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6 Things You Should Know Before Coming To England

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,Β 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! πŸ™‚ ]

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.Β 

 

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! πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ˜‰

 

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 saidΒ “you don’t add milk??”, I felt quite observed and judged – in a joking way of courseΒ – and bashfully answeredΒ “well, we don’t really do it in Italy and actually I’m lactose intolerant”. TheyΒ “excused” me just because of the intoleranceΒ πŸ˜‚ 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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73 Comments

  • Reply themessybrunette

    A bit like Ireland ! Howya or well means hello here !

    24/05/2016 at 9:00
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Ahh interesting, I didn’t know!! Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

      24/05/2016 at 9:02
  • Reply suzyjbarker

    These are all lovely little English nuances I’ll agree. And I can imagine that these things pose a mystery to a visitor. Sounds like you are settling in.

    24/05/2016 at 9:02
  • Reply Nicky M

    I love your take on our ‘weirdness’ – these things are just second nature to me, I’d probably feel the same if I moved abroad. Great observations, made me chuckle πŸ™‚

    24/05/2016 at 9:04
  • Reply alexgettinglost

    I love this! They are all so true πŸ˜‚ Especially thanking the bus driver: i do this in other countries as I’m English and everyone is always confused as to why I say that. Great post πŸ™‚

    Alex xx
    http://www.alexgettinglost.com

    24/05/2016 at 9:19
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Hahaha happy you can relate!! Yes I have to say that that’s quite confusingπŸ˜‚ thanks for reading!

      24/05/2016 at 9:28
  • Reply danniijane

    I really enjoyed this post. I live in London and all the things you noted are true☺ x

    24/05/2016 at 9:23
  • Reply Jenny Stephens

    Love this, especially the ‘Are you alright?’ questions, which gets me every time!

    24/05/2016 at 10:01
  • Reply michaelamanningtravel

    I love posts like this – I have lived in England all my life and love our little quirks! πŸ™‚

    24/05/2016 at 10:29
  • Reply alicerambles

    This post made me chuckle, especially because my boyfriend’s from Italy and he always complains about the same things! He’s just about got the hang of the ‘alright?’ thing and queueing, but he moans about the weather all the time, and still takes his tea black πŸ˜‚ I hope you enjoy being here, despite all our weird English way! Great post xxx

    24/05/2016 at 10:42
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Hahaha I totally feel him!! But yes, despite this(and I mean, not that these are negative things!!) I’m really enjoying my stay! Thank you for read and for the nice comment Alice πŸ™‚

      24/05/2016 at 10:49
      • Reply alicerambles

        No problem, glad you’re enjoying your visit πŸ™‚ x

        24/05/2016 at 10:50
  • Reply sileas

    Haha that’s a cute list! Reminds me of Australia except for the bad weather part πŸ˜‰

    24/05/2016 at 12:01
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Ohhhh yes the weather is definitely not the same! πŸ™‚ thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 0:53
  • Reply OrganicIsBeautiful

    Great post xx

    Sabrina || http://www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

    24/05/2016 at 12:01
  • Reply Lucia R

    I laughed so hard when you said that Italians and queues don’t really match. So so so so true!

    24/05/2016 at 13:46
  • Reply Giulia

    How much queues are respected in England is striking. I remember visiting the Albert & Victoria Museum and going to the restroom and I was pretty shellshocked how polite everyone was to each other! It’s definitely not like that in France either ahah πŸ™‚

    Enjoyed this post! x

    24/05/2016 at 16:34
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Yes right?? Glad you could relate and thank you for the comment! πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 0:56
      • Reply Giulia

        No problem πŸ™‚ x

        25/05/2016 at 0:58
  • Reply Lenah 🎢

    I’m not from England and I think it’s so weird people have never tried or even added milk into their tea πŸ˜‚

    24/05/2016 at 17:02
  • Reply Angie

    Numbers 1, 4, and 5 are like Americans in the US. I’ve visited England twice before and love it. I got rained on the first time, but the second time the weather was gorgeous in the fall. I will be heading to live there at the end of July for 6 months, so I’m sure I will experience the real England weather. I will be visiting Ireland in August, and I hope for some decent weather, but I heard to prepared for everything there. Overall, I like the British. I think they’re funny and enjoy their quirks.

