Posted by Laura Parsons on February 2nd, 2016.
Back in 2015 US traveller Scott Walters unwittingly caused quite a stir on social media when he posted a Facebook status listing a stream of witty and random observations about life in the UK.
Here’s a little extract to refresh your memory:
* Almost everyone is very polite
* The food is generally outstanding
* There are no guns
* There are too many narrow stairs
* Everything is just a little bit different
* The pubs close too early
* The reason they drive on the left is because all their cars are built backwards
* Pubs are not bars, they are community living rooms.
* You’d better like peas, potatoes and sausage
* Refrigerators and washing machines are very small
* Everything is generally older, smaller and shorter
* People don’t seem to be afraid of their neighbors or the government
* Their paper money makes sense, the coins don’t
* Everyone has a washing machine but driers are rare
* Hot and cold water faucets. Remember them?
* Pants are called “trousers”, underwear are “pants” and sweaters are “jumpers”
* The bathroom light is a string hanging from the ceiling
Whether you rated his take on UK vs.US culture or slated it, it certainly got people talking.
And it got us thinking. Anyone who has spent time living or working overseas will have noted their own list of quirks which make life abroad different to life at home.
If you’re one of those people we want to hear from you. We’re putting together an article looking at five peoples’ takes on life in another country and we want you to get involved.
Send us a list of five observations you’ve made about life in another nation and you could be chosen to feature in our article!
If you run your own blog about expat life let us know so we can give it a mention and feel free to send in any photos which you feel illustrate your points.
We’ll be publishing the article on March 8th and will announce our chosen five contributors via social media.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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