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Things I’ve Learned While Living in England August 3, 2009

Filed under: England,Misa,Uncategorized — Misa @ 3:29 pm

I’ve learned:

1. To understand the sport of Cricket. It is a bit confusing at first, but so is (American) football.

2. To enjoy watching darts and bowls.

3. That the light switch for the bathroom is always outside of the bathroom in England.

4. That is is really annoying to have your washing machine/dryer in your kitchen.

5. To cook using metric measurements.

6. To use public transportation – I grew up somewhere that had NO public trasport. We didn’t even have sidewalks to our parents always drove us until we were old enough to drive.

7. That just because the label says it can go in the dryer doesn’t meant it won’t shrink…a lot.

8. I NEED a public library – two years without one has been expensive since we’ve had to buy our books. It’s even expensive when we buy them used!

9. Fishmongers and stand alone butchers are amazing.

10. Treacle, mushy peas, hob nobs, summer pudding and P.G. Tips are amazing!

11. Even graduate school is taught in an entirely different fashion than in the USA.

12. A 70 is considered an awesome grade.

13. They do not use the word awesome.

14. Research on humans or animals is severely limited by buerecratic policies.

15. British comedy.

16. British spelling.

17. To always know the dollar/pound exchange rate and knowing that it is often not in my favour.

18. Having an on/off switch on every electrical outlet is a great idea.

19. The NHS isn’t that bad. Really. I’ve only had to go to them for minor things and have never had a problem. It is a different story if you have something serious wrong with you.

20. I really miss my musical instruments that I had to leave behind.

These are the first things that come to mind when I think back on my time in England.


Two Truths and a Lie – Summer Edition August 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Misa @ 9:00 am

Melissa is doing this on her blog and I thought it was a fun game so I am going to do it too!

Guess which one of these three facts is a lie:

1. I spent a summer in high school performing brain surgery on rats.

2. I spent a summer in high school stage managing for various off-Broadway productions in NYC.

3. I spent a summer in high school coaching equestrian camp at my local stable.

Guess away!