Yes, we are back to this! Remember?
Freya (also) asked:
Oh and, what was your favourite random or unexpected thing about your time in the UK?
(the hotel we stayed in- the Marriott West India Quay in Canary Wharf, London)
The thing that surprises me the most about my travels this past year is how much is the SAME everywhere I go!
Even there in London, people were having fights, having babies, complaining about their jobs, everything.
Of course I wanted to shout- “How can you be having job problems! Look! You are in LONDON!! There’s Big Ben for pete’s sake!”
But that probably means that some of you would see me scowling, dragging two crying kids away from the grocery store and you would say, “CAITLIN! You can see the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING right there! It’s New York CITY!”
(yes, I can see the empire state building from my grocery store. And Harlem from my dry cleaners)
The point is that people are living their lives all over the world! Kind of makes me, my computer, and my bowl of Cocoa Krispies (don’t tell Joseph) feel insignificant!
So, overall, I guess what was the most unexpected about the UK was how much it felt like here.
Here, but with much better tea.
On a much smaller level, other surprises included:
1) Much less garbage cans available on the street/in parks.
2) LOTS of smokers!
3) The teenagers didn’t look all thug-ish! It seemed that they all had on proper pants that fit around the waist, vests, nice shirts, and the like. Quite Refreshing.
4) “Mushy peas” served with fish and chips. AND the fact that I found them DELIGHTFUL.