I've said it before and I'll say it again: moving to the United States has turned me—an Englishman of 34 years—into a bona fide Anglophile. As a young man making my way through English life, it would never have occurred to me to adorn my kitchen in Union Jack tea towels, lest I welcome the ire of protesters who mistook me for a flag-waving militant.
It certainly would not have been my style, either, to "beautify" my bath tub with a shower curtain depicting England's famous red phone boxes. For one thing, the many roommates with whom I shared shower space (not always at the same time) would almost certainly have vetoed such a motion.
However, fast forward to 2015, when this veto would finally be struck down by yours truly—all without any input from my current roommate (my wife), who had entrusted me with the task of finding something that "adds colo(u)r" to the bathroom. I made good on that promise, don't you think?
Anyhow, in an odd sort of way, this new addition makes my showers feel more like a gentle stroll through a London side street. There's even water coming down from above. So authentic.
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Laurence Brown is a British expat living in the United States and is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond. He writes popular expat narratives for BBC America and loves nothing more than to share his posts with anglophiles and expats on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.