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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 and trunk 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 available.

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 to lick.

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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