What I’ve Noticed

I’ve been in England for a few days now and I’ve got to say, some stuff is super different. Now, I know things like the currency and what side of the road they drive on are the biggest but it’s the people I’ve noticed the most.

I’m staying in Chesterfield, which if you don’t know, is the largest farmers market town in the UK. With being such a market town, there aren’t very many cars on the road, and in town, it’s all pedestrian roads. Since I’m surrounded by people all the time, I’ve got to see so many different kinds of people.

The honesty is so interesting! I went shopping mostly cause I’m dumb because I needed an umbrella. I found a clear one I couldn’t resist along with some cute clothes. I had the umbrella on my hip as I walked up to the counter, and I made sure to put in where it could be scanned to which the guy thanked me for being honest about it. With it being on my hip I could have just stolen it and saved myself £5 but bad karma isn’t my jam. Since then I’ve noticed that those tags with the anti theft things aren’t anywhere. They may be in bigger cities, but I haven’t found one yet. Everyone has more faith in humanity here than anywhere else I’ve been.

Little things in businesses are hugely different too. I’ve had to walk to every debit machine, that’s no problem but it’s super different. Clothing stores are very, under staffed compared to home, and the change rooms are run super different too. Restaurants have asked up front about food allergies, like even before drinks. I love that idea honestly.

Greetings! Like everywhere I’ve gone, “you alright” is the phrase I hear. Not “hello” which throws me off the most I think. Or at least makes me look like a tourist the most.

They don’t lie when it comes to Canadians get treated better. Everytime someone asks if I’m American and I say no, their expression changes. People make more conversation and just are overall more happy it seems. It’s weird that being some somewhere different to their original expectation makes them more friendly. We had a gentleman ask us where in Canada we were from before we even told him we were Canadian. That was exciting! Apparently he could te because Canadians have a “French Twang” to their speech you don’t hear in America. I’m excited to listen for it when I get home.

Sunday is the largest market day of the month, since it’s the last Sunday of the month, so we’re going to go to that and be amazed. Other than that, no plans for the rest of the trip so far.

I know I haven’t been blogging much but I’ve been relaxing and enjoying my vacation. I’m trying to keep my social media updated so if you’re curious, go check that out. XO XO. And thanks for supporting me!

Thanks as always for reading!
— Deryn

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