10 THINGS I DON’T MISS ABOUT LIVING IN THE UK
Following on from my post about 10 things I DO MISS about living in the UK I had to balance things out by looking at the things I don’t miss – because yes there are some things that I really am happy are not in my life right now!
Again I am interested in your views (even if you think its all ******* as someone pointed out to me recently.)
No seriously I am interested – as an expat 6 times over I always find things that I really enjoy about a country and they are the things I miss when I move on. But invariably there are the things that NOPE I really do not miss AT ALL!
So this is my list for the UK – 10 things I don’t miss about living in the UK!! (And I am not comparing it to Australia/Queensland – just saying!)
OK predictable as it is …I make literally NO APOLOGIES. Because come on who really misses the UK weather??? And I am not only talking about winter here I am talking about the unpredictability, the summer of 2/3 days/hours/minutes (yes so this year was fab….about time….only taken 42 years since the last good summer – and yes I actually remember that one in 1976!)
School holidays? Bank holidays? Weekend? Day off work? The weather gods know it and as predictable as clockwork in comes the rain and wind!
THE DARKNESS OF WINTER
There were times when I was living in the UK when I honestly thought I would never see the sun again. After spending much of my life in Africa where blue sky and sunshine is well pretty much the norm I found the lack of sunlight a slight issue!
I always likened wintertime to being in a cave – dark and gloomy. Christmas was the highlight but January and February seemed to involve excessive use of electricity!
DE-ICING THE CAR
Sticking with the theme of the cold another one of winter’s little joys involved the morning routine of de-icing the car. These days a handy spray from Halford’s seems to do the trick but if you run out then the scraper (and subsequent frozen fingers) is the only option. In Queensland (Brisbane at least) I have never had to do this!
It was always fun in our road to see who would bring the kettle out and pour hot water on the frozen windscreen…..
TOO MUCH LITTER. YUCK. NEED I SAY MORE.
I saw too many things trashed in the UK – kid’s parks, bus shelters – basically anything that can be vandalised seemed to be a target. I remember the council putting in swings and a new slide at the local park. Within a week the slide had been set on fire and the swings ruined. I am sure this is a problem in other countries but after living in 7 it seems to be a really massive issue in the UK.
Not funny in any way.
I like street ART. I don’t like random squiggles everywhere. For this the UK and Switzerland top my chart for the worst offenders. Yuck.
PAYING TO PARK LITERALLY EVERYWHERE
Ok this is a direct comparison to Queensland….but WHY oh WHY do you have to pay to park everywhere in the UK?
Even at hospitals?????? Hate it and the constant clock watching to get back to the car on time!
I have paid for parking ONCE in Australia in over a year! (Though parking in Brisbane is not cheap I hear and you do only get 3 hours free in shopping malls) And that was on the Gold Coast where girls in bikinis go around topping up meters to stop people being fined. Can’t imagine that in Sheffield city centre. Poor buggers would freeze to death to start with!
There just always seemed to be dog poo on every pavement or grassed area in the UK. Second only to The Hague on my “doggy doo doo” scale the UK are a nation of dog lovers for sure but the inevitable result of that love doesn’t get picked up enough!!!
Because quite frankly the roads are a complete mess in the UK. Disappear down some of them and you could very possibly find yourself Down Under. Trying to avoid them can be like entering a world slalom competition. And try riding a bike on some of those roads…..
I don’t miss the endless debate around Brexit. In fact I don’t really miss anything to do with UK politics. They could do with taking a leaf out of Australia’s book and put in a revolving door at Number 10 for Prime Ministers! (Prime Ministers in Australia don’t seem to be able to last their 3 year term without being deposed)
So there you go – those are MY top 10 things that I don’t miss about living in the UK!
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