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.
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.
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 :).