    24/05/2016 at 17:44
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Ahhh yes it really depends on the period! These days for example the weather is super nice!! πŸ™‚ unfortunately I had a really bad weather experience in Ireland when I went there 2 weeks ago but hopefully during summer it’s better! (it’s still a great country though! :)) good luck with your trip it will definitely be a memorable experience!!!

      25/05/2016 at 1:01
      • Reply Angie

        Thanks! I’m looking forward to it. Btw, just curious … what part of England are you living in?

        25/05/2016 at 1:17
        • Reply fromdreamtoplan

          I’m living in Nottingham right now! But from September I’ll be staying in London πŸ™‚

          25/05/2016 at 6:18
          • Angie

            Nice!

            25/05/2016 at 17:55
  • Reply Suvi

    What an interesting post! I find that in the US people also ask you how you are doing but they aren’t actually interested. I was also baffled at first but then I understood that the best way to answer is just say hi, how are you back πŸ˜‰ We Finns think that if you say something you really mean it, so this really could result in embarrassing moments when the Finn goes on and on about their day and health!!! LOL.

    I really cannot take milk in my tea. In Kenya they really thought I was weird, as they see that only the poor would drink tea without milk.

    24/05/2016 at 19:44
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Yes I am totally like you: when I say a thing, especially if I ask how are you, I really mean it! πŸ˜€
      And yeah totally feel you also for the milk! Didn’t know that also in Kenya they used it in their tea! That’s interesting! Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ˜‰

      25/05/2016 at 6:08
  • Reply The Average Gurl

    I live in England and all of these are normal to me. Hope it didn’t make you uncomfortable in some situations. Hope your finding England a nice place to stay in xx

    24/05/2016 at 19:55
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Nooo not at all! Just some funny weird-moments but now I know hoe it works and I really enjoy staying here!!! It’s a great country! πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 6:10
  • Reply Mani (A New Life Wandering)

    I loved this! I lived in London for a year but I don’t remember being asked “are you alright?” much haha. But I wouldn’t know it is rhetorical, so that’s good to know.

    24/05/2016 at 20:30
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Glad you liked it! Yeah in London it’s a bit different, I think because it’s a very multicultural city! πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 6:12
  • Reply leonimenday

    hahahah this totally cheered up my bad mood- I agree with everything on here, especially the weather one!

    24/05/2016 at 21:21
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Ahhh I’m happy to read this! Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 6:12
  • Reply Wendy

    As an English born and bred resident this made me laugh as it’s just so true. Try and push infront of me in a queue and you definitely know about it! haha lol. x

    24/05/2016 at 22:04
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Hahahaha πŸ™‚ happy you liked it! Thanks for reading Wendy πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 6:14
  • Reply lizzysweeklyblogs

    Love this post. Makes me chuckle. Didn’t realise how annoying we are hehe.

    24/05/2016 at 23:15
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Nooo at all!! Just funny for me that I’m not used to some of the things listed but now I know and I’m totally fine!! I love England πŸ™‚ thank you for reading πŸ™‚

      25/05/2016 at 6:15
  • Reply Jessica Adam

    Funny. If I ever get there, these are good to know. πŸ™‚

    24/05/2016 at 23:57
  • Reply Gameplan Happily Ever After

    Ha ha πŸ˜€ this is a great post πŸ˜€ I am sure if someone asked me “Are you alright”, I might start blabbering away too πŸ˜›

    25/05/2016 at 1:20
  • Reply madelinejrose

    These are good things to know! I’ve always wanted to visit England… πŸ™‚

    25/05/2016 at 22:13
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Happy to help πŸ˜€ hopefully you’ll go there soon! It’s a beautiful country!

      25/05/2016 at 23:14
  • Reply tayonthemove

    Lol, really enjoyed this post!

    26/05/2016 at 5:32
  • Reply jennymarie4

    Love this post!! I traveled to England for the first time last fall. It was beautiful and amazing. You are spot on with what you said 😊 I thought the very same things, especially the first one! Nice to connect with you, I look forward to your posts! Jenny

    26/05/2016 at 6:16
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad you could relate Jenny! Thank you for the nice comment πŸ™‚

      26/05/2016 at 7:42
  • Reply Amanda Afield

    It took a long time for me to respond correctly to ‘you alright?’ πŸ™‚ and now I always thank the bus driver!

