September 09, 2005

Sweet, sweet rain

So it's raining. And I love it. Normally, those two sentences don't go very well together, and especially in the notoriously crappy weather of the UK, but this is an exception. See, we've just arrived here (well, three days ago) from the searing heat of Los Angeles, and quite frankly, we're glad of the rain.

I've decided with absolute finality that there's no way I can live in LA, simply because it's way, way too hot for me. There are other reasons as well, of course, but that pretty much sealed the deal. I don't think I was ever considering it seriously, but our three weeks there in the unbearable heat was like a huge slap-in-the-face reminder.

So first impressions of the UK? It's always kind of hard to say since I'm so used to the place - it's so familiar and new at the same time. On the physical level, I definitely notice how green everything is, the narrowness of the roads, the age of the buildings, and the smaller relative size of the buildings. But all of this is really just a way of informing me of the underlying shift in the feeling of the place. Which is? Hard to describe. Approachable? Dare I say quaint (but of course, that is only felt in relation to the US - looking at it on its own it definitely isn't quaint and no-one here thinks of it as that)?

Was somewhat shocked to be asked for my address and phone number when buying something __with cash__ the other day. But turns out it was just the particular store I was at (PC World). I don't think that's in any way normal. Will have to keep my eye on that one.

Posted by mthaddon at September 9, 2005 11:46 PM