My temporary stay back ‘home’ in the UK is taking longer than I envisaged. But I’ve been an expat a long, long time. Some days I crave Delhi sunshine, at other times I miss Antwerp’s fashion scene and I often dream about the clean air of Lausanne.
OK, yes, we’re on a downward path to Brexit but all is not lost just yet. Right now I’m really enjoying the UK… and particularly these things.
- Proper printed newspapers I can read without searching on reverso.net until the news is out of date.
- Woolly jumpers on a summer’s evening (you’ll only get this if you’ve lived in Angola / somewhere equally hot).How I feel in a cosy jumper. Photo by Fairy Heart ♥
- The way everyone strips off too many layers of clothing (and the accompanying stiff upper lip) at the first sight of sunshine. Ten degrees? Bikini time!
- Free babysitting (Kerching! Thanks Mum!)
- Picnics. Come rain or shine, elaborate or easy as pie (or sandwiches).Photo by AMELIA SPEED
- Online shopping that actually delivers to my address. Why does noone ever ship to Lagos?!
- Pimms. If you need to ask what this is, you’ve never lived in the UK during summer. In fact you’ve never lived.Photo by Martin_Duggan
- More Pimms. (The fruit counts as one of my five a day)
- The latest faddy hyped up superfoods readily available at my local supermarket. Chia seeds are so last season.
- Social niceties, my favourite being the offer of a cup of tea in place of a greeting. As in ‘Hello (boiler repair man / neighbour next door / gardener / insert as appropriate) I’ve just put the kettle on, would you like a cuppa? Milk, no sugar you say?’ How nice, how British.