When I landed in London at the end of December, I hadn’t been on British soil for a whole year. The longest time ever! Of course, I’m way more British (well, Londoner), than Chilean, and I always, always will be.
However, from living abroad in Santiago for just over two years now, there are things you notice so much more when you return. Things that you wouldn’t have batted an eyelid at before.
So, I jotted these moments down on my phone when they happened, and it’s funny to read through them…
Thoughts From a Londoner Returning Home
I can understand everything that everyone is saying all the time, and I don’t have to even think for a moment, I just know.
…Apart from the fact that I can hear people speaking in lots of different languages on the tube, I love that!
Oh, I remember. I’m short in England. There are a lot of tall people around here.
I could spend hours in book shops and libraries enjoying the fact that everything is in English, and I want them all!
Oops, I really do have to stand on the right side of the escalator at all times.
Hmm, I forgot that I really should have an umbrella in my bag at all times, it could rain at any moment.
Multiculturalism makes me so happy!!
I’m topping up my Oyster card again, didn’t I just do that yesterday? And the day before, too?
I loveeeee the politeness of service in shops, the shop assistant just said “thank you” to me about 8 times.
Wait, what’s this?! (New £10 note and pound coins!)
Oh, and this shop assistant said “Sorry for the wait”, which was only about 2 minutes long!
Must remember to look the correct way when crossing the road. At least the writing on the road tells me which way to look!
Does the sun exist? I haven’t seen it for days.
Somebody just walked into me, I better say sorry!
The variety of food from everywhere is just amazing, how can I choose?
Oh no, I just called it the metro! It’s the TUBE!!
Pret A Manger… please, please, please open in Santiago! On every street corner, like London, that would be just great!
Oh no, what if I’ve forgotten how to speak Spanish on my return to Chile?
Brrrr, that wind is cold!! Pass me another layer to add to my already three.
So. Many. Vegetarian. Options!!
It’s so great to get a seat on the tube!
I could spend hours browsing the shelves in Boots… maybe the security guard will wonder what I’m doing! Hmm… but so many products!
Is it ok to want to eat Indian food everyday? Yes?
It’s dark, already! At 4:30pm.
Nothing beats that London skyline.
I Love London… I Love Home ❤
What thoughts do you have when you return home?
Oh, and today is my four year blogging anniversary, yay!