June 28th, 2012
This should come as no surprise but while I’ve been in England, I’ve noticed some unusual differences between the States and here. And driving on the opposite side of the road isn’t one of them.
- The Brits don’t have much American junk food and what they do have, the have to pay an arm and a leg for. $14 for a box of Lucky Charms? You wouldn’t pay more than $5 in the States. Then again, Lucky Charms and all other American junk food is imported and therefore, more expensive.
- For the first time in my life, I’m ahead of the technological curve. Usually I’m months, if not years, behind on the latest technology (have, and still use, an ipod video) but the Kindle Fire has yet to reach British shelves, as I found out yesterday. So me reading on my Kindle Fire in the lobby yesterday came as a bit of a shock to the hotel worker who asked me about it.
- Different words for different things. Here’s the short list (British word on left): Chips=fries, crisps=chips, pants=underwear, trousers=pants and petrol=gasoline
- Breakfast standard includes sauteed mushrooms
- British yogurt is thinner than yogurt in the US. (there’s also an added “h” in the spelling making it yoghurt)
- Happiness and frustration during a football match are vocalized by very similar groans and moans from the crowd watching.
- The Brits aren’t big on AC. In fact, if it’s too hot, you have to open a window to get some air flow.
I think that’s it so far. I’ll add more if I think of any.