Some important lessons I have learned so far on our UK trip:
1) It was good that I learned to look BOTH ways before crossing the street, especially now that the cars are coming from a different direction.
2) We should have gotten the GPS instead of adding me as an extra driver for the extra £10 a day. Why? a) Directions on Google Maps are useless because most of the street signs are obscured, and b) I am really not that great at driving on the other side of the road. (Which gets me really frustrated because I normally really like to drive.) The result is getting lost. A LOT. But at least you can circle around the roundabouts as many times as you want to until you figure out which street you think is the one you're supposed to take.
3) I am thankful for my washer and dryer at home. Every time I leave the country, those are what I appreciate the most. It obviously takes an advanced degree to operate the one here in our little apartment, between converting the temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit, then choosing which temperature at which to wash your clothes (because cold water is apparently only an option for wool), selecting the RPM at which your clothes go through the spin cycle, and the temperature and time of the drying (which happens in the same machine). Even though I have previous experience with using one of these washers, I am no more satisfied with it now than I was at any other time. After an hour and 30 minutes of washing (JUST washing), it took another THREE hours to 'dry' the clothes. And the clothes still came out damp. Grr.
My nemesis: the washer/dryer
Does a washer even need all these buttons?
4) Don't listen to anything anyone says about food in England not being a good experience. Perhaps I am biased because I really like food in general, but Jon and I have had some excellent food since we've arrived: Lincolnshire sausages and mashed potatoes (better known as "bangers & mash"), Yorkshire pudding (which is a type of bread), fish and chips, lamb meatballs with couscous, creamy penne with chicken and garlic bread, cream of broccoli soup with bread, bell peppers stuffed with couscous and eggplant with cabbage on the side...and those are just the main dishes! Everything we've had has been very good.
5) It is not customary in the UK to ask for your leftover food to be boxed to take home with you. Doing so will result in the bartender (because you order your food at the bar) looking at you strangely, spending 5 minutes in the kitchen rummaging around for a container to accommodate your request, and your having to carry your leftovers home in a washed, oversized coleslaw container. But on the upside, we got the equivalent of a tupperware container out of it, so I can store leftovers in the apartment now. :)
(It's definitely better than the foil and napkin we got tonight.)
More cultural mishaps to come...