21 May 2017

10 things I wasn't expecting when I visited Florida

10 things I wasn't expecting when I visited Florida. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I loved my time in Florida last month, but there were definitely some things that cropped up which I wasn't expecting at all. Obviously this post isn't made with the intent to cause offence; it's just a little list of all the things that shocked me.

1.) Automatic toilets everywhere. It took pretty much the entire two weeks I was there to work out how to not set off the automatic toilet flush every time I went for a wee. 

2.) Fries, not chips. Sometimes nothing hits the spot quite like a good chip shop chip, am I right?! I had no idea that chunky chips were just not really a 'thing' in Florida

3.) There are gun ranges everywhere. And people totally go as some kind of family bonding activity?? I've written a whole post on my experiences with this here.

4.) Water is more expensive than coke. Why is this a thing? You honestly have to decide between having a drink that's actually refreshing and saving a little bit of money.

5.) There aren't alligators everywhere. After the tragic incident in which a young boy got attacked by an alligator at Walt Disney World, the media made it seem as though they were running loose everywhere. We didn't see any however, until we actually went looking for them at Boggy Creek's Gatorland

6.) Finding a recycling bin is practically impossible. I really struggled with not being able to recycle hardly anything whilst I was away. Despite owning his own house in a residential estate, my uncle is barred from getting a recycle bin for himself or renters because he's not a US resident. How strange is that?! 

7.) No one uses change. I felt so self-conscious using anything smaller than a dollar to pay for something. People just avoided taking/giving change. I was short-changed by a couple of pennies a few times, and all I could consider was how angry the little old ladies who frequent the restaurant I work in would be if I did the same to them!

8.) Food shopping is so darn expensive. If you head to any supermarket in the UK, there's always more expensive brands and cheaper brands. You can opt between things like Sainsbury's basics, Tesco's finest, or a variety of brands that deal in their own specific foods. Any supermarket we went to in Florida was ridiculously expensive, no matter what the quality of the food was like. I can see why people eat out so often!


9.) No one walks anywhere. Every road has sidewalks, but I saw at most ten people using them over our entire holiday. Everything is so far apart that it's hard for people to walk anywhere, and I just felt as though they were eerily empty. 

10.) Everyone was so so friendly. I think nice weather just brings out the best in people (or maybe Floridians are generally friendlier to be around than us Brits??!). Everyone we spoke to was more than willing to help us out with anything we needed, and we never received one cold brush off from someone at work.

Have you been to Florida? Did you find anything that shocked you there?


10 comments:

  1. I haven't been to Florida since I was about 11, but one thing I do remember is how friendly everyone was.. so nice to be around! x

    Small&Blonde

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    1. Everyone really was so kind, it was lovely!

      Steph x

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  2. I've been to Florida many times (I live in Georgia and it's only a 8 hour drive to Orlando). I never noticed that water was more expensive then soda because I always have a bottle of water on hand. I've never seen an alligator in Florida either but they only live around water, that's why some of the houses have huge fences in the backyard. I have seen lizards though! I feel like I have so much change but never use it because I always feel like I"m holding up the line and/or being judged by the cashier which is why I always use my card instead. Yes, food shopping is pricey but I think going out to eat is just as expensive. Most southern states (unless near a city) aren't walking-friendly so everyone tends to drive everywhere. It was nice to read your experience in Florida! ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd forgotten to mention the lizards - there were SO MANY! In the UK, food shopping is a lot cheaper than eating out, which is why I found it so odd

      Steph x

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  3. No alligators? I am not going then ;) On the serious note it's great to read how people from various backgrounds, countries etc. See the world around them. Iga x

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    1. I know right, what a disappointment haha!

      Steph x

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  4. I live in Miami, Fl. So happy you got to visit us!! What part of Florida did you visit? Going to the gun range is definitely a "hey, we're bored" kind of past time. I go at least once a month lol. Water is honestly more expensive because of the blazing heat, but I do agree with you that it shouldn't be so pricey! Oh, and that is why we have so much traffic. NO ONE WALKS ANYWHERE ANYMORE. I'm guilty of that too. Maybe I'll change that now that you brought it to my attention lol. I'm so glad you got to come visit this little part of the world!! I really enjoyed reading your post. Have an amazing week <3

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    1. I visited Orlando. It was so different to here in the UK! I had so much fun on my trip!

      Steph x

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  5. Wow, I never realised the US were so different to the UK! I think the reason you don't see people out walking, certainly in places like Florida, is partly to do with the heat but also laziness. My neighbour was sent to the states for work for nearly two weeks, and whilst out there he visited a few malls etc in his down time. He said, Americans would only park right next to the door of the shop they wanted to visit. If they couldn't, they'd circle the lot until they could, rather than park further away and walk. And, if they were visiting another shop just down the sidewalk, they'd get in their car and move it to be near the store entrance! Which is ridiculous. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Oh my gosh, that's madness!

      Steph x

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