I’ve moved many times until now. Before my 6th birthday I moved 3 times, but I was so little it didn’t actually matter.
At 22 I moved with my boyfriend (now hubby) in a small town near Bucharest… at 23 we moved in Bucharest… at 24 we moved again in another small town near Bucharest, after the wedding. I though we were settled, but it turned out that after a few years we’ve made a radical change and we moved to UK.
So 2 years ago, at 29, I arrived in Liverpool. It was the 1st time I was in UK and I wasn’t sure I would like it. We’ve stayed for 6 months in Liverpool and we moved to Wirral, a few minutes away from L’pool. Now I’m sure I’ll live my life here, in the UK, even if we’ll move again in another city.
I’m in love with the British weather… I’m sure it sounds strange, but for me it’s not too cold nor too hot. I’m not even bothered if it’s raining. In the city it’s not muddy and if we go for walks in muddy places… I’m the proud owner of 2 wellies (one of them has butterflies!!).
I love the food, cheddar is my favorite type of cheese… I think I’ve eaten cheddar every day for the last 2 years, so… I’m a huge fan. My life as a vegetarian is easier here, having the “V” on the labels. Some types of cheese or deserts aren’t vegetarian, but it’s not a problem, as I can easily see the ones that are. Also there are so many choices, I couldn’t be more happier.
The desserts are great, I was never too found of syrupy deserts (traditional in Romania), so scones, fruit cakes, cupcakes, lime/lemon tarts and cheesecakes are perfect for me. I think my favorite desert is sticky toffee pudding, but I’m in love with chocolate lava cake too.
I love the way most Brits think. The fact that many of them get involved in different organizations, helping the parks, the stray dogs, butterflies, rats, cats, rabbits, ponies, the homeless, the abused women, people with cancer and even different landmarks, like Williamson tunnels.
I like their politeness. In 2 years I got used to smile at people on the street or at the cashier in supermarket. I like the fact so many are active at 70-80, going to restaurants/pubs, holidays. And I’m a monarchist 🙂
I’m even found of the TV programs! Considering a few months ago we bought our 1st TV that is something interesting. I’m sure I’m not in the target market for the shows I’m watching, but they are really interesting. Masterchef and Great British bake off are lovely and I even bought an agenda to write down everything I want to remember.
Also, I’m very keen in Coast and Countryfile. I watch Time team and other building/buying shows, like Location, location, location and Grand Designs.
I’m also very happy with the camping sites that are available here. Next year I’m sure I can convince hubby to have another camping trip.
Self catering cottages are also great, especially for us, with Festus. We’ve already rented 2 for next year, when we’ll go to fairs. This kind of holiday accommodation is perfect for us, having a place where we can leave Festus alone for a few hours is great. Also, having a kitchen is great. After staying on 4″ heels for 9-10 hours, I don’t have any desire to go to a restaurant to eat. I’d rather snuggle on the sofa with a ready meal and, maybe, a glass of wine.
All this (and a few other things) makes me feel that I’m already at home. It’s not perfect, but nowhere is perfect.