Only in England (2)

A gray and rainy day, perfect to write a blog. It would be even more perfect if the heating would working properly. We’re working on this issue since middle of September, everyone involved is really friendly, helpful and experts. Everyone promises to take care of it in first priority… and now three months later we have made one step forward, two steps back and one and a half to the side. But there’s a light on the horizon, yes you need patience and a good sense of humor to live in England. What am I complaining, we have such lovely and warm weather this year, why using the heating yet?

Everyone that kens me well know that a hairdryer is a important tool for me. It not only drys and styles my hair but also keeps me warm in a cold bathroom or it brings my fingers back to normal when they turned white. And where does you normally dry your hair? In the bathroom, right? And there we have another curiosity from England: you can’t find a electrical socket in the bathroom except the one for the shavers. I know a hairdryer and water together can be dangerous and in the olden days they used fuse wires and and and but hello, things have changed and I’m not sure that using an extension cord is less dangerous: you can break a leg while falling over the huge plug and drying your hair with one of this fancy light hairdryers but a heavy plug on the end because of the extension can bring painful tension in your arm an back!!

Did you played the smarties game when you were a child? My sister and I played it for hours, eating smarties with closed eyes and trying to find out what color we have in our mouth. It never really worked out but since I live in England I can at least spot the orange ones, yes they really taste like orange here!!

Throughout its history, the United Kingdom has been a a major source of all kind of music: classical, folk, pop, funk, rock. Just to bring back memories: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Black Sabbath, Elton John, Queen, Blur, The Cure, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Police, Genesis, Sex Pistols, Simple Minds, Arctic Monkeys, Supertramp, Kate Bush, Sting, Muse, George Michael, Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Jimmy Page, the list is endless and the United Kingdom has still one of the world’s largest music industries but did you ever listen to a British radio station? On average I spend two to three hours in my car a day (school, sport practice, shopping) and at the moment they maltreat me with four times A Million Dreams, four times Shallow, fifty times Christmas songs (I wasn’t aware that there are soooo many Christmas songs) and a bit Woman Like Me, Hold My Girl, Shotgun and Childern from Robert Miles. As if they have no selection apart from the Christmas songs…

As a Swiss I know where the best chocolate is come from but believe it or not in England you’re not really missing Swiss chocolate: a wedge of Terry’s orange, a bunch of Cadbury roses, an airy Galaxy ripple, the Chanel fragrances of confectionary!

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Let’s end with a bit Shakespeare, cheers!!

One thought on “Only in England (2)

  1. This brings back fond memories from when I was a kid and we lived in the U.K. for a couple years with my family. We were utterly confused about the bathrooms and I remember a neighbor coming to visit, seeing the extension cords running into the loo, and getting very agitated about the hazard we were creating. Those are the types of fun cultural differences I enjoy. Going through much the same as a new expat in New Dehli. Many strange customs to learn and it’s kind of fun to feel like a child again, exploring your new world for the first time. I wish you the best of luck!


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