There are little things that pop into my head when I go back and forth between the US and England. Here are a few of them — and please share any you may have had! (Mine, of course, are affected by the fact that I’ve lived most of my life in Southern California. New Yorkers, for example, will have somewhat different impressions, I am sure.) đź™‚
THINGS I SOMETIMES THINK WHEN I VISIT ENGLAND
1. Wow, things cost so much here! (Especially books, restaurant food, and anything involving transportation!)
2. Everyone walks so much here! I should walk more when I’m at home. I really should. And I will, this time. I will really walk more when I get home.
3. The roads are so narrow! How can those drivers go so fast without constantly scraping things?
4. Okay, I have to change my vocabulary over now so I don’t make mistakes. (Mental reminder: wheat bread = brown bread, water = tap water, gas = petrol, pants = trousers, bathroom or restroom = loo or toilet or ladies’, eggplant = aubergine or courgette, I never can remember which one, the other is rutabaga I think, anyway I don’t like either one so it doesn’t much matter…)
5. Walk faster. Walk faster. You used to know how to walk fast. Come on, it will all come back, right?
THINGS I SOMETIMES THINK WHEN I RETURN TO THE U.S.
1. Wow, things are so cheap here! (Especially produce, gasoline, books, and…everything else, pretty much. Except tea, which is cheaper in England.)
2. Waiters are constantly refilling my water-glass! That’s so cool!
4. Wow, everything’s so big! And so empty! And the sky is so blue!
So, what thoughts have you had upon going to England, and coming back to the US? (Or, if you live in England, upon going to the US, and coming back to England?) All opinions welcome!
Cara King — www.caraking.com
MY LADY GAMESTER — Holt Medallion Finalist for Best Regency of 2005!