Outside Farringdon station in London there'll often be people still asleep on the streets, with sandwiches and snacks from Pret left beside them for breakfast by office workers. If I have change I normally hand it over, but I like the gesture of leaving someone their breakfast and them not needing to say thank you.
I liked this a lot! 'At the same time, it’s an indication of all the terrifying price tags that this grown-up status will come with—and how many more times I’ll probably feel a pit in my stomach purchasing something, without ever knowing for sure if I actually need it.' I think this is an especially a problem for people who work in fields like yours; it's hard to define exactly what sort of equipment you need (there's no microscopes or diggers), so easy to berate yourself for buying something top-of-the-range to make your work more pleasurable.
Is this a good place to ask about US tipping rules? I'll be going to Miami in February, and was wondering if there are different regional amounts that one should tip, what you should tip on apart from cabs, dinner, drinks etc. I feel like looking at travel guides isn't as helpful as it purports to be, and I don't want to be the Brit who stiffs people.
This makes me so glad I live in the UK. My parents contributed to my living costs as an undergraduate, but the state loaned me the tuition fee money and some of my living costs. If my parents' income was low I would have also received a means-tested bursary. I worked a variety of jobs throughout my undergrad degree to pay for things like travel, gifts and other luxuries. I've been very lucky. Now I'm on a graduate course, and luckily have a full scholarship (fees and a living stipend).
@stuffisthings Of course he does. I have no idea how to start explaining British ideas about class. I tried with a Canadian housemate of mine, and I'm sure it just made her more confused.
@stuffisthings Yup, I already think that guy's a wanker.
@ThatJenn 'I had a male partner who was uncircumcised and he found that regular condoms would slowly ride up as they got “eaten” by his foreskin' WHAT. I'm, er, British, and I'm about to ask all of my male friends about this.
I'm in Zurich at the moment, and pretty much all I want to talk about is how amazing the trams are. So clean and punctual, and running all over the city. Going to go take one now.
Measuring out your life in coffee filters?