We all go through a range of changes as we continually progress through life, but some are a direct result of being a Brit abroad … I am not saying every British expat will do these, but I think some of them may have common ground with those of you who are far from home.
So tell me, what weird things do you do when living in a new/different country? Or is it just me?
1 || Religiously watch British TV shows I would never have been interested in before – I would go so far as to say that I actively seek them out.
2 || Talk to every British person I encounter (admittedly there has not been that many) and swap immigration experiences like old war dog stories.
3 || Buy any and all British food I find in my local grocery store, even if it is stuff I hate, and make my American chums try it even though I will not eat it myself!
4 || Every time I get in a car, I exclaim excitedly that it feels like I am the driver because “you drive on the wrong side”. Every time. Seriously.
5 || Use British slang words I never, ever used back on the fair shores of Britannia – I mean, Lord luv a duck, are you having a giraffe?!
6 || Have a minor (or major – depending on the size) flappy insect freak-out when I see a bug. I grew up collecting, handling and being fascinated by all things creepy-crawly (except spiders), but because I do not at first recognise them here, I have a bit of a meltdown.
7 || Ask anyone who is not American “how do you find it?” – meaning life here in the US and get in a rather excited discussion when I find that the things that confuse me also confuse others!
8 || Becoming slightly obsessed with having the Union Jack on things. Currently seeking a throw cushion to add to my growing collection.
9 || Answer questions on all things British that I know nothing about, but said with absolute authority just because someone asked.
10 || Make a point of spelling things the British way – cannot quite bring myself to write in American just yet.
11 || Knife and fork my burgers, pizza and any other fast food much to the amusement of those around me.
12 || Develop a strong attraction to Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Henry Cavill … ok, maybe that is not so weird – common sense really!