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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:25:51 PM
In just over a week, my family will be leaving our house in a quaint little fishing village on the Scottish coast, and embarking on an adventure - living in America

As a long time lurker in NSBR, I am aware that certain things get Peas backs up. So, to prevent me becoming a 10 page thread due to a faux pas, can you share some valuable advice of things not to do in America?

I have a little list of things I have already learned from the Peas...

  • Always put your shopping cart back (which I do in the UK anyway)
  • Don't go shopping in your PJ's
  • Uncrustables are not a recognised food group
  • Do not subject any American friends to British food delicacies, like mince pies, as they can often offend
  • Don't be offended when someone comments on how bad our teeth are


Turkeys and giblets I have experience with, so not too worried about that

Anything else that I should be aware of.....?????

Please note, my tongue is firmly placed in cheek whilst I am typing this, and yes, I am aware it is not Thrusday, and I am not planning on sewing anyone



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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:30:52 PM
Be prepared for lots of comments on your accent and people asking if you know the Queen. Also, for heaven's sake, deck your house out, inside and out, in full regalia for every holiday known to man or you just might be known as "those neighbors who don't care".



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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:31:07 PM
You'll also need to say where you are moving to. What flies on the East Coast may not on the West Coast! lol

I'll trade you my American life for your

quaint little fishing village on the Scottish coast
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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:32:04 PM

Do not subject any American friends to British food delicacies, like mince pies, as they can often offend


Mmmmm, I loooove mince pies! Just leave the haggis at home.

What part of the U.S. are you coming to? And is this a forever move, or just a short-term thing? I hope you'll enjoy living here. Your first purchase when you get here should be a crockpot, as I'm sure you're aware.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:33:23 PM
Wellll, for one thing, be prepared to have (some) Americans to be a bit more forthright than what you might be used to...

And we eat more than other countries. Maybe you'll be a good influence on those around you!

Americans adore your accent, so you're in good there.

In our country, "fanny" means "bum" and not "vagina" as it does in your country. Don't freak out when you hear some mom calling out how she's gonna smack their child's fanny, lol.




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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:33:34 PM
Well it's a huuuuge country so it depends on where you are going to live! I'm from Chicago and some of the stuff I read on here from other Americans in other regions makes me go



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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:33:44 PM
When you pass people, look them in the eye and smile.

And welcome to the U.S.!!!

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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:45:20 PM
I made that move 15 years ago
I came from Nottingham though, not a quaint town in Scotland.
I moved to the Dallas area and oh my what a culture shock, not in a bad way just a different way of life.
I have lived in Arizona and Missouri too and am now back in DFW.
In the 15 years I have been here there has NEVER and I really mean never been a week when someone doesn't comment on my accent, I just get used to it (I am different I know).
People say I have an "English Home" , I'm presuming decorating style etc.
Some people will think that if you come from the UK that you know everyone that lives there and every town and place. Seriously I have had people say "Do you know Brenda who lives in Bristol?, I can't remember her last name but you must know her", and I not making that up.
There are substitutes to a lot of your favorite foods and most supermarkets will have some British food slotted in so you can find it even though you pay through the nose.
Be prepared for people to not understand what you are saying, I don't mean the accent I mean the phrases/words that are different.
Everything here is much bigger, homes are bigger, roads are bigger, stores are bigger and a lot of the time personalities are bigger too.
Feel free to Pea Mail (if it works) if you have questions, after all this time I feel I'm a pretty knowledgeable ex-pat.
Oh and I can tell you how to watch UK TV too
Have fun, it is a journey but relish every step.
Katie



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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:48:02 PM
If anyone in your family smokes don't say you are going out to have a fag. That's going to translate a little differently here.

Depending on where you are going to be moving don't be offended when someone ask if you have found a church or ask which church you are going to. I think we tend to put religion out on the table much more than you would in England or Europe. But that's just my general take on the situation.

