As Los Angeles travelers prepare to go to England for a chance to experience the new Harry Potter walking tour just outside London or the Summer Olympics all over the nation, there are some lessons to be learned.
Indeed, this hot spot across the pond is England is populated by arguably the world's most polite people, acting that way even in savage situations.
So, if you are planning to leave LAX (contact Kayak.com for the best rates), be sure to get condition your upper lip to be stiff, and then follow these etiquette tips as best you can:
+ Someone is standing in line--or, in UK parlance, the queue--is a straight forward situation. Nobody jumps ahead of anyone else. In fact, cutting in could be called an unwritten misdemeanor on the other side of the Pond. So wait your turn no matter what, which might be difficult if you are waiting to use the bathroom during an Olympic event.
* Do not stare at anyone, even the person with whom you are speaking. You can sneak a peek at that person during conversation, but don't look too long since this act would considered by most proper British subjects to be positively repugnant.
+ Be sure to watch you peas and he way in which you eat this vegetable in England. To do so in a proper way, squash a few of the round veggie against the back side of your fork before putting that small amount in your mouth in a very delicate fashion. Note that eating peas in England is a time consuming proposition.
+ And finally, leave eavesdropping back in LA. Even if the pastime is possible in England since the British usually speak in hushed tones while in public, listening in on other people's private conversations is considered beyond gauche in London and the rest of the country.
OK, so the above is a Los Angeles' travelers' starter set of etiquette rules for any upcoming trip to England. Stay tuned for more.