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Weird things I miss about living in in the UK

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Internationaltraveller Sat 09-Mar-13 14:21:09

Okay, the following strange things I miss about living in London

1. People know how to queue
2. On any given day I could get a cappucino in less than 10 minutes from Eat/Pret/Starbucks etc.

I do like living where I am living but sometimes its just SLOW and everyone randomly gets on the bus, there is no queueing for it.

Anyone got anything to add?

Earlybird Sat 09-Mar-13 14:59:36

long, lazy, Sunday lunches with good conversation and a lovely glass of wine (or two).

SkiBunnnnny Sun 10-Mar-13 01:25:39

Being able to walk everywhere. Seeing mostly cars on the road as opposed to 90% giant trucks and SUVs

anonymosity Sun 10-Mar-13 01:27:57

It may sound odd, but here goes - the smell of the rain in the summer when its fallen on wooden fences which have become hot in the sun.

That's all blush

LoopDeLoops Sun 10-Mar-13 01:31:09

Yes to queues.

The thing I miss most is being close to France and Italy. I'd kill for a good salad.

TheCatInTheHairnet Sun 10-Mar-13 01:35:36

Pub gardens. Spending a happy Saturday afternoon with a couple of glasses of wine while the kids play. They do not exist here at all.
Walking everywhere.
The kids growing up with their cousins.
Not always understanding the school systems. That is something that particularly drives me mad. Even after 6 years, I still feel very unconfident going into a parent teacher conference.

TheCatInTheHairnet Sun 10-Mar-13 01:36:34

Anonymosity, that doesn't sound weird to me!! We have that here in NY and I love it!!

BlameItOnTheBogey Sun 10-Mar-13 05:00:42

The Today programme and our papers.
Being able to walk about and not having to drive everywhere.

Mondrian Sun 10-Mar-13 05:55:15

Pub gardens on a nice sunny day.

Fav answer so far is loopdeloops "being close to France & Italy*

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 10-Mar-13 06:01:05

The smell of early morning (even in London, the early morning has a freshness to it that HK, er, doesn't)

People who are interested in politics/ state of the nation type debates- it's not as though everyone here lives in denial, but because we all hail from different countries, and the country we live in isn't a democracy, there's not much to discuss. Had a friend to stay last weekend and we spent 2 hrs discussing Cameron's referendum on the EU over some red wine. I was so happy.

Supermarkets that sell pre-prepared "naice" food like Duchy Originals meatballs and tonnes more stuff you can feed your kids without feeling guilty and without having to actually cook.

ScumbagCollegeDropout Sun 10-Mar-13 06:07:21

Pre-packaged lunch foods. I would kill for a M&S sandwhich right now.

surroundedbyblondes Sun 10-Mar-13 06:20:12

Being able to buy wine when I like!
Agree with the 'naice' pre-made food, it would be nice to have the option at times.
Proper tea
Friendliness and service in shops


CountryMama Sun 10-Mar-13 06:22:14

Love this thread as I have lived abroad a lot but I'm currently in my dream location of devon!! (Soon to leave again).

I missed houses that didn't have compound walls around them and decent cheese!! (I made my mum bring me loads when she visited!!)

ScumbagCollegeDropout Sun 10-Mar-13 06:22:41

Oh and being able to buy alcohol with your weekly shop.

Whowouldfardelsbear Sun 10-Mar-13 06:25:21

The media - choice of newspapers and 'serious' current affairs programmes.

Primark (or just being able to buy cheap kids' clothes really).

British-style indian and chinese takeaways (if that makes sense!)

Seeing any building older than 150 years old.

recall Sun 10-Mar-13 06:33:37

I live in UK, and was just reading this, and I can't get my head around people not queuing. I was queuing in Mcdonalds once, and there was a crowd of exchange student types all milling around and not waiting in turn. I was getting really narked, and actually told a lad to get behind me. It was sad because he was clearly a nice person, and looked confused which then confused me and i felt mean. I mentioned it to my Mum and she explained.

How does it work then ? Don't people get cross ?

SkiBunnnnny Sun 10-Mar-13 13:03:28

Yes to buying wine in supermarkets too!

dikkertjedap Sun 10-Mar-13 18:01:44

Yes, I agree International, in addition I miss:

- good quality but still affordable wine
- much more choice in toy shops, household goods, clothes and often much better quality
- Free museums
- much better service in shops/restaurants etc.
- people are more civilised
- BBC is second to none once you have seen some of the continental stuff ...
- UK bookshops are simply wonderful, I use Amazon a lot, but nothing beats browsing and picking up a lovely book you had never even heard of ...

thanksamillion Sun 10-Mar-13 19:56:23

I miss country parks. I live in the countryside here but I miss there being marked footpaths and people just going out for a walk. If I take the DCs for a walk here people think I'm mad grin

frosch Mon 11-Mar-13 12:20:58

The sea! Walking by the sea, swimming in the sea, sea spray, sea air full of lovely negative ions, sea breezes and sea gulls.

Internationaltraveller Fri 15-Mar-13 02:11:22

Everyone just mills around waiting for the bus and then when it comes makes for the door.
I also miss the museum shops in all the fab museums I used to visit. I am now obsessed with them!
I can only buy wine from a wine shop and its wrapped up in a brown paper bag. makes me feel like an underage drinker.
I did discover some m&s custard creams at the British shop the other day. Don't really ever eat them, I just bought them because they were m&s.
I hate calling a loo a washroom!
there was also a brief window of time when I lived in London that I miss seeing. it's happens over the course of about a 2 week period when winter transitions into nice weather. Suddenly we can see people's legs and arms and beautiful skin, after months of everyone being all covered up. Everyone no longer in black - I sound strange but I love it!

Frogman Fri 15-Mar-13 02:31:40

I've just moved back to the UK and I feel such freedom again after living in the ME and Singapore.

I can walk again. There's not the oppressive humidity that has made it impossible to walk and there are places to walk.

I missed good food. I think the UK is way ahead of lots of countries with regards this now.

I missed a good newspaper and British TV

I missed good quality ready meals

I so, so missed the long summer nights, the green grass, blackbirds and thrushes, the seaside, the hills, the weather (yes!)

Internationaltraveller Sat 16-Mar-13 02:00:47

I did find a Sunday times - it cost 12 dollars and when I opened it there were no magazines in it sad THAT'S THE BEST PART

Internationaltraveller Sat 16-Mar-13 02:01:26

Yes, have tried the app, but it's not the same as an actual paper and all the interactive stuff just doesn't do it for me.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Sat 16-Mar-13 02:06:54

Decent cheese
Pork pies and scotch eggs
Waitrose (for the lovely shopping experience)
Ditto John Lewis
The Sea (2 hour flight west and at least 4 hours east)
Small cars (I used to drive a Fiat 500 and now live in the land of huge SUVs and trucks)

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