Oh so subtle differences

Oh so subtle differences


Brits
Drive and walk on left hand side of the road or street or stairs.

Yanks
Do so the same as above but on the right side which resulted in me colliding with locals on every turn. It is so bad, that the Brits have kindly written “look right” or “look left” at every intersection. It is called right for a reason, right? Not according to that double decker that nearly took me out.

Brits
Like their beer, ale, lager, cider served at room temperature but on occasion it does arrive a bit frosty because the pub temperature is chilly too. Wear your best woollies while visiting in winter.

Yanks
I don’t know what that is we are drinking but it isn’t Bud lite but is cold.

Brits
Have so many doors in their flats and restaurants. There are at least two doors to get in and then another after that to our final destination. Maybe to keep the cold air out? They also like to use an abundance of wooden door stops. I stubbed my toe on these several times.

Yanks
Believe in the open concept.

Brits
Like small round knobs and lots of switches for turning on and off the electricity.

Yanks
We just leave everything in the “on” position.

Brits
Eat biscuits and nibbles

Yanks
Eat cookies and snacks

Brits
Mind the gap

Yanks
What gap?

Brits
Give way

Yanks
Yield

Brits
Wear boots and scarves out of necessity from the wet and muck

Texans
Cuz they look good

Brit
Drink water in moderation when requested only

Yanks
By the slushy gallon

Brits
Polite and friendly and call each other mate or chap and greet one another with a robust “cheers”

Yank
Friendly and a bit too loud — we love to be recognized and noticed and the Brits understand this and do it well. Thanks for a great week and to the London mayor for a great fireworks show.

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