I know you all probably noticed this as soon as it happened, but a few months ago I departed The Urban List office and did something completely original. Yep, I moved to London. Luckily, these guys still like me and have allowed me to refer to myself as the official foreign correspondent, as long as I don’t use the word official and only say it in my head… Oops.
Regardless, there are countless things I miss from home. And not just the ones I was expecting. The following is a list of things that have hit me with emotion like a swift punch in the face whenever I realise they’re not readily available any more. You’ve been warned. For the purposes of lols and lack of eye-rolls, I’m going to start by saying yes, of course I miss Tim Tams (double coated obv) and Vegemite, but you won’t find them in this article because duh.
- Calling thongs by their appropriate name. Not bloody flip-flops.
- Yum cha. Dim sum is not the same thing. No pushy trolley ladies, no dice.
- Good coffee. Y’know, the kind that doesn’t taste like dishwater?
- On that note, got an allergy? Tough shit. Almond milk definitely doesn’t come as standard.
- Awesome, independent cafes and eateries that aren’t chains and don’t suck.
- Openly discussing the merits of CheezTV without having to explain yourself.
- Tinned tuna at good prices in a range of flavours. Seriously, why are we the only ones?
- Having the freedom to use a public toilet without paying. What the actual?
- Enjoying polite and friendly conversations with people that serve you.
- Saying “We’re not here to fuck spiders” and having people agree.
- Christmas meaning fresh seafood and sunshine, not muddy snow and jumpers that play music. Although they’re pretty awesome.
- If you’re living in the UK… Sephora and MECCA. You really don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.
- Not having to justify the delicate and noble art of sausage sizzles.
- Sushi trains that are actually good, and don’t cost half your rent.
- If you’re in the US… Money that can’t be ripped up and ruined.
- Chicken shops, with crispy skinned chickens rotating on a spit like shiny, delicious beacons of hope. Also, chips with chicken salt.
- Being able to watch Round The Twist on Netflix whenever you damn well like.
- Using the ‘C word’ as a term of endearment. I’m sorry, but I had to chuck that one in
- Actual beaches. No, the seaside isn't the same thing, and no, pebbles are not sand.
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