Mon. 10.10.05 - Photo of my newly organized closet by Ms. Jen's Nokia 7610.
Sometimes is it the smallest things that make a big difference to make one at home in a new place, or on the contrary, the lack of the smallest things that make life difficult. And sometimes you make a judgement thinking, "Oh, I don't need to bring these, I can buy more for cheap when I get there."
It took me over a week and a half to find hangers for my closet clothes. I left a whole closet of good hangers back in Orange, as I didn't want to try to stuff them into my overly stuffed, heavy bags.
When I arrived in Ireland, I found all kinds of things but it took me time to find where to buy hangers. And then it was 4 (about $5) euros for 5 cheap plastic hangers. 28 euros later, I had enough to hang my clothes and then fold others and stack them at the bottom of the closet. Yikes, $35 for 35 plastic hangers.
There are quite a few things where the prices are equal to what they would be in the States, mostly big ticket electronic goods and textbooks, but for the average product the prices here in Ireland are anywhere from 20% more all the way up to 2 to 3 times as expensive as the same product in California. I knew it would be expensive, but I am having sticker shock on a daily basis.
All my friends who bargain basement shop at Target and Walmart would DIE here. My Irish friends call it the Ripoff Republic.