I thought one fun way to run down some of what’s been going on around here is to just share some of the charming (or not so charming) little things I’ve noticed on a day to day basis:
-They’re not kept in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, but on a shelf in a regular old aisle! Took awhile to find them the first time.
-They’re all brown, I think.
-Duck eggs can be found right next to the chicken eggs
-You can buy in cartons of 4, 6, 9, 12, or 18
-The carton is sometimes labeled with the type of chicken the eggs came from (this is at least the case at Waitrose, but not Tesco)
- They recycle EVERYTHING, and all we have to do is put it all in one bag and out on the curb, collected with the trash twice a week.
- At most cafes, there are two prices for everything—it costs more (sometimes significantly) to “eat in” than to “take away” (I knew this before from previous trips but had forgotten).
- Free wi-fi is surprisingly difficult to find, even right here in one of the busiest parts of the city, and sometimes requires purchasing your food or coffee to eat in.
- There are strollers everywhere, but as far as I can tell they’re called either “buggies” (larger ones) or “pushchairs,” (smaller umbrella types) and occasionally “prams” but I gather that that’s a more old-fashioned term (still haven’t figured this all out). Our 3-wheeled B.O.B stands out a little bit among the swarm of Buggaboos. And all have plastic covers for the rain. Which is incessant.
- Other baby related vocabulary: “cot”= crib, “nappies”=diapers.
- This is a little more significant than day-to-day, and may warrant a more lenthy op-ed piece in the future, but I found out from talking to someone at church the other day that women are entitled to 9 months of paid maternity leave here—that’s right folks, NINE MONTHS PAID. And up to a year unpaid. And they just announced that should the mother decide to go back to work sooner, she can transfer any remaining leave to her husband/partner (who is otherwise entitled to 3 weeks paternity leave) Note to self: find some way to get a job here ASAP!
Alright, so I think I’ll do this each week, but that ought to do it for now! Soon to come: much overdue pictures of all kinds of stuff, including all my projects from both this Christmas and last, and possibly a video of Everett who just learned to roll over.