All About the Details


People who know me best know that I LOVE little things. But my interest in tiny toaster key chains and dainty tattoos also translates to an appreciation of the small details in life. A rainbow that looks close enough to touch, a massive solitary hill overlooking an entire town, a tree-lined path; these are the little things that come together to make a great day. So, today I thought I’d share with you some tiny pieces of the first days of my trip. They may not be important, but every one is a detail that I want to remember long after this experience is over.

  • The squirrels in Hyde Park will walk right up to any person with an outstretched hand.
  • The windows in the public section of Kensington Palace have a gradual fade effect on them so you can’t see into the quarters of the royal family.
  •  A card to ride the subway or tube is called an Oyster card, and it boggles my mind as to why.
  • TJ Maxx is called TK Maxx in Britain.
  • The movies on British Netflix are better.
  • It’s said to be bad luck to see only one magpie (bird). So if you do happen to see only one, you’re supposed to blink so you’re seeing it twice.
  • College is referred to as “Uni” (pronounced you-nee).
  • There are gypsies here. We saw some the other day, and I’m desperate to see more.
  • The scariest bug in the UK is a hornet (if only, am I right?).
  • It seems as if every British child is blonde or red-headed. And every word that comes out of their mouths is adorable.
  • Children start school at 4 in England.
  • All the drinks here are tiny. No Route 44s in the UK!
  • When the temperature hits 85 degrees the people are warned at rail stations of the “high temperatures” and are told to carry water bottles with them.
  • Its an unspoken rule not to speak to strangers on a train.
  • In England cookies are called biscuits, and American (bread) biscuits don’t exist.
  • England is in Great Britain, and Britain is in the UK.
  • Pay-as-you-go sim cards are huge in the UK, and most phone carriers offer them.
  • Iconic red pay-phones are everywhere, but everyone has cell phones.
  • Brits drink their tea with milk and sugar cubes.

That’s all I can think of for now. First day of work tomorrow! Can’t wait to tell y’all all about it!


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