A Wee Note

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Aug 09, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Monday, August 3, 2009

Things we have noticed since being in the United Kingdom and Ireland: (Bekah is writing this blog)

-Bacon is not the same. It is about three inches wide and 5-6 inches long and tastes pretty similar to ham.

-No two showers are the same and they either have no pressure or way, way too much. This morning we had to ask the owners of our B & B to help us because we couldn't get the water to come on. Apparently you have to pull a string that looks like a pull cord for a light in order for the shower to have water. Go figure.

- The sinks and toilets are different. The hot and cold rarely come out of the same faucet. The faucet's stick out into the sink about an inch and I believe you are supposed to fill the basin and then wash but I personally think that is gross. They also don't believe in paper sanitary toilet seat covers. Also, according to Scott, most of the bathrooms are way too small. You shouldn't have to stand at an angle in order to hit the toilet without hitting your butt on the sink behind you.

-If you want to have any type of vegetation on your sandwich than you better ask for salad.  For example "Chicken Salad" does not mean chicken mixed with mayonnaise and nuts and onions, etc., it means chicken with lettuce, tomatoes and if your lucky, cucumbers.

-Turning the lights on involves pushing the switch down, not up. All electrical outlets have fuse switches next to them which also need to be pushed down for the outlet to work. Also, in one of our hotels we had to call the front desk because we couldn't get any of the lights to work. The person at the front desk was like 'is the card in the slot?" Scott was like, "What!?!" Apparently you have to stick the key card into a little slot next to the door in order to get the lights to function. "Its an energy conservation tool," according to the front desk worker.  Again, what?

- Driving on the left is the norm but if there is a car parked in the lane you just go around it in the other lane and keep on going. It is not unusual for cars to be parked on both sides of a narrow lane with barely enough room for one car to go through. Apparently you just stick on your flashers and park anywhere you want. Oh yeah, also there are millions of curves too. You are supposed to go 100 km per hour on a street that would be 20 mph or less in the US.

-Fanny pack: Fanny is not a nice term to refer to someone's backside, it means the "v" word for female genitalia.

- On a more serious note, they take their charities very seriously and a lot of money is raised by various charities to help sick children, cancer, lifeboats, etc. It is very nice to see this charitable work all around you in every city we have visited. Also, they care very much for the wellness of the senior citizens. They even post signs where they frequently visit. Please see the picture that illustrates this thoughtful sign.

Lots of Laughter,
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