Ice, we like lot's of ice in our drinks. I've been to England I know how stingy you guys (general you guys) can be with the ice cubes.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:48:43 PM
Welcome to America, Sarah! We here on this side of the Pond are happy to have you join us. Hope you won't have difficulty driving in the USA way! Have you ever experienced right side of road driving?

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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:50:52 PM
Bring a good stockpile of real Cadbury chocolate. Hershey's makes it here and it's shit.



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Posted: 5/22/2012 12:58:13 PM
Now I know why I love this place

We are moving to NE Florida, DH is military and is going to be working with the US Navy, so we are here for 3 and a half years

I am coming armed with plenty of Union Jacks just to remind the neighbours where I am from...

Now, I love haggis, but I know it is not everyones cup of tea And I am ready to embrace all things crockpot.

I had forgotten about fannys My kids are already trying to remember that it's potato chips not crisps, fries not chips, and jelly not jam

And I am known for my smiley personality, and have worked retail, so I know all about eye contact and smiling It'll be nice for someone to do it back to me too

Katie, I was born in Nottingham The size of things is really what is going to be a shock to us, Jacksonville is not a small town by any means The size of the community we are going to be living in, is larger than our nearest town

Religion is a subject that has already been broached - DH met a local family whilst visiting the area in April and they asked about what church we attended. We both have a religious upbringing, but we choose not to attend church, and that is what DH said.

I have driven on the "wrong" side of the road - we lived for 4 years in Gibraltar, which drives on the right, but I drove a right hand drive car. I am sure I will be fine once I get the hang of it, and there aren't any roundabouts, so thats a bonus


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:00:14 PM
enjoy NE Florida! It's my favorite part of the state.

Make sure you spend time in St. Augustine. You will love it. And Marineland has been redone; it's really neat.



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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:00:16 PM
I see you are moving to Florida, get ready for the bugs.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:04:00 PM

Bring a good stockpile of real Cadbury chocolate. Hershey's makes it here and it's shit.


Bwahahahahaha

I remember the first time DH went to the US and brought me back some Hershey's Kisses, and I ate one and told him it tasted like sick...bleurgh I have a stockpile of tea bags ready for the suitcases, and I am sure that I will manage to bring some proper chocolate with me


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:07:07 PM
Kelpea, I've had a few people tell me how lovely St Augustine is, so I am definitely making that one of our first sightseeing trips

I am not looking forward to bugs, or creepy crawlies or snakes or alligators I am looking forward to some sunshine though


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:15:35 PM

jelly not jam

I think you are ok on this one. I hear this used interchangably frequently. The crips is another story though. I know what they are buy many don't.

I am forgetting is this is a difference in England but I think it is...........in a restaurant, napkins are not feminine pads, they are serviettes.

Trainers are tennis shoes, athletic shoes, and any number of other names but I don't typically hear them called trainers.





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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:17:08 PM

Trainers are tennis shoes, athletic shoes, and any number of other names but I don't typically hear them called trainers.


On that note jumpers = sweaters.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:18:14 PM
On vacation once I spent a few days on a small coastal village in Scotland (Waternish on the Isle of Skye). While in Kyle of Lockalsh, the man asked where I was going and couldn't believe how far we were willing to drive. I don't remember if it was half an hour or an hour.

Coming from Florida, it's very common to drive for a half an hour or an hour just to go to a specific store, restaurant, park, whatever and still be in the same "town". Especially in Jax since it's so big.

I've seen jelly and jam called jam. I consider them two different things though, don't know if they really are. Jam seems to be more like real fruit while jelly seems to more processed. In Germany we don't get a lot of what's comparable to jelly, but we do get a lot of what's comparable to jam. So, I would still feel comfortable getting and using the phrase jam.

Typically, tea isn't as strong and in Jax you'd have to specify that you want hot tea otherwise it'll be assumed that you want it iced. Sweet tea is iced and VERY sweet. You can also order it half and half with half sweet half unsweet. I love iced tea and miss being able to order it.

