So I was browsing around the Heathrow Airport page so that once I’m there I’ll at least have my bearings a little bit, and there was this page that said “First Time in Britain” so I clicked on that.
Well, let me tell you, this page is full of GEMS:
- "Language: English is spoken everywhere and non-speakers can have a difficult time – a recent survey found that only 10% of British workers spoke a foreign language. However, even if you only know a little English, people will usually try to work out what you mean." Well, lucky me!
- "Weather: Talking about the weather is the time-honoured way to start a conversation in Britain." Good, good, got that down.
- "Doing Business: …Do make eye contact, but keep it to a minimum or you may appear impolite.” Aka like a CREEPER.
- "Distance: Distance is measured in miles (1.6km), made up of 1,760 yards (1.9m).” Um okay I just never really thought about it before but I guess I assumed that since England’s in Europe they use km. SCORE. One less thing to convert.
- "Food & Drink: The pub is the most popular venue for drinking and socialising in Britain. You order drinks by going up to the bar and it’s usual to pay separately every time. Tipping isn’t required, though it may be appreciated – usual form is to offer the bartender a drink when you buy the first round.” 1. Okay good, no opening tabs and forgetting your card like a looney. 2. USUAL FORM IS TO BUY THE BARTENDER A DRINK? Dude, British bartenders have got the right idea.
- "Electricity: UK mains electricity is 240V, 50Hz AC, and plugs have three square pins." 3 SQUARE? Wa I was so excited cause I just found my American-German converter… but that one’s round… womp.
WELL THEN. Thank you heathrow.com, I think that’s everything I’ll need to know! Hahaha.