Sunday, 4 July 2010
what would you miss?
a friend and former colleague is British, is married to a Frenchman and lives in Finland. She and her family are currently in Ecuador for a study visit. Read her blog here. Anyway, she says what they will miss when they go back to Finland and what they won't, and what they do miss from Finland. I am not going back to the UK, but it set me thinking. Things I miss: a quiet pub on a Saturday afternoon; pork pies; English summer days; the sea; polite and friendly service; Sunday shopping in Reading. Things I don't miss: crap public transport; the NHS; rubbish housing, especially in cities. Things I would miss if I left France: most of the food, especially bakery; the public transport, especially trams; the fantastic health service; sustainable high-density urban life; French pop music; Plus Belle La Vie (though I thought I would miss The Archers when I left the UK and I don't). Things I wouldn't miss: bureaucracy; rudeness and xenophobia; the opening hours of everything except bakeries and florist shops; the country shutting down for the whole of July and August; the subjunctive.