Sorry for the lack of posts about life in Britannia! I’ve been busy lately with classes and my internship.
If it seems like I’m posting a lot of pictures of food and alcohol, it’s merely my attempt at integrating with the culture here.
Food is nothing new. It’s a staple in every country and culture. The food and the way we interact with and through it in our day to day lives always say a lot about who we are and the kind of lifestyle our city cultivates.
I can see the eyebrows on the alcohol part. And this is where I unabashedly tell you I drink everyday. Not the sloppy, wasted kind of drinking I see you envisioning. I drink when I go out to lunch. I drink at dinner. I drink while watching X Factor. I drink at staff meetings.
This might be because I went to bartending school and have an appreciation for technique and taste. I like alcoholic beverages. They look and taste pretty. So what? But mainly because drinking, or “pub life”, is a major part of British culture. The States have made it so much more of a stigma, but in turn the stigma is more than likely the only reason it’s abused amongst our youth in the first place. In Europe, alcohol is fuel. Economically and socially. Gathering at the pub after a long day at work on a Tuesday is completely accepted here. In fact, drinking with meals regularly is considered healthy. And sure, occasionally you’ll see the regular user and abuser being shoved onto a night bus by their equally disheveled friends on a Saturday night. It happens everywhere.
One of my flatmates’ internship encourages drinking in the office on Fridays. The theater that I work at has a full on bar downstairs for chrissakes, and it’s always packed… 11 am to 1 am. They have meetings over a pint, iPads out and all. It’s an unexplainable way of life…Like how Americans usually always get ketchup with our fries or expect ice in our water or for the check to come within seconds of clearing your plate. It’s what we’re used to. It’s what they’re used to. The English say “alcoholic” takes on an entirely new meaning here, and I’m completely starting to see why. It isn’t that they’re dependent on alcohol to function. It makes for the staple to their meal or just a reason to meet up with some old mates. It beats lean cuisine dinners, reality TV, and browsing Facebook all weekend, that’s for sure. And personally, alcohol is delicious. If I could drink more than I already do and be incapable of getting tipsy/wasted, I’d be one happy camper.
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
Ok so that quote doesn’t back up my post at all but I thought it was quite honest.
“My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.” - Winston Churchill
So get that craft beer you’ve been eyeing on the lunch menu! And drink those three glasses of red wine with your lasagna! You can just say you were being European.