Tuesday, September 4, 2012


While seeing my parents in Europe recently, we started discussing some of the differences between living in Europe versus living in the US. I used to write about these differences in my early blogging days, but it’s been a while so I thought it would be fun to mention a few again, and maybe some for the first time.

Below is a random list of things to get used to when living in London:
  • Most homes don’t have dryers. We have an enormous drying rack that is almost always in use.
  • There’s no AC in homes. Luckily it’s usually not hot enough to need it.
  • Rent is advertised by the week, even though you pay by the month.
  • Payday is only once a month!
  • Unless you live way out or are wealthy, you don’t have a car (with a few rare exceptions).
  • There’s little to no preservatives used in food. Produce goes bad in a matter of days. Eggs are stored in the cupboard, not in the fridge.
  • High Fructose Corn syrup is banned in Europe – well technically, its production is controlled / limited by government
  • Plumbing is old so most sinks need the help of an electric pump.
  • 25 days of vacation is standard…and yes we get a similar number of holidays off too!  Europe basically shuts down in August.
  • A typical house key (including mine) looks like this!


  1. Not sure why, but this made me laugh out loud. Maybe its the key, and me recalling the moment my letting agent gave it to me. Oh, there's one more ... letting agents ... can't get a flat without one.

  2. I've always wondered what it would be like to live in London. This really lets me see how different living in another country is.

  3. I also wanted to have a vacation in Europe. This is a good review so I know what to expect when I go there. What I want is how their government controlled high fructose corn syrup. It's good to know that their government is concerned with their health compared here in America.


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