Being raised in a post communism times in Bulgaria gave and also took a lot from my generation. In a not so distanced memories we had no Santa, but Father Frosty instead, we had Western treats when someone`s dad was travelling abroad, we had only two TV channels and we spent summer at grandma`s house instead of summer camps. These are just some of the very few differences I could think of. Fast forward few years later I found myself married to my lovely British husband and these are the few things I learned from my life with him:
- “What`s for tea?” actual meaning is “What`s for dinner”. One of the very first things I learned and probably my favorite saying
- Eggs are for breakfast and sandwich is for lunch- we do the exact opposite back home
- Eating full English breakfast- I always wondered what kind of person can eat all this food for breakfast. I happily will enjoy one now, and even love the black pudding!
- Eating turkey at Christmas time (plus the 5637291 trimmings that goes with it)- In communist Bulgaria people did not celebrate Christmas as religion was banned. We don`t really have traditional Christmas meal
- Checking the local weather report before travelling anywhere- just in case of a rainy forecast
- Sending and receiving of greeting cards- one of my favorite things I learned from Tom is greeting cards! Loads of them on any occasion. Somehow this tradition is lost back home
- Their tea is the best- with or without milk
- Adhering to the rules- no one respects the rules more than British
- Considering root vegetables as a legit salad substitute- no comment!
- Being overly polite in every eventuality- Addressing taxi drivers and customer care with “Sir” always make me smile.
- Getting sunburnt instead of getting tanned- factor 50 is essential when exposing even the tiniest bit of skin under the sun
- British food- From fish and chips and roast dinners to delicious curries, British cuisine has so much to offer. Tom also introduced me to HP sauce and I don`t know how I lived without it before. Cake is pudding, ice cream is pudding and anything served for dessert is pudding.
- Pants are called “trousers”, underwear are “pants” and sweaters are “jumpers”