I want to open this post up for comments (so please do comment)…but what do you think you would miss most when moving to a new country?
Note that I exclude people when I think about this.
Before we came to New Zealand, we were told we would miss British sausages, cheese, chocolate and real ale. Having now had the chance to sample all of these, I can say that you just have to try different things. The sausage in NZ seems to have a higher meat content so they are harder to eat but probably better quality (strange eh?). The cheese is absolutely fine although one called “Tasty” makes you worry about some which miss that label. The chocolate is not as good but my wife who enjoys Hotel Chocolat in the UK (i.e. she has been spoiled) seems to have found Whittakers which is pretty good. And finally there are lots of breweries in NZ and I have already sampled some pretty good ales such as Epic at 5.4% from Dunedin. The food we have tried has been good overall…fresh fruit and veg and fresh meat/fish is a lot cheaper than back in the UK, packaged goods, not so much. It all balances out. So in summary, it really is all good.
So, given you can only bring so much in your case and you can’t bring big items…what do you think is the one item I have missed the most? Well, there are 2 things which having moved into a new house are a problem…one is a surprise and one is not. The first one is not the surprise and that is broadband. Not having the internet at home yet is like missing a limb in an abstract sense. Hopefully it will be sorted soon but it is amazing how we rely on a modern invention – tablets and smartphones become largely redundant without it. Thankfully at least we have it at work.
Bearing in mind we have borrowed a fair bit of stuff when moving into our new rented place, the second item which surprised me is the lack of an airer (or clothes horse, or maiden (never heard it called that until recently))…not having somewhere to dry laundry is a real pain. We had to use curtain rails which is really not sensible…so in the end we bought another one.
So, what would you miss most? What couldn’t you live without? All answers welcome…please comment!