This Is England!

During my daily blog perusing I came across this blog entry by a lovely YA author named Annie Cardi. Her blog post got me thinking about how much I love the UK. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite places in the entire world. Like the rest of Europe there is an absolute ton of sweet history, but it’s even better than the Continent because they all speak English. And with the tidiest accents. Hooray for lack of language barriers!

Here’s a few awesome things I love about England:

  1. Original YA material — C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are the two guys who inspired loads of YA authors to read, and ultimately write. No big deal though.
  2. Their obsession with tea — Seriously, why haven’t we picked up the whole “tea time” thing?
  3. Some of my fav YA books are by Brits — Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Lord of the Flies, Chronicles Narnia, LOTR, and the Bartimaeus Trilogy to name a few.
  4. British accents — I cannot get enough of the way those folks talk. It makes everything sound better.
  5. The Embassy of Texas — You’re in the middle of London and you see a massive Texas flag hanging over a door. You’re curious, so you walk in and find one of the weirdest things ever: a Texas-style sports bar, the walls plastered with the jerseys of every Texas college football team. What’s more, all the servers talk with fake American accents to make it more Texasy. The even serve pecan pie, albeit with chocolate sauce on it.
  6. Marks and Spencer — My wife and I explore grocery stores wherever we go and this ranks on the top of the list. (The Japanese version of AM/PM is at a close second.)
  7. Availability of curried foods — Who doesn’t like curry? Riddle me that.
  8. The voice on the Underground that says, “Mind the gap.” — The first time I heard that I couldn’t stop laughing. People probably thought I was a weirdo.
  9. Cultural awesomeness — London is packed with museums that display just about everything you could imagine. One of my coolest experiences was our visit to the National Portrait Gallery where we saw the tinsiest portrait ever of Jane Austen.
  10. Having family in the UK — I’ve got loads of relatives living in Ipswich which means that I have a reason to go back!

Have you been to England? If so, what are your fav things to do or see?

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