"How many people say, 'I have a dream to own a bar?'" asks Patrick, owner of the Irish bar that bears his name. "Well, I actually did it." Patrick, now 53, bought the bar in 2007 as a way to plan for his retirement. He has since transformed it into one of the most popular expat hangouts in the city.
The travel bug sank its teeth into me the summer I turned 25 -- leaving me with an uncomfortable, out-of-reach itch I just couldn't scratch. I didn't grow up in an upper-middle-class family that vacationed in Europe. I'm an immigrant from Jamaica who moved to the U.S. when I was 16 and stayed put. The American dream had been my adventure. But when I got a passport after becoming a naturalized citizen, it sparked a desire in me that I never expected.