The bacon in the UK is 100x better than most places in the US. And don't get oatmeal at a restaurant because it's just not the same. Instead, try the popular southern staples of grits and biscuits and gravy. YUM!

Along the lines of people commenting about your accent, you'll likely get comments like: I'm part Scottish, my great great great great... grandmother is from there.

Good things about the move:
- Shops are open on Sunday!
- There are plenty of places that are open extended hours/24 hours (but they're often dirty)
- Publix is a great supermarket. They often have a small area with some foreign food brands (PG Tips tea, the British brand of baked beans, some German food too), but I've noticed that when I get chocolate it's old so check expiration dates. However, if you do get something that's not to your liking you can easily go there and either get it replaced or refunded because they have a great return policy.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:27:36 PM
I'm down at the other end of the state from you, but welcome to Florida.

Be ready for heat, humidity and rain. I don't know about up north, but down here rainy season has set in already (as it's down pouring/thunder/ lightening right now).

Weather will be very different for you - we don't have real seasons in Florida. You'll get more differences in Northern Florida than down here, but really, I like to say we have to seasons - summer and not summer. Summer has set in already.

Hurricane season begins June 1 so make sure you're prepared for that, there are tons of prep lists available online. Having stuff on hand makes it easier when a storm approaches so you don't have to be fighting to get the last gallon of water at Publix.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:28:22 PM
Isn't "jumper" a shirt? Or something else?


there aren't any roundabouts, so thats a bonus
Ugh, there are more and more roundabouts, including one in St. Pete Beach that confuses us every time.

There are a bunch of Brits in Florida, strangely enough. If you visit St. Augustine there is a wonderful bar/restaurant with a British theme and another one south of St Augustine. link

I hear more differences in syntax between English English and American English. We say "in the hospital" whereas you say "in hospital." We say "graduated from high school" and you say "graduated high school, or go down, or is it up?"

And of course there is the "loo."

Enjoy your adventure. Be prepared for the heat in Florida. Ouch!

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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:33:37 PM
NAS or Mayport?




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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:34:15 PM
You need to establish a credit history asap.
The fastest way to do that is to get a credit card from your American bank with a fixed limit on it. My card had a limit of $500 per month when I came out in the early '90's. Pay it off every month.

Go to the Social Security Office asap to get your Social Security Numbers (SSN). You will be amazed how often you will be asked for your SSN. It's not like your NI number in the UK where you are rarely asked for it.

Buy vegetarian baked beans. You really do not want to open a can of regular baked beans.

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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:39:33 PM

When you pass people, look them in the eye and smile.


Bad advice if you're going to a place like Boston... Possibly NYC too, though I've never lived there.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:53:17 PM

NAS or Mayport?


NAS

We have a US credit card already set up and linked to a US account - the British Embassy have been great at sorting that bit out. I will need to apply for something else before I can get a SSN as I don't have my own visa - we are all linked to DH's military visa.

It is definitely going to be an adventure, and an experience that was too good for us to pass up DD thinks that going to school will be like Glee or High School Musical DS is just worried that no one will understand what he is saying Although we live in Scotland, both DH and I are English, and none of us have Scottish accents.



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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:58:24 PM
If you really want to imbrace America you can stop saying "pardon" and say "what" when you didn't hear something. lol

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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:04:28 PM

DD thinks that going to school will be like Glee or High School Musical


Oh my.. Hopefully it won't be to much of an adjustment for her. If I remember correctly you asked about US schooling when you first got the news of your move. So I take it you decided to put her in the public school system here?


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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:04:36 PM
You're going to be hot as hell. You'll learn to like ice, lots of it, in your drinks. You've never lived in a sauna before, but you're about to now. Air conditioning is the best invention ever.
Jelly is clear (strained of pieces of fruit, made with fruit juices) and jam is made with the whole fruit. You can ask for either. No one will care. You can see the difference when you compare them in the store.

Cookies, chips, fries, things like that you'll quickly learn.

I didn't think the Cadbury was all that much better in the UK than here--I love it either way. You all do have a WAAAAAY bigger selection of Cadbury products, though.

