Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Christmas edition

Christmas this year was wonderful. The GerMann and I flew to Dublin a few days beforehand, and spent ten days there. My brother was also home from Australia and it was lovely having the whole family around. I also managed to meet up with most of my friends at some stage while we were back.

On the day itself we all pitched in to prepare the food which was a very traditional Irish Christmas dinner; turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce and all followed by plum pudding, mince pies and custard. Delicious! After eating till we were totally stuffed we played some board games - cluedo and monopoly. The latter was just going on forever so in the end we just decided to count up who had the most money to decide on the winner (my sister's boyfriend).

We left Dublin with suitcases full of presents and returned to the freezing weather here. I found out the hard way that dragging suitcases through the snow is not easy! Luckily all our flights, buses and trains went as scheduled, not like a few years ago when my flight on christmas eve was cancelled due to the snow and I ended up missing Christmas with my family and not arriving back to Dublin until Stephen's day!

I was a little sad saying goodbye at the end of our visit as usual but I know we will fly to Dublin again in only a few months. It has also been quite nice here since we've been back. The snow is very pretty and I only had one easy day of work, since the office was quiet and now two days off. The GerMann picked up a cold in Dublin though and is suffering with a sore throat so we decided to stay in for New Year's Eve and have a nice evening zu zweit (just the two of us). We'll watch the fireworks in our neighbourhood.

There was a LOT of eating in Dublin and plenty of wine, so I think this month I will have to start going back to the gym to reduce some of the Weihnachtsspeck, which literally translate to 'Christmas bacon'. Haha, those Germans certainly have a word for everything!

How was your holiday season?


  1. Sounds like a great visit home! I know what you mean about feeling sad to say goodbye even if you know there's a visit in the future planned.

    Ha ha, I've never head the term 'Weinachtsspeck' before!

    1. yeah, I think Weinachtsspeck is my new favourite German word!

  2. Happy New Year! Sounds like a lovely Christmas.

  3. Hi! It's my first time on your blog. :)
    Well, my holiday was nothing special, I actually was working. It's okay though I don't really mind.

    Looks like you had a fun Christmas season. I hope your 2015 will be amazing. Looking forward to read more great stuff here. :)

  4. I see "Geatai Imeachta" on the sign. Forgive this very ignorant question, do you speak Irish? The only second language I know is Spanish and I'm definitely not fluent.

    1. yeah I learned Irish in school but I've honestly forgotten most of it now unfortunately!


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