The United Kingdom offers great opportunities to learn and explore for the energetic tourist. It has exploited its potential for tourism, from London to the suburbs and rural villages,to the hilt. In Oxford, every college was selling souvenirs; one of them was selling milk chocolate too! Tube stations are particularly tourist friendly with prominent, yet not out-of-place, signboards pointing the way to nearby tourist destinations. Within the train itself posters show important tourist spots along the Line. It’s almost as if the Underground administration is assuming many of the commuters will be tourists.
The British are genuinely polite and friendly. Being warm and courteous in every human interaction seems to be drilled into their cultural DNA. Maybe this is because we were so obviously tourists, or maybe not.