En Route

I am posting from my Blackberry in the departure lounge of the Dublin airport. A couple more flights and a car ride and we will be back home in Canada.

Some random thoughts about Ireland. Stunning landscapes in the southwest. Terrible driving conditions.

I adjusted quite easily to driving a manual shift vehicle on the opposite side. Driving on the opposite lane is an interesting experience. I just hope I remember to switch back to the right side when I get back into my car in Canada.

Most of the roads are way too narrow in much of the southwest. There were times when the width of the road would hardly accommodate one vehicle, never mind two. And, just for fun, the twisting, winding roads are marked at 100 km/h. I rarely got above 60 km/h. And even then it seemed like we were going too fast for the road conditions.

Very little diversity in Ireland. Predominantly a Caucasian population.

Washrooms, or toilets, are very odd. The faucets operate backwards to North America.

Always remember to look to your right first when you cross the road.

The traffic signs are small and confusing. Distance markers are rough estimates only.

I did not see one police officer in the southwest. I can only assume that there is not much in the way of criminal behaviour.

Sheep seem to outnumber humans in the southwest. And they go everywhere. If you follow my drift.

The people were friendly and generally conservative.

No Home Depots, no Wal-marts, no Tim Hortons. I did not see any big chain, big box retailers in the southwest. It was nice.

No drug stores. They have chemists.

All the cars in the southwest are badly scratched on their left sides. Why? Because the roads are so narrow and bushes grow right up to the side. No shoulders so when you are run off the road, the car gets scratched. We looked at hundreds of cars. All had scratches on the left side.

Tour buses are over the top. Ultra high end. No yellow school buses.

Pub food is RC friendly. Not too sure about Bangers and Mash. The fish and chips was a good pub meal.

Time to check in our flight to London Heathrow.

1 reply
  1. Jim MacDonald
    Jim MacDonald says:

    …YOU had fish and chips? I remember being so surprised when I was working in the UK that the pubs battered their fish and chips with the skin still on the filets! Hopefully they don’t do that in Ireland…



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