Jemma

Where are you originally from?​
England, UK

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Diverse

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
10

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Y’Alrite? – works for all of the above

Are you more like laid back or party people?
In the city, we like to party – London, Manchester, Brighton, Newcastle all have great party scenes. In Oxfordshire, where I am living currently, its a lot more rural and laid back.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Deep fried mars bars (aka heart attack on a plate). We batter anything

Best drink? Local drink to try?
England is well known for its ale, cider and Pimms. I am partial to a glass of Pimms or Old Rosie Cider (in case anyone fancies buying me a drink)

How is breakfast served in your country?
The typical English breakfast has sausage, beans, fried bread, bacon, black pudding, tomatoes, egg and hash browns. Extra points for having it in a small café with a large mug of milky tea and reading the paper.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
My partner is a musician so I’ve been to a large amount of music festivals. The biggest known is Glastonbury, however I prefer smaller festivals.There are also cultural festivals all the time. In Oxford on May 1st loads of people get up at 5am to watch the Choristers sing on top of Magdalen college. It’s quite a sight. There is also Notting hill carnival and Brighton Pride which are meant to be cray and fun although I’ve never been.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Football cricket and Rugby

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
We have some odd competitive events – Bog Snorkelling and Cheese Rolling among them.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Come to Oxford or Cambridge and go punting (also see where Hogwarts was filmed) Go and visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Ride the London eye, Hire a Boris bike and bike in Hyde park. Have a proper roast dinner. Go to Stratford upon Avon for the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Cavern Club for the birthplace of the Beatles. You also have Winston Churchills War Rooms, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben for anyone into history and Politics as well as some of the best stately homes.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Stonehenge at Summer Solstice is pretty cool, 10,000 people turn up each year to watch the sun rise.
The Lake District is great for climbing/walking (Helvellyn is the best mountain in my opinion)
The Isle of White has the Jurassic coast where you can go hunting for Dinosaur Fossils
Hadrians wall is great and Bath too (it also has lovely spa’s)

Where can visitors find the best beach?
We have some amazing beaches – especially in Cornwall

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
London

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Green

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
5

When is the best time to visit?
Spring

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? 
The UK claims to have ‘invented’ Chicken Tikka Masala

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
That we all are really posh, and we drink loads of tea.

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes. I’m really lucky in that I travel for my job (I am a private tutor). Often I get to stay in a country after I have finished working and have a holiday. I love Turkey, everyone is so friendly, I’ve been 5 times so far.

What’s your best travel story?
I’ve had some pretty amazing moments – teaching royalty in Dubai, riding a camel, glassblowing in Sweden, being given a homecooked meal in Turkey by a random woman, travelling via husky in Greenland. I also have a van (affectionately known as Trevor) so I do a bit of travelling around the UK too, whilst tutoring online.

Why do you love traveling? 
I love meeting new people and exploring new places. To me travel isn’t just ticking off a list of things to do, its another way to learn.

ABOUT JEMMA

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