I learned a few things about Ireland along the way, not always willingly though. Some of these things I would have liked to know beforehand so here you are. If you decide to go I suggest you print this out and take it with you as a reference guide.
- Money – for us it was $1.44 for every 1 euro, that meant if you divide what you are buying by 1/2 and add that to the total that is about what it cost. Like something that is 5 euros is closer to $7.50. Something that is 100 euros is closer to $150 :what: Be careful where you eat and what you buy and bring whatever you can with you.
- Dinner – it’s not served until 6pm, everywhere.
- Time – it’s in military time.
- Coffee – They only serve milk with coffee not cream. Manly Man asked for cream once and they looked at him weird :eyebrow:
- Bread – Most bread you will get is this hearty brown bread.
- Dairy – All dairy is really heavy and fatty and delicious. Make sure to try the butter and the yogurt.
- Miles – They use Kilometers not miles.
- Speed – Even small, narrow roads with no shoulders on big cliffs are 100 Kilometers an hour (that’s 60 mph).
- Recycling – They are all big on recycling, it’s everywhere.
- Tipping – We read that you don’t tip bartenders and the menus should say if the tip is included but we were never quite sure so we tipped separately as best we could.
- Sites – Avoid most tourist spots, just drive around and stop when you see something you like.
- Saturdays – Everything in Dublin closes by 7pm, except pubs.
- Parking – Make sure you check to see if it’s paid parking, we made that mistake.
- Breakfast – Mostly eggs, bacon, sausage, boiled tomato and Corn Flakes.
- Lost – When you are lost don’t go to gas stations, go to pubs to ask for help.
- Road Signs – Aren’t really very helpful or there just aren’t enough of them when you need it.
- Mondays – Everything seems to be closed, no idea why.
- Exit Signs – They look like this, or at least I believe these are exit signs.
- Diverse – So many different kinds of people, we saw people from Polland, Germany, Australia and a lot of other places.
- Friendly – They are usually pretty friendly when you approach them but they hardly ever will approach you. We are both pretty shy so that led to very few conversations.