Things are different living in England
My American version of English is causing a few smiles as I try to communicate with the locals. I have become very aware of differing vocabularies as well as pronunciations. For instance, we would yield while merging into traffic, the British would give way. We might have to take a detour, they would take a diversion. We fix a clogged drain, they fix a clogged plug hole. I would say that it is starting to rain again (something I have said MANY times since arriving here), they would say it is starting to throw down again.
I have also noticed that many things are smaller. We Americans have bought into the idea of large sized everything--cars, appliances, etc. Washing machines here hold what we would consider a rather small load. Also, dryers are less frequently used, it seems. Yesterday my room turned into a "hanging garden" as I stretched a cord across the room to dry my laundry. I cannot remember the last time I hung up laundry to dry! I found it rather thought provoking as I realized just how automated we have become in the States.
I am likewise very aware of how young the USA is. There is a plaque hanging in the entrance to the Centre commemorating, in 1974, the 750th anniversary of the Franciscans arriving in England. That means that the Friars arrived here in 1224--while Saint Francis was still alive. Columbus didn't stumble into our continent until 1492. It makes one stop and realize what a young "up start" our country is in the history of the Western World.
Finally, I am finding it very insightful to listen to the national and world news. Hearing a report on what is happening in Washington, for example, from a foreign perspective sheds a whole new light on events back home.
I think that I have finally overcome my jet lag. I remember being told that it takes one day for every hour difference. That being the case, yesterday, Monday, was my fifth day here and I slept very well last night.