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Saturday, 29 November 2014

My Belfast Black Friday

"I went window shopping today! I bought four windows."
Tommy Cooper

I assume unless you live under a rock, you'll probably have heard that yesterday was Black Friday. Or as I've been calling it, Black Eye Friday. I swear I made that joke before I'd seen anyone else had. Although I'd been battling a cold and missed class on Thursday, I felt I'd picked up enough to venture out to Belfast on Friday with Eva and our friend Hannah. We weren't going because of Black Friday, but because it was the only day Eva could go. I'm not going to lie, after hearing all the horror stories about how people were fighting over bargains, I was a tad nervous about going into Belfast. My mum didn't ease my fears any by telling me how they didn't care if someone was in a wheelchair or not! 

Well, I'm happy to say I survived. In light of some of the stories people have to share of the day, ours was your average shopping day in Belfast. We seen none of the battle scenes and even if it would make an interesting blog post, I'm quite happy to say it. Town was busier than you'd expect on a Friday afternoon, but no more than you'd usually see on a weekend. Well, at least in the stores we were in.

We got off at Botanic and planned to go to a place called Maggie May's that Hannah wanted us to try, but there was a step in. Botanic is the worst for places not being wheelchair accessible. I guess it's because it's all old buildings. We ended up walking across one side of Belfast to the other for no reason. Luckily it wasn't a long walk, plus it meant we could stop off at a vintage store called The Rusty Zip. It's always fun to explore. I wish I could go up stairs. My sister's pretend it isn't that good up stairs, but I know they're lying.

Anyway, Eva bought a top and I bought a cute little brooch.

Instead, we ended up going to Alley Cat. It was another place Hannah had been before and recommended. We were not disappointed! The decor was really cool. Even the bathroom had this cool graffiti art. The staff were really friendly (and not bad looking! Because you know... that's important). They had teapot cocktails, something my sister and I used to get in a local bar called The Rabbit Rooms. before my other sister and I started going to The Goat's Toe instead. Hannah said they're owned by the same people, which you could probably guess by the similarities other than the animal themed names.

The cocktails were super good, and so was my food. Even if I couldn't finish it. I ended up wrapping up most of my chicken and Eva had to carry it around in in her bag the rest of the day. I'd really recommend it, and I can't wait to go back!

Eva ended up downing quite a bit of the cocktail and was a tad drunk by the time we were leaving Alley Cat. Luckily she didn't cause any damage when we eventually got around to shopping. We hit the usual places, River Island, H&M and Topshop. As well as a piercing shop for Hannah, American Candy store and Lush. I took a small assortment of photos throughout our day, but I guess Christmas lights don't agree with my iPhone camera. 

One place we had planned to go that we didn't end up going to was the Continental Christmas Market. We always go before Christmas, but most of the time it's a bit of a nightmare to get my wheelchair around. We'd decided to skip it earlier in the day because we wanted to find somewhere to eat first. But by the time we made our way back at the end of our shopping, it was proper packed so we decided we'd go closer to Christmas, on a less busy day. Getting the American candy made up a little bit for missing out on my favourite waffles I get every year from the market.

At about 5pm we made our way to Cafe Nero at Great Victoria train station to wait for my dad to pick us up. He was dropping my mum off there because she's going to England for a week. On our way to the station poor Hannah got accosted by an old woman that didn't speak very good English, wanting money. Hannah tried to explain she only had her card, but the woman wouldn't take no for an answer. It was a little scary. When we finally got to Nero, Eva and I got a latte each and shared a piece of red velvet cake while waited.

Eventually my dad arrived and we said our goodbyes to our mum before starting the rather long journey home. Traffic was pretty jam packed. I literally don't know what I would do without Spotify on car journeys. 

All in all it was a pretty successful shopping day, being that I didn't really spend too much. On myself at least. Eva and I did pick up a couple of things for my dad and our older sister for Christmas, that we're splitting the cost of. We also managed to avoid all Black Friday bargains! I got my brooch, some American candy and a couple of things from Lush.

All in all, it was a great day and I can't wait until we do it again! It was a good thing I didn't spend too much as I did do something a little frivolous on Thursday night. The British Ice Hockey Facebook page shared a website called usasports.co.uk that does NHL merchandise in the UK. Something I hadn't been able to find before. Eva always says how bad I am at Googling. They had a 15% off code for Thanksgiving and I splurged on yet another jersey! I had really wanted a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey, and knew I would get one at some point in the future. I figured since I'd spend the money at some point, why not now when there's 15% off! ...I'm really great at justifying things to myself. But at least it means I'm not starting the new year with a purchase I want to make, considering my new years resolution this year is going to be managing my money better and saving. So yeah, I bought this beauty. I can't wait until it arrives!

Yeah, I'm not going to even try and deny that I'm obsessed with ice hockey! I'll have got four jerseys in a couple of months. No regrets though! The site also has some nice hats, so I've asked my aunt and grandparents to get me a Penguins' one and a Chicago Blackhawks one. I've found it really hard supporting only one NHL team, but I've narrowed it down to four favourites. Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.

So yeah, that's what I've been up to. Today I just chilled and then visited my grandparents. Then I watched a Belfast Giants vs Fife Flyers live stream before starting this rather belated post! Tomorrow Eva and I are going to a Giants game. I'm really looking forward to it. It's been too long! Even though it probably feels like yesterday to my readers that I was rabbiting on about going. Hopefully not too many of you will hold it against me!

How was your Black Friday?
Did you get any bargains? 


  1. I cannot even be dealing with black friday. Or any kind of sales shopping. I get far too stressed. I'd end up hugging my knees on the floor in Primark. xx

    The Persephone Complex

    1. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of shopping in general. Especially when it's packed, but it's not often my sister and I do stuff that isn't just the two of us. Lol. But yeah, I'm glad we didn't go to Primark! And none of the shops we did go to were too crazy. Might have scarred myself for life. xo


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