After all the post love for South Africa going around, I feel I owe England some post love too. After all, it has so graciously hosted me for the last 5 years.
I am not going to mention C-R-I-M-E, because that has SO been done. Obviously it is nice, the low crime rate. Duh.
What I enjoy about living in England:
1) Chocolate digestive biscuits. Even if I couldn't think of any other good things, these little beauties are sufficient reason to live in England. But in a country where a pack of biscuits costs 30p and your average vegetable costs about £1, you can imagine the state of my and the nation's nutrition.
2) The superb public transport system. Ha, I know any locals reading this must be choking on their tea and scones, but it is all relative. Relative to South Africa, the UK has a great public transport system. As in, it actually exists. I simply choose to treat those anomalies such as "No train for 3 hours because of a leaf on the track" as if they do not exist.
Interestingly, in the googlefight of leaf vs train, train won. Leaves vs train? Train won. Foliage vs train? Train WON. Just SAYING.
3) The weather. Mwahahahahaha, I got you there, didn't I? Didn't I? Huh? Huh? Moving on.
4) Mobility scooters. Everybody here has them. G and I have a bizarre fascination with them. Especially G. He has this dream of turfing a Granny off her scooter and riding off into the sunset. So far it remains but a dream. I will keep you updated on his quest.
5) The llamas. And alpacas, and other South American beasties. This country has a love affair with these animals. Which is fine by me because I love them too. When I walk north of my house I see alpacas, when I walk south I see guanacos. A person in the next village has 2 llamas in his garden. When I used to take the train to Cambridge every day, a llama used to graze right near the track. I do find myself wondering if I should be learning Spanish and complaining about the gringos that seem to have taken over the place.
6) Accents. It is unbelievable how many distinct accents there are in such a teeny weeny country, and I am just talking England. I love almost all Northern accents, especially Geordie, the Yorkshire variants and Scouse. I also love the South West accent. I have great fun trying to "guess the accent" and getting it horribly wrong. "Um, actually I from Poland. I no speak English." Well, Po-English is the future I will have you know. You read it here first.
There are many more things that are great about this place, but these are the definitive ones. As defined by me.