So it’s been just over 2 months and our lives have changed massively! We have gone from living on a boat with the floor space of your average double garage to living between 2 ‘normal’ houses – I’m not going to lie, one of them isn’t much bigger than a double garage (sorry Nanet but it’s true!)
Another thing that is a massive change is the weather. Without a doubt, one thing that the Caribbean is known for is it’s warm and sunny tropical climate. Also highly documented and completely opposite is England’s weather – a mass of rain and clouds with a tad of sun once every few years. Ok not quite that bad but you know what I mean. It’s definitely safe to say that going from the Caribbean to England was quite a shock to the system, not just weather wise, but also in terms of day to day life.
For example, one thing that we can’t get our heads around is how different the people are! (yes we get it, it’s a different country, lifestyle and all that but this is like night and day.) If you walk along a street in the Caribbean, you’re expected to say hi and those who don’t are considered to be rude (seriously, we had a man come out of his bar and tell us to say hi back to him when we were soaking in the sights, oblivious to the friendly greeting being yelled our way.) Walk along a street in England and you’re expected to bury your head in your iPhone or use all your will power to stare directly in front of you and avoid eye contact at all costs, those that do say hi and give eye contact are considered weirdos. Of course, coming from the Caribbean, we’ve been saying hi to everyone we walk past and it’s incredible how startled some people are as they snap out of their zombie-like state. Some try and pull themselves together and squeeze out a “hi!” but end up with a sort of “hurrr……” while others just pretend us ‘weirdos’ don’t exist.
Having said all that, it really isn’t all that bad! I mean we have had one person say hi… No, I’m joking. Quite a few people say hi but not anywhere near as many as in the Caribbean and thankfully, the weather gods have been very good to us which has been great. Still, we can’t help but feel like we’ve stepped onto another planet entirely, one where people are more focused on having the latest iPhone allowing you to load Angry Birds half a second faster and can read your thumb instead of having to type out that monstrous four number password, when in reality, they should put that money into having fun and spending time with their families. Maybe it’s because we’re more suited to life on a boat in the Caribbean or maybe the ‘western world’ has gone a bit too far? Who knows.
Don’t get me wrong, we all have an iPod or iPhone each and we use it everyday. I mean, Mum even takes Xav’s iPod away as a punishment. We also love England and we have had an amazing time and seen some incredible sights but it is definitely missing that sense of warmth (both from the people and the weather) which was everywhere in the Caribbean. Thankfully, we have amazing friends and family here who are so supportive it’s ridiculous and we’re very thankful for that!
Finally gotten that rant off my chest! Here’s some of the highlights of England so far:
In other news, it’s now December so the Christmas count down has begun! Here’s what we got in our first pocket of our homemade advent calendar: