The differences between England and Spain
This is my second week in Loughborough and I'm glad to be here, sometimes it's good a breath of fresh air! In this entry I'd like to compare some of the differences I've seen between where I live at the moment and my home in Spain.
I really love English houses. They are so different to the buildings in Spain. Have you ever watched Harry Potter? Well, most of the houses are like the house where he lived with his uncle and aunt. The first time that I came I really thought that I was in Privet Drive with all those brick facade buildings. In most of the houses you can see carpet covering all the floor, something not common in Spain. Another thing that I found funny was that they really have the mailbox in the door, that's something I don't still get used. I feel scared every time I hear the noise of the mailbox opening, and then I remember what it is. My first days here I didn't feel very save because in Spain you cannot open the door house from outside unless you have a key. This is a very save country and you can be sure that no one is going to enter your house. But there's something that I find weird, you can easily see what people is doing in their houses. They have big windows to let the sunlight go in. English people love their gardens. If you walk the streets you can see people pruning shrubs and bushes. And in every garden there is a trampoline, awesome!
This is what I see from my window.
In Spain we have breakfast when we get up, lunch around 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner at 9 p.m.- 10 p.m. The main meal is the lunch and most of the people who have a full time job have a break for lunch. Here they have a sandwich for lunch at 12 p.m.- p.m. and the main meal is the dinner. They don't have many typical dishes as we do, but I like what they cook. We rarely use butter (we use olive oil) and they use it very often. What I really love from English food is the puddings and the influence of India as they usually eat Indian food. One of the things that I like to do when I'm abroad is going to a supermarket to know what they can buy. I'm very impressed of the variety of food that they have here. You can find many ready-made meals, sandwiches, crisps of every flavor, lots of cakes, biscuits, drinks... In Spain we think that the tea time is at 5 p.m. Wrong! They drink tea all the time! British drink 165 million cups daily. I love tea as well.
People and lifestyle I've met really nice people here. This is the third time that I work as au pair, and I've always worked for the same family, so I just have good words to describe them! British people are in general friendly and have a smile for you. They are extremely polite, please, thank you and sorry and the most said words! They love cards! They have cards for every occasion and they really use them. It's one of the things that I love. Talking about politeness, some weeks ago I found an article about a woman who went to visit her fiancé's family and after that she received a letter from her future mother-in-law. She was indignant about her bad manners and she gave her some advices. Here's the link.
Where I live, in summer there's always people outside. The day before I came I had dinner with some friends in one of those restaurants that I told you which are in Pedregalejo and we stayed there from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. There were many people all the time, even children. And shops in Spain close at 8.30 p.m. Last Saturday I went for a walk in Loughborough and at 5.30 p.m I had to go back home! All the shops were closed and everybody was having a drink in the pubs or making dinner at home. But something that I like is that shops are open on Sunday, something unusual in Spain. I think that the weather is one of the reasons that make our lifestyles different. But as Neil said last Sunday was sunny and hot for the first time that I've been here! Everybody was outside, sunbathing and enjoying the wonderful day. Someone sunbathing in Queen's Park, Loughborough, UK.
This weekend I'll go to London because one of my sisters is coming with her husband. It's a city that I really love, there are plenty things to do and see. I'd like to go to Greenwich, Camden Town and Borough Market. I'd like to discover new places in London! Neil, which is your favorite place in London? Is there any well-kept secret away from the hordes like Pedregalejo is in Malaga? And the rest of you, have you ever been to London? Wich is your favorite place or where would you like to go? Have a nice day!