Only in England (1)

Following my first experiences with the habits and peculiarities of the Brits, some of them made me laugh, some of them leave a bitter taste and some of them are truly unique…

I already knew that there are dog shelters that take care of straying or unwanted dogs but I think the U.K. is the only country that has everywhere notifications that are looking for people who like to take care of a retired greyhound. They don’t need a lot of exercise, are low in maintenance and terrific family pets. Let me know, if you’re interested, they have here thousands available…

If you don’t need to open a bank account, just leave it! It took me a month to get one and it will take me another three months to get a credit card. The Brits show you how to safe money…

They love to talk about the weather, everywhere and with everyone. Sun is not like sun and rain is not like rain. There are lots of different expression: There’s drizzle of course (not really rain for the Brits and not really a reason to open the brollie or putting the hoodie up) but there’s tippling down, pelting down, raining cats and dogs, littering down, siling down, plottering down, raining stair rods or raining like a cow relieving itself. Good thing about: perfect time for coffee (sorry tea) and a piece of cake (yep, they can bake here), a drink in the nearby pub or the perfect excuse to stay home to open a bottle and watch a movie. The relief of a cow can be quite lovely.

And when the sun’s out it’s a whole new world. Shorts and skirts are getting really short, either you ignore sun cream completely or you can never apply enough, grills are dusted, BBQ smell everywhere, picnic basket are filled up, picnic blankets are shaked off and nobody cares that it’s only 17 degrees. The British love a lovely summer day!

The traffic into Cambridge in the morning is horrible (to be honest in the evening and during the day too). I already found a shortcut from Leonies to Joelles school. The two buildings are 6 miles apart and with this shortcut it only takes me 20 minutes during the morning traffic. But I’m normally completely done after this ride, it’s like a trip on a fast rollercoaster, the streets are unbelievable narrow (6 feet more or less for two way traffic), have hedges on both sides and the cars are passing you with 60 miles per hour. And if you’re listening to the news they’re not really good drivers… A bit extra work for our guardian angel!

Another thing about the behavior of the Brits in traffic. They like to park their cars everywhere, preferably on the edge of one of this narrow streets… I know the Swiss spend a ridiculous amount of money to make their streets and neighborhood zones more safety with more or less good looking obstacles that should slow down the traffic. My British advice: just park your cars on the streets. It slows down the traffic and it solves the parking problems…

Not to mention that what a Brit says and what they actually mean can be two totally different things. There is a hidden meaning behind “I’m not too bad”‘ “I might join you later” or “I don’t mind”…

Oh, do you know what custard is and have you ever tried it? It’s based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk. You can use it for desserts, pastries or eat it together with fruits or simply plain, yummy!!!

And last but not least they start swim training at 5:30 on Saturday mornings, lovely isn’t it? Cheers!

One thought on “Only in England (1)

  1. You’re learning British life fast! Love it!😂🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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