Most Asked Questions As A Californian In England
Just a little background about me, I was born and raised in a relatively small town in Southern California. Even my college is based there as well. I have visited other countries before, but never really considered studying abroad. Come my sophomore year at my university, I made the choice to study in Cambridge, England for a semester, and here I am!
As an international student studying in England, there are obvious distinctions that set me apart from the rest, especially my accent. Dead give-away for sure. When out and about in town, the second I speak, the British know I am not a local. Due to this fact, here are some frequently asked questions I get as a Californian in the U.K.
1. “No way! You’re from California? Do you go surfing all the time?”
Okay, I get it. I live by the beach. I’ve grown up by the beach; however, not all Californians surf! Technically, yes, I have gone surfing before, but my life is not Blue Crush. I think it is safe to say I spend more time on campus in my studies then sunbathing in the sand at Newport Beach. If anything, the only occasion I can spend most of my time in the ocean is during my school breaks.
2. “Have you seen any celebrities? Have you met Justin Bieber?”
One of my favorite times I was asked this question was when I was at the salon. My goal was to get a haircut, but the receptionist was fascinated by my California upbringing. Since I grew up around Los Angeles, I have seen my fair share of celebrities. Especially in L.A., it can be hard to go somewhere and not bump into someone I recognize from a TV show or movie. Regardless, the receptionist was a bit disappointed when I told her Bieber was not on the list of stars I have encountered.
3. “What do you think of Donald Trump?”
For some reason, baristas love asking me about President Trump. However, especially that early in the morning, I just want my coffee. So, I tend to ignore the question all together. I will never understand how my political views relate to my latte.
4. “How do you feel about the weather here?”
I will be completely honest, England is COLD. Never in my years have I need a parka or seen snow fall (unless you count the fake bubbly stuff they do at the Christmas Disneyland parades). If there is one thing I have learned about the United Kingdom, it’s that a t-shirt and jeans won’t cut it here. I wear my scarf religiously and still get a little excited when I wake up to snow on the ground. My heater and I are now best friends, which is a plus! It is definitely an adjustment, but I have gotten used to it by now.
5. “Have you heard of the Kardashians?”
6. “What is there to do in Hollywood?”
I actually like this question, because it seems to be pretty helpful to people. Plenty of individuals have asked for recommendations, since they are planning a vacation to the States. One time, my cashier in LUSH printed out a blank receipt to write down all the options I gave him. The thing about Hollywood is it can be a bit sketchy if you end up in the wrong places, but there are countless sights to see. As a local, I direct them to the obvious choices like the Hollywood sign, but also some native favorites like hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
All in all, I have no issue being asked questions about my hometown. I take pride in where I come from and the experiences I had because of it. I figured it would be interesting to share some of the questions I get asked almost on a daily basis here. There are plenty of other questions that I could go on about, but these are definitely my favorites.