A few of these apply to the UK and English culture as a whole. Basically what I’m trying to say is, it’s awesome. And sometimes, the grass really IS greener on the other side.
- There is NEVER nothing to do. Ever.
- The Oyster card. I wish public transportation was as easy as one oyster card for the entire world.
- The pub culture. None of this couple-of-drinks-and-I’m-going-home thing that happens all too often in North America. It’s just down right fun to be had and nobody wants to leave anytime soon.There’s also no next-day awkwardness because everybody was in the same boat and it doesn’t get brought up again.
- Christmas. The entire office is closed between December 23rd and January 3rd, and it doesn’t count towards your paid vacation days. I KNOW. CRAZY TALK.
- Work vacation days. The minimum amount of paid vacation is five weeks. FIVE!
- History. It’s pretty darn cool that the majority of everything around you is older than your mind can even concieve the thought of.
- Over 8 million people. To some that sounds frightening. To us single girls out there, it means there’s plenty more fish in the sea.
- Shopping. Self-explanatory really. From high end designer boutiques to the much more affordable markets, there’s no shortage of selection and places to spend your hard earned pound sterling.
- Mobile communication. I pay £15/month for unlimited data, 3000 texts, and 300 minutes on my iPhone 4. I used to pay $90 for much less in Canada.
- The people. Everyone I have met so far is so open and happy. They generally want to have a good time and you’re more than welcome to join them.
*For the geeks out there like me, I DID enter this as an ordered list in HTML but for some reason the CSS on this ready-made blog that I’m using (because I’m too busy/lazy to do one myself) is buggered up and silly. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to doing a new website…