It’s been an odd week for me. It’s been on of a slight desire to have some of the familiar, Canadian things and culture. I usually don’t miss PEI per se, but just aspects of my old life. That and the odd craving for food that doesn’t make it to these British shores. Last week I was working with a company back in PEI who had a poorly Mac server. It was such a breath of fresh air to talk someone so laid back about IT compared to the usually high strung companies here. That triggered a longing for laid back-ness that can be rare here, at least from my experience.
Not everyone, but a lot of people here make themselves so busy to the point where having fun and relaxing are scheduled. Something I always just shook my head at as an “oh those English” thing was people having diaries out of the need to schedule all this stuff and having to refer to it to do anything. This week I find that annoying me more than charming. Where’s the room for just spontaneously doing something silly and fun? I’m sure I’ll get over it, it’s just how my mind is working this week.
The odd thing is that I still love the fast paced nature of London especially. It just wouldn’t be the same without the mad dash to catch trains and buses and walking down the street weaving in and out of the human traffic. And it still can bug me how slow people usually move on the pavements in Cambridge, but somehow that all feels different. It’s just the general, non-high-strung attitude that I’m missing.
So there we are. It’s taken two and half years but I think I’m having my first bit of proper culture shock. It will most likely pass, but not completely. Not until I can get some Honeycomb cereal and blueberry Eggo waffles 🙂