First we have Hannah, a fabulous blogger and an Essex resident, like me. Hannah writes illuminating reviews of books, eateries, experiences, and travel, and has a gorgeous Instagram page. Read on to find out what she loves about Britain!
Growing up in Britain it can be easy to forget what I like about it – especially with everything going on politically right now! I tend to want to escape abroad as much as I can, but when I think about I realise there’s loads I love about our tiny, eclectic country in the North Sea. Here’s just a few…
The Sunshine Coast
I’m lucky enough to live on the Sunshine Coast, known as that because it gets the most sunshine out of the whole country. Not only that but the beaches are so pretty down here, with soft yellow sands and a sea that’s lovely to swim in (albeit cold). I particularly like my local beach, Walton-on-the-Naze, because it’s quite common to find sharks teeth and other cool things amongst the shingle!
Our quintessentially British culture
Sometimes I forget about our culture as I live and breathe it daily but it’s something that I really love about Britain – our love of tea, our obsession with queuing, our inability to refrain from talking about the weather for 10 minutes or more… Foreigners often laugh at our strange ways, but it makes us unique and I wouldn’t have us any other way.
Our “oldy-worldy” villages
When people think of Britain they often think of beautiful, cobblestone streets lined with quaint cottages. It’s an iconic image that I hope we’ll retain over here, as it gives an interesting glimpse into our history and architecture. The Cotswolds is most renowned for this aesthetic and is one place in Britain I simply can’t wait to visit!
The rolling hills of the West
Living on the East coast I don’t explore the West as much as I should, but whenever I do I get that same excitement as always seeing those beautiful rolling hills start to form. I spent a lot of my childhood in Wales with its gorgeous cliffs, and I could never get bored of the wavy landscapes in the Devon and Cornwall areas. Tough on the legs, but they make for stunning scenery.
Our diverse range of accents
I still find it fascinating that we have so many dialects and accents here – over 160 in total! I thought this was common in all countries but I’ve discovered recently that it’s not. I love how different each accent is (even though I still struggle to understand some of them still) and find it so interesting how my local town has a noticeably different accent to a city 20 miles up the road!
Read more of Hannah’s thoughts on her website http://www.pagesplacesandplates.com
Next is Francesca, a brilliant travel blogger who writes about cruising, eating and adventures.
I think growing up in the UK, especially if you live in a small industrial town like I do, it’s easy to forget the great stuff about our country. I’m not talking about the political stuff, the healthcare, the emergency services – but the people. The history. The quirks you see in each area of the country.
I’ve grown up in the North West, and I particularly love that proud identity Northeners carry with them – it’s all banter of course, but we are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet – we make the best brews and we’re not afraid to chat to strangers on trains!
Plus can we take a moment to talk about how beautiful this country is? It’s easy to forget when it’s grey and drizzly, but even on those dull days we’ve got beautiful amazing historic towns and villages and rolling countryside, alongside thriving modern cities.
Find Francesca on her blog – http://glutenfreehorizons.com
Our next blogger is Gabrielle Isaac Allison, who was born and raised in Mooresville, North Carolina in the USA. She is a 25-year-old marking assistant, blogger, and freelancer. After earning her B.A. in Mass Communications from Methodist University, she married her college sweetheart Jonathan. They now live together in North Carolina with their cat Rum Tum (named after the mischievous cat from the popular British musical, “Cats”), and their dog, Maisel.
he closest I’ve come to visiting Great Britain is a keychain gifted to me by my best friend Lauren, who spent a few weeks on a short study abroad trip to London back in 2016.
It stays on my keyring all the time. The sad thing is that it says “I <3 London,” but I’ve never gotten a chance to really love it. I spend a fair amount of my time on social media interacting with British-based bloggers and YouTubers, and I love what I see, hear, and experience. Here are 4 short reasons I love Britain:
1. SLANG:Whether it’s being gutted about having to wake up for work on Mondays, or whether I’m tucking in to my home-cooked meal, I can’t help but use British slang. I’m fascinated by what different words mean to people in Britain vs. people in America!
2. BUILDINGS/ARCHITECHTURE:Yes, I’m that basic American who wants to see the iconic British landmarks like the Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. Sue me!
3. QUIRKY LOCATIONS:I’ve heard of so many quirky British locations like God’s Own Junkyard, the London Dudgeon, and the Longleat Hedge Maze. They’ve really peaked my interest and I hope to visit them in the future.
4. HARRY POTTER, DUH:Speaking of large mazes and London, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my love for Harry Potter and the Harry Potter World. As long as I don’t end up like Cedric Diggory, I’m down for mazes and magic.
I’m hoping and praying that I’ll one day be able to visit Britain. Maybe someday soon I can watch the Buckingham Palace guards give a (literal) royal smackdown to anyone who steps out of line or feel on top of the world as I ride the London Eye. But for now, I’ll resign myself to the amazing blogger and YouTube network of British creators like Georgia until I can visit Great Britain for myself.
Find out more about Gabrielle and her work on her website www.TheOpinionatedOne.com