Zac does abroad, pt. 2

Posted: March 1, 2008 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Editor’s note: In Zac’s last entry, he saw the anti-Christ in McDonald’s deli sandwiches. Such is London. Here is part 2 of 2 of Zac’s intro to the foggy city.

The Brits are incredibly polite, almost to a fault. They drop the word “Cheers” like Chancy Nancy drops the word “diversity.” But they’re not afraid to get very personal very quickly. I once had a complete stranger come up to me in a bar and tell me that, from a distance, I looked like a wanker in my British cap. Wanker is a British term for masturbator.

The best part of London is the drinking age, 18 years old. The drinking culture here is well-established. A pub stands on nearly every street corner, and clubs require attendees to dress nicely. I’m talking heels and blouses for the girls, dark jeans or slacks and button down shirts for guys. Hats are absolutely NOT allowed.

But the key to living in London is not getting tied down to the drinking scene or to the American fast food chains. You can get that stuff back in the States. The trick is experiencing the uniquely British or European aspects of the city. Between the museums, the tiny shops and cafes, and the ethnic neighborhoods, there’s something exciting to do everyday. I’ll tell you more about these places and other stuff in future posts.

~Zac Cummings

For more of Zac’s thoughts on London, you can visit his blog at

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