First impressions of living in the South
Posted on April 5, 2009 by yankeebean
I’ve now lived in the South of England for about 2 glorious-sun-filled-but-lonely-for-my-York-people weeks. Now that the ‘moving’ exhaustion, muscle strain and caffeine/sugar coma have subsided – I think it’s starting to sink in that I live here now. That’s good… because I do…
So what are the differences that I’ve noticed so far?
- More sun! – I’m sure this has a lot to do with the fact that we just left a York Winter for a Southern Spring, but statistically we’re living in the sunniest city in England and it’s FREAKING HEAVEN!! Almost every day we wake up to the sun – or if we wake up to the rain, half the time it burns off to a sunny afternoon. It is, in a word, AWESOME…
- Bzzzzzzzzzz – The buzz here rocks my world. It feels like there’s so much going on and, even if I decide to stay home and read, I can still FEEL the buzz (in a good way – not in a distracting way).
- Neutral territory – My husband, Mr. Nice Guy, and I had the ‘where should we live’ debate when we were coming to the end of our long-distance relationship. I move to York initially because that’s where he lived and it was easier for me to go through the immigration process here than vice-versa. But it was tricky moving into ‘his world’ where he already knew his way around and also had an established set of friends that I had to ‘slot into’. It took a long time for me to feel comfortable there. But the South means a clean slate for the both of us and it’s ‘our place’ instead of just his or mine. It’s been awesome exploring a new place with Mr. Nice Guy and I can already feel that it was the right thing for us. Woop!
- There is no place, there’s only people – My biggest complaint about the South is that all the people that I love didn’t move here, too. Despite all my campaigning and coercing, not one single person packed up their stuff and piled into the moving van with us. I’m definitely missing everyone already – especially my fellow American ladies – and I keep reading the ‘meeting new people‘ blog entry to motivate myself to ‘get out there’ and get started.
These are just the initial thoughts about the South vs. North from my POV – oh and I think I prefer the Yorkshire accent