It's official, I've been in Chester for one week. I've done some exploring, am slowly learning the history of this lovely town, gone through a very stressful situation (more on that later), and have learned the following things:
1. When crossing the street, LOOK RIGHT! We, as Americans, are trained to look left first and then right. Well, everything here is backwards and old habits die hard. When I get to the corner I tell myself, "Look right. Look left. Look right again." So far, so good.
2. There is a wonderful show on British TV called "Come Dine With Me". The premise is that four strangers are brought together to have dinner at each other's homes. Over the course of four days, each person holds their own dinner party while the other three judge the food from 1 to 10. Whoever gets the most points wins 1000 pounds (roughly $1500). We definitely need an American version of this show.
3. It doesn't get dark here until after 10pm. I'm not used to so much sunlight in one day but it is quite nice.
4. People here eat late; usually 9pm or later. I, for one, enjoy the late dinner but when my husband has to go to work at five or six in the morning we don't always get to partake in that tradition.
5. The people here love American music. Case in point: my husband and I were at a bar last night that had a DJ and next thing you know, everyone in the bar is singing along to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing"! I didn't know Journey was so popular here.
6. A cooktop, or stovetop, is called a hob.
7. I cannot make heads or tails of cricket.
8. The bartenders take the art of making cocktails very seriously. They mix the ingredients in a shaker and then taste it and adjust accordingly. This reminds me of chefs that taste their food before serving it to make sure it is properly seasoned.
9. And last but definitely not least but probably the grossest, eating the worm at the bottom of a bottle of tequila is so last year. The popular thing now is (drumroll please) Scorpion Vodka. Yuck.
That's it my friends. In order to get rid of the bad taste the scorpion might have left in your mouth, here is a picture of the Eastgate Clock of Chester:
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Enjoy your Sundays and, as always, good health to you all.