Posted by: mdmusingsie | May 11, 2010

Fun Facts

There is rarely a problem with missing or relocated shopping carts in Ireland. Why? Because you have to put in either a €1 or €2 coin to get one in the first place. They are chained together and to release one you have to insert a coin. You get your coin back when you return the cart and chain it back to the others or to the cart stand. I’ll bet that cuts down tremendously on dings to your car by errant carts.

It’s just after 10 pm and there is still a touch of light in the sky. The latitude of Portland, OR is approx 45 degrees N; whereas the latitude of Galway, IE is approx 53 degrees N. The sunset time is 8:30 pm for Portland on May 11, 2010 and for Galway it’s 9:23 pm – almost an hour longer. It reaches as late as 10:00 pm on June 22 in Ireland with an approx 17 hour day and the shortest day is approx 7 ½ hrs on Dec 22. Conversely, for Portland the longest day is 15 ½ hrs with the sun setting at the latest about 9:00 pm and the shortest day is 8 ¾ hrs.

I was doing some research on driver’s license and there a number of countries that you can exchange your existing license for an Irish one, but the United States isn’t one of them. It does include countries like Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland and Australia (it also includes Jersey, but unfortunately that’s not the same as the slang term for the US state). In the UK this list includes Canada but yet again, not the US. That means starting over from scratch, taking the written test, driving test, etc. Just another in a long list of “challenges” to consider.

Newest thing I can’t find:
Macaroni and Cheese – I did find some in a can, but that really doesn’t count. American children (and some adults) would starve to death over here without Kraft Mac and Cheese. Looks like I’m actually going to have to cook, again, while I’m here!


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