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Work Experience UK Story: Part 5 – Christmas at work in the UK

Thursday, December 30, 2010 by

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Happy, happy :-)

[Pavlina is participating in the paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program]

December 27th, 2010

The Christmas Eve, the Christmas Day and the Boxing Day have passed and it was a very busy time. Many people were coming over to have their Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch in the restaurant. I must say I would love to have such festive menu as they had! Everything looked just delicious! As starters there were for example thick vegetable soup, mackerel, salads and cheeses such as Brie and Camembert or goat cheese. One could choose a lamb, turkey, pork or salmon as the main course and all the meats were prepared in way that they looked so attractive. The side-dishes were veggies and the traditional roast potatoes or chips. And there were also plenty of desserts following after the main course, such as orange posset, typical British Christmas pudding, cheese cake, chocolate fudge cake with ice cream, coffee sponge etc. I know it’s actually hard to imagine what these names refer to but all the meals looked like some pictures cut out form a gastronomy magazine!

However all the staff were buzzing around like bees so that I was totally exhausted every evening. It was actually my first Christmas not celebrating but working. At least the guests were appreciative and we got quite nice tips. And which was the most surprising for me I also got some Christmas presents from my employer and his wife and also my coworkers- some of them even wished me merry Christmas in Czech! I was really deeply moved, it was so nice of them!

One of my colleagues’ parents even invited me to come for dinner on Boxing Day on the 26th of December and I had wonderful time with them. It was almost like I it was my own family. We were sitting in the living room chatting, watching some movies, playing games, eating and drinking. I also liked the atmosphere of their home, all the vintage and cosy design felt so warm.

Now the restaurant is closed for two days so I am off and can take a rest. I just slept till the noon and watched some movies because I simply didn’t have energy for anything else :-)

As regards my language improvement I sometimes still can’t understand at first try because some people have such a strong British accent. I also noticed a few interesting things in the speech of English people in comparison to what we were told at school or with comparison to the US English. It is not used “How are you?” normally here, but rather “Are you ok/all right?” unlikely in the USA. Brits say “Sorry!” all the time, in all situations, instead of American “Excuse me!” which surprised me very much because I have heard them to use “Excuse me!” only three or four times since I came here. Another thing is saying “Merry Christmas” as well as “Happy Christmas” which we were taught at school to be not correct.

[Pavlina is participating in the paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program]

Questions? Ask below :-) In English, please.

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