Tuesday, 13 December 2016

9 things I didn't realise I'd miss about home | Blogmas Day 13

France is wonderful. Home is also wonderful. There are things about home that are wonderful that don't exist in France.

 1. The wonders of the British high street. Gregg's, Boots, Poundland. Cheap and cheerful places to find things. Also Card Factory, because as Jess pointed out the other day, card shops don't exist in France and the only place to find Christmas cards is Carrefour for 5€ apiece.

2. The Scottish accent. And Scottish words. No one understands Lauren and I when we're "beeling" about something, or if we say something is "bogging".

3. On that note, not being foreign. Being Scottish here either results in a reaction of wonder or disgust. It's hard to tell if I'll be greeted with "I love your accent!" or "I hate Glasgow / Scotland / the Scottish accent" (thank you to the lovely English girls in Bruges who talked shit about the Scottish)

4. The Christmas build-up. The festive period here has been lovely, full of lights and markets. However, there's nothing quite like Christmas adverts and hearing cheesy Christmas songs on the radio.

5. Wetherspoons. Driftwood. Places to go for a cheap pint. Drink here is much more expensive. I can usually go out to a bar and spend less than a tenner - here a tenner would get me a drink.

6. Food from home. I touched on this in another post, but things like Cadbury's chocolate, sausage rolls, nice bacon, square sausage, good fresh rolls, so many unhealthy foods that are great but just don't exist here. French food is excellent, but it's not like food from home.

7. Some of the things I'm most interested in just don't exist here. For example, there are no drag shows or wrestling shows; two things I love seeing when I'm at home. Glasgow is such a varied city, full of different arts and performances, but it isn't as huge here.

8. Polite people. At home, people let everyone get off the train / bus / Subway before stepping on, but here it's pretty much a free-for-all. I never realised that the stereotype of mainland Europeans not knowing how to queue was so accurate.

9. Being busy on Sundays. Aside from bars, everything is closed on a Sunday. I spend most Sundays inside planning lessons for the week ahead because there's not much else to do.

As I said, I'm super happy with life here. It can be difficult adjusting to certain cultural things, though.

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