Things You Won’t See in the States

300px-Red_Public_Phone_Boxes_-_Covent_Garden,_London,_England_-_Thursday_September_Thirteenth_2007The U.S. and the U.K. share a lot of things–a common language (mostly), part of a shared history, slang, music and entertainment, most large companies. But then there are moments where you see something you never saw stateside, and you realize you’re in a totally different place now. Things like:

Someone unicycling up Inverleith Terrace in the morning (not that there probably aren’t people unicycling in cities in the U.S., but I’ve never seen one

Roomy cabs driven by people who aren’t on the phone all the time

Bagpipers playing the Star Wars theme and We Will Rock You (you’d be surprised how well both those songs work on the bagpipe)

Cheap candies all flavoured with actual fruit

Wellies as fashion statements, even on sunny days

Clotted cream ice cream from Devon

Actual castles in the middle of bustling towns and cities

A man in a sweatshirt, work boots, and a khaki kilt just chilling with friends at a pub

Red phone boxes that people are fiercely proud of and will actually protect

Major museums with free admission (and by that I mean–all the major museums are free)

Pudding bowls for sale in every cookery store

Heated towel racks in every residential bathroom

Teeny tiny combination washer/dryers in your flat

This is an incomplete list I’m sure I’ll be adding to, but in the meantime, feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

And just in case you didn’t believe what I said about We Will Rock You working on the bagpipes…



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