Seven Things I Struggled With in The UK

So now it is time to talk about the little things I had trouble with in the UK. Of course, I wasn’t there for long. So the deep seeded cultural differences didn’t affect me too much. However, there were a few lil annoyances I had to deal with along the way. In an attempt to keep this post light and positive (cause seriously, there is nothing worth complaining about), I have decided to try gif posting for the very first time. It seems to be the thing to do in the blogosphere. I am a definite amateur, but hey, I’m always up for trying new things:

Washing dishes

In an attempt to save water, Brits wash dishes very differently from Americans. I often saw dishes rinsed and covered in soapy suds left to dry on the towel. WHAT! You know that stuff is poison right? Aren’t you supposed to wash it off?

Hot and cold sinks

A lot of the houses are old with older plumbing systems. One thing that was different was having steaming hot water come out of one spout on the sink and freezing cold water splashing out of a spout on the other side of the sink. There is no in between. How to use them? How to make warm water? Dunno, just stand in the bathroom like…

Lack of napkins

I guess they just eat really super duper neat. Often when I was at friend’s houses I was offered food without napkins. Are napkins not a thing over there? My friend who visited Germany said that she had a problem finding napkins there too. I dunno about you, but I rely on mine!

Customer Service

I guess they don’t have as much of a tipping culture there. You don’t get things unless you ask, and even then… don’t count on it. There were a number of occasions where I was quite appalled by the service in restaurants.

Simply put, employees do not feel obligated to pretend they like you just because they are being paid to serve you. Maybe they just weren’t so keen on helping another confused American tourist.

 Bulky electrical outlets

THE PLUGS FOR OUTLETS. Why do they have to be soo huge? Seriously, no other country has such a bulky style. Don’t you think you could have a better way to do it?


And finally, I am not used to using coins for larger amounts of money. Somehow I ended up with a TON of coins in my pockets which made my purse pretty heavy. Wouldn’t bills be easier for everyone?

But for the most part, the UK was an absolutely amazing adventure. I was completely in awe the whole time.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

18 thoughts on “Seven Things I Struggled With in The UK”

  1. OMG. I'm laughing here because this is like 98% normal in Australia and I'm reading this thinking, “Omg, what the heck do you need napkins all the time for and of coooourse that's how you wash dishes.” XD CULTURAL DIFFERENCES ARE FUNNY.


  2. Aw, I'm glad you approve of the GIFS. That is a very interesting point about the coins. I never thought about it like that. Hmm… I'll have to do some research. I am sure I could get to lugging around a 2lb wallet if I had to : )


  3. Cultural differences are hilarious. I really couldn't complain about any of these things. i mostly just chuckled to myself. I did a lot of chuckling to myself while I was traveling.


  4. I'm from Canada and the dishes thing really wierded me out, but I had to laugh at the coins. It seems so normal for me to have one and two dollar coins. I never even thought of them as heavy!

    Also, GIFs were great:)


  5. You know in Scotland we used to have £1 notes. They phased them out and now they’re a collectors item. Everyone is happy to find a £1 note because you can sell them on Ebay!

    I struggle with the plumbing situation too – and I’m a Brit. In our last house there was the exact setting the shower HAD to be on otherwise it was scalding hot or icy cold. And that was a recently built place too – perhaps it’s to build character???


  6. Im from the UK and this blog post made me laugh im used to all this (living in the uk and all) lol but your points are true no need for plugs that big and the tap thing is anoying but its just exspensive to have the one tap thing over hear as its not an english thing and the use of the GIF all Disney made me smile and love to know how to use them 🙂 x x x


  7. I had SUCH a hard time getting used to the hot and cold taps. I became a master at sticking my hands under the cold tap to numb them and then go to the hot tap so I could get warm water to wash my face! Such a struggle! Why can’t they just make one for both hot and cold water?!

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