Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
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”.
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.
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.
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.