So, as I was trying to figure out where this came from-what exactly is it about this place I like, I've come up with a few things worth mention-in no particular order..
1. The Brit love of all things trivial: pub quizzes, QI, Mock the Week...Brits love to know and talk about trivial things. And, I don't mean 'trivial' in the 'doesn't mean much' sense, rather I mean 'trivial' in the sense of 'trivia'-ie random little bits of knowledge-that especially come in handy in conversations, pub quizzes, etc..
2. My British friends (or rather...my friends in Britan): You know who you are, and you should know how important to me you've become. London would not be nearly as great of a place to be without you guys!
3. British cooking. I *so* do not mean the old, stereotypical 'British food'. But, rather, between watching programs with Hugh Fernly-Whittingstall (extreme, though he is..); Kill it, Cook it, Eat it; my trips to Borough; or general chats with folks about food & beverages, I really have come to appreaciate the British approach to food and cooking. I can't explain it-other than to say that it resonates with me.
4. The reaction you get from a stranger when're friendly to them. Once the 'oh, you're American' reaction has passed, I think most Brits are shocked by coming into contact with friendly stranger. It's become a bit of a favourite hobby of mine while here-when I can, I like to strike up a simple chat, make a comment, or do something that I guess could be percieved as a random act of kindness. The British reaction is priceless: stunned, confused, accepting, and then a bit appreciative. Excellent.
5. I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Pork. Sausage, bacon, belly...you name it. The Brits know pork like you wouldn't believe!
6. The history. Perhaps stating the obvious, but the history of this country-and what still remains to remind me of it every day, just amazes me.
7. BBC News. Especially the intro music. Love it! :)
8. I know I've mentioned this on more than one occasion as well-but it's still true: the proximity to Europe-and the relatively inexpensive ability to get there.
9. Facebook. OK, I know that techincally, this has nothing to do with the UK, but it does allow me to feel like I'm still a good part of my friends' lives back in the US-to the point, that I don't feel like I'm missing out quite as much as I otherwise would-which would definitely be difficult to deal with on a prolonged basis. Because of Facebook, I feel like I've got the best of both worlds (literally) right now.
10. 25 days of vacation-plus holidays. Again, maybe I'm stating the obvious...but, 25 days is STANDARD. You'd be hard pressed to find a company who didn't give this to their full time employees. From day 1. Name me one American company that does this, nevermind 10, or 100...
Well, I'm sure there are dozens-if not hundreds of other, small reasons I've come to enjoy living here (Boots, cocktails at The Dorchester...). What are some of your reasons expats, that youve come to enjoy living in the UK? I'd like to know-perhaps there's something else I can do/experience/learn about & add it to the list!