Being a Brit in the States, everything seems the same but a little bit different. And any time something about England or the UK appears in an article on Facebook, I have on average 3 separate people send it to me. Yesterday I got sent this Buzzfeed article profiling an American man (Scott Waters) who visited England and then posted his observations on Facebook. It was an amusing read, so be sure to check it out before you read my response from the opposite perspective.
- Being surrounded by “Floridians” sounds like some kind of toothpaste (although that might explain how everyone’s teeth are so white).
- Ordering a tea gives you some sweet soda drink, absolutely nothing like the comforting beverage you’re used to.
- They drive on the wrong side of the road, so when crossing the road, look left first.
- Plus, the cars have no front number plates (sorry, license plates).
- Talking about football here is a very different concept as compared to the UK. I’ve been to three games and I still don’t understand what a quarterback does.
- School pride is ridiculously big thing, and being an alumni is a badge of honour. The Swamp (the football stadium) seats over 90,000 people, and it’s packed for every home game.
- Toilet stalls aren’t very private and are raised about two feet off the floor.
- The funniest difference in pronunciation so far: buoy. Where we say “boy”, they say “boo-ee”
- Everything is open until past 10PM. It’s awesome.
- Everything is HUGE. Distance between buildings, campus, cars, roads, buildings, portions.
- The pavements here are as big as some of our roads. Crazy.
- Ladies night (or ladies drinking free) is a thing, and makes me love that I’m 21 and alcohol is legal.
- Air-con is everywhere (thank goodness).
- The fact you have to leave a tip and pay more at the till because of tax STILL confuses me.
- I didn’t realise I used as many clichés on a day to day basis as I actually do.
- Asking where the loo is prompts a lot of amusement. As does saying you want to treat yourself to a doughnut for pudding.
- Radio isn’t as much of a thing here, except for country stations. I miss Gem 106 (if you’re in Leicester tune in. You won’t regret it).
- U.S. dollars are so strange, and spending them makes me think I’m using Monopoly money.
- Dimes are 10 cent coins but they’re smaller in size than the 5’s. Come on America!
- Cider isn’t alcoholic, but you can get lemonade that is.
- Using “cheers” as a synonym for “thank you” is misunderstood and mercilessly mocked.
- Catching the bus isn’t a case of standing at the bus stop and hoping one will arrive on time. They’re on schedule, and there’s even an app to track them.
- Drinks always come with ice. And free refills when you eat out, whether you ask for them or not.
Has anyone else been to America and got anything else to add?
Until next time, readers!