Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Ten reminders of what living in the UK is really like
1. Being plied with cups of tea for any remotely plausible reason.
2. Being able to get virtually anywhere on public transportation.
3. The prohibitive cost of almost everything. (The equivalent of $36 for a train ticket to travel less than 60 miles—one way?)
4. Bourneville chocolate.
5. Going to the pub.
6. Anonymous intimacy (everyone is so packed in together that you can see into people’s front rooms and overhear their business when out and about, but we all pretend otherwise).
7. Walkers Thai sweet chili crisps.
8. Determining where UK popular culture overlaps with (as well as completely diverges from) the US equivalent. Can be observed by watching television, listening to the radio, browsing in bookstores, or checking film listings. Very difficult to discern a pattern.
9. Customer service—or complete lack thereof.
10. The weather. 'Nuff said.