As we settle in (or attempt to settle in - found another spider lurking in the corner) I try to get accustomed to the way things run 'round here. Here are a few of my hurdles:
Celsius versus Farenheit - I had a vague idea of the difference but when I arrived it was painfully obviously I knew nothing. I'm finally at the point where when the weather comes on I can guestimate what to wear outside. Of course I can always step out into the yard but that would require effort (and I don't think the neighbors would cotton to me stepping out in my jammies).
The pound versus the dollar - I was doing currency exchanges in my head for the first two months - just so I could get a handle on whether things were a good buy or not. Now I'm good with it - and seeing how we're not really using our US cards or accounts it doesn't really apply. I still say dollars when I price things in my head - one day I'll get it... one day.
Portion sizes: I've lost quite a bit of weight (I can't say how much because I can't figure how to switch it from pounds to kilos - another issue). I prefer the portion sizes over here. I could never finish a meal at a restaurant in the US - no matter where I was. Now I can. And for some reason I swear the food tastes better. How is that?
NHS - I've always had insurance, picked my doctors, made appointments at my leisure and never thought about it. Now I'm not sure what I'm doing. And I don't have to pay - it makes me suspicious. I haven't had to go to a doctor myself yet - thank heavens. I'm not even sure how to do it. I did get a number but they spelled my name wrong - can't even deal with that right now.
The tube versus the subway. In New York City - you pay one price and you can ride anywhere the subway goes. I always had a monthly pass - one price and I rode everywhere at any time as much as I wanted. And you only had to swipe your metrocard on entry. The tube is expensive - even with an Oyster card. And I still never remember to pull out my card upon exiting, I'm the annoying one holding up traffic while fumbling for my card in my oversized purse which is a black bottomless pit of tissues, wet wipes, dummies, baby toys and lint.I have to say NY wins this one.
Washing machines and ovens - haven't a clue how to work either of them but have cooked quite a bit and washed load after load of laundry. I brought an oven thermometer and just fiddle with the oven until it's the right temperature and then I cook away. We're getting a new oven and a new washer/dryer that will have manuals so I plan to use the new ones correctly!
I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting - but I'm wading my way through and I'll figure it out. I have to say, I've been laughing at myself a lot lately. It's like I'm having to learn everything all over again.