I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
When I was in England, I noticed many things that were a bit different from things in the States. Here are some of the most noticeable ones:
- Roundabouts everywhere –>> No stop signs: Don’t know how well I’d do driving there..
- No turn on red
- Construction is done at night: Really like the idea behind this because it won’t cause heavy traffic during the day
- No taxes on things (food, groceries, clothes, etc): The price is as you see it. Loved this on the clothing in Minnesota here!
- Drinking age: 18
- Usually no tipping at restaurants
- When done eating, utensils are placed parallel to each other on plate, indicating waiter can take your plate without interrupting conversation: Smart!
- No guns (only in extreme circumstances)
- ID required to buy knives (including kitchen)
- Red telephone booths
- Military time
- Undercover cops are completely undercover: We saw one as a Jeep near Buckingham Palace!
- Free museums!
- Cities are not on a grid pattern, streets are winding and unpredictable
- No deer to jump out at you when you’re driving at night: This was weird because when we did drive at night, I expected us to slow down at times because I felt like a deer could have easily popped out of a hedge right in front of us!
- Not as racist and judgmental: I was surprised to see how many people were accepting to everyone no matter their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. We need more of this in the US.
Another England post will make its way to you next week!