I live in England and have just spent the last three months travelling aross America from San Francisco to New York, and have been asked a few times what the differences are between the US and my home, so I thought I'd let you know too!
* Firstly in the US, you seem to want to put cheese on everything! On a beef sandwich, a tuna sandwich, anything? I was looked at as though I was mental when I said I didn't want it!!
* You have no roundabouts, and loads of one way roads, and huge 7 lane roads everywhere. Almost all our roads in England are two-way and two lane!
* There are billboards everywhere by the side of the road. We dont have that in England at all really.
* You have loads of mini-malls, with car parks for just a few shops. We don't have that at all.
* Motels are really really rare in England.
* You are allowed to use phones whilst you are driving! Totally illegal at home
* Your streets are all built in blocks. You hardly ever get that in England. I think i find our windy streets more interesting, but your easier to navigate.
* Addresses in England rarely go past 100! Yours seem to go up to the thousands!
* We saw 'one thousand six hundred and fifty two' whilst you would say 'one-six-five-two'
* Cinammon flavouring is everywhere in the US!
* You have no add taxes on to stuff you buy - seriously annoying! In England, the price you see is the price you pay!
* I felt, it was rare to find fruit or veg in America that rivalled England's. Fruit isn't 'fresh' in the same way as at home.
* You say 'erbs and 'erbal, which cracks me up. We say Herbs and Herbal with an 'H'!
* In New York and Philadelphia there were lots of hot air vents in the floor, that were steamin hot!
* I think the English will walk a lot further than Americans. We were often recommended taxies for just short distances, like 10 blocks! Taxis do seem cheaper in the US.
* You have these weird walkie-talkie things, that are like a mobile but you talk into the bottom and everyone can hear you conversation. What is that about?
* Your cars are HUGE
* And you have loads of flags EVERYWHERE
* Your Television is really different!!! Adverts seem to pop up in the most annoying times, like when watching friends it goes:
ADVERTS before friends begins - the intro to friends - ADVERTS - friends part one - ADVERTS - part two - ADVERTS - the ending bit which lasts about 30 seconds - ADVERTS. Man that used to drive me mad!!!! And it always says 'closed captionning provided by ...' That's strange too.
* No offence to anyone, but there is a distinct smell of vomit in Florida. We travelled to Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Miami and with the exception of WPB it all smelt a bit pukey!
* Pet dogs don't seem very common in the US
* The presenting style on the News is far far far more relaxed and informal that in England. Also why the hell is Nancy Grace always on? That woman is terrible!
* There are loads of adverts on the Television for weight loss ALL THE TIME
* Also careers are advertised on the TV all the time. That doesn't happen apart from for the Army in England.
* We both have the name Craig, but we pronounce it 'CrEg' whilst we say 'Cray-g'
* Cadbury's chocolate does not taste as good in the US with the Hershey's influence!!!
* There are no old women in the US!
* You sell pizza by the slice!
* No offence but having to pay for the health service right when you need it totally sucks!
* Is a quarter the biggest coin? I think I saw a dollar coin twice! We have 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p then £1 coins, so always have lots of change, and no £1 notes!!
* Seriously, learn to queue people!!!
* I have never before known anywhere in England where the cashier doesn't hand the change right to your hand but instead it drops into a little dispenser for you to collect! Really unfriendly I thought!
* People talk loudly in the cinema in the US
* You seem to have a real culture of sueing which is a bit scary!
* Your baths are way way way lower - English baths are raised off the ground
* Sirens are very different on ambulances and fire engines!
* Are licence plates not needed on the front of vehicles?
* I like the way you have different licence plate designs for different states!
I love your adverts for Vlasic pickle, geico, head on (apply directly to the forehead!!! ), vonage, sharpie mini etc. And I also know who Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric and Anne Coulter are as well. Result!
So we really loved the west coast best - San Fransisco was gorgeous, but Santa Cruz was a bit blah (). Las Vegas was fabulous and so so exciting, Beverly Hills and Hollywood were great too, Chicago was cold and windy, Orlando was nice but a bit flat looking and samey, I loved West Palm Beach more than anywhere else in the world, and hated Miami more than anywhere else in the world! Loved the Bahamas (not US I know), Washington was very pictoresque, Philadelphia was quite nice too, but I didn't really like New York - I suppose I didn't see it as a 'glamorous' place that I expected it to be, although Central Park is nice.