You Know You’ve Been Living in the UK for 3 Months When…

  1. You call french fries “chips” and potato chips “crisps” in your regular conversations.
  2. You drink tea all. the. time. Currently, I think I’m at an average of about 2-4 cups a day. (And that’s with both sugar and milk, of course. I know how to brew a proper cuppa.)
  3. You greet everyone by saying “Hiya!” in a sing-songy voice.
  4. When people ask you, “You alright?” you no longer go into a state of deep, psychological soul searching, but just answer, “Yeah.” They’re just asking “How are you?” / “How’s it going?”
  5. You drink squash daily. And, no, I’m not talking about some vegetable puree. Squash here is a liquid juice concentrate (that doesn’t have to be refrigerated, I might add!). You add 1 part squash to 4-5 parts water for a yummy, apparently-less-sugary drink.
  6. You still think Marmite is disgusting. Seriously, it’d take a lot longer than 3 months to get used to that stuff…
  7. Trains are your life. Best form of travel right there. No car needed.
  8. Having cars drive on the left side of the road seems normal to you, and when you visit a country where they do the opposite, you freak out that someone is driving on the wrong side of the road.
  9. You know that Digestives aren’t a pill you take after eating too much, but a cookie so good you probably end up eating too much of them.
  10. It no longer phases you that they don’t keep eggs refrigerated at the grocery store.
  11. You know to refer to your home college/university as “uni” or “university” and not as “college” or “school” so people don’t think you have a lower education.
  12. Instead of saying you “don’t feel like doing” something, you say that you “can’t be bothered” or “can’t be asked” to do it.
  13. You know that clotted cream isn’t some disgusting clot, but something delicious to eat on scones, and that lemon curd isn’t at all related to cheese curds.
  14. You start gearing up for Christmas in November and nobody judges you!! (The one–and only–perk of them not having Thanksgiving over here).
  15. You know that there is not one “British accent,” but that there are actually about a million different regional accents despite the small size of the country.
  16. You’ve actually had tea and crumpets. And are addicted to them.
  17. You can’t think of anything else to add because it’s so ingrained in your daily life. Help me out! If you’ve lived in/traveled to the UK, what other things did you notice?

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