For the last 10 months I’ve lived in this great country we call the United Kingdom.

While I’ve not had to pay taxes, or use the healthcare system, or vote for politicians, I have worked and travelled here, made friends, struggled with homesickness, and drunk many, many cups of tea. In fact, I’m drinking one as I type.

I’ll be leaving this blessed place in less than two months. It will have been an amazing year living in the UK, the best of my life so far. I’m looking forward to seeing my family again, but will miss Britain for so many reasons.

Today I decided to write down a few of those reasons. There are many more, but here are seven that sprang to mind:

Real Food

I might get exasperated at the expiration dates, but it’s nice to eat stuff that tastes real and isn’t loaded with chemicals.

Real food in England, Living in the UK

Best TV Shows Ever

Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who…if it’s not British then I don’t know why you’re watching it.

The wonderful BBC, Living in the UK
BBC, photo by Tim Loudon

Shocking Beauty

Every day I can look out my window and say, “God, how am I this blessed?” The beauty of the country fields and the city streets is beyond comparison. Sure, the lights of Paris glitter and the Grand Canyon is impressive, but to my mind you can’t top a ruined castle, or an English field dotted with sheep, bordered by a mossy drystone wall.

Beautiful English countryside, Living in the UK

Best Day Trips Ever

Everything is a day trip away! Or at least there is a lifetime’s worth of places to go and things to see within a day’s train travel from anywhere in Britain. Ever tried to research day trips from Northwest Arkansas? Not the brightest horizons.

 

The Accents

Call me shallow, but even after a year of living in the UK I can still appreciate English accents. They are so diversesome comical, others luxuriousand I will certainly miss them when I go home to the States.

I LOVE BRITISH ACCENTS, photo by Jordyn Rothman 

 

Tea Culture

So many tea breaks! There’s always something to look forward to, it makes the workday fly by, and it provides the perfect excuse for homemade tray bakes.

RoyalTea Novelty…, photo by Duncan Hull 

 

Friendly People

Speaking as a generalisation, the English people are fabulous. No two ways about it. I treasure the times when I’ve been sitting on a train or walking down the road or browsing in a shop and gotten into conversation with a local. I don’t know why people say Brits are rude to AmericansI have met with nothing but friendly helpfulness, or at least an endearing “Thank you, love.”

Any other benefits you could mention? Let’s hear it.

Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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  1. Patricia Burke Reply

    I too, have been exasperated by being caught out on occasion, by expiration dates on grocery products etc. However, this is usually after my husband has done the shopping. He usually buzzes round the stores grabbing the first thing he sees, rather than taking into account the stores requirement of: Stock Rotation to try and ensure old stock is sold first.

    Stock with the nearest expiration date is always prominently displayed at the front of the shelves; better to be sold than thrown away, from their point of view, but not as convenient to the unsuspecting customer who buys it. Especially if you are not planning on consuming it sooner, rather than later.

    Then again, these dates are a guide, not words to live by as my husband keeps telling me. I keep telling him, buy from the back of the display where the older expiration dates are, it’s not rocket science!

    As another thought Abigail, you have come up with as many as 7 Benefits of Living in the UK. Whereas, I have lived her all my life and can only think of 3 (lol).

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