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a bit about Fyodor
What do you do and why do you do it?
I help media agencies and companies grow their business by consulting them on their marketing efforts and strategy. I love working in an environment where I can really add value to businesses and can always keep learning from the brilliant people around me.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
When I grew up in The Netherlands as a teenager, I used to work in a greenhouse on weekends - picking tomatoes. Besides that starting at 6am sucks, it also got unbearably hot by the time it was noon.
Were you born and raised in Dublin? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Dublin?
This is always a tough question because the answer is complicated. I'm born in Kiev, grew up in Rotterdam and before arriving in Dublin 2 years ago, I lived in Tel Aviv and London. Like many foreign nationals in Dublin, I moved here for my job. Dublin is an important tech hub in Europe and many tech companies have their HQ's here; Google, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.
What’s your current hood in Dublin and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in Ranelagh (pronounce: Reh-neh-lah), which is a more quiet, residential area of Dublin, but still fairly close to the city centre. I love the local high street, because it really has everything I need. Supermarkets, pubs, restaurants (check my map!) and even a cinema closeby.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I grew up with Metal, Punk and Hip Hop - today I like to discover all kinds of music through online radio channels like Beats1 Radio (Apple) and London's NTS radio. Radio ain't dead yet!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Danzig - Blood and Tears; Guns n' Roses - Don't Cry
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
The Sopranos - the very very first tv series that I've binge-watched. This show was and still is brilliant. I always loved the fact that according to insiders it's the most 'accurate' portrayal of a modern Italian-American mob family. Also, did you know that Silvio Dante is also a member in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band?
Name some spots in Dublin that are good for a Tinder date.
I have no clue - by the time that Tinder hit the streets I already found my princess.:-)
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
No one, really. I used to get quite agitated from politics, but I'm quite 'zen' these days so even politicians will get a pass from me.
Who’s your hero and where in Dublin would you take them out for a serious hang?
I'd choose my favorite football team (Feyenoord Rotterdam), and take the lads (Dutch champions this season!) to the Open Gate Brewery for some banter and drinks.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I like buying clothes when I travel, so my recent outfits are from Tenue-de-Nimes in Amsterdam and J.Crew and Liberty's in London. My go-to place in Dublin is Brown Thomas, as they have a great selection of premium brands.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Probably at a bachelor party in Temple Bar... Not my thing bruv!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Going for a run, or have a picnic in the park - it's just raining too often...
Where do you go in Dublin for a casual night out?
As you probably have noticed, Dublin is a city with a pub on every corner. I like to grab a pint at Bernard Shaw, The Barge or any of the other pubs on my map.
Where would you go in Dublin to celebrate some freaking good news?
I'm quite a foodie, but still haven't been to one of Dublin Michelin star restaurants - Chapter One. Next time I have something tremendous to celebrate I'll probably go there.
What’s your choice of transportation in Dublin and why?
I usually walk. It's a 25 minute walk to work, and a 20 minute walk to the city centre. When I have to go a bit further I usually take my bike. Before I got my own bike I used to grab the rental 'Dublinbikes' all the time - compared to other European cities I think Dublin has one of the best public bicycles.
What are the Dublin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Little Museum of Dublin
What are the Dublin spots tourists should run from screaming?
Even though it CAN be fun, Temple Bar is usually the area that I skip. Too 'touristy', and what you have to pay for a drink is just outrageous!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dublin. How do you spend it?
I'd probably go on a long stroll through the whole city centre. Start with a nice brunch in some of my favorite spots (see map), walk past St. Stephen's Green, grab a coffee in South William Street, sit and relax by the Liffey (if weather permits), and of course grab one last pint of Guinness.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tel Aviv. I've been going there since I was a kid almost every summer, to visit family and friends. I love the mediterranean and cosmopolitan vibe out there. Best city beaches I've ever been to, great food, tons of amazing bars and cafe's - and not to forget the weather...