- British passengers on trans-Atlantic flights make the most inane conversation (me included).
- The arrivals hall of Gatwick Airport is a shameful place to welcome people to Britain
- British people love to break the silence by stating the blindingly obvious (e.g. “Well I’m sure our luggage will show up one one of these belts…”)
- British people refuse to trust information unless it’s given to them verbally (e.g. to the driver of a bus with a large destination board reading OXFORD: “Excuse me, are you going to Oxford?”)
- It is actually more difficult than I expected to return to driving a car with a manual transmission.
- British ale is much creamier and is indeed served a slightly warmer temperature (although is still chilled)
- People use the word ‘mate’ a lot when thanking each other.
- Jet lag makes me extremely grumpy for up to three days.
- British motorways seem inconceivably crowded.
- British teenage girls still dress, on the whole, like prostitutes.
Many more cultural differences will doubtless be observed in the coming days.