Today I start my first post about what I don't like about living in England.
All these are in no particular order, they are very subjective and based on what makes ME happy or not happy. While I don't mind any of my readers sharing their opinions, I really don't want to get into online argument over how great UK is or is not. I get enough of that from other Americans who live here, who love it here, and who have been extending or coming back numerous times.
Check out that map! Yup, that's where I live and trust me, it is in the middle of nowhere. Of course some people might say that it's a "beautiful English countryside", but I say that I live in the middle of pig farms, sheep, horses and cows. We also get fields and fields of potatoes, wheat, corn, bunnies (yup, I can see fields literally covered with bunnies just hanging out, doing their bunny things), rapeseed, and anything else that can be grown on the ground.
My Lakenheath Village is literally one street long and we're lucky that we get a grocery store in it. I drive through villages that don't even get that much. Having a car is a necessity here, and every single house has one. One time I was complaining about that to one of my friends, and she asked me why do I need a car, after all I live in EUROPE! I wanted to scream and pull my hair out, because she clearly didn't understand that Europe doesn't mean "London" or "big city" every time, and that it also means small villages and animal farms.
If I want to go hang out somewhere, I have to plan on driving at least 30mins, which wasn't so bad in the USA, but pretty annoying here in the UK. Remember those pig farms and wheat fields I've mentioned before? It also means tractors, that go SUPER SLOW and which are often impossible to pass on the winding roads.
Living in the middle of nowhere also means that I can't take public transportation easily and have to rely on my car to go everywhere. There are no train stations nearby, buses show up once every three days (it seems), and even if I do try to take a train, it will take an extra long time (as compared with trains from London for example) and will cost a lot more too.
I won't miss this area because I prefer the convenience of a city.