We’ve now been here for a couple days now and I’ve already noticed a lot of differences. So, here’s what I’ve noticed so far. I’m sure this list will only grow.
- What they call “winter” consists of 50 degree weather with a good amount of rain and sun. However, there is no snow and it’s not really cold, but they think it is.
- The packages are confusing and hard to open. It took four of us to open some shredded cheese.
- The appliances look like they come from outer space and have symbols that don’t help, but actually make you more confused.
- People said we were going to walk, but holy crap do you walk.
- Public transportation is easier than working the microwave and everyone uses it.
- Everything (except drinks at pubs) is smaller.
- You can constantly find places that were in a Harry Potter movie (see picture of London eye that Voldemort blew up).
- A lot of what they do is grounded in old, old traditions.
- Speaking of old, everything is old. Which means everything catches on fire really easily and is really drafty.
- It’s always humid or moist.
- Barely anyone has guns. Out of 32,000 police officers, 3,000 are permitted to carry guns. We’ve already gotten made fun of by a street performer for Americans being gun-happy.
- Nothing is consistent here. In the U.S. doorknobs, switches, drinking fountains and toilets are all the same. That’s not the case here. They’re all different and challenging to figure out.
- To turn things on you push the switch down.
- There’s no correct side of the sidewalk to walk on, it’s mostly just where ever you’re not going to run into a person.
- Hockey refers to field hockey (yes, apparently that’s a thing), not ice hockey. As a Minnesotan this makes me irrationally frustrated!
- Hulu and Netflix don’t work (this isn’t really a difference, but is sad).
Until I find more to add, cheers!