They say you’re never too old to learn something new. With all the new things I’m still learning about life here, I should be getting younger…well, one can wish.
#1 – ready-made pie crusts are not the same. I’m trying not to burn a cherry pie as I write this…the pie crust came rectangular. And there was only one. I think they’re more for meat pies. Next time, I’ll try the puff pastry one.
#2 – they don’t sell cans of pie filling. Luckily, I’ve done “make your own cherry pie filling” before.
#3 – canned pumpkin is really hard to find. As is dried mustard. Curry seasonings however? You have a full selection.
#4 – There may not be Thanksgiving in Ireland (what with the lack of pilgrims and Indians), but people will still wish you a happy one if they know you’re American.
#5 – I am a driver lacking confidence in Ireland. I used to be a great driver. The combination of narrow roads, large for Ireland mini-van, multiple traffic lights, weird lanes, motorcycles zipping by and narrow parking lots have turned me into a nervous wreck who dreams of a Smart car.
#6 – There is no Black Friday in Ireland. And I’m not missing it.
#7 – School uniform ties are the easiest things to lose.
#8 – It can take 20 minutes to get out of the shopping center’s four level parking garage on a busy day when you’re on level -1.
#9 – I’m really good at not rolling backwards when it’s time to move forward on the ramp in said parking garage.
#10 – they don’t sell bacon bits in any form, that I can find. Which is strange for a country that loves their bacon so much. So if you’ll excuse me, I have to go fry up some bits of bacon to make my own.