1. You're ALWAYS in a hurry.
That's not a choice because the trade off is people's expressions that can make or break your day.
2. You leave the door open for the person behind you to show respect.
Even if the person is 20 steps away at the railway station, mall, university, YOU WAIT.
3. You're a pro at walking, no distance will ever seem long enough to take public transport anymore.
With or without heels, rain/no rain, eating/drinking - walking will never be a problem.
4. Colours in your wardrobe fade away because you're a little too embarrassed by the colourful clothes that you own.
Life in London is black, white and grey. Although everyone will always notice the bright colours you wear and you'll also take that as a compliment for the longest time, but soon you'll realise it's a 'comment' rather than a compliment.
5. You constantly feel the need to own an umbrella but you never really own one.
Even if you manage to buy an umbrella every once in a blue moon, you're still ALWAYS without it when you need it. Thanks to London's super unpredictable weather!
6. Every time is a good time to drink alcohol.
There's nothing unacceptable when it comes to ALCOHOL in London.
7. And if you don't want to drink, YOU ACT.
8. You start having beer even if you've hated it all your life.
People never meet for coffee, it's BEER always. In fact, you don't even need friends to have beer with after a point. Beer soon becomes an alternative for water AND friends in your life.
9. You're stuck in a vicious circle of pulling yourself out of the comfortable duvet...
... and going partying on weekends (after your friends literally force you out of bed).
10. AND spending the next whole day suffering because of the hangover.
You even promise yourself to not drink for a month at times, which NEVER turns out positive.
11. There's no way you're financially sound by the end of any month.
With all the London expenses and your social needs, it's safe to say that you are living hand to mouth at least once every month.
12. Saying 'thanks' for just about everything (even when it's highly inappropriate) is a habit.
The moment you realise this is when you buy something at a store and you pay, the sales person says thanks; he gives you the change, you say thanks; you take the change, he says THANKS. This goes on till you finally walk out of the store.
13. You think twice before using any word that has multiple interpretations.
After being laughed at or getting suicidal expressions a thousand times, you learn to mind your language.
14. Most importantly, you learn that different cultures have different talking styles so you stop feeling bad about everything anyone says that sounds rude.
Sometimes, people are just talking to you normally but because you come from a different cultural background, a lot of things sound mean. You continue feeling bad till you realise it's been said to you a little more than usual and you finally understand the pattern.