10 Things I Miss From Home

29 Aug

Before we got the sad news of Rich’s sweet Nan passing away, I’d been drafting a blog post on the things I was missing from home, not realising that in just a few weeks’ time I’d get to experience most of them during a whirlwind trip back to the UK. Here’s my list:

1. Friends and family – This probably goes without saying! Sunday roasts at our parents’, dinner parties with friends, board games with grandparents on a rainy afternoon…It was lovely to go home and snuggle in that cosy warmth you get from being around familiar ones.

2. Changing seasons – Bermuda tends to have just two seasons – winter (cool and rainy) and summer (hot and sunny). Although winter in the UK goes on far too long, I do miss the cherry blossom in spring, the smell of freshly-cut grass to announce summer, the crunchy, colourful leaves of Autumn, and the sparkly snowflakes on a bright winter’s day.

3. Decent bread – A crusty French baguette with cheese and pate, crispy bacon between two slices of Tiger Bread, a chip buttie in a seeded roll – along with fish and chips, a good loaf of bread was on my list to consume as soon as possible when I got home!

4. The train – It may sound strange to some, but I miss my commute from Winchester to London each workday. I loved having that hour of peace where I could read a book, catch up on emails uninterrupted, or just watch the world rush by with no demands on my time. With no trains in Bermuda it was a novelty to sit back and enjoy that serenity again.

5. Zizzi’s Penne de la Casa – Rarely have I gone to Zizzi’s and ordered anything else. And although there are better Italian restaurants in London, the Zizzi’s Strand branch will always be special as it’s been the meeting place for years for me and my bestest friends to catch up over a bottle of wine (always Frascati) and set the world to right.

6. Wildlife – In Bermuda, other than frogs, toads, lizards, a few feral chickens and some flying bugs, we don’t have many creatures roaming the island. It was lovely watching the squirrels scampering around my parents’ garden, spying foxes dashing into the bushes and looking out for rabbits as we drove along the country lanes in the moonlight.

7. Fish and chips – If only expats could set up their own business in Bermuda – my fictional fish and chip shop would make a killing! There’s nothing quite like a good piece of battered cod served on a bed of chip-shop chips, all wrapped up in paper!

8. Shops – An afternoon browsing and buying treats in the High Street without having to take out a bank loan to afford it? Definitely missed!

9. London – the hidden alleyways, historic buildings, and the hustle and bustle of city life. Whilst island life is wonderfully relaxing, a trip to the big smoke was reinvigorating – even the stuffy Tube!

10. Un-sensationalist news – Oh Huw Edwards! How I’ve missed news that is read calmly by proper journalists with normal teeth! With no noisy commercial breaks! 🙂

What do you miss the most when you are away from home?


4 Responses to “10 Things I Miss From Home”

  1. michael 1 September, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    We miss our family and friends more than we thought we would. Funny how we saw them only ‘now and then’ when we lived back home…but now we MUST talk to them on Skype once a week! Fortunately, they are all eventually coming to visit, one couple at a time. We can’t wait to show them what a beautiful place Bermuda is.
    Personally, I already miss opening the door in the morning and feeling that cool crisp ‘snap’ in the air, and feeling the day warming up – slowly but surely. Here, nearly every day I open the door and am greeted with a hot steamy dripping mass of tropical air. A/C is as much of a luxury here, as heat is a luxury in the Arctic! This week is nice, because it has been cloudy and drizzly – and a few degrees cooler – but we are already longing for the sun to return!
    Crazy, I never thought I’d say this – but I miss my commute as well. I know it’s just rose-coloured hindsight, however I did enjoy the fall days when I could put the top down, crank up the seat heaters and enjoy the cool, fresh air on my drive. The endless months of grey, teeming rain and its ensuing traffic gridlock – well, that I don’t miss so much!

    • suscatty 6 September, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Michael

      We have frequent Skype dates with family and friends so I understand the importance of this too! You may be pleased to know the winter here is much cooler – and you’ll definitely need a pair of gloves if you’re on a scooter at night in January! So pleased to hear you are enjoying living in Bermuda so far 🙂

  2. Ameera 2 September, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Family, friends..and the tropical fruits and food, the beach, the warm weather…, so, the other side of the mirror I guess 🙂 For sure, I don’t miss the cockroaches, multitude of ants and the millipedes!

    • suscatty 6 September, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi Ameera

      I can understand why you don’t miss the bugs! If only there were a country with tropical weather but not tropical beasties!

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