It’s cold outside!


Happy Saturday everyone! Well – my sniffles I think might be turning into a sinus infection. BOO!! So, tomorrow I’m going to go to the pharmacy and see if they sell anything over the counter here that is stronger than sudafed. We went to the place we got our new cell phone service through and finally got the data on my phone to work, so that was nice. The area it’s in is one of the two main shopping districts in Dublin, it’s called Grafton Street. It’s a big pedestrian walking area, it’s like an outdoor mall essentially. They had Christmas Carolers, and an outdoor flower market, and tons and tons of shops. There was christmas music EVERYWHERE – needless to say, I was in christmas heaven.

Grafton Street lit up at night

Flower Carts Spread Across Grafton Street Shops

Kind of hard to tell - but carolers are behind that car

There was an INSANE amount of people out shopping; But, then again… it was a Saturday. Afterwards, we went and looked at an apartment off Shrewsbury Court. The area was GORGEOUS, the apartment was quite large (especially by big city and European standards – most apartments here are small). The kitchen was brand new, it’s walking distance to Toby’s work, and it overlooked the backyard of the Finnish Embassy. All of the houses around it looked like they belonged in Mission Hills in Kansas. BUT – the apartment doesn’t allow pets, which sucks :(. What we’re finding here is that most furnished apartments don’t allow them. So we’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do, because eating out for each meal is getting expensive, and this hotel room is small.

After walking around in the 25mph winds with 37 windchill, we went back and took a short nap in the hotel, and then went out for dinner at Crowe’s Public House.

Crowe's Public House

our Hot Whiskeys

Christmas Decorations inside Crowe's

Our yummy dinner! Bangers and Mash (Sausage and Mashed potatoes with onion gravy) and a Beef Pie with Chips (french fries)

We had our Banger’s and Mash that I’ve been craving, and a Beef and Guinness meat pie. It was quite good! We also had what I guess is a popular cold-weather drink here called a Hot Whiskey. It’s 1 shot of Irish Whiskey, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 slices of freshly cut lemon, cloves, and 8 ounces of boiling water. You pour the whiskey and sugar into a glass, then embed 3 cloves at least in each lemon (depending on lemon slice size), and place in the glass. You add the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. It was really, really good, especially on such a cold day, and with my head cold I’ve got going on. It might become my new winter drink :).

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2 thoughts on “It’s cold outside!

  1. David Gentry says:

    I will have to try that Hot Whiskey with some Canadian whiskey I have.
    It has been cold rain here today and snow in Omaha.
    Always good to hear from you
    David and Carol
    P.S. you know Carol will not try the hot drink!!! HA! HA!

  2. Nikki Paulie says:

    Let me know how you like the drink after you’ve tried it! Sorry to hear you’ve had cold and rainy weather too! I hope Kristin, Phillip and the kids are staying warm in Omaha!

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