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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons


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Things to know if you're travelling in England

1) There is no table service in pubs. If you go into a pub for food, you have to go to the bar and order it yourself, no one will come around.

2) The kitchens in most pubs close at 7:30 - 8 PM.

3) So if you compound mistakes one and two, you end up waiting 20 minutes for service when you're already hungry, and then find out you have to go somewhere else anyway.

4) Anything looking like a hoodie is not advised. My jacket has an attached hood I pulled over my head when it started raining, and owlfish warned me about this. Hoodies are absolutely associated with thugs here, and there have been incidents in the past month or two of little old ladies in such outfits getting jumped by over-eager security types.

5) The Underground is your friend except when it's not. When things are running properly and you throughly read all the signs directing you where to go, it's a great way to get around. When stations and whole lines go down for maintainance, which happens on a regular basis when you have over 300 stations moving millions of people and some it goes back over a hundred years, it can turn a 20 minute trip into an hour long one if you don't know exactly what to do.

6) The minute you arrive here, get your cell phone unlocked (if it's not already) so you can make some phone calls. Having your friends save up the free sample sim cards they get in the mail so you don't have to get one yourself helps to. British pay phones eat your money, and they are few and far between (except immediately around tourist attractions).

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Hoodies are absolutely associated with thugs here, and there have been incidents in the past month or two of little old ladies in such outfits getting jumped by over-eager security types.

LOL, fascist Britain. The silver lining of that innocent man being executed by the police last summer is the end of that "The British police don't even carry guns!" idiocy.

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