It was almost 3 years ago that I handed in my security pass and said goodbye to my office of 7 years. I actually shed a little tear on my way out. I was about to leave a job that I really loved. But a new world was calling us – we were about to move to the United State of America!
My initial contract for working overseas was 3 years, and now that we have been living here in the US for almost 3 years I have been offered an indefinite contract. So we signed another year’s lease on our house…and unless something crazy happens, e.g. World War 3, we will be here in Virginia for another year.
I’m both excited and sad. I’m excited because we get some time to do more travelling and keep working at the infertility treatment. But I am sad because I miss my friends and family.
There also the more material British things that I kind of miss too…..
I miss Greggs (the bakers). I miss their iced buns and even the sausage rolls. People of America, your corn dogs suck in comparison. Why have you yet to discover the sausage roll? Someone at the New York times has realised the error of their ways and yesterday wrote an article about them. There was a bit of interest on twitter. But I am not sure it was enough to start a sausage roll revolution.
Christmas is coming and mince pies are top of my wish list this year. What’s a mince pie I hear you ask? They are beautifully crumbly pastry pies filled with juicy, spiced raisins, sultanas and dried fruits typically eaten around Christmas time. They can be served hot or cold, eaten on their own or with Brandy butter or cream. To be served with hot mulled wine. Mmmmmm, I’m just salivating at the thought of them.
Lastly, I am also getting a bit bored of having the same conversations over and over again! Sometimes I fake an American accent just so no one notices I am British and asks all the same questions. This video shows the struggles…for real.
By the way, if you are an American and like British culture, the BBC American has a webpage called Anglophenia that might interest you: http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/
You can also follow them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/anglophenia they post a ‘British word a day’ which is rather amusing!