I moved to the states almost a decade ago (well, 8 years and 6 months back) and it’s been a fun ride thus far! However, there are many people, items and cultural traditions that I wish I could have with me. I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the cultural differences that I’ve noticed in my time here. By the way, if you have any questions on this topic, please shoot me a message! Oh, so here goes Part 1:
First off – High school in the UK is referred to as Secondary School, and normally kids attend Secondary School from the ages of 11 to 16 years old. Once you take your GCSE exams (General Certificate of Secondary Education) at the end of your last year of school you’re pretty much done with school. Obviously there are options to further your education but these are voluntary . Some 16 year olds will attend a local college and take relevant courses to the field of career they wish to pursue. Others will attend a 6th form at a secondary school (which represent the 6th and 7th years) studying towards their A-levels. These A-level classes are also available at many local colleges too. By working towards your A-levels, the aim is to take courses that will correspond with a particular University course that you wish to gain once you get to that stage. So … if you gain decent results in your A-levels off you send your applications to your Universities of choice, and move on to study your chosen field, which generally takes about 3 years to earn your degree! Phew – that was a lot of info slammed in there!
I’m just going to name off foods/meals that I ate growing up, and what are typically common in British households:
- Baked beans on toast
- Fish and Chips (well, duh)
- Steak and Kidney Pie
- Shepards Pie
- Corned Beef Hash
- Chicken Vindaloo/Korma/Tikka Masala/CURRY
- Corination Chicken Sandwiches
- Bacon Butty
- Victoria Sponge Cake
That’ll do for now, but there’s a ton, ton, ton more! Personally, I miss the Galaxy chocolate and crunch corner yogurts muchly!
The public transportation back in the UK is such an entity and mass-used system that it’s like the veins running up and down the country that keep it in flow. Obviously, there are some rural parts where transportation times are more scarce but still a dependable source. For the most part though, buses and trains are used frequently by many Brits. The fact that gas (referred to as petrol on that side of the pond) is soooo pricey, public transportation meets peoples means economically. Depending on your location, bus and train schedules can differ quite considerably, but you definitely rely on getting to your destination, sharing your journey with strangers.
So that’s just a few little nit picks at some of British culture! Enjoy 8)