On the 5th of March I had my 4th anniversary with England.
I still can’t believe it has been that long already. It seems like yesterday that I landed in Heathrow Airport, nervous and excited about what was going to happen in the near future.
A 6 month stay turned into 4 years, and as my time here in England is slowly coming to an end, I have begun to look back at my time here and I came up with this little list.
So here goes: the things I’ve learned from living in England.
The posh British accents you hear in films doesn’t exist in real life
… well, I have never met a person with that kind of accent, anyway.
Don’t get me wrong, I love British accents (although you stop noticing them after a while), but I’m still waiting for that very posh accent from films that always makes my heart melt. You can always dream, right?
They really do have Postman Pat scenery
You know what I mean, right? I’m talking about small English villages with the most adorable cottages. Green grass, rolling hills, cobblestone bridges. It does really exist.
On a trip to a safari park once, we took a longer route so we would drive through several small villages, and I think I fell in love with just about all of them and started planning my life there.
There are some really creepy looking places and towns in England as well. Actually, way too many, which I was very surprised about when I first came here. But you only have to drive a few miles out of the towns and you will be surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
British people talk more about the weather than Danish people
Yes, this is actually true. And even I have started doing it. It’s the first thing I mention when I get to work in the morning. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a great conversation starter. And when you are living in England, you gotta do what the English does, right?
British people are the most friendly people I’ve met
I know a lot of people will disagree with me here, but I really believe this to be true. I have had very few bad experiences with English people while I’ve been living in England.
The majority of people are friendly, caring and helpful. Like the man at the supermarket a month ago who fixed my bag for me after the chain had come off, or the lady who offered me a lift home when she saw me walking in the pouring rain.
I can do anything
I have learned that after having the courage to say goodbye to my old life in Denmark and move to another country I had never been to before, I can now do pretty much anything.
Granted, it has been tough sometimes. But it gets easier and you learn how to deal with bad situations along the way.
I have often heard people say: “I could never do what you’ve done.” But I think it’s all about wanting something enough. Because if you want something so much, you’ll find the courage somewhere.
I appreciate time with my family much more
Don’t get me wrong. I have always appreciated family time. But it’s different now. You know you only have limited time before you have to catch the plane back to England and you don’t know when you’ll be back again, so you always try to make the most of it.
Of course I have been homesick sometimes while living in England. But thanks to modern technology I never feel like I’m far away. My brother and I can sometimes sit on Skype for up to four hours. We don’t talk the whole time, we just have each other in the background while we do other things.
If you are interested in reading blogs about what it’s like being an expat, I recommend checking out Do You Speak Travel. Danka is from Slovakia, but is currently an expat in China.
Have you lived/do you live the expat life? What have you learned from it? Leave me a comment below.