes aren’t simple.

So, if you want to develop a Java EE web app, you will have to download about 500MB. ¡WTF!

Node.js download is 7,7MB.

Hello world

Let’s see how to write a Hello World app in different platforms:

Java EE

You need the following files:

  • index.jsp
  • WEB-INF/web.xml

The WEB-INF/web.xml would be like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <display-name>Hello World</display-name>

And the index.jsp:

<%@page contentType="text/html" pageEncoding="UTF-8"%>
  <head><title>Hello World</title></head>
  <body><h1>Hello World</h1></body>

Zip them on a file named helloworld.war and copy them to the application server… ¡Super easy!

Play Framework

First, create the play project:

 $ play new helloworld

This creates lots of files.

Then, edit the main route helloworld/app/controllers/ (configurable):

package controllers;

import play.*;
import play.mvc.*;

import views.html.*;

public class Application extends Controller {
  public static Result index() {
    return ok("Hello World!");


 $ play
 [helloworld] $ run

And you will see the app on localhost:9000


Write an index.php:

<%@page contentType="text/html" pageEncoding="UTF-8"%>
  <head><title>Hello World</title></head>
  <body><h1>Hello World</h1></body>

and run:

 $ php -S localhost:8000

Your app is on localhost:8000

Ruby on rails

Like play, we have to create a project first:

 $ rails new helloworld
 $ cd helloworld
 $ rails server

That will start the new project and a server on localhost:3000

To edit the index, remove the default index and create a route:

 $ rm public/index.html
 $ rails generate controller home index

Edit config/routes.rb to add:

root :to => "home#index"

Edit app/views/home/index.html.erb to be:

<%@page contentType="text/html" pageEncoding="UTF-8"%>
  <head><title>Hello World</title></head>
  <body><h1>Hello World</h1></body>

And that's all! Almost easier than Java!


write a new file named app.js:

var http = require('http');
var requestListener = function (req, res) {
  res.end('Hello, World!\n');

var server = http.createServer(requestListener);
server.listen(8080, "");


 $ node app.js

And you are ready! Your app will be on localhost:8080.


There are lots of Web frameworks out there, and Java is not the only way of doing things.

Choose your framework thinking in what's important for you. For me it's:

  1. Fast Development
  2. Fast Deployment
  3. Huge community

I want to start developing fast. One way of reading it is the lack of need for an IDE. If you need an IDE to help you, it's not simple enough.

Also the lack of a framework is important. With Java EE you will need to add a framework, it's another layer of complexity. The more layers, the more things that can go wrong.

Ruby on rails is a framework by itself, but hey! You need commands to create correctly new files. There's too much dark magic in ruby on rails…

Make it simpler!

Same could be applied to deployment. If I can't just copy the files to the server, it's not simple enough.

Also, a huge community ensures you that you'll have lots of plugins and libraries ready.

Of course, my option right now is Node.js.

2012-11-04 My brother’s birthday / The Assault


Tomorrow is my brother’s birthday, we celebrated it today with my brothers, parent’s and grandma at “Mery Limón”.

Uff, I cannot move. I’m drunk, and full. Good food, some dishes were strange, but that’s the deal with experimental cooking. Good wine!


This photo corresponds to a wall near to the restaurant.

Once a year there’s a competition in Zaragoza, the “Asalto” (assault). Wall painters from around the world come to Zaragoza and leave their art on the walls of the city.

It’s awesome to take a walk through the oldest streets of the city and discover this pieces of art in hidden corners.


My favourite one is this one with a squirrel mixed with a billboard. The billboard is like an x-ray machine showing the squirrel’s skeleton.