Saturday, July 18, 2009

Things We'll Always Remember About Ireland

Rain is the mainstay here – it could be sunny one moment, and usually lasts about a moment, then raining the next second – mostly grey and cloudy.

It doesn’t get dark here till almost 11pm.

We see the same logos that we see in the US only with slightly different names. Petmania (for Petsmart) Welworth (for Wolworth), TK Maxx (for TJ Maxx) , Pennys (not JC).

There are more betting places in each town than there are pubs.

The traffic laws here only apply some of the time and the Irish are much more trusting than we are - they ask you to pay, on your honor, after you leave the parking space – which is why we’ve saved money on parking.

Tipping is not expected here – they are happy to be working and that’s enough given the state of the economy.

Dublin has slipped from the 10th to the 25th most expensive city.

They have take away which is carry out to us. No doggie bags.
When Janice asked for one, they had no idea what she was talking about and when she told them, looked at her like she was crazy.

Off License = liquor store.

There is NOTHING like Irish butter

Hurling is a game, not puking

They have the best ice cream in the word and we had it almost every day – it’s vanilla soft serve in a very small cone.

Fookin or f oh oh kin. The Irish use this frequently.

There was only one day without rain when we went to the cliffs – two days it rained like crazy, other days it drizzled on and off. No really sunny day – might have come out for a minute one day.

People only go 1 – 2 towns away so they don’t know how to give directions

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