I have been in London for a week and I like it. I like its people, buildings, landmarks, style, tube, and (again!) its people. I have shot many photos, but I did not bring my computer, so I have only posted very few pics (downloaded to my friend's Mac/Iphoto with no pp) on other sections of the forum. One thing seemed to me different from California:
At the restaurants, bars, or pubs, one has two choices: Take it away (take out) or Waiter Service (dine in). The difference in price is relatively insignificant (4-12% added?). However, if you buy something to take away, you cannot sit in the outside (or inside) chairs. We bought some gelato to take out and on our way out, we saw empty tables and sat for few one minute (easy to get tired of walking in London). A minute later, a waiter came and tolds us that we must leave, "we need the tables" (he was going to seat a party of four, there were about 20 empty tables, but he chose the one we were using to sit the party of four.
When at Canterbury, we went into a pastry store and ordered a coffee (take away or dine in?) to take away (we were walking and not tired yet). However, right after the over the counter helper was done and we were ready to pay, we decided to sit for a minute. Immediately the waiter told us that she will help us on the table. We sat, and four minutes later, the waiter came and asked us: "What would you like to order?". We felt in Bizzarro world, this is the same waiter that saw everything inside and told us that she will help us outside. I was thinking that she was going to bring the order (already served by the other attendant). Instead, she acted as if she saw us for the first time. We did not like it (or were really surprised) and left. The gelato incident happened the following day.
The other thing that impacted me is: British drive in the wrong side of the road, and they are proud of it. Instead of changing their ways to adopt to the rest of the world (yes, London is also full with people from the rest of the world), they maintain their anomality ( ) Although I did know this, it has been a real exprience almost being hit by car and byciclists (hundreds of them). Another thing: NO J-Walking tickes and no police on the streets. That is a good one.
I will post more of my experiences here. I welcome any comment, educational tip, or just plan argument by any forum member, especially British members. Thanks.
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