Electrical wiring in British households are set to a different standard than US household electrical wiring. It all has something to do with early electric companies trying to save money by passing the burden of interoperability on to the next generation. And wattage and voltage and hertz and insulating cables and very important technical stuff that require ambulances if you screw up. If you tried to use your American appliances in the UK, first, they would not work and second, if they did work, they would explode. Don’t argue with me, this is science.
Practically speaking, this means our coffee maker, our beloved Keurig K-cup brewer, the firm foundation of our morning (and mid-day and evening), the only kitchen appliance aside from the refrigerator we hooked up to the house’s backup generator as we weathered regular blizzards, hurricanes, and earthquakes, that coffee maker, had to stay in the US.
Fortunately for us, all British households, hotels, apartments, garages and telephone boxes are fitted with non-exploding British teakettles. It’s the law. Our civilized ability to boil water has meant that we’ve been drinking instant coffee for a few weeks. I don’t want to say that life is not worth living when all you have to drink is instant coffee, but you know it’s true.
Meet my new best friend:
That glow? It’s from the reflection of the angels’ wings as they brew each cup. Science.