Irish stew 2007/12/29
Before I forget, some rather scattered mental notes from last week in Ireland.
- Airbus' 330 is the nicest plane I've ever been on.
- The Irish are much less savagely capitalistic than Americans. Case in point, everything was closed on December 26th for St. Steven's Day. Me, I've never heard of it.
- The food is amazing. Stews, gravies, lamb and all came with the typical "Irish flag" plate of carrots, multiple varieties of potatoes and green beans or broccoli.
- Ford Motor Company, for all its shortcomings, is doing surprisingly well in Ireland. Nearly every delivery van, all of the police cars (Garda! and a healthy portion of the citizen cars were Fords.
- Continuing the automotive train of thought, Ford, Mazda, Toyota and Honda all had almost completely different product lines than in the US. I can understand skipping out on the big trucks but they all make some reasonable cars that I can't understand reinventing for Ireland/UK drivers.
- The roads are laid out terribly. They use a white line for both the center divider and lane dividers. Sometimes they're all a single dotted line, meaning you need God, the Pope, Jesus, your navigator and your mother all working together to stay in the right place.
- The speed limit on barely-wide-enough-to-fit-2-cars roads is 100 km/hr. WTF?
- Irish cigarettes bear warnings that do not mess around. The best one: "Smoking kills." I know, pics-or-it-didn't-happen -- coming soon to a Flickr near you.
- The Irish accent is substantially different than the English accent. (Of course I can't provide an example in text.)
- Roundabouts are far more efficient than stoplights.
- It is odd and comforting at the same time to see whole families together in the pub.
- You can always find live music in Temple Bar, Dublin.