First Few Days in the UK…

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

  Christmas Morning

So far my time in the UK has been unbelievable! I had my first Christmas with my boyfriend and his family. It was amazing. His family is so welcoming and they make me feel like I am right at home. I am so lucky to have them while I am here. They made my first Christmas unforgettable. I felt like one of the little kids you see in a movie on Christmas morning running down the stairs. Since I do not celebrate Christmas back at home I could not tell you many differences between it USA and UK style.  Something different they do in the UK is called boxing day. Boxing day is kinda like “black friday”.

  Christmas Dinner Mollie style

I am almost back on a normal sleep schedule. The first day I got here I was exhausted I tried to stay up as late as I could to got to bed at a normal hour so I could have a normal sleep pattern. I still wake up or get tired at random hours. Overall, adjusting to the time difference is not so bad.

  Christmas Dinner UK style

The food is really different here. For starters the chocolate is amazing. I do not think I could ever go back to eating American chocolate. They eat a lot of meat and do not have the same brands of food. Chips are a major thing here aka really good fries. We had Chinese for dinner one night and they even came with the meal. The nutritional facts are written differently. Everywhere I go I see Mince pie… something I have yet to try.

  Getting in the Christmas Spirit

I am still adjusting to the money here, they use a lot of coins and not bills. I still do not know which way to look when crossing the road and sometimes walk to the drivers seat thinking it is the passenger side. Across-the-board these last few days have been somewhat surreal, exciting, and thrilling. I look forward to what is to come.Life in the UK is easier than American life in some ways. The tax is already added in to the price of an item at the store, so when you go to pay you don’t pay more then what it says on the ticket. At the movies, you choose your seat when you buy the tickets. You do not have to show up to the theater early to get good seats.

  Liam and I on Christmas

London Lingo for Dummies by Meaghan C.

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
Meaghan has been an angel on helping me prepare for London. She has formulated a list for all of the people going to check out. Go ahead and read them… you may giggle, but they are words/things you should know before departure. THANK YOU MEAGHAN!!
 
Common Words
  • “Alright?” – Hey, How are you?
  • “Cheers” – Thank You
  • “My/Me Gaff” – My Home
  • “Flat” – Apartment
  • “Footie” – Soccer
  • “Tube” – The Subway
  • “Bin” – The Garbage Can
  • “Rubbish” – Trash
  • “Loo” – The Bathroom
  • “Lift” – The Elevator
  • “Jumper” – A Sweater
  • “Que” – The Line
  • “Till” – The Checkout Counter

Adjectives

  • “Cheeky” – Naughty or Scandalous
  • “Knackered” – Exhausted
  • “ She looks Hanging” – Unattractive
  • “This morning I was Hanging” – You were hung-over
  • “Fit” – Good-looking
  • “This shirt looks Rammel” – Gross
  • “Wow those shoes smell Rank” – Awful
  • “Dodgey” – Sketchy
  • “Gutted” – Bummed
  • “Naff” – Uncool
  • “Pissed” – Drunk
  • “Posh” – High Class
Food
  • “Sweeties” – Candy
  • “Biscuits” – Cookies
  • “Fizzy Drink” – Soda
  • “Crips” – Potato Chips
  • “Chips” – French Fries
  • “Jacket Potato” – Baked Potato
At The Bar
  • “Bevvy” or “Tinney” – a Beer
  • “Pint of Cider” – When you are getting on tap ask for a “pint” of whatever you are drinking, they will try to give you a bottle and charge extra.
  • “Fag” or “Chief” – Cigarette
  • “Baccy” – Tobacco
  • “Straight” – A pre-rolled cigarette
  • “That’s Bollacks” – Technically means balls, but used to describe something that seems to be crap
  • “To pull a girl” – To chat up a girl, usually get a kiss as well
  • “Have a do” –To party
  • “Snog”­ – To Kiss
  • “Wanker” or “Baghead” or “Tosser” or “Twat” or “Yanke”– You’re being insulted
Top 10 Things You Must Try
1. Fish and Chips from any Pub, the more local the spot the better
2. Strongbow and/or Bulmers hard cider
3. “Cider and Black” – order at the bar, it’s cider poured into a pint glass over
a bit of black current, which makes it a bit sweeter.
4. Pimms – their version of a spiked lemonade, order at a restaurant
5. Nando’s – it’s a chain restaurant, cheap filling meal with the best sauces
ever. Students live there.
6. “Peri Peri Chips” – you can get them most places but its this salt infused
with spices that they put on fries.
7. Curry – they have the best Indian cuisine
8. Pizza Express – also a chain, pretty cheap, but the best pizza you will find
besides Dominos.
9. Weatherspoon’s – it’s a chain pub that are EVERYWHERE, the food is all
right but its good, cheap drinks.
10.Crisps – Walk into a Tesco or Sainsbury’s (grocery stores) and try different
bags of chips they have the craziest flavors.

Some Holiday Spirit(:

Thought this picture was perfect for the holiday spirit. I took this in this place called Covent Garden which is a marketplace that has a lot of very trendy stores as well as a street market where you can find pretty cheap things. Right before I left it was decorated everywhere with Christmas decorations.

-Talisa :)

Let’s Talk…Influential USA Fashion Blogs

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

Q:What blogs do you read/ what fashion blogs do you think are influential? A: Here is my list. Check them out. I think they are pretty great!