English observations

This post already exists in the world – this dude stole my thunder and I really don’t have much to add, except that some of his observations make it clear that he’s from America and not from a multicultural Canadian city with a great deal of British heritage and influence. But here are mine, for what it’s worth:

  • not only do people drive on the left side of the road, they walk on the left side of the sidewalk, and pairs of escalators are opposite – the one going up is on the left
  • jaywalking is uncommon – you truly would take your life in your hands if you cross against the light in all but the safest, most obvious circumstances
  • many women wear a lot more makeup than in Toronto – heavy, well-groomed brows, smokey eyes, flawless foundation. I’ve worn more makeup in the past 6 weeks than I have in 6 years in order to not look dead next to them.
  • ok I know he said towel warmers but I have to agree – radiators in the shape of towel hangers in the bathroom are genius
  • they still remember Rob Ford – I had emotionally blocked him out so that was a surprise during small talk
  • they know about Justin Trudeau and approve
  • people of all ages get down and boogie on Saturday nights, not just the students
  • everyone in Leeds wants to visit Canada and they all want to go to Banff when they do visit
  • it’s not an English Breakfast unless you have 5 kinds of protein on your plate (eggs, baked beans, sausage, bacon and black pudding)
  • cafes and restaurants don’t necessarily have a toilet for their customers’ use
  • shopping online is more on par with US sites; lots of free next-day delivery
  • mail gets delivered Monday through Saturday
  • grocery stores all have their own store-brand wine, and sometimes it’s pretty good! Sometimes.
  • they don’t know how to use an apostrophe here either – plural nouns with unnecessary apostrophes are rampant
  • people feel the same way about a 10 pound note that Canadians feel about a 20 dollar bill
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