London’s not all that different from home, but there were a few things that seemed to stand out.
- Portion sizes in restaurants are manageable. I’m told even the largest fast food meal is only equivalent to a medium here.
- If you ask for water, you’re going to get a bottle of water. A glass bottle.
- You have to ask for the check. You could sit there all night if you wanted to, you still need to ask for it. Unlike Aruba, they actually bring it in a timely matter after you ask.
- All the restaurants have wireless hand held scanning devices for your credit card. They scan your card and print the receipt right at your table.
- When they ask you if you want cream in your coffee, they mean actual cream. Not coffee creamer, half & half or milk. It’s actually quite good, it makes the coffee all frothy.
- The converter they sell there only converts your electrical plug, not the voltage.
- People there aren’t fat. The country isn’t built for larger people. I’d imagine it would be difficult to travel there if you are of large stature.
- The Cinemas have assigned seating.
- Wear a scarf, you’ll fit in better.
- London is a very busy place. There are people on the streets at all hours. Except Sundays when the place is a ghost town. Most shops aren’t open either.
- There are bums in London, but I didn’t see them bothering any one like they do in the US. I only saw them at night too. They also looked normal, no missing body parts or deformities.
- Not only do they drive on the left and sit on the right, but they can park in either direction on the side of the road, and sometimes on the walk.
- The television commercial breaks are longer, but in a 30 minute show there is only one of them. In the hour long shows there are a two or three. You can see the spots where the commercial should be, just like watching a DVD. Awesome.
I’m sure there are more things that I’ll think of, and I’ll add them as I deem fit.