Things That Surprised Me About the U.K.

Things That Surprised Me About the U.K.

I have been meaning to write this, but I have observed a few things while living in the U.K.. some good and some..strange?😂

1. There are SO many KFCs and barely any Taco Bells😂

I find it amazing what fast food chains have taken off in the UK. The US has so many popular fast food chains (Arby’s, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen), but somehow KFC has spread like wildfire in the U.K.! 😂. It is everywhere! I was quite surprised by that because it’s not as popular of a place in the US! As far as Taco Bell’s go, you they’re quite rare in London, and quite popular in northern England! It really sucks when you get an intense Taco Bell craving and there are none in your area ….😅. Their menu is also quite smaller and no cinnamon twists!😭

2. Ranch dressing does not exist here

Yep, I said it. A land where you can’t find any ranch dressing. You also see a lot of people eating salads without ANY dressing 😂. To satisfy my salad dressing needs, I am able to use Caesar dressing! I have introduced my boyfriend, Chris, to ranch and now he’s obsessed! We love to dip broccoli and carrots in it, even chicken nuggets! If you’re moving to the U.K., buy ranch packets, you can make your own.

3. Day drinking is not a popular thing

Americans love a warm summer day surrounded by family and friends drinking a cold beer in the afternoon and then continuing to drink in moderation all day 😂! If you ask a Brit if they want to have a pint of beer or some wine in the early afternoon, they might look a bit puzzled! Like you might be an alcoholic? They love to drink, but they tend to wait until the evenings to hit up the pub or have a good house party. 🍻 Don’t get me wrong, not every Brit is this way, but this is what I have observed since I have moved here! 😂 I remember when I lived in the US, I went to a winery with my mom in the summer and had wine slushies in the afternoon and I texted my British boyfriend what I was doing and it was like I had committed some sort of sin 😂

This awesome strawberry daiquiri in Miami

4. Unreliable trains

I was amazing at how many people in the U.K. don’t drive! In London a lot of people rely on the tube or walk everywhere and don’t have cars-I don’t blame them because the traffic looks horrendous in some parts! Even outside of London though in more rural areas where I thought more people would drive-they rely on their trains and bus services. The trains are good for the most part- not the cheapest, but they do get you around! I take the train to and from work every day, but some days your train will have signal failures so it is either extremely slow or just terminates there and you’re screwed. You must find a new way to your destination. There was a time I took a train to view a house and I thought I would take an earlier train so I could look around the town-my train had massive signal failures and I almost arrive to my viewing late… An hour delay I want to say? It’s nuts! At the moment, my train is hourly instead of 3-4 times an hour due to Covid-19! I’m so ready to drive 😅.

5. So many vacation days!

When I started my nursing job in the U.K., I started out with five weeks of vacation days! I was so surprised by that! They encourage you to take time off-it’s so great! I felt like I was pulling teeth just to get some time off in the US! Plus it’s so cheap to fly anywhere in Europe-you can take just a couple of days off and fly anywhere ! (Ryanair is a cheap airline that many people use-I recommend!).

Recent trip to Germany

Living Abroad During Covid-19

Living Abroad During Covid-19

I’ve been living in England for just over a year now-hard to believe! Living with my boyfriend and our new puppy, Ellie, has been such a joy! I was about to get a U.K. driving license so I could drive our new car and stop relying on trains! I had flights booked to the US so I could see my parents!Life was going so well, and then Covid-19 decided to show up.

The three of us! ❤️

While at work in January, my colleague was on break with me and she was reading the newspaper. She knows like everything that’s going on in the world, I swear! Haha She asked if I had heard about the strange new virus going around China that came from bats. I told her I hadn’t. I assumed they would have gotten it under control quickly, nothing to worry about-we have so much technology in the world! Haha

I remember a couple of weeks later, the first case popped up in the U.K.! It was in the Yorkshire area! That’s when it started feeling real to me. It was scary. Over the next few weeks, I could see the numbers rising all around me-we were trapped.

My boyfriend, Chris, worked his last day in the office. He’s been home for two months now and he has no idea when he will be working in an office again. Will people even be working in offices in the future? I’ll admit, I do enjoy him working from home because he is like the best cook and he’s always making something awesome hahaha😂😂. Since he doesn’t have to go to the office in London, he is saving so much on train tickets!

I’m really lucky to be working for the NHS. My hospital has been giving free taxis for staff that have issues getting to and from work-it has been such a blessing! In the past I would take a train and then a bus to work. They’ve really reduced the train and bus services. My train is hourly now, instead of 3 times an hour to Cambridge! We’ve also been given free hot meals at work!

He made a Lotus Biscoff cheesecake 😍❤️

We had plans of going to the US to see my family, but unfortunately we’ve had to refund our tickets. Chris isn’t even allowed into the US because he’s British and I would be risking getting and spreading Covid to my loved ones-that’s not a present they would want haha. Luckily, I was able to see my family right before Christmas, so it wasn’t that long ago. Chris hasn’t seen my family since last summer! It has been so hard not knowing when I’ll be able to go home next. The U.K. seems to be reopening slowly and the U.S. varies depending on what state you’re from! I know I’ll see them eventually though. Such strange times we’re living in. The world is like completely shut down. Never in a million years would I have thought something like this would happen.

It’s easy to get down about everything going on, I try to look at the positives of this lockdown. I’m such a homebody! I love canceled plans and staying at home. It’s not that I hate going out and seeing people, but I do love cuddling up with my dog and Netflixing with a cup of tea. 😂😂We’ve been watching so much Hell’s Kitchen 😂😂😂. I’ve been able to read so many books and catch up with family on video chats! We’ve been doing a lot of video chat quizzes with friends! Some weekends we have so many video chats, that actually feel like we’ve had a busy week!!😂😂

Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen 😂😂