I keep meaning to (and attempting to) write posts about the wedding but after having devoted so much time and mental real estate to that one big day, I just haven’t been up for it. So, in the meantime I’ll write a bit more about being an American in the UK.
Dogs are almost never on leashes here. When I first arrived, it really freaked me out. Like seeing a small child with no parent nearby makes you feel anxious, and concerned. In the States a dog off its leash is either a possibly dangerous stray to avoid or has an irresponsible owner and should still be avoided. It shocked me that people would let their precious pets wander on busy streets without a leash or put themselves in a position of zero control should their dog go for someone. However, I’ve come to realize that almost every dog I’ve seen has been the absolute picture of obedience. None have seemed wild or out of control or even remotely interested in harassing strangers. I’ve even seen a few sitting patiently outside of shops waiting for their owners!
I think this demonstrates a difference between the the laws in the US and the UK because here, they seemed to be designed to let people be responsible for their actions where in the US, its more policing people into correct behaviour. This is also the sentiment behind letting people drink at a younger age in Europe.
It seems odd to me then that people are so obsessed with calling the UK communist for having an NHS when its the US that uses legislation to try and protect people from themselves.