AND… the long anticipated, NUMBER ONE reason to move to the UK?
To Experience living in the UK before I’m too old to benefit from it and enjoy it properly.
The People. I know, I know, “Brits are so reserved, cold, and unfriendly” right? NOT AT ALL. I found when we were there, beyond our family circle, people were friendly, jovial, kind, and very welcoming. With the exception of London. There were some… well, anyhow, I don’t like London and will probably avoid it like the plague when I live over there. But everywhere else we went people were friendly, helpful, and always willing to strike up a conversation. Cold? Reserved? Never saw it. And the BEST part of the people? Our family – aunts, uncles, cousins, friends-like-family, and most importantly (and hoping that she’s still around) my Hunny’s grandmother who at 100 years old was a spunky little thing that brought such joy to my husband’s heart. I’d live anywhere to bring him that happiness.
Reason number TWO:
To get away from Canadian winters – especially from shovelling all that snow! It seems as I’ve gotten older (I’m only in my 40’s) that every year it wears me down more and more to be shovelling snow almost every day for half the year. Canadian winters age people.
Travel Options – I live about an hour and a half drive from both Ottawa and Montreal. Sounds great right? But that’s ALL I”m close to. Toronto? 5 hours drive. And the rest of this wonderful country of Canada? Oh, don’t even ask. It’s about Quality vs. Quantity. There is a LOT of Quantity here in Canada – open space, big houses, long distances… but I prefer Quality – close comforts, cozy houses, short travel distances. And short distances mean we can hop a train and travel within a couple of hours to completely different area with a whole different historical experience to discover. We can take a weekend trip and visit BATH, or LONDON, or even SCOTLAND… that’s just too much! I found it funny when I was in the UK that people were panicked over someone living “half an hour away” – and maybe my Canadian upbringing will be my biggest blessing living over the pond. I have a different perspective on distance. Derby to Manchester is barely a weekend trip – it could even be a DAY trip! Not every week, but yes, you could pop over on the train spend the day touring and then pop back on the late train. Why not? Travel is going to be my “next best thing”.
Are you wondering what our NUMBER ONE REASON for moving the UK is? Tune in NEXT week!! 🙂
Reason number THREE:
To get to know my UK family better, especially to spend time with my Nan (who celebrated her 103rd birthday on the 18th) if she’s still around when we get there. I feel like I lost so much of my heritage growing up because I wasn’t there to be part of the family.
The weather – yes, the weather. You see, me? I burn. Badly. I also don’t do so well in the extreme cold – last winter we had days where the temperature dipped to -40C with windchill. I can’t do that. I mean, I do… but I pretty much don’t leave the house and even in the house you’ll find me curled into a fetal position sobbing. I hate extreme weather. Summers where we live can reach upwards of 35C and heavily humid. I think that much fluctuation can actually age a person prematurely. I am actually looking forward to grey, mild days… summer days where you aren’t squinting and sweating buckets, and winter days when you aren’t terrified to step out your door because the bitter cold takes your breath away. And don’t even get me started on the snow! The UK has some of the best weather on the planet, it’s just unfortunate that the cup-half-empty crowd predominates public opinion.