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19 Embarrassing Moments All Americans Experience In London

Do I want to know what a "bubble & squeak" is...?

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1. When you go out to a pub with people, and realize that food is not a priority for them.

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No one cares about when they eat. It's all about drinking first, and eating later. But can't we have both?!

2. Trying to cross the street and accidentally looking the wrong way, because ROADS.

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Roads: They're different in America!

3. When you go to order an English breakfast and become overly concerned when you see "bubble & squeak" listed in the ingredients...

What? And what? I asked a British person to explain this to me, and they said "bubble & squeak" means mashed potato and cabbage fried together. (?!?)
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What? And what? I asked a British person to explain this to me, and they said "bubble & squeak" means mashed potato and cabbage fried together. (?!?)

4. When you ask "Where's the bathroom?" and then you're led to a room without a toilet.

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Turns out that "bathroom" in London means "a room where you can bathe yourself." What you need is a "toilet." Lesson learned!

5. When you need to go to a pharmacy and someone tells you to go to "Boots". (?!?)

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Boots... like the shoes I'm wearing boots?

6. Having every British person around you giggle when you say "poop," because they call it "poo."

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....

POOP.

7. When you're ordering food and they ask if you want it for "takeaway," and your brain goes blank for the smallest of seconds.

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Pardon?

8. When you accidentally assume that a British person is automatically from England, and you get called out for it.

Of course, they obviously CAN BE from England, but not always.
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Of course, they obviously CAN BE from England, but not always.

9. Accidentally trying to enter an escalator on the right side, like you do in America, only to realize far too late that you've fucked up.

Left left everywhere left.
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Left left everywhere left.

10. Going to open a door, and realizing you have to push a button first.

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Or it's push instead of pull. Or pull instead of push. The doors here are insane.

11. Going to order a regular coffee, and having no one understand what you want, because English people call it "filtered coffee."

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I'm sorry, I just want a COFFEE. Please give it to me!

12. And THEN, trying to buy an iced coffee, and getting a bunch of blank stares instead.

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Iced coffee just isn't an easy thing to find here. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

13. Londoners will ask, "Are you alright?" which in America means, "What the fuck is wrong with you?" but is really just their way of saying, "How are you?"

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I'm fine. Why, do I seem not fine?

14. When you realize that you'll be washing your clothes in the kitchen, since that's where the machines usually are.

But... help?
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But... help?

15. Often not being able to understand someone with a British accent, but still being inexplicably attracted to that accent.

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I'm sorry... What did you say? I was too busy staring at your mouth.

16. Getting confused when someone asks if you have an "oyster card" for the tube.

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And subsequently feeling the rage of having to pay 4.80 for a single tube ride. That's outrageous.

17. Trying to get used to the idea of not tipping at restaurants, and inevitably tipping on accident.

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18. When you get judged for calling digestives a cookie instead of a biscuit. (Even though it's definitely a cookie.)

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You know damn well what biscuits are, and this isn't one of them.

19. And when you're leaving London and don't know whether to hug or give a kiss on the cheek, so you just awkwardly do it all.

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It's just awkward for everyone all around, really. #loveyouLondon

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