People in England speak English. It makes foreign travel a bit easier for we language-challenged Americans.
But they still talk funny.
Not the accent — it’s lovely. The words and phrases they use in street signs, menus, and casual conversation.
This photo reminded me of my favorite ‘Huh?’ moment during my first trip to London.
If you’ve been there, you recognize the instructions at the entrance of the subway trains in the Tube. “Mind the gap” (don’t fall in the crack between the train and the platform) — so wonderfully British in its phrasing. I liked it so much, I bought a postcard.
And now, on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I post this photo. Because I’ve taken a lot of subways during my trips to England…
But I’ve never met the Queen.
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Before the Vancouver Winter Olympics began — has it really only been four days? — I had an ‘acquaintance’ relationship with Canada.
I traveled to Nova Scotia on vacation more than a decade ago and loved it. I have been to Montreal and Toronto on business and have found both cities beautiful. But I’ve never spent any real time learning about the different provinces of Canada or their culture.
Well, NBC’s Olympic coverage has taken care of that.
And I have to say, I’m really starting to bond with Canada. When they won their first Olympic gold medal in their history as a host country, I cried along side all the natives of the Great White North.
Plus, they have these charming little identifiers that tell the world they’re Canadians no matter where they are — “aye” and “about” (pronounced “aboot”), to name two.
Which made me wonder: what tells the world that I’m an American when I travel abroad? Or any American, for that matter? Do we say or do anything that says to the world “American”?
(And if so, is it something positive?)
‘Cause I’m loving the Canadians!
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