I came across an article in The Local this past week, where a bilingual British / French person took a few quirks from each culture to assess whether they embraced said quirk or not. After 9 years of life in France, I decided to write my own answers because it was the opportunity to something fun basically. Here goes...
1 - Not being able to go without a cup of tea. Ever.
I'm going to assume that the author of the original piece was referring to a builder's brew in which case... I'm OK if I don't have one of those on a regular basis. Give me a flat white (oat milk) or an infusion over a builder's brew every time. It's only when I go back to the U.K. that I find myself desperate for a cup of Earl Grey - weird right?
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