You won't find prawn crisps here. You may get stupid questions asking if you eat haggis a lot.

I don't know who would think you all know each other, but I guess you get all types in any part of the country.

Where I live, no one would ask you about your church affiliation (or probably care), but I know that's a lot more common in the south than other parts of the US.

Many people are way into sports and sporting events, but I live a rich a full life devoid of any football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, etc. so I tell you it's possible, no matter how alone you may feel in hating football. (heh, I have no idea if you like it or not, but in some parts of the country you definitely feel alone in not having a "team".

When we are pissed, we're angry, not drunk.

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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:06:35 PM

If you really want to imbrace America you can stop saying "pardon" and say "what" when you didn't hear something. lol


That's easy, I've never said "pardon" - normally it's "say again?" or I just smile and nod and pretend I understand. Some of the local dialects here can be like listening to Martian


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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:08:17 PM

DS is just worried that no one will understand what he is saying Although we live in Scotland, both DH and I are English, and none of us have Scottish accents.



I have some friends that just relocated from Aberdeen to Houston. My friend is Scottish, but her husband is English, and she does have a more difficult time with some people understanding her. I thought I was going to die laughing when the girl at Costco asked her if she would mind speaking English!
Anyway, I work for a British company, so we have many, many expats here. They all seem to fare quite well.
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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:08:20 PM

DS is just worried that no one will understand what he is saying Although we live in Scotland, both DH and I are English, and none of us have Scottish accents.



I have some friends that just relocated from Aberdeen to Houston. My friend is Scottish, but her husband is English, and she does have a more difficult time with some people understanding her. I thought I was going to die laughing when the girl at Costco asked her if she would mind speaking English!
Anyway, I work for a British company, so we have many, many expats here. They all seem to fare quite well.
Welcome to America!

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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:14:04 PM
Don't expect to hear much news about anything happening outside the US unless you search for it.

Brush up on your imperial measurements, since the metric system is rarely used here. If you're a cook, you probably want to bring some of your favorite recipes, as most US cookbooks are written with cups and ounces. Some ingredients are different, also, particularly in baking. Your oven will be in degrees Fahrenheit. (As will your outside air temperature!)

I'm in Texas, and I am able to find most English or Scottish foods I've ever wanted, if I look in the right place. World Market has a number of different things that may come in handy, including digestive biscuits, Branston pickle, and yes, English Cadbury's. (Do check the label, though, as I found US Cadbury's there once.)



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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:17:16 PM
You can just order a water here in a restaurant . It will be regular plain ol' still water WITH ice---and it is free.

Bonus!



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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:17:20 PM
Yes, Sara, we decided on mainstream schools for both the kids DD will be starting 8th grade in August, DS will be starting 5th. We have made sure we have good transcripts and detailed reports for both kids so that the schools have as much info as possible. DS will be tested in his first week, but DD will not, although she may need to be tested in Math as the curriculums are so different.

The heat is going to be an issue at first, but we have lived in a hot climate before - 4 years in the Mediterranean. Although it wasn't as humid as Florida.

We are not far from Aberdeen, and the Aberdonian accent can be hard to understand, even for other Aberdonians There is a group of military families relocating next week, and a couple of them are Scottish, and they already know that they will probably spend the next 3 years repeating everything


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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:20:04 PM
Welcome to the Southeast US! As others have mentioned, I'm sure the weather will be much warmer than what you're used to. My first thought was: leave the heavy coats in storage back in the UK! I live in South Alabama and you can make it through winters most of the time with just a jacket or light coat.

I hope that you and your family enjoy the experience. What a great learning opportunity for your children!

ETA: I know parts of Florida are not really Southern, culturally speaking. I'm not familiar with Jacksonville, so I'm not sure if it is or isn't. In general, though, it seems like things are just slower in the South. Don't assume because someone speaks slowly that they are less intelligent...you just might want to slow down if you speak quickly (instead of having to repeat!).

