Things America Does Differently According to a Brit.
By lmgeorge92 on June 30, 2014
So I have just two days left in America.. my flight is 6pm tomorrow night! Wahhhh.
In the past 3 weeks I've noticed a few different things when I compare America to England, this is not to say one option is better than the other! They're just observations:
1. The ChaCha Slide
I mention this here. I didn't think it was possible to do a song, with instructions, differently! But... in America you turn around after each ChaCha. Which completely confused me at the wedding.
Again, so confused!! A few days in to arriving in America we went to a party and I was offered a shot.. sure! But then I was asked what I wanted with it. Pardon? What? Here's the difference: in England we just do a shot straight.. in America, they chase it! For the record.. I had a cinnamon vodka shot and because it was horrible.. I chased it with pepsi.
First of all, I shouldn't even be referring to them as a toilet. I know, it's a restroom. But they're sooo low. It took me a little while to figure this out. Also, they use soooo much water.
4. Petrol Stations
I feel like I'm going to mention that I was confused a lot. I was pretty confused when Kate pulled up at a petrol (gas) station, put the pump in and then walked off to the kiosk. I only realised when I looked at the pump that it was STILL pumping, without Kate even being there. Genius.
Three visits to the US and I STILL get confused by sales tax. I have my money ready to pay... say something is $4.99 and I have as $5 note and then sales tax gets added on and I have to root through my purse again. What is that about? I'm pretty sure America is the only place like this.
This is not to say we don't tip. I love tipping! In fact I get annoyed when we go out with a group of friends and people just put coppers as a tip, so wrong! But tipping here is HUGE and expected regardless of service. Plus I still don't know what the rule is so I just have to pick a few dollars and hope for the best!
7. Church Adverts
Especially on the radio?? In NC we heard one that was like "it is not a coincidence that you're hearing this advert... this is God!" Bizarre!
Well... that's my list... but here is someone else compilation: 15 Odd Things About America
*Something that isn't different!*
This is a genuine conversation I had with someone:
Guy: Do you like our milk?"
Guy: "Do you like that it's not on shelves? Because yours is on shelves isn't it?"
Me: "In the fridges? Yea... "
Guy: "Oh maybe I'm thinking of Germany... They only have powdered milk don't they? Do you have milk like us?
Me & Kate: Yea the milk is the same in the UK. and pretty sure it is in Germany too.
The same person then continued to ask me questions based on what he "knew" about Germany and his understanding of British culture from watching Harry Potter. Cringe.
Until next time....
Originally published on Laura M George