I stumbled across this great article from BuzzFeed yesterday, called “It’s Thanksgiving So We Asked Brits To Label The United States — We’re So Sorry, America”. It’s very funny, but got me thinking about a few things:
It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow; one of the biggest holidays in the USA.
Most of what Brits understand about the day and its significance is gleaned from films, television and the Internet.
All I know, for example, is that there is a large amount of turkey, pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes with marshmallows consumed as well as hours of football.
It sounds like a strange way to celebrate the day, but then again, if you’re an American wanting to move to London, you’ve probably done some research on the Internet about British food and found some weird and disgusting sounding taste sensations, loved in the UK.
American Expats in the UK has compiled a list of the strange meals and delicacies that you’re likely to encounter when you arrive in London.
We can’t name all the US States, but join us for Thanksgiving in London…
Okay, we’re pretty shoddy at naming all of the states: Texas has oil, Florida has oranges and California has celebrities; we know that the Wallking Dead is set somewhere in the south and that Canada is a country to the north. If I’m sometimes confused about North and South Dakota, I can only imagine how confusing it must be to try and understand the counties in England.
London itself is a rabbit-warren of streets that meander in circles and lead seemingly no where. Moving to the UK from anywhere in the world takes guts, determination and a great sense of humor.
And if we’re on the subject of moving, if you’re contemplating your move to London from the US in the near future, we understand just how time consuming, frustrating and often intimidating an international relocation can be.
You can make all the lists you like, pack the china, get a passport for the dog and forward your mail – and still you’re faced with the herculean task of finding a flat and getting settled as fast as possible. That’s exactly what we do at London Relocation – Simpler, better, faster…Not like cooking a turkey.
“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.”—Erma Bombeck