Also, I find that people here are in general less direct than folks in other places seem to be (especially, women).



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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:26:04 PM
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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:26:49 PM
Americans are pretty friendly generally speaking, so be prepared for the lady in line behind you at the grocery store to just randomly start talking to you about the weather, her shoes, the contents of your cart, her bowel movements, etc.

We like our guns.

Be prepared for people to ask stupid questions like, "Where are you from? Is that an Australian accent?"

Americans work way too much compared to other countries, but on the other hand, I've heard we're very charitable.

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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:33:13 PM
Someone beat me to it! I was going to say it you order tea in the south it's going to be iced and sweet!

If you hear someone say "return you buggy to the corral", it's the same thing as your cart or trolley (though in VA people would just stare at you like this if you say trolley.)



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Posted: 5/22/2012 2:43:04 PM
Ha, I am very good at attracting the crazy people - so I am sure I will continue to do so, even in the check out line

I think I'll stick to coffee when I'm out I do like Iced Tea, but prefer a good British cuppa first thing in the morning

Fiestaware, how could I forget the Fiestaware?


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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:17:09 PM
Oh, I hope you love Jacksonville! We lived there for 8 yrs. Beaches lovely! Every day after school I'd head to the beach with the kids and just have the best time ever.



Disney! only 2 1/2 hours away!

Down side....hurricanes! Lots of mosquitos and other bugs you've probably never heard of! I hadn't either coming from the west coast.

We lived near Fort Caroline and it was very nice people were very friendly.

Best of luck to you!



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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:20:33 PM
We have round-abouts on the West Coast.

Jam is smooshed fruit in a jar. Jelly is made from the juice of the fruit. However, even though I know that and make them both, I use jam to indicate both.



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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:28:02 PM

Please make sure you have a lot of money put aside for any health-related problems. Insurance doesn't pay for anything any more.


If they are military, I imagine they will have medical benefits at their assigned base medical facility/facilities.

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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:28:44 PM
Welcome! I hope you have a great time living here stateside.

If you get too hot in Florida, come visit me in Minnesota!


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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:28:55 PM

...In general, though, it seems like things are just slower in the South. Don't assume because someone speaks slowly that they are less intelligent...you just might want to slow down if you speak quickly (instead of having to repeat!).


Good advice for Americans too! LOL! I'm from Seattle and have Southerners cock their head trying to understand me. After that I made sure to sloooooooow down when I speak. Conversely, I'm always comfortable in NYC where they talk just like me! Hee!


If you really want to imbrace America you can stop saying "pardon" and say "what" when you didn't hear something. lol


The more polite version would be, "I'm sorry? What was that?"



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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:29:57 PM
You will love it here I am a Brit living in Texas and we love it - we have no problem finding pg tips at most grocery stores and in town we have a good selection of Brit food too -check world market around Christmas for crackers and chocolate enjoy your move
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Posted: 5/22/2012 3:33:33 PM

Possibly NYC too, though I've never lived there.


Nope. New Yorkers are AWESOMELY friendly. People have got to stop thinking you can't talk to 'em or look 'em in the eye.

My husband's from the Bronx. His whole family is for that matter. The best ten years of our married life were spend there. My dd was born there. Most of my bridal party is from NY. They are the bomb.

My theory, as a former southern girl, is that New Yorkers are just waiting for YOU to be nice to THEM. I heart NY.



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Posted: 5/22/2012 4:00:30 PM

Please make sure you have a lot of money put aside for any health-related problems. Insurance doesn't pay for anything any more.


Most likely, they will use the NAS for their health care. However, this brings up a good point. More than once, I've had a kid get sick during a move. I think it's just the stress and change in routine. Ask your sponsor the protocol for appointments/after hour care. It differs between the Army/Navy/Air Force here and I would imagine your current health care is set up a bit differently as well.

You should have a commissary on base where the groceries will be significantly cheaper than on the economy, especially meat. Some commissaries are better than others and some carry more international foods than others. But there should be a European section where hopefully you can get some of your favorites.

