Before I came here I thought that:
-the English would be the funniest people on Earth. Everyone has a great sense of humour, full of irony, cynicism and a quick tongue.
-it would rain every day of the year, and if it does not rain, there is fog
-the only food eaten in Britain is Fish&Chips
-there are no beautiful girls in England. (It was explained to me like this: The food is crap. The girls are ugly. No wonder their universities have the highest grades in Europe. Every sane student wants to get it done with and get out, and there is nothing interesting to do but learn....)
-Their beer is crap
-They all sound like some odd Oxbridge tea-slurping old ladies
-they drink tea every day at 5, without exception
-the houses in England are crap, because they never got properly destroyed in WW2 (as the ones in Germany) and therefore weren't replaced with new ones
Since I came here, I learnt that:
-actually, barely anyone is funny at all. My only funny professor spent most of his life in America.....
-the weather generally goes through 5 different stages on each day of the year, ranging from rain to hail to sunny to downpour to fog within a few hours
-the British are far too sane to eat their own traditional food. No wonder they conquered half the world: They were looking for something edible. That's why there are 1000s of Indian and Chinese takeaways, and the Pizza places.
-there are ...... well. There are indeed some beautiful girls in England. Just not that many of them, and not in the vicinity of my University. (we have a girl:boy ratio of around 1:4 in total, and a staggering 1:9 in our particular department)
-the beer is..... I dunno. Never tried it. I wasn't a big fan of beer in Bavaria, the heaven of all beerseekers, so why should I bother with the sewage water they sell in England under that title?
-they do not all sound like Oxbridge little old ladies. The term "jolly good" hasn't been heard by my ears in a few months now.
-Tea is not a must.
-my prejudices about the housing turned out to be completely true, and it is worse than I expected...
-it's not just expensive. It is EXPENSIVE. it is RUINATION. Coming from Germany, I felt right at home: all the numbers on the price tags were identical to those I'm used to in Germany. Except it is pounds I am paying now, not DMs. Aaaargh!
-they have odd games here, mutated versions of American sports. Cricket instead of baseball, rugby instead of American Football, ....
I also noticed that London is a far more international city than Munich. I am pleasantly surprised by the number of foreign people, and the general open-mindedness in this country.
Except for Europe. Apparently, some people think it's not a good idea.
PS: Do not get offended. Most of this post is meant to be a joke.
PPS: On the other hand: Do be offended. Most of this post is true. (Except for the stuff about the sports. Everyone knows the Brits had their mutations BEFORE the Americans)