Published: July 1st 2008July 1st 2008
Me in Clara's Room
Clara has a 'normal' room which is very small. I have a 'special' room which I like to think of as 'somewhat small'. At least, from a Ryan scale, it is small.
It is becoming more and more apparent to me that while the English and the Southern USA cultures are similar, they are also very different. One thing we have in common that the New York students here find odd is the friendliness and generally happy disposition. I can go to the supermarket in Corpus and people will say hello, nod, and say little things like 'hows the weather' or 'this fruit looks good'. The same seems to be true here. Everyone is generally happy and says hello when you pass. I really enjoy this aspect, because its comforting, more like being at home.
Though, there are vast other difference. I find that people love the outdoors here. Every day I see countless numbers of people running, walking, walking their dogs, laying around in the grass, sitting in parks, and just being outside. We drive by parks that are just full of picnic blankets and people just being all around outside, filling the parks full. This is foreign to me because parks in Corpus and Plainview seem to never have an attendance. Though, I must admit, the weather here is amazing...
Well, I'm having lunch as I
The Wishing Well!
Pub! I love them! They have the best food and best names!
write this, which is supposed to be BBQ Chicken Pizza, but to be honest, I'm not quite sure what it is. The food isn't always good. It is very hit or miss here. This is like..some sort of salsa on hard bread with semi-melted cheese and warm chicken on it. Their other pizza choices were 'Vegetable', and 'Ham'. Neither of which sounded appealing, so I went with BBQ. Clara ordered 'Nachos' yesterday and was horrified when she was served tortilla chips with steamed vegetables (and possibly cheese, its debatable that any cheese was actually present at all) on top. Actually, Clara seems to have bad luck with food here.
Oh, other neat things I've picked up:
"She's screwing us off" means "She is staring or looking at us"
"Alright" means "How are you doing today"
Quid and Pound are the same. 5 quid is the same as 5 pound, though its actually called Pound, quid is slang for 'money' in general.
I'm sure there are more but I can't think of them right now. Yesterday we went to Oxford street (famous shopping market) and did some souvenir buying. Today we are going to Westminster Abbey to
At a pastry shop..wasn't ready for a photo.. (No hair gel at this time still)
tour the inside. I'll put up pictures of it later.
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