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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #495 on: August 15, 2018, 09:59:10 AM »
You do occasionally get a nutter here where I am who actually has the audacity to try to speak to me out of the blue! (/s)

It doesn't happen often but it does happen. I was walking my dog past a neighbours house who happened to be standing outside. They smiled and said "morning!" and I was so dumbfounded I definitely responded looking like a tw*t because I was caught so off guard haha. I just had an awkward but surprised smile and nodded and did and awkward half-mouthed/half-speaking "hiya". I then spent the next 5 minutes of the walk trying to figure out why I responded like such a weirdo!

It's really common here.  People are very outgoing and engaging.  I've been caught in conversations at Aldi several times.  We live outside of a very small town, so I don't have non-Aldi experiences to speak of, but pretty much every time I go out to shop there, I end up in a friendly chat.
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #496 on: August 15, 2018, 10:08:01 AM »
XoD, at the spa last night, my friend and I went into a hot tub that had one other woman in it.  We talked for an hour!  And genuinely all had a lovely time and good chat/laughter.  I was like, "Where am I?"  She even said when she left, "normally people act like I don't exist when I'm here by myself."   :D


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #497 on: August 15, 2018, 10:26:26 AM »
XoD, at the spa last night, my friend and I went into a hot tub that had one other woman in it.  We talked for an hour!  And genuinely all had a lovely time and good chat/laughter.  I was like, "Where am I?"  She even said when she left, "normally people act like I don't exist when I'm here by myself."   :D

Were you not initially looking around to see if there was another friend she was chatting to because she couldn't possibly be looking to chat with strangers? I know that's what I would've done! hahaha
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #498 on: August 15, 2018, 10:34:27 AM »
I have found the Scots to be exceptionally friendly and chatty.

I have the best conversations with my customers. It only takes them hearing my accent and they chat me right up.

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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #499 on: August 15, 2018, 11:53:54 AM »
Same.  ;D


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #500 on: August 15, 2018, 01:50:46 PM »
North West of England - people are friendly and chatty.

I got the train (35 minute drive) into Liverpool last week  The couple in front of me were elderly, had moved to the area, and amazed at how friendly people were - and we had a good chat about it.

A couple across the aisle had a dog with them.  We chatted about this being the first time the dog had been on a train and how good she was.  The couple in front of me joined in.  Then another woman sat next to me and joined in.  When i got off to leave the train I had five of them waving to me and saying goodbye.

This is quite a normal event here in the North West.


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #501 on: August 15, 2018, 02:01:06 PM »
In fairness, I've been very fortunate to come across very genuinely nice people down here in the south and have engaged in lots of random chit-chat with strangers. I always feel bad when I hear of other expats talking about how cold they find brits to be in general because I've had such positive experiences that it just makes me sad they haven't.
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #502 on: August 15, 2018, 03:41:47 PM »
Last winter when it was really cold and miserable, I  sat down on the train in a middle seat between two big guys.  I moved my elbows to make a bit more room and one of the guys elbowed me back.  I  gave him one back a little harder and the next thing you knew, we were throwing elbows like ten year olds on the playground. 
That's the closest thing you'll get to a conversation on the train down here in the big smoke.


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #503 on: August 15, 2018, 04:39:30 PM »
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #504 on: August 15, 2018, 04:59:52 PM »
Need more cats!


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #505 on: August 15, 2018, 07:25:44 PM »
Last winter when it was really cold and miserable, I  sat down on the train in a middle seat between two big guys.  I moved my elbows to make a bit more room and one of the guys elbowed me back.  I  gave him one back a little harder and the next thing you knew, we were throwing elbows like ten year olds on the playground. 
That's the closest thing you'll get to a conversation on the train down here in the big smoke.
Actual photo of this incident.



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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #506 on: August 15, 2018, 07:33:03 PM »
Look at those kittens!  Are they gorgeous!


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #507 on: August 16, 2018, 08:17:29 AM »
Tami is on a mission to reply to every one of my posts with a cat picture. 


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #508 on: August 16, 2018, 08:22:22 AM »
I'd say she's doing a pretty good job of it, too.


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had known
« Reply #509 on: August 16, 2018, 08:25:53 AM »
Tami is on a mission to reply to every one of my posts with a cat picture.

We won't be happy until you get a cat(s) of your own!  ;D



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