This week marks my 15th anniversary of my returning home from a 4 year assignment in London. I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan so this was the perfect way for me to experience a truly international lifestyle. The decision of “Should I stay or should I go abroad?” is not one to be taken lightly which is featured in my guest blog post for Global Threads.
- Tea is always served with milk.
- BBC News is my daily source for news as it provides an independent truly international news report.
- Always carry an umbrella! Also leave an extra umbrella in the car.
- A solid understanding of history is critical to begin cultural interaction in any country.
- A Tuesday night at a local pub talking with friends is better than any TV program.
- Always keep an open mind to reframe my perspective. The British do not drive on the “wrong” side of the road – they drive on the “other” side of the road.
- Marks & Spencers has the best knickers in the world!
- Public interactions go much smoother when everyone gets into an orderly queue (sorry…line).
- Black clothing is always in style regardless of the garment item or season.
- Appreciate the importance of work life balance and the concept of “work only to live”
- Understand how “It’s a small world after all” when you can bump into old friends in India.
- Realize that home is truly where the heart is; however in time of an emergency when you need to travel it seems so very far away.
- Ability to portray a modest, calm and composed personality
- You can live your life without a car! Public transportation outside of the US can be utilized as your primary mode of transportation.
- Plan your weekly shopping time in advance. Even today major stores in the UK are only open 11AM – 5pM on Sundays including grocery stores.