I have been thinking recently. A lot of blog posts (mine included) spend a lot of time talking about how great it is to live here in Korea and all the awesome things that happen as a result. So I thought I would spend this post talking about some of the things I miss most about the UK. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love living here in Korea and I love my life here. But there are some things that I miss living here that I can not find a replacement for.
So, here we go.
I miss affordable cheese. I had heard how expensive cheese was before I moved here (along with a a number of other foods) but I think I just chose to ignore it. I used to eat a lot of cheese back home. I’m talking like at least half a large block a week, but most likely more. I would snack on cheese chunks along with a cheese sandwich. I love it. But living in Korea? I can’t afford it. Even a TINY block which might last me a day back home would set me back around $10 (or about £5). When I first saw the prices, I could not believe it.
|Cheese is HOW MUCH? (Note – I’m clearly the man in the glasses as anyone who knows me would say)|
I miss my family. Obviously. I miss them more than I thought I would. I have never really been one for getting all worked up over this sort of thing. But I think living so far from home has made being away from them different somehow. I speak to them through Skype, of course, but it still isn’t the same. Even being at University, I suppose I always knew they weren’t that far away.
The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio. I used to listen to this every morning without fail before I went to work. And when I finished work to come here, just every morning without fail. And it annoys me that I can’t get Absolute Radio (or any of its sister stations like the 90s one) here in Korea. I still get BBC stations (which I do listen to and enjoy) but missing out on this large part of my daily ritual took some getting used to. I use the radio here to connect me a little more to home. It is nice to hear familiar accents and keep up to date with issues back home (No offence meant to my American friends here, of course).
British Weather. Yes, I miss the thing that most Brits spend their entire lives moaning about. Yes, the weather back home is somewhat unpredictable and normally grey in nature. But eventually, you get pretty good at judging it. If it warms up, odds are you won’t get a sudden freezing cold spell. In the summer, you can go outside without feeling like you are wading through the air. I guess what I miss most is the boring and in no way extreme nature of the British climate. It isn’t too hot or too cold. I used to love snow back home. Having seen it here so much, I am sort of bored of it. The magic of snow has been taken away from me (though that might have to do with me getting older too).
So, that is pretty much the big things I miss about home. There are small things too. But I shan’t bore you any more. I love living here in Korea but I decided it is not something I could do permanently. I miss Britain far too much for that.