As an immigrant, I am always interested in English customs – morning coffee, afternoon tea, Christmas crackers and the beach. In America we go to the beach when its hot. We lay in the sun, stand in the water, drink too much beer and soak in the sun. Over here, I have observed, people go to the beach because 1) they’re near the water 2) they’re on holiday; and 3) they are too proud to admit that they should have booked a trip to Spain.
Last week I was in Swanage Dorset where the changeable August weather gave me plenty of opportunity to observe my new countrymen in their summer plumage.
In all, my admiration for the English is undimmed. They are determined and will not something as trivial as inclement weather disturb a holiday. Well done.