Rachel Lucas seems to be trying to make her way in her new home across the pond, and talks about her impressions in regards to a story circulating of two teenage yobs who attacked a bus driver with knives:
But I donâ€™t know now. I realize Iâ€™ve been here less than four weeks but already Iâ€™m starting to get a different vibe about this sort of event, and Iâ€™m not sure how to articulate it, but itâ€™s something along the lines of: these people are just too nice.
The culture is different. There are a lot of ways to describe it, none of which really nail it for me, but it is different. And until you get to the moment where theyâ€™re not doing anything to help during an attack, itâ€™s pretty damn AWESOMELY different. I hesitate to even say that because I know some of my fellow Americans will take offense or take it the wrong way, but the thing is, like I keep saying, the people are are exceedingly polite and I like it a whole lot.
Read the whole thing.Â My total experience of the UK was a few days in London, so I can’t claim to be an expert.Â But it strikes me as a good example of approaching a foreign culture with an open mind, and a willingness to admit that things aren’t always as simple or as straightforward as we assume them to be.