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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Dublin Diary: Black Friday, Dublin Style

Grafton Street, decked out for the holidays
If I had been home for Thanksgiving, I normally would have been shopping on Black Friday. Guess what? Not only was I shopping, but Dublin does Black Friday, too. See? This picture was taken in a shopping mall. Or a shopping centre, as the Irish would say.

That was prime-time on Friday night, and as you can see from the lone passer-by the mall it was just hoppin'. It was quite a change of pace, I assure you. I was also a little startled to see a meat store right smack in the middle of the mall, between a mobile phone store and a clothing store.

I did manage to score some awesome stuff on my limited budget. It all started with this wall of goodies:

Cadbury owns this town, mates. I happen to love Cadbury chocolate (and it tastes even better across the pond, I assure you) so I was in absolute heaven. I finally settled on a variety of candy bars and a big ole box of these:

My hips may not thank me, but damn was my mouth happy. I also scored this awesome hoodie for David!

He wears it well, don't you think? "Elf" is one of his favorite movies, so this makes him all kinds of happy. He's been wearing it every day since I got back!

I managed to pick up one more item just for me before my shopping was done:

Who says it's cold in Ireland?

Anyway, after dropping my bags back at the hotel, I met up with a long-distance friend for a night of great food and even greater music at O'Donoghue's Pub - a Dublin institution when it comes to Trad (Irish Traditional Music). 

Wish I could have recorded some for you, but I couldn't figure out how to do it without looking like an obnoxious tourist. Take my word - it was toe-tapping, finger-drumming amazing.

And that was Dublin, Black Friday style! Tomorrow: out and about on my final night in the city!

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