Today my awesomer half and I took the comfortable and ever-efficient Dublin Bus to the Liffey Valley Shopping Center. Wait a second, the Dublin bus is "comfortable" and "ever-efficient?" No not really. I'm just drinking a big gin & tonic right now and I'm in that "I love you, man" mood. Do not attempt to adjust your set. We are experiencing cognitive difficulties. Your regular blog post will continue in a moment.
Liffey Valley is pretty much like every other mall in the Western World. Except they don't have a Cinnabon. I'm pretty sure Ireland isn't ready for a Cinnabon. Look, they just got an Ikea. Give them time. Anyway, our mission today was to purchase cosmetics at Boots.
Boots is a pharmacy. Wait, what? Boots doesn't sell shoes? No, it's a British pharmacy chain that has outlets in Ireland. Think of it as a Target, just without the homewares. Or, maybe it's more like a CVS just not such a rip-off. Or like a Wallgreens, just more upscale.
Apparently this Boots is the only place where you can find Stila cosmetics in Dublin. They used to have it at Cleary's on O'Connell Street in town, and at the uber-posh Brown-Thomas store on Grafton Street.
So, while my awesomer half was in cosmetics-valhalla, I wandered around the store. Being an American, the brand names always amuse me. Some things are the same the world around, like Oral-B toothbrushes and Colgate toothpaste, and some things are re-branded. For example, in America we call this crap "Axe Body Spray." Over in Europe it has been re-branded as Lynx.
You've seen the commercials; some pimply college freshman is in grocery store and he sprays a gentle "test-spray" of Axe deodorant on himself; he is promptly tackled by sex-starved co-eds making sensual "mmm" noises. Yes, it's all bullshit. But 18 year olds buy this stuff. Hell, they BATHE in it. Even the bottle promises instant sex appeal.
I am much too mature for that kind of stuff. So I immediately found the Doctor Who toys. OMG Boots is awesome. Where else can you get asprin, dental floss AND a Sonic Screwdriver?
By the way, I bought the Tardis pen. It rocks.