Prices in Dublin are about the same as Manhattan, New York City. I guess my "global purchasing power" is holding up, as far as Europe goes. I did not go into the countryside or any small towns, hence no data on those prices vs. US small towns.
Newspapers and TV in Ireland had enormous coverage of the bin Laden operation. The comedians were hilarious in joking about the changing US "story" of the details, etc.
From several books I read as backup for the trip, old Irish society structures were much like the old social structure of India with various "castes" and a strong intellectual class. The writer thought that was related to both being on the outer fringe of the Indo-European expansion across Eurasia.
I ordered some books on the Irish language, thinking that I will learn how it is pronounced and the basic grammar. Irish is reported to be quite difficult, but how hard can it be compared to Polish?
In the 7th and 8th centuries, Irish culture was the intellectual pinnacle of western and north central Europe. Irish monks spread over Europere, taking much knowledge and learning skills along that provided a seed for Charlemagne's later efforts.
My language program will be re-started after a year's respite. The goal is literacy, not fluency, in all the great languages of Europe. My grey cells need more stimulation.
I will include Irish now, too, as the Celtic cultures had huge impact on Europe over the centuries.
Word of the Day
"Torpid" - adjective [$10] from Hawthorne's, "The Scarlet Letter". Also "Torpor" - noun [$10] and "Torpefy" - verb, transitive [$10]
Torpid means 1. sluggish, inactive, dull, apathetic; 2. numb; 3. (of a hibernating animal) dormant.
Torpor means torpidity.
Torpefy means to make numb or torbid.
Sentence: A torpid mind is a wasted mind. Use your head!