tomorrow i move away from england, my home of the last 2 years and 3 months. i have to admit i'm emotionally exhausted from saying so many big goodbyes, but i'm completely over dealing with all the preparations for moving across the world.
things i will miss about england
the sound of the accent, in general, but also how geographically quickly the accents vary!
being called "love" or "duck"
the subtle and hilarious humo(u)r
riding on the upper floor of a double decker bus, in the front seat!
the variety of locally brewed, tasty, real ales. and ciders. and whisky...
satisfying late night cravings for chips!
premier league football
afternoon tea, and the arguments about the "proper" way to add milk to tea
pub quizzes (i only ever won one during my time in england, but not for lack of trying!)
running along the canals
my city center flat and walking to shops
come dine with me
rambling thru the unbelievably bright green countryside
sandwiches from homemade.
participating in sixty symbols
postdoc lunches (PDL), specifically at the vic!
things i will not miss about blighty
general moaning and the expectation things will inevitably go wrong: "typical!"
friday and saturday night debauchery by the locals (lack of clothes year round, incredible drunkenness, etc...)
invisible queues ("An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one." - George Mikes)
the irrational excesses of english politeness
lack of eye contact
not speaking to strangers, or in most cases, not even acknowledging the existence of other people, unless, of course, one is trying to sell the big issue, or sharing the silent acknowledgment of the impudence of a queue jumper.
confusing one-way streets that are practically impossible to navigate, mostly because the street signs are purposely hidden!
riding my bike in the rain
the full english breakfast
brits asking me to imitate the british accent and then laughing at me when i cant
"i cant be bothered" to come up with anymore right now, but if youre curious about any of these aspects of the english culture, i can highly recommend the book watching the english: the hidden rules of english behaviour by kate fox. in her socialogical study, she hilariously captures the peculiarities of living with the english. reading this book completely changed my perspective and experience here.