In this week's post, Casey shows us how Dublin gets into the holiday festivities at YuleYard. This winter wonderland in the heart of the city offers a variety of food, beverages, and markets to get your Christmas on!
This time of the year, I’m normally back home in Chicago for break. My mom makes almojabanas (Colombian cheese bread) with hot chocolate and my dad makes a homemade dinner that my sister and I had been missing while we were away at school. We’d go into the city and see the Christkindlmarket, which is a huge but compact Christmas market in the middle of the city. We’d see the big tree and the Macy’s windows. This year is different. I’m still here in Dublin and there’s no snow on the ground, in fact it’s not even that cold. I’m still in classes and have my internship, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying some Christmas festivities.
EatYard in Dublin is a couple of blocks away from Griffith College.
Its name changes to YuleYard during Christmastime!
A couple blocks away from Griffith College is a place called the EatYard. It has food vendors and drinks throughout the year. During Christmas season, they change the name to YuleYard. They call it Winter Wonderland in the heart of Dublin city. It’s open until December 23 every Thursday and Friday (from 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm) and Saturday and Sunday (from 12pm-10pm). A lot of people love it because the Winter Warmers bar opens up. There they have mulled wine, some traditional Irish drinks, and of course some apple cider. They also have pop-up craft fairs and farmers markets on Saturday and Sunday (from 12pm-5pm). It’s a great place to go and relax.
Bailey's Treat Bar.
I went with some friends from CAPA because we had to try the Treat Bar. I had this creamy concoction that was garnished with a Caramelized Marshmallow. Since it was so hot with all the heat lamps around us, I had it over ice. Let me tell ya, it sure was a treat. I had it to go with my Irish Garlic and Herb sausage that was ginormous. It was a nice way to end the day and hang out with some friends surrounded by Christmas celebrations.
A Caramelized Marshmallow & Bailey's treat.
One of the best parts about EatYard is that it’s not expensive at all. As a college student on a study abroad budget, you learn to look for deals wherever you can. EatYard gave me deals on a silver platter. I could’ve stayed there all night to eat and been happy. This place is definitely something I’ll miss when we head home next week. Time has flown by, and we’re all trying to soak up every last bit of this beautiful place we’ve called home for the past three months. Instead of taking a bunch of pictures, we’re really looking around and memorizing our surroundings. Sometimes we take so many pictures that we forget to appreciate where we are.
Here I am at YuleYard in Dublin!
Much love to my family and friends! Can’t wait to see all of you soon!
Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
Casey's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.