Things I miss about England

Although I am enjoying my time here in Cyprus, it’s easy to have a moan every now and then about the things we hate about Cyprus, and more importantly, the things I love about England.

Freebies in magazines:

And why are magazines so expensive out here? I love a good magazine marathon but really have to limit myself each month due to their implausible expense. Even a typically cheap magazine like ‘Look’ is expensive, and we don’t even get any freebies due to shipping costs!

Paperchase:

Cyprus is yearning for a decent card shop with equally decent prices, combined with a variety of beautiful cards, stationary and accessories. Once again it has failed dramatically and the majority of cards on offer out here are of Barbie and Ken-esque models posing in old-fashioned clothes. I  refuse to purchase one of these cards and am grateful to Debenhams for being one of the only places in Cyprus where it appears you can buy any decent cards (funny how this is a UK retailer!)

The variety of shops:

The products, prices, accessories and styles in the UK are abundant and varied, whereas out here, we’re limited to designer brands or 1980s chic. How I miss H n’ M/New Look/Miss Selfridge/River Island (I could go on)…

Fish and Chips:

You can’t beat a bag of fish and chips and although we have a local chippy down the road (!) there is still nothing quite like enjoying this delicious delight on a cold winter’s night. Throughout the warmer months, my interest in fish and chips dramatically dwindles. Comfort food just isn’t what it used to be in the sweltering heat.

Boots:

No, not the footwear! Boots the chemist is possibly one of my all time favourite places to buy cosmetics and toiletries. They have every product under the sun from healthcare and pharmaceuticals to the latest mascara, and whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at a reasonable price (combined with some excellent deals and a decent points scheme). Although there are rumours that Carrefour will be supplying Boots products under their own branding, I’m still sceptical and don’t feel confident that there’ll be enough variety. Watch this space…

British music:

I’m yearning to find out the latest releases and struggling to keep up with what’s going on in the rest of the world, whether it’s for the latest releases, gigs or news.

Chocolate:

As a massive lover of chocolate but I really don’t enjoy my favourite treat when it’s travelled thousands of miles to get here and melted/re-congealed in the process. Not quite the craving I was hoping to satisfy.

And finally…

British people:

This is not a dig at Greek people. They are not ALL moody, miserable, judgmental and slightly backwards, but, from my experience, British people are always approachable and willing to help. Generally speaking, they are kind, humble, caring and helpful, and they are not prone to judge others on the incredulous level that Cypriots are oh-so-famous for. Plus, they are compassionate about animals, which is more than I can say for many of the people out here!

I could go on…

A traditional British delicacy

 

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