Do you have a house yet? I can offer some advice for temporary housing issues. If you plan on traveling north to a colder area, it may be worth it to bring boots/warm jackets/etc. But leave all those warm thick sweaters at home! You will want some gloves for sure, as once you acclimate to the warmer weather, 50 degrees will be quite chilly!

I'd ask to have your DD tested in math. Surely that can't be that different? And math cirriculum differes from state to state. We moved here from Boston last year, and DD is pretty much repeating her 6th grade year of math. (She's currently in 7th grade.) And math seems to be the subject that they will move kids out of grade level more easily. They start separating the math tracks in middle school here. We chose to leave her where she was because math isn't her favorite subject and we thought it would help the transition if she had an easier class. But she's finding school much easier here in Virginia than in Boston.

Most people will probably assume that you are British. I'd have a bit of a one-two sentence reply ready to give them. Just because you will get asked A LOT! But the Brits are pretty well accepted and people will most likely be fascinated with you (and the kids!)

Good luck!


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Posted: 5/22/2012 4:03:04 PM
yep leave the heavy coats back in the UK. I only had to wear a heavy jacket maybe a week out this year and I'm in the state above Florida. Northern Florida has similar weather to Alabama. very very very mild winters. summer well you can "drink" the air most days. being next to a beach however they say it's a few degrees cooler than away from the beach because of the breeze. In the summer get ready for expensive power bills if you have to pay them. air conditioning is going to be your best friend and you won't want to drink anything without ice. lol. Florida really isn't considered part of the complete southern culture. It's kinda it's own culture. St Augustine and Disney world are should definitely be on your travel list.

also scrapping book stuff is going to be much cheaper here than you're probably paying. shipping most of the time is cheaper than gas. also a lot of the sites offer free shipping from time to time and some offer it always if you buy a certain amount.

cash is not widely used anymore most just use debit cards/bank cards or credit cards linked to their account. so if you having trouble with the currency or going to make a big purchase use a credit or debit card. it saves time and hassle. I'm not a big fan of change/coins

Americans are very impatient people as a whole including lines at a store, on the road, or waiting for food. If you don't know where you're going on the road get ready to be honked at. If you don't have you money ready to pay in a line get ready to hear some sighs. We move a lot faster than the rest of the world but the south is a little slower than the rest of the country but still very impatient and instant gratification.

publix was mentioned as a good grocery store and I agree but it's a little pricey to me. I would only go there for specialty stuff. If you're living on a military base I would suggest shopping at the PX or commissary on base. regular everyday items tend to be cheaper for military families. U.S. military families don't have to pay tax on their items they buy on base. oh and walmart. It's a huge chain store that carries pretty much everything from groceries, clothes, school supplies, gardening stuff, tools, car stuff, electronics, and etc. pretty much everyone in the south shops at walmart. It's not fancy just cheaper than most stores.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 4:12:23 PM
Hello and welcome

I'm originally from Essex and have been here 12 years living in Seattle which is very much like England for weather. I still get told that people love my accent and even get asked to talk just so they can hear it! Don't forget that pants are not underwear and nobody seems to know what trousers are!!

You can find British shows on BBC America and Amazon sell PG Tips and other English goodies. I've noticed that the shops here do sell British foodstuffs but you have to search for them.

Look forward to hearing your experiences

Christine


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Posted: 5/22/2012 4:28:14 PM
Waving from Canada - Hello!

If you require anything, let me know as I am close to the USA border and could ship you items (McVittie's biscuts, PG Tips tea) from my USA address.

Enjoy your time. In the winter, there will be a lot of 'snow-birds', retired people usually from Canada and Northern States that are down for the winter.

Bring a good small kitchen scale to help you in your measurements when cooking/baking. Dr. Oetker products are available in most larger grocery stores or European Deli's.

Make sure any DVD's that you bring OR purchase in the USA will conform to the DVD player. Ask someone 'teckie' about this.
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