Things I’ve learned – the Nov. 26th edition

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.