EVERYDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE
Well, you know that people living in different countries have their own features. For example, in Madagascar children can’t call their fathers’ names. And on Taiwan you are not allowed to write with red ink.
Really? - You might say. But if you don’t know such tips, you can’t …. how to say…”survive” there. So, we decided to help you and tell you how to survive in the USA, Great Britain and also give some tips for your English speaking mates who want to travel around Russia.
So, let’s start. Let’s start with getting around.
1. Getting around (Britain)
Travel around the UK is relatively simple. Yes, they drive on the left, but don't be daunted. Most roads are so narrow that it doesn't make any difference which side you're on.
Be prepared when driving distances of more than 20 miles.
Britain has an extensive and efficient rail network, which only ever grinds to a halt when the weather turns hot, cold, wet or dry.
Tickets are expensive but you can find cheap fares by booking eight or nine years in advance of travel.
Getting around (the USA)
Travel around the USA is simple too. But if you are a walker, you’d better go jogging in Central Park. You should know that Americans use taxi in any situations. And remember you never ever park on red curb, or by the hydrant. It is not allowed.
Getting around (Russia)
If your pen friend decided to visit Russia advice him to stop the line even the traffic light shows green if he doesn’t want to kick the bucket.
Anyway, tourists should be prepared that priority seats in public transport in for elderly people, disabled persons, passengers with children and pregnant women. And we follow the rule. Try to do it. Usually elderly foreigners are shocked.
2. Speaking about the weather….
There are warm days in the UK, but you know you're in a damp country when the merest hint of sunshine is front page news.
Britain has four seasons, and while the transitions between them can be pleasant, each is typically as wet, gray and cold as the last.
Whatever the climate throws at you, be prepared for endless conversations about it. These needn't be dull, Brits have a impressive lexicon for rain. If you hear the word "mizzle," it probably means a light shower.
Climate (the USA/ Russia)
There are no endless conversations about the weather in the USA and Russia. Being in Russia you may hear “Earlier, when my granny was young, the sun was shining brighter , snow was frostier….” But in any way, we like the place where we live anyway!
3. Do you like tea as British people do?
There may be coffee shops on every UK street corner, but Britain is a tea-drinking nation.
Visitors will note the provision of an electric jug, or kettle, in every hotel room.
It will take four hours to boil half a cup, but for many Brits this is an essential lifeline. There isn't any crisis they believe can't be solved with a nice cup of tea, and perhaps a biscuit.
Tea (The USA)
The USA is coffee –drinking nation. Have a look at sitcom “Friends” and you understand everything. Isn’t it cool to take away some flavored coffee and enter the office instead?
People in Russia don’t care what to drink…tea or coffee..They like both. So, being at somebody’s place just say what you want to have. Mostly you will be offered “Russian tea” tea with lemon and sugar.
4. Are there any tips while going to somebody’s place?
Visiting someone in Britain it’s like a ceremony. There are a lot of rules which are not written. You are not allowed to come over without invitation, with children (if hosts let you that’s OK). Remember you should bring with you drinks, sweets or even flowers. And never ever kiss the hosts, just shake hands.
Guests (the USA)
The same situation in the USA.
Also, never be late. Smile widely. Remember that foreigners never tell you about their relatives, children’s success, and business if they don’t know you well. Watch “Desperate Housewives” to learn more.
Russians are so hospitable and welcoming. You may come over whenever you want and be sure you will have dinner all together. You shouldn’t buy anything. You may say “I just have a cup of tea..” and the table will be covered with salads, soup, potatoes, and sweets. You may ask Russians all about, there are no touch-me-nots.
So, don’t forget to take documents with you being in Russia.
Remember that pharmacy in the USA is like a “treasure island” – you can find even a newspaper there.
And always smile in the USA, they like it.
Thank you and bon voyage.