living in the fens
I loved living in Reigate, busy town and I found it very friendly, but I know others who didn’t. I worked in food and drink public relations and event management, so was always good for a ‘hot tip’ on where to eat or wines … then.
But east Anglia is great and the people really are much more down to earth and friendlier. I’ve found one gets a real ‘mix’ of friends and acwuantances as opposed to Reigate where people in the same social area – money/home/work seemed to gravitate together. I find this much better as I’m exposed to a huge range of opinions and people from all walks of life and of all ages. Much more rounded.
As a New Zealander class is not an issue I’d come across before. We’re a pretty egalitarian society and make friends with people we like rather than who we thinks fits our social status!
The winds are pretty horrid here but at least we get a real change of seasons unlike Cairo, where I lived for a year. It rained once and that brought down all the sand and dirt from the trees and everyone and every car looked the same – dull and covered in mud. As I lived five floors up the only plants I had were on our balcony (big though) and I was garden starved until I came to the UK. In New Zealand we had an acre of gardens, imagine the garden withdrawl symptoms I had in Cairo. But it’s a funny place for plants – they grow three crops of courgettes etc each year along the Nile (not sure I liked the idea of the Nile watering my veg) and the produce is very good considering the way plants are treated and sprayed with chemicals.
To my vast amusement my American friends washed all their veg in a dilute mixture of bleach. What’s that all about then?
- 2 Oct, 2010
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