    26/05/2016 at 7:50
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      hahah yes I totally feel you!! But well now we can say we act like real English people πŸ™‚

      26/05/2016 at 11:18
  • Reply AlifyaLifestyle

    Haha loved reading through this!! Have never been to England but really want to!! πŸ™‚

    https://alifyalifestyle.com/

    27/05/2016 at 1:08
    • Reply fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you! Hope you’ll get there soon, it’s a wonderful country πŸ™‚

      27/05/2016 at 8:16
  • Reply Nicky

    Hey lovely, trying to leave you a comment to let you know I’ve mentioned you in a post But computer not playing ball today – so either, I’ve left you no comment or you have loads of the same comment as I repeatedly hit send!!!!!!!
    Trying one last time as I want you to see it https://theshimmerwithinher.com/2016/06/09/another-awesome-award/ πŸ™‚

    09/06/2016 at 7:34
    • Reply Lisa Tiranti

      Hi Nicky! Thank you very much! πŸ™‚ I will check it immediately, sorry for the late response but I had problems with my laptop and couldn’t see the comments!

      14/06/2016 at 20:50
  • Reply Jey

    Hi Lisa,

    What a great blog you have!! Just like me I’m a versatile person who is passionate about more than 1 thing so that’s what my blog is about , inlcuding traveling.
    I wasn’t able to comment on your about pages, because there was no comment section there.
    I wish you all the best in your blogging journey and I will be following you also! xo – Jey.

    14/06/2016 at 17:28
    • Reply Lisa Tiranti

      Thank you very much Jey for stopping by and for leaving this nice comment! I’m glad we connected! πŸ™‚

      14/06/2016 at 20:43
  • Reply Roberta Pimentel

    I have never been in England yet, so thanks for the tips πŸ™‚
    I love you blog style by the way!
    Cheers!

    16/06/2016 at 22:03
    • Reply Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you very much Roberta for stopping by! And thank you for the nice comment πŸ™‚

      16/06/2016 at 22:12
  • Reply Fernanda Guevara

    Loved it! Although I have never traveled to Europe I believe this is always good to know and handy, as well as interesting. Have been through your blog, and I think it’s beautiful, the categories, the content, the pictures! πŸ’œ

    18/06/2016 at 9:44
  • Reply Chey

    I am planning on studying abroad in England in a year or so, so this post was very helpful! Do you have any other tips for traveling in England, or just tips on traveling in general? Needless to say I am a tad nervous about living in a completely new country so any tips would be helpful! πŸ™‚

    Chey | http://www.thebolyngirl.wordpress.com

    01/07/2016 at 18:14
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Hi Chey! Oh wow, it will definitely be an awesome experience!
      Where are you going to study and what? I’m doing my bachelor in London and despite the fact that it’s soo expensive. it’s really cool! Despite this I do think that London do not represent a normal English city, I also lived 5 months in Nottingham which is still a quite big city but way less busier and easier to move around…I really enjoyed! Plus,uni cities in the UK such as Coventry or Sheffield are really well organised for students!
      And don’t worry, I totally feel you! It’s normal to be scared and nervous! I have a section called “expat thoughts” which might be interesting for you πŸ™‚ Please let me know if you need help, I’m more than welcome to help you!

      01/07/2016 at 22:02
  • Reply Emma

    I was born in England and I’ve never lived anywhere else, but the “all right?” greeting still confounds me! It’s the first thing my carers say when they walk in, and I catch myself answering seriously (or jokingly “no, I’m half left” because I have the maturity of a child XD) before I realise it’s not actually a real question.

    I love “cheers”, though. It’s probably one of our weirder quirks but it’s kind of cute and is somehow more meaningful but also less sincere than a simple “thanks”.

    09/07/2016 at 15:47
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Hahaha okay that’s kind of a relief hearing that also English people have problem with that! πŸ˜€
      And I totally agree with your thought on “cheers” πŸ™‚

      12/07/2016 at 14:21
  • Reply Johanna

    I love these! They’re all so true! I remember the first time I went to London and wanted to get on one of the double deckers – there wasn’t a visual queue, but apparently everyone else knew exactly who’d arrived at the bus stop first, second, third, etc. and formed an orderly queue when the bus arrived. I got the worst few looks when I almost “cut” in line…! Never again! πŸ˜‰

    11/07/2016 at 23:30
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