So during a two week trip back to the states over the holidays, I realized I was a bit “homesick” for some things about the UK. Strange, isn’t it how you can get used to a new life so quickly. So, I put together a list of my favorite things about the US that I miss the most, and about life in the UK.
1. Public transport. I love it. I can get to the airport, London, Edinburgh or pretty much anywhere without setting foot in my car. And it is awesome. Being able to walk from my doorstep to an effective form of transport has never happened to me in the US. I did live in walking distance of an Amtrak station once, but it was only helpful if you wanted to go to NY, Boston or DC, and were willing to pay a lot to do so.
2. Being able to walk everywhere. I love that I don’t live in a huge city and yet still I can walk to my doctor’s office, a bunch of restaurants and pubs, 3 grocery stores, tea rooms, several pharmacies and a big park.
3. Cell phone plans: They are reasonably priced (about a third of the price of a typical plan in the states), you get decent service, and on the plan I have my phone even works back in the US…with free data.
1. Mexican food. This is one of my favorite types of ethnic food, whether it comes in the form of tacos from a street vendor, an Americanized platter of too much food with refried beans and rice or even a burrito bowl from Chipotle. I wish it was more popular in the UK!
2. Roads. The roads are wide, appropriately wide for two cars to drive by each other without one having to pull over, making driving much less stressful. The motorways are fine in the UK, but some of the back roads, especially in the Lake District, YIKES.
3. Appliances: A full sized fridge and a dryer are things I miss a lot. Nothing beats a warm fliffy towel straight from the dryer! A towel off the line just isn’t the same!
What things do you miss about home? What have you learned to love about your new location?