Back to Ireland Part 4: Kildare Village

Kildare Village

Kildare Village

When I was over in Ireland I decided to pay a visit to Kildare Village, a small village comprised of houses that contains outlet shops from many brands. I found the Village very charming.

Behind the  village is this charming bridge

Behind the village is this charming bridge

There was many great things on offer, but some of the things that I found I didn’t have the opportunity to buy, because they would be very hard to get home on the plane. I did find some things that I did buy and I will be back for sure if I get the opportunity.

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Frames

On a different note I’ve had a great first week at work and yesterday we had a nice little party and I got to know many people a little better. I enjoyed very much and it got a bit late and I’m very grateful that I have no major plans the rest of the weekend.

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Easter in Ireland Part 3: Galway

Salmon wier

Salmon weir

I decided to have a day all to myself in Galway, to do a bit of shopping, looking around and enjoying life in general. Even if the weather was overcast it was a warm day and very good shopping weather. I clearly was not the only one who had come up with this idea, because the streets was filled with people.

Galway food festival

Galway food festival

There was a food festival on in town all easter and you could find trucks and tents serving good food that you wouldn’t normally find everywhere. It was very packed so I didn’t try to much, but it was nice to stroll down and have a look.

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I found most of what I wanted in the shops around, but after a while I felt a bit claustrophobic with all the people in the streets and in the shops, so I went over to Eyre Square to st down with a coffee and enjoy some space and the warm day.

Eyre Square

Eyre Square

Because there wasn’t too much sun the park was luckily not overcrowded and I got to have a seat on a nice bench where I coud read my book and drink my coffee.

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When I headed back to Tuam to enjoy a nice dinner and a night out with friends, I was very happy with my me-day spent in Galway! And I was very happy with the things I got when out shopping. The only thing I did not find that was on my list was a new spring jacket. But I guess I’ll just have to keep looking 😉

Last weekend before Chrstmas

This weekend has been a great pre-Christmas weekend. Was really tired on friday so I fell asleep early and woke well rested on saturday. I started the day by tidying and cleaning my apartment before a good friend, her husband and little daughter came to visit. As she lived in Bergen it was a long time since last saw them and we had a nice time eating the things I baked for Christmas and catching up on everything.

Afterwards I went to my parents place for dinner and I spent the evening there watching a Christmas concert on TV and one of the films I always watch before Christmas, Love Actually. I was a bit shocked when i remembered that this film i now 10 years old. But it’s still one of  the newest of the films I see every year. Love_Actually_movie

Today I’ve been helping my father buying some presents and some more gift wrapping paper and coffee for me.  As it was raining a lot today I feared the paper bags they have a the Nespresso shop would be damaged before I got home. From an environmental point of view the paper bags are much better than the plastic ones, but when you live in a city where it’s often raining it’s not always the best option if you want to be able to bring what you bought home. But a Nespresso they gave me a rain cover for my bag 🙂

Rain cover for paper bags

Rain cover for paper bags

The rest of the weekend will be used to watch more films and wrap the last gifts for Christmas, listening to Christmas music and other nice stuff.

Traditions part 2

Yesterday me and my brother went Christmas shopping. This is something we do together every year. When we were younger it was to pull our recourses so that we could get the people we bought presents for a better gift than we could afford by ourselves. Now we do it mostly because it is a tradition and because we can decide together  what to get people and also we can still buy better gifts when we join forces. This year my brother picked me up at work and we drove to the mall. As suspected we were not the only ones. We got the gifts we had decided to buy in advance and that were available in the mall but we moved the traditional dinner or coffee we get after shopping to my apartment. Afterwards I went to get the gifts I’m buying alone, that I still had not bought. So now I’m all done shopping for Christmas 🙂

My giftwrapping paper of choice this year.

My giftwrapping paper of choice this year.

Today the whole family gathered at my parents place to eat and make marzipan. We used to do this at my grandmother’s place when I was little and we’d combine it with helping her clean her house for Christmas. Now we do this at my parents place because they have the most room. We always remember the loved ones that are no longer with us a little extra this time of year and what better way of remembering them than to honor the traditions they valued the most. The batch of marzipan this year was very good. The almonds were nicely peeled and dried and the family recipe worked like a charm this year as well.

And for those of you who where wondering if my granddad liked his surprise, I can say that he absoulutely adored it!