So you’re planning on traveling to England? If you think that just by reading the news, watching Mr. Bean and listening to Oasis you’ve got a good grasp of what English culture is about, I’m here to tell you otherwise!
I grew up in Brazil and although I studied and learned a lot about other countries around the world, some misconceptions remained and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised to find out I didn’t know much about the Britons.
After living in England for the past eight years and talking to many travelers, I realized I was not the only one with the incorrect knowledge! So let’s see what people thought was true before traveling around the country.
1. There Is No Five O’Clock Tea
I mean, I always thought that when the clock hits five o’clock, everyone has tea at home or somewhere else! That’s what I learned in Brazil! It was indeed something people used to do in the past, but not anymore — or not in the same way.
Nowadays, many hotels and restaurants offer the “Afternoon Tea,” which involves sampling several types of tea, with cakes and sandwiches. You could also have a “Cream Tea” and gorge on those marvelous scones, any time of the day!