I love living in America and I consider myself so lucky to have lived both here and in the UK for significant parts of my life.
I can experience, and appreciate, the best parts of both on a regular basis. And that makes me incredibly fortunate.
But I wouldn’t be human (and some people think I am not, by the way :-)) if I didn’t miss certain aspects of my homeland and so here I list Ten Things I Miss About The UK. Tomorrow, I’ll post the Ten Things I Love About America.
Ten Things I Miss Most About The UK:
1. Mars Bars. For some reason Mars Bars are called Milky Ways in the US. And Milky Ways are called Mars Bars. Whatever. UK Mars Bars are still the best.
2. The Great British countryside. My dream is to spend three months of the year in a farmworkers cottage with green countryside on three sides. I can’t get enough of it.
3. The historical landscape. Having grown up with it and dragged through it by my parents as I was growing up, I never appreciated it. But seeing it now as a visitor and especially through my kids eyes, now, I get it.
4. Well-designed, affordable, stylish children’s clothing. Period.
5. Driving. Driving is a real skill in the UK. It is much harder to drive there – small roads, weaving in and out of parked cars, road systems that have had to adapt to historical communities. Having been a former rally driver reincarnated as a mini-van mom, I enjoy driving, especially through country lanes. And when I get lost, it’s like I have some unconscious mind line to the traffic planners. I seem to know what they were thinking and can usually work my way out of my hole. With the exception of Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham.
6. Polite drivers. Apparently, before I was born, there was a government sponsored publicity drive to increase politeness and consideration to other drivers. That legacy still exists today. It’s a matter of course that other drivers will give way, move over to safely allow your car to slip onto the motorway, and thank you by raising their hand when you them a break. It’s not perfect, of course, but I miss that.
7. Village fetes. A bastion of British society, murder mystery novels and all-round British tally-ho. My kids love the tombolas. As did I when I was their age. And still do. (Blush)
8. Swimming pools where you don’t have to become a member, don’t cost an arm and a leg, and aren’t posey.
9. Parent and child parking spaces. I would have really appreciated these when I had two under-fives. Why don’t they have them in the US?
10. Chocolate. Again. Nothing tastes as good as Cadburys. Don’t let Kraft murder it, please!
What do you think? Have I missed anything? Can you recommend some other part of British life that you enjoy/enjoyed? Does anyone out there actually like Hershey’s? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
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