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Separated by a common language
It is often quoted that Britain and America are separated by our common language and the more time I spend in Florida the more this becomes apparent.
From the time the car rental is picked up at the start of your vacation
the words hood
are paramount for the bonnet and boot. The car will almost certainly be filled with fuel – in this case gas
not petrol and diesel is not as commonly used in the States.
Out onto the Freeway
and you drive on an Interstate
pass the billboards
and in time will probably arrive at a Service Area
, do not expect it to be similar to a UK Motorway Service area but probably just Restrooms
and vending machines. Ensure during your driving that you do not tailgate
the vehicle in front of you.
You arrive at your chosen villa either in Orlando or at one of the Gulf Coast Subdivisions
and in your kitchen will be a range
which may or may not have a grill but will have an oven. Water appears when you turn on the faucets
. Should you wish to wrap food for the refrigerator it can either be done with clingwrap
or if you wish to use tin foil then look for Reynolds
Into the bathroom and it will certainly contain a shower and maybe a tub
in which to have a bath.
Outside the villa will be an under covered patio termed a lanai
and beyond the pool area a yard
with grass, flowers and trees.
Once settled into the villa and you start to explore your surroundings make sure you only use the crosswalk
to reach the other side of the road having left your car in the parking lot
Shopping is a pleasure; remember women’s clothing sizes are one size down from UK sizes. In general Misses
sizes go up to about a UK 16 with Women’s
and Plus Sizes
After a days shopping a meal is in order. In order to eat eggs cooked sunnyside up
pick up the flatware
. Maybe order a soda
instead of an alcoholic drink. Dessert may come with frosting
, don’t be alarmed it will not be extra cold but just covered with icing. Any children in your group who have sat in their stroller
may at this time appreciate a popsicle
Should you be visiting during Thanksgiving to Christmas you are in the Holidays
period and many stores will be having their sales.
Enjoy the differences in the language and the culture of our two nations.
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Page added on: 4 July 2008
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