Forgive me if this belongs elsewhere, but I was wondering who here is based in the UK. I would love to arrange a meetup at some point. I firmly believe that the people you choose to surround yourself with impact who you are and how you think and people on here are brilliant! I am based near Cambridge but I am happy to travel to London.
@thomph, Ah ok. Do you find it hard understanding some of the British jokes? Some of my US friends and work buddies don’t understand them and think I am just being horrible. I think most of what we say is not a “Joke” as it is just how we talk. Most of how we communicate is full of innuendos and double meanings. When I talk to anyone who is not British (Maybe Ausies understand) I find I have to try not to talk normal…
Anyway, I am totally off subject here.
I have seen some Brits. Not many though.
Nah not really. I’ve lived here almost 4 years, my husband is English and so are the vast majority of my friends here. I actually watch a lot of British TV (I love The IT Crowd, Father Ted, Spaced, I’m Alan Partridge, That Mitchell & Webb Look, Darkplace, Ali G, the list goes on) so I’m exposed to it quite a bit. It’s interesting being an expat because you notice all sorts of differences in mannerisms and how people use certain words.
@thomph, I agree. When I work with American I find vast differences. The whole approach to life is different. we have so much in common… but so many differences too.
You have many of the same likes in TV shows as I do. I only watch one comedy from USA… that’s The Big Bang Theory. All others I find mostly unfunny. The IT Crowd, Ab Fab and Father Ted are two of my fave shows of all time. IT Crowd needs a new season… shame most the actors are making money in Hollywood now :(
Are you happy in England? I guess the weather is a shock for most people. The vast accents normally throw people. I always thought I wanted to leave the UK… once I did I quickly learnt that England is amazing. I may leave one day but I don’t think the US is where I’d live. I would stay in the EU.
@dafunks, I only really watch animated comedy from the US now that I think about it. I do love 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation though. I was happy to see Chris O’Dowd in Bridesmaids. Good for them :)
As for the weather, it’s really mild compared to what I’m used to. I grew up near Detroit so it was bitter cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer. My one gripe is the lack of sunlight both from overcast skies and incredibly short winter days. It definitely takes a toll on me and I’d love to live someplace near the Equator for the sake of consistency. It’s hard to be grumpy when it’s always sunny!
I do like England but pulling your roots up gives you this indescribable sense of freedom and potential. I honestly don’t see any reason why I should stay put. The world is far too interesting to stay put. I packed my life into a few suitcases once and I can do it again and intend to….regularly. The idea of location independence is like crack to me and the fact that we live in the first time that it has ever been truly possible is just awesome. I know lots of people who run their businesses from their laptop. That is so incredible to me! But yes I do like England :)