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Initial List of Intriguing cultural differences. There are no toilet seat covers in LondonPeople walk much faster here

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Karen O'Toole Response #3 Cultural Anthropology-310 - Initial List of Intriguing cultural differences. There are no toilet seat covers in London People walk much faster here Crossing the streets is extremely dangerous. People on the tube won't acknowledge your presence Everyone is an aggressive driver Young children take the tube alone to school and back If you talk on the tube you receive dirty looks In the first week or so I found some of my observations to be quite odd, and wondered how people were able to live with conditions such as these. As some time has passed I realized Londoners are used to way the things work here, and even after a few short weeks I became to understand, and in most cases appreciate them as well. The only exception would be the toilet seat covers, which I miss much more than California. Londoners tend to be very busy, especially during the week, and that is easily shown by their brisk walking pace. ...read more.

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This pretains mostly to rush hour times but is the most evident in the morning. I nor anyone I know have exhibited any symptoms of culture shock. I am more than happy to be here and am not looking forward to moving home. London feels more like home to me than California does. I have made so many friends here from all over the world and I thoroughly enjoy learning all about their different cultures. However, I believe a large part of the lack culture shock has a lot to do with the extreme amount of similarities between the UK and the US. The most important factor that contributes to the lack of culture shock, in my opinion, is the language. Since we speak English the feeling of not fitting in or knowing what's going on, is brought to a bare minimum. We went to Amsterdam this weekend and when we were on the train and looking for our hostel it was very frustrating because the language was different. ...read more.

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This summary, however paints a realistic picture of how most of the world views us. Even though the United States and United Kingdoms cultures are somewhat similar there are vast differences to be seen. When British people greet you they kiss you on both cheeks, people do that in Massachusetts as well, but not in California.. The verbal communication is also different, they use the word mate instead of friend, and flat instead of apartment. The non verbal communication is also different. Walking down the street back home everyone for the most parts smiles or says hi, people do not do that here. I met a guy from England when I was in Las Vegas in June, and he had a mullet, I thought it was funny. When I came here, I was surprised to see, mullets are actually in style. For some reason even with all of the differences, London feels like home to me as well as many of the people I know within the AIFS program. I love the culture here, the history and mostly the people. ...read more.

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