One thing I'd wish I'd known before going to the USA...... - page 8

Hey all you wonderful nurses who have made the journey across the pond, or are nearly there bar the flights! I thought it might be fun/interesting/helpful if you could post something along the lines... Read More

  1. by   english_nurse
    Quote from Owain Glyndwr
    I wish I knew someone in the US Embassy
    hahah nice one!!!

    where have you been hiding anyway
    ?
  2. by   Owain Glyndwr
    Quote from english_nurse
    hahah nice one!!!

    where have you been hiding anyway
    ?
    Bit of time away from it all for personal reflection on many of life's issues. And to sulk.

    Cheers

    OG
  3. by   RGN1
    Quote from Owain Glyndwr
    Bit of time away from it all for personal reflection on many of life's issues. And to sulk.

    Cheers

    OG


    Nice to have you back though!
  4. by   Geena
    I wish I had know that I can't be as straight forward as back in Europe, telling how I feel about some things, this seems to be frowned upon. I have that fake smile on my face often these days I notice. Sorry, I have had a long week....

    And I seriously think we have a RICHER vocabulary back home - I miss good cursing in the break room!
  5. by   cariad
    OG,,,,,, now I know that you are welsh, thay have marketed the corner for sulking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   apriljan
    I never thought I would feel so emotional and wanting to go home for 3 days after arrival. Today was day 4 and better than the rest. Anybody else felt the same. Doesn't help when you 17yr old son is saying the same thing constantly.
  7. by   Mimi2RN
    I wish I'd known to bring some of my favorite foods.

    I couldn't get a good cup of tea (bring tea/teabags). I know you can buy tea here, but it doesn't taste the same when you are homesick anyway.
    Rich tea biscuits.
    Mushy peas.
    Cadbury's chocolate (not the Hershey version we have here)
    Turkish Delight
    Maltesers
    Weetabix

    You can find places that sell British food, I stock up when we go down south. My husband stocks up on Yorkie Bars and Mars Bars, and he's American!
    Oh, Battenburg!

    Care packages help, my mum sent lots of packages.

    And we bought an electric kettle.

    Welcome!
  8. by   RGN1
    Found good tea when on holiday - get it over intyernet from Cevalia - who we got our coffee machine from. Also you can find English Breakfast Tea from Twinings in the supermarkets.

    Cadbury's is a problem guess you just have to save up & get the odd bar from an English store. Dove isn't too bad a substitute though. Also Russel Stover & Ghirardelli (? sp) are nice too!

    Still say it's the bread that's the very worst thing! Absoliutely going to get a machine!!
  9. by   Owain Glyndwr
    Quote from RGN1
    Cadbury's is a problem guess you just have to save up & get the odd bar from an English store. Dove isn't too bad a substitute though.
    Things must be desperate when you eat soap instead of chocolate. Does Imperial Leather taste as good?

    Cheers

    OG
  10. by   english_nurse
    Quote from Owain Glyndwr
    Things must be desperate when you eat soap instead of chocolate. Does Imperial Leather taste as good?

    Cheers

    OG
    dove lol
    i have a confession to make, am bringing lots of tea with me, as its on offer at morrisons so ive been buying loads!
    how sad am i ??
  11. by   Fiona59
    DOVE bars are a "quality" type chocolate. It isn't so much the tea tastes different, its the water that's different. Oh, and don't ever try to get a decent cup of tea in a coffee shop or restaurant. Most don't boil the water.

    I notice the difference when we go south. But most of the UK brands are available in Canada, so if you're up north try cross border shopping. My Safeway carries Weetabix, Maltesers, all the tea varieties you could wish for, but Canadian Cadbury's is different from the UK import Cadbury's sold next to it. Battenburgs went when M&S left Canada, but there used to be a Scottish bakery in Vancouver that made it....
  12. by   Geena
    Quote from apriljan
    I never thought I would feel so emotional and wanting to go home for 3 days after arrival. Today was day 4 and better than the rest. Anybody else felt the same. Doesn't help when you 17yr old son is saying the same thing constantly.
    I know. Not quite wanting to home but as lonely as ever.
    Have not been here for that long either.The freeway still terrifies me and am still doing my daily shopping after work, getting home to a quiet house and to my computer...
  13. by   StNeotser
    Quote from Pilotboy
    I wish I had known all the liberals that are here; I would have never come here to begin with.


    I wish I'd known about the germanic sense of humour. And that Americans do not spend a lot of time taking the michael out of one another. They just think you're being serious.

    Ah, anyway that was a long time ago.
    Last edit by StNeotser on Oct 5, '06

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