Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Resuming Normal Service

Hello, again.  I am now back from my two-week vacation Stateside and will resume posting normally.  I apologise that I've been completely absent during my vacation, but I seem to have forgotten just how busy and hectic a trip to my hometown is (I think this is largely due to the blessing of having 80% of my extended family very close by).

It was a really great couple of weeks, even if it wasn't the kind of vacation where I got to lay around and read the whole (or any of the) time.  I am in the process of going through my photos and will fill you in on my trip tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'd like to leave you with an article from The New York Times on the reverse culture shock experienced by Sarah Lyall, author of The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British, who returned to the US after living in London for 18 years.  While I have only lived in Britain for five years, and so have not experienced the changes in American and British culture over the same extended period of time, I recognise the changes that Lyall mentions and empathise with her.

(Click on the link above to read the article)

"Britons are not automatically impressed by what I always thought 
were attractive American qualities — straightforwardness, openness, can-doism, 
for starters — and they suspect that our surface friendly optimism 
might possibly be fake. (I suspect that sometimes they might possibly be right.)"

"The pursuit of happiness may be too garish a goal, it turns out, 
in the land of the pursuit of not-miserableness. After enough Britons respond 
with “I can’t complain” when you ask them how they are, you begin to feel nostalgic 
about all those psyched Americans you left behind."

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