It’s now just over a WEEK until I move to a whole other country. Packing has commenced. (Sort of) Nerves are setting in. Cancelled out by relief and excitement. On a daily basis. It has officially sunk in, that I am moving to another country. And I can’t wait. But that’s not to say I’m looking forward to seeing the back of London, England and everything I’ve ever known. I’m going to miss a heck of a lot.
1. Family and Friends
This one is pretty much a given, but it has to be said. While my parents don’t live in this country, I still get to see them a fair few times a year. I can’t imagine that changing. But we’ll have to start up our Skype sessions again. My brother I will be leaving behind. Hoping that he’ll come and visit when he can. But it will be an adjustment not seeing him every other weekend and catching films at the cinema with him.
While I don’t have a huge group of friends, I have a few close ones whom I will all miss. We don’t see each other often, and definitely not often enough. Kieran, Steven and Andy – guys who I met at my first post-university job at the age of 21. You could say we went through the wars together on that first job. And we’re still very much friends now. They’re ‘my guys’.
Then there’s the weirdos who I met on the Internet. Tim, Kat, Mel, Rach, Alison, Ryan – I hope you come and visit me! Though, one at a time. Unless people fancy sleeping in bath tubs. We’ve been on holidays together, done the whole convention thing, all those trips to Thorpe Park! And while we live a bit all over the place and don’t see each other often, I’ll still be missing you guys. We’ll always have CSTS!
And my new extended friends/family I’ve amassed through my OH. There, pretty much, hasn’t been a week that’s gone by where I haven’t seen some of those guys, since my OH moved to Bahrain last year. It will be an adjustment not seeing them regularly.
But there’s Skype, and Google Hangouts and the old-fashioned email and WhatsApp. Technology!!
2. My Car
Yes, after the people I’m picking out my car. I love my car. No, it’s not anything special. Seat Ibiza 1.9 TDI. But I’ve had it for five years. Bought it from new and it’s done me good. Thrown it around the place a little. Driven it up to Scotland, Bath and all sorts of other places. It’s a diesel so it’s got that silly throaty noise to it. Which I adore, and will miss. I doubt I’ll be able to get a diesel and a manual in Bahrain.
3. The Temperate Climate
In England there are four seasons. Well, pretty much. Sure sometimes summer sucks. And winter is just an extended autumn. But there are defined seasons. What I’ll be getting hit with in Bahrain is a staggering amount of humidity and day and night-time temperatures I have never been exposed to. Though, saying that, looking forward to winters in Bahrain when it’s in the low twenties and very comfortable. As opposed to the cold and wet here. Yes, I will not miss the rain. I will not miss having to sit under a blanket because it’s just too chilly in the house. Though on the flip side of that, I do enjoy getting comfy under a blanket and watching a film or some TV.
I moan about London most of the time. The commute. The people. There’s always something to complain about, about the city. BUT, it’s a decent city. There are plenty of places to go out. It’s been the home of almost all of my jobs. I’ve lived on the fringes of it my whole life. London holds a lot of memories for me.
5. Fibre Optic Broadband
My broadband is a thing of dreams. Download and upload speeds are out of this world and I’ve grown used to it. This is the norm for me. In Bahrain I won’t have fibre optic broadband. I’ll have terrible upload and download speeds, compared to what I’ve got now. Won’t be able to use Netflix. It’s going to be an adjustment!
There you have it. The top five I could think of off the top of my head. Those first few things I know I’m going to miss the most. But more than ever, I am really looking forward to the move.