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:
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!
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.
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.