I once compared the process of relocating to the U.S. with that of starting school for the first time.
It is common knowledge among regular readers of Mind the Gap that we Brits do like to reminisce about the things we miss from back home. However, there are perhaps just as many aspects of British life that—instead of filling our minds …
Looking back to when I first moved to the U.S., it’s now clear that I knew almost nothing about what day-to-day life in America was like.
If there is one alcoholic drink that represents the U.K., it is almost certainly cider.
As an expat, choosing where to settle in the U.S.–if your job or family doesn’t do this for you–is the one of the biggest dilemmas you’ll face.
Never let it be said that Brits aren’t serious about their sandwiches. Oh yes, we Brits (well, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich) invented the sandwich and take enormous pride in our skills.
Ask most Brits and Americans to compile a list of spelling differences between their two nations and—more often than not—comparisons such as color/colour, theater/theatre, and meter/metre will land among the three most common …
So we come over here and assimilate nicely (so we think), but there are some things we British expats find ourselves doing that may raise American eyebrows anyway. Half the time we’re not even conscious of our oddities.
As an expat living in the U.S., you can either get with local dining culture or stick rigidly to your British ideas about restaurant etiquette.
America’s British population has taken to the web to voice its displeasure at news that U.S. candy giant Hershey has successfully blocked our much loved U.K.-produced chocolate from being exported to the land of the free.