It’s now 4 moths that I live in England, plus, in the past I have been here several times for shorter stays.
During these moths I’m having the opportunity to know the English culture and people a bit better and, as I love travelling, I love noticing the different habits in the country I am.
So, for now these are the facts I pointed out in this wonderful country:
[To all my English followers please notice that everything is said with absolute no intention to offend or criticize, I love living here! 🙂 ]
1 | “ARE YOU ALRIGHT?” IS NOT A REAL QUESITION
Okay, I really wish I could have known this before because it would have avoid many embarrassing moments. So I suggest you to keep this in mind! When you meet a person (colleague, supermarket cashier, random man passing by with his dog…whoever!) it’s usual that they say ” Hi!/Good morning! Are you alright?” . Well, do not waste words dear followers, and just answer Hi or Good morning cause by the time you’ve answered even just a “Yes fine thanks and you?” they are already gone. I figured out that it’s just another informal way of saying hello and being polite (?), no answer expected.
2 | THERE’S ALWAYS AN EXCUSE TO “DRINK SOMETHING”
No matter where you are and what time it is, someone will always be ready to ask you “Do you want to drink something?”. In a working environment or during the day it’s often coffee, tea (can’t blame them for this, the tea here is really good!) or this flavoury fruity water which English people seem to be addicted to. While in the afternoon and evening it’s more beer, of course, or in general alcoholic drinks.
3 | THE WEATHER, OH MAN THE WEATHER!
I wrote a specific post about How To Handle English Weather so I hope this will help you. Plus, after being in Ireland I now strongly believe that Irish weather is even worse so use it as consolation!
But, I have to admit that this last period we have been lucky enough to experience English spring weather, so don’t worry… the sun shines sometimes, maybe after 4 days of stormy and cold weather, but you can see it!
4 | MIND THE QUEUE
Maybe because I do not come from a country where queues are really respected (Italian and queue don’t really match) but, another thing that I noticed here is that, there’s a queue for everything! To get in the bus, to get out of the bus, to get drinks in a bar (even when it’s super busy)… where you couldn’t even think that a queue is possible, well pay attention you could have it behind you! 🙂
5 | GREETINGS TO THE BUS DRIVER
It is considered very very impolite to not thank the bus driver when you get off the bus (except if you’re in London – they don’t really mind there). So pay attention to say ” Thank you”(or “Cheers” as they say here), whenever you get off a bus 😉
6 | IF YOU DON’T ADD MILK TO YOUR TEA, YOU’RE WEIRD
I had already been warned by my English friends about this fact but I didn’t think it was such an issue. The first time I was preparing tea during a break at work, more than one colleague of mine looked at me as I was an alien and said “you don’t add milk??”, I felt quite observed and judged – in a joking way of course – and bashfully answered “well, we don’t really do it in Italy and actually I’m lactose intolerant”. They “excused” me just because of the intolerance 😂 So be prepared dear friends, to avoid any uneasiness moment, if you’re drinking tea with English people, add milk to your tea!
What about you? Have you ever been to England? Which where your cultural impressions?
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