Quick Post: Money

So we’re not that far off from having to leave, and I honestly still feel like I haven’t quite gotten the hang of the money here, the coins that is. I can easily identify the one and two pound coins, the 50 pence one, and the 20 pence one on days when I’m really with it. But the five, ten, two, and one pence coins are really a mystery for me. If I think about it like I am now, I can get through them all, but when I am checking out at the grocery store or somewhere else, it is a real issue for me, so I’ve ended up with a ton of coins. Part of the problem is that there are just so many coins and they’re all different shapes and sizes and so it just is a lot. I also don’t understand the need for a two pence coin, and it’s the same material as the one pence coin so when I’m glancing in my wallet, I’m never entirely sure exactly how much I have. And I’m sure of course I’ll feel much more confident about it once I am about to leave the country. But for now, I still don’t totally have the hang of it.

Quick Post: Things I Learned in the Past Few Days

1. The best explanation for why chocolate Easter eggs are hollow is that it is reminiscent of the empty tomb after Jesus was resurrected. Because it has nothing to do with hollow ones being cheaper. 

2. You can actually bruise your thumb from spending three hours straight erasing bowing marks from a piece of music. 

3. There are a lot of unfortunate differences between British and American terms for erasing. Such as they call erasers “rubbers” and erasing “rubbing it out.”

Quick Post: Flavors

There are some really interesting flavors in England that we don’t have in America, especially in chip flavors, or crisp flavors if you’re British. One of my personal favorites is cheese and onion, which are two of my favorite foods and one of my favorite food combinations, so I’m pretty happy about that one. There are also a lot more meat-flavored ones than I’ve ever seen, and as a vegetarian, I tend to steer clear of those. For example, in a pub, I came across some roast ox flavored chips, which was not something that I thought I’d ever see. Obviously there is British cuisine, I mean, we don’t think of beans on toast as a great breakfast or snack or what have you, but I think it’s interesting to look at chip flavors as an indicator for the kind of palate that the country has. England is known for their love of meat, and I think it would be fair to say that they demonstrate that through the chip flavors they have. But in the meantime I will just be enjoying the accessibility of the cheese and onion flavor.

Quick Post: The British Accent

One of the things about being in a country that speaks the same language means that there is a lot thought about the accent, and I think that both British people and American people try hard to figure out each other’s accent; when I was in the school with the Bath Phil, one kid tried an American accent while we were in small groups, and seeing as he was in elementary school, it wasn’t all that good. To be fair though, I’ve definitely heard a lot of bad British accents from Americans, and I have no idea how good mine is. Hearing the British accent a lot though, I think I realized that some of what makes Americans trying British accents bad is that they try to say words the way British people do, but they use American intonation. I know some of this from doing theatre for so long, and so having to be aware of how I speak, but Americans tend to be lower in pitch in their voice, and tend to end their sentences down, as in dropping off the end of the sentence and lowering their pitch to indicate the end of a sentence. British people, however, do the opposite. They tend to stay a lot higher in their voice, and they don’t drop off the end of their sentences, which can sometimes make it sound like their sentences don’t have ends, or are more continuous. Obviously, this does not apply to every time they speak, but I think as a general rule it’s true. England also has a lot of different accents depending on the region, but I think this holds for the accent that I’ve heard in Bath.