Making Lists 07 | Things I never thought I would miss about London by Michelle

  1. Rachel says:

    I love reading these lists and learning about other peoples cities through them.

    And Tania? I totally understand you. Nothing beats being at home in the countryside with my family, and I adore London, but even though I could never live there full time again as there are things that would drive me crazy, but I’ve been finding myself craving Los Angeles every single day these days.

    • Tania Joy says:

      Oh I’m so glad you like it.. because I enjoy this series so much! I just love peeking inside someone’s thoughts for a minute or two. Ha isn’t that weird? I mean when I left London I wasn’t particularly happy with my situation/job & all I wanted was to get away. Now here I am craving to go back..I guess in my case it was about the situation not the place, & also a serious lack of vitamin D that was almost dragging me all the way to the Australian sun! Maybe you need a holiday in the sun?! x

  2. Izzy says:

    I am also missing London (despite loving Sydney and being here for 4 months) not only do i miss the city, l am mostly missing certain specific food stuffs, which does seem rather crazy since the food in Australia is pretty good. 1. Sausages – what they make here can only pass for meat in a casing and why the hell they also have chicken and beef versions beats me! I went to the best butcher in Sydney the other day (Victor Churchill you have to go just for the beautiful shop) and even their sausages were less than average! 2. Cider – I’m from the Westcountry and i am not a fan of the sweet fizzy stuff that is found here, give me a good old scrumpy ooohhh aarrr! 3. A good old pub – the bars and usually the beaches that accompany them aren’t too shabby but nothing beats an English pub 4. Cheese – my French housemate and I have regular discussions on cheese and can never find that amazing type of goats cheese you know the one with the rind that is beyond epic when you grill it but seems to be like the holy grail over here. 5. Tube – didn’t think this would be something i’d miss but you realise how easy it is and how it can take you to any corner of the city, where as here without a car can be pretty annoying sometimes. 6. Waitrose + M&S – yep very middle class of me but makes supermarket shopping fun. Australian supermarkets seem to be the most illogical places and who doesn’t want an easy M&S ready meal every now and then when you are feeling lazy!
    Apart from that I’m sure my list when i leave Australia will have lots more on it than that but the grass is always greener!

    • Tania Joy says:

      Oh my god Izzy!!! Do you read my mind?! Ok number one.. CHEESE because I’m half French, it is painful. you can’t get unpasteurized cheese here… and all they seem to have are massive blocks of bad quality ‘cheddar’..?! There must be a cheese loophole somewhere in the city…we need to find it! Number two. Tube. Goodness gracious. Public transport here gives me daily panic attacks haha I never ever thought I’d say this either, because i kept on complaining about it when I was in London but the tube is HEAVEN. Waitrose & M&S I think are pretty unbeatable, actually no that’s a mistake. Whole Foods beats them all..but they don’t seem to have any around here? Ha yes pubs,cider and sausages.. the best of britain! You are right, the grass is always greener, I love it here though! I think it’s a mix of homesickness & missing the familiarity of my surroundings & culture…I’m just enjoying my time here before I go back to proper public transport, real cheese and all that jazz! X

    • Michelle says:

      I think food is the easiest way to connect to your place so totally get that. Although we don’t have access to all the cheeses you can find in London we do have a good variety here – and I have even picked up some from along a local wine route which I am planning on hosting a mini-cheese and wine gathering with. Yum!

      But pubs! I miss their cosiness in the winter.

      It gives you an appreciation to miss things but definitely loving the adventure. It seems you are enjoying yours too.

  3. Sophia says:

    I found myself nodding and smiling with much of this list. I moved to Italy in November 2012 and although I have lived abroad before and London is not even my hometown (I was born in Germany but have lived in Austria, the UK and Belgium) I miss it so much. As amazing the Italian coffee is, I miss London’s coffee shops where you can pick up one of the papers lying around, order a large latte and get comfy for 2 hours of people-watching and newspaper reading. And the thing about Italians and sidewalks is so true. I thought it was just a Roman thing (as Romans aren’t really known for their politeness) – people will just hog the middle of the sidewalk and however often you say ‘permesso’, ‘excuse me’ or whatever else, they will just not step aside. Once frustration gets the better of you and you squeeze past them they give you this horrified look. It’s kind of funny but also pretty annoying. And non-Italian food … I love the quality of the ingredients here and the choice of dairy products and cold cuts …. but sometimes you just want to make tacos, or cook Turkish or Moroccan … and getting those ingredients will often require you to traipse halfway around town (even in Rome) and yet you might not even get everything you need, and when you do, they are so expensive it kind of puts a dampener on things. And the thing about having to buy magazines from newsagents (other than in airports) – I found that really difficult at first, not because I wanted to browse but because I was too shy to ask for my favourite magazine in my poor Italian.

    • Michelle says:

      Glad I am not alone in my frustrations with getting used to Italian ways. I am sure one day I will be that annoying person on the sidewalk!

      We are lucky that there are still some Austrian style coffee shops in Trieste so can have a relaxing sit down on the weekend. I might miss those if we move somewhere else though.

  4. Malgo says:

    I love M&S soups on a rainy day. I think if I was to move away from the UK I would miss the stand up comedy and the sense of humour and the TV – BBC has some of the best TV shows I’ve ever watched.

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