I've been living in England for two months now, and it's hard not to recognise the various ways English and American cultures differ. To be sure, there are some freak moments when I just wish I were walking through an air-conditioned Walmart in 100-degree weather, but it's not that often! This is a list of things I love most about England.
1.) Ribena: it's blackcurrent squash (drink concentrate) that puts our obsession with cranberry juice to shame.
3.) Cadbury Flake bars - invented by the Gods.
4.) Cadbury fruit and nut bars - ditto.
5.) Names of places
6.) Rain: I like rain.
7.) Twinings Tea
9.) Flower gardens
10.) London - all of it
11.) Pizza Express
12.) Costa Coffee
13.) Wagamama Japanese food
14.) Nando's Chiken
15.) The English sea-side
16.) Chish and Fips
17.) Public transportation system
19.) Village churches
20.) Schoolchildren in uniforms
Friday, September 7, 2012
Paralympics, a set on Flickr.When I wrote a previous post about the general atmosphere in England during the Summer 2012 Olympic Games, I had no idea that I would actually be able to experience a part of the games for myself! A few weeks ago, we had the privilege to attend a Christian Science lecture at the Reading Room setup outside the Olympic Park in London. Then a few nights ago, we got to go to the ExCel arena to watch some of the Paralympics!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
France Day 7, a set on Flickr.Chinon was my absolute favourite castle because it is all about Katharine Hepburn (and you thought I wouldn’t mention The Great KH on this blog!). Well, it’s not about her, but it does mention a great deal about the great Eleanor of Aquitaine, played by Miss Hepburn in 1968’s THE LION IN WINTER, starring Peter O’Toole as England’s King Henry II. Chinon was the location of the royal family’s last Christmas together before Eleanor was returned to imprisonment and Henry died and their sons started vying for the crown. Joan of Arc also visited Chinon several years after that to meet the future king of France. It also served as the prison for members of the Knights Templar – how cool is that!?