Differences between the UK and USA:
People were complaining on the news this morning that gas had gone up to $2.50 a gallon or something. It's practically that a litre back home!! If our gas (PETROL! Another difference, we never call it gas) was $2.50 a gallon, there would be parties in the street. I think people would start drinking that shit for those prices.
: There are American flags everywhere in Florida. They are outside most resteraunts and a lot of homes, and just about anywhere you can stick them. Sadly, the English flag is synonmous with anti-foreigner race hate in my native land, so you'd be frowned upon for hanging the cross of St.George all over your house. It's been usurped by the far-right, and nobody, bar wankers wants to be associated with them!
I'm just writing another entry on some stuff now! But here's a copy and paste from some of my recent entries:
Ok, we have churches. But nowhere near as many. On the main road near our villa, there are ELEVEN churches, all for different denominations of Christianity! I had no idea so many existed! One is specifically for Hispanic christians. Wtf! Why can't they just worship with the rest of you!? hahaha. And some of the churches are so tacky looking with big neon flashing signs outside, and huge plastic statues. There aren't many church-going Brits (less than 10% of our population goes to church) but I'm pretty sure that those that are would NOT worship in a Vegas-style chapel! .
Ten million different fast food chains. We are very limited in our choice in the UK, where the big names are Mcdoanlds, Burger King, Dominoes, KFC, Subway, and ....errrrr, I can't actually think of anymore. You guys have too many to name!! You also have Denny's and Taco Bell and Del Taco and AppleBees and Dairy Queen and Wendy's... and we would be here all day if we went through them all! I think that's awesome. I'm sure the nutritionists would fail to agree, but I'm all about the variety, yo!
Diet Dr.Pepper. One of my favourite things on earth. I will not be happy until this stuff is flowing down the streets of London. I saw diet Dr Pepper ONCE in the UK. And never again. Sad times. :( But you have lots of other cool variations on soft drinks too. Some I wouldn't dare to touch! And also DIET CHERRY PEPSI which is pretty fine. We don't even have cherry pepsi back home. :(
American food is sweet. Especially your bread. It tastes like it's sprinkled with sugar, yo! I tried some American bacon for the first time today, and spat it all back out. It tasted like confectionary! Dudes, there is a time and place for sweetness, and a bacon sandwich is NOT it!
Your steak tastes like God. When I die, I want to be buried in a pile of American steaks. They are so good, I could rub my face in them all day long.
You can cut red lights to turn right! WTF!? I had endured some scaryass taxi rides before I was informed that it was perfectly legal in the USA. I'd just thought that I had some crazyhead red-lighting taxi driver who was risking my life! In the UK you would be in a lot of trouble if you were caught turning left or right or anywhere on a red light. In the US, everyone does it! Like it's the most normal thing in the world!
I haven't long got back from Italy. I noticed a lot of differences between the UK and there too.
Mono-culture: There wasn't a hint of outside influence, no multi-culturalism to speak of! In London you can order just about ANY food you want: English, American, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Polish. you name it, we have it! In Italy you can buy ITALIAN. That's about it. For a guy who doesn't like pizza, pasta, spaghetti or lasagne, it was a hungry couple of days! We did find ONE Mcdonalds. That was the only non-Italian eaterie in miles. And seeing as it was in St. Mark's square, (THE most expensive place on earth!) it cost about $25 for one meal! Shocking.
Lustiness: Italian men heckle women in the streets! They lech and they drool over them soooo indiscretely! If you did that back home you would end up arrested!! Either for being a pervert or for harrassment, yo!! I've noticed the men in Greece are also like this! It's so weird how different social conventions can be!