Name: Meagan Lopez
City of residence: Bristol, England
Date of birth: 18 August, 1982
Civil status: In a relationship
Reason for moving to the UK: Love
Lived in the UK for: 1 year, 2 months
What was your first impression of the UK?
When I stepped off the plane, it was very grey. I expected that though, and was actually surprised at how often the sun did come out. I had heard for so many years from reading Dickens, and having a general knowledge of what the British felt of their home country, that it was a dark nation. Coming from California, the change of weather didn't bother me until this month.
As much as I tried to get into the whole “putting myself down” part of the culture, it went against every grain in my body and I found it difficult at first. Especially as I was trying to adjust and I felt like I was being ridiculed by everyone. Of course, this wasn't the case, but it felt like that at first.
Meagan: Moved for love to deepest, darkest Dickens' land
What do you think of the food?
I can't handle the fried food. I know America has a lot of it as well, but fried fish? Definitely don't understand that. I absolutely adore Sunday roasts. It is one of my all-time favo(u)rite things to do now, and I know that I will miss it immensely when I go back. Never thought I would prefer something over a Sunday brunch, but I definitely do.
Plus, I have gotten really into tea and ‘elevenses’. Love that whole concept. I've heard the British have massively improved in this area.
What do you think of the shopping in the UK?
Bristol just opened a huge shopping complex in the city centre called ‘Cabot Circus’, and it is a shopping diva's dream. The fashion in the UK fits me so much better than the fashion in the States. You just don't get the variety in the States, unless you want to pay hand over foot.
Absolutely adore it.
What do you appreciate about living in the UK?
I appreciate the fact that the first question when you meet someone isn't “So, what do you do?”
I appreciate that family life is more valued than work life.
I appreciate their sense of helping others – as far as the NHS and other social services are concerned. It isn't just about the individual; it's about the collective welfare.
I appreciate their television and, now that I understand it, their sense of humour.
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