Almost Familiar

Hello there, faithful readers.

This post is about some of the things here in England that are almost like what we have at home, but not quite. I’ve found that brand new, unfamiliar things are easier to cope with than ones you thought you understood! It just makes life confusing. I already knew they called french fries, “chips” and chips, “crisps,” but it turns out there are even more strange things to learn.

Firstly: McDonald’s

This is a global corporation, right? So it should be the same everywhere, right? No, you would be wrong. There is a promotion going on in McDonald’s around the UK and Europe right now called “Great Tastes of The World,” which feature burgers and sandwiches from across the globe. Apparently they do this in various countries, which I found out by talking with some of my other friends. Just not in the US. Huh.

Second: Kentucky Fried Chicken

So the other day my friends and I went to KFC for lunch. I knew exactly what I was going to get: The Bowl. It is, in my opinion, the best thing that KFC has to offer. The mashed potatoes, corn, chicken, cheese, and gravy all mixed up together in one mouth-watering combination…mmm. I could already taste it. I quickly scanned the menu to check the price, and no bowl. What?! Thinking there must be some mistake, I turned to my friends to express my dismay. They looked at me with blank faces and asked, “What’s The Bowl?” With a sinking feeling in my stomach, I realized that they must not have it in other countries. I do not understand, as I believe all these poor people are missing out. They will never know!

Third: Domino’s

Okay, I promise not all of these are about fast food. But when we went to order Domino’s pizza a couple weeks ago, I realized that none of the pizza names are the same. “American Hot.” “Meateor.” “Tandoori Hot.” “New Yorker.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but we do not have any pizzas by these names in the US of A. Help!

Fourth: Pancakes

I was at a restaurant, and noticed that on the menu they listed both “pancakes” and “American pancakes.” Confused, I asked a British friend what the difference is. Turns out that British pancakes are essentially crepes, so I am not sure why they don’t just call them that. Americans have the only true pancakes!

On that note, British flapjacks are dessert bars. Just try to wrap your head around that one.

Fifth: Where’s Waldo?Image

Again, not really sure why this is different. Take a look at the picture on the right, and try to ignore the fact that they are boxers. Here, they call Waldo, “Wally.” Does that make him more British? I am confused, because Waldo isn’t exactly a common name in America. So why the change?

I am in an English-speaking country, but sometimes it seems like an alien world.

Until next time,


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