The American's first UK visit

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    Quote: Shops that close at 5pm ....
    Sun that sets before 4pm (in December and January).
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    Anyone else ever taken their wife/husband to the UK for the first time, and is there anything they couldn't get their head around in terms of things we Brits would associate as normal?
    Went back in June and took the stepson and a friend of his with us. Driving from Gatwick to Streatham there were audible gasps the first few times we passed a double decker coming the other way, not so much because of the size of the bus but because of the narrower road lanes.
    They were quite bemused by the much smaller vehicles that people drive and that we could spend much of the day in the car and only have travelled a couple of hundred miles.
    I reckon that driving down proper Devon lanes in the fashion of the local I once was might have led to some brown trouser moments for the two lads.

    Both are under 21 and over 18 so they made the most of imbibing whenever they could!
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    Quote: Sun that sets before 4pm (in December and January).
    Sun?
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    Quote: Sun?
    Well obviously not when it's cloudy!
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    Quote: Well obviously not when it's cloudy!
    Ah that'll be 2 days of each month then!
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    Quote: Ah that'll be 2 days of each month then!
    When American coworkers ask me about life in the UK I'm always asked if it's true about continuously having grey skies... Yep!
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    Cars parked half on pavements that were once nice little side streets and lanes
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    Quote: When American coworkers ask me about life in the UK I'm always asked if it's true about continuously having grey skies... Yep!
    And does it rain as much as they hear? ..... Yes and no - the total annual rain is about the same as here (in NC/ east coast), but it can rain all day and only total ¼", and can do that half all the days in any one month at any time of year.
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    Quote: And does it rain as much as they hear? ..... Yes and no - the total annual rain is about the same as here (in NC/ east coast), but it can rain all day and only total ¼", and can do that half all the days in any one month at any time of year.
    Never thought of that, good way of looking at it!
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    Quote: Most Americans can't get their head around our history. To them, if it's 50 years old or more, it's 'historic'. My colleague lives in an 'old' house built in 1978!

    The idea that buildings could be 1,000 years old or more is just alien to them.

    She will probably also be shocked at how close things are (particularly coming from Texas).
    Paisley caves human occupation dating back 14,290 B.P. in Oregon(USA)
    May not be luxury but is history.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Caves
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    Quote: Paisley caves human occupation dating back 14,290 B.P. in Oregon(USA)
    May not be luxury but is history. ....
    Not really, that's fairly distant pre-history (no continuity with current peoples and cultures), and therefore somewhat divorced from reality - too long ago to be able to visualize or empathize with.

    I found the case of the man buried in a bog in the UK about 2000 years ago (found in 1984) and the man found in (melted out of) an Alpine glacier from about 5000 years ago (found in 1991) to be more compelling than some bones, any bones, found in a cave.
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    Quote: Even more shocked that 1000 year old houses in England have electricity. ;-)
    That's quite something to have had electricity a 1000 years ago.
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    My wife's first visit to the UK almost ended in tragedy. She forgot that they drive on the left and just missed being run over by a double decker
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    Quote: My wife's first visit to the UK almost ended in tragedy. She forgot that they drive on the left and just missed being run over by a double decker
    I do that every time I go back.
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    Until I had a visit from an American I never realized that my London Terraced house was historic...