15 things I love about Britain

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Those of you who live in the UK will know that there is a general election tomorrow. You may in fact be gathering your thoughts before going to vote. I am so very jealous of you! Despite having lived in the UK for over 11 years and voting in local and county elections, as a foreign national I am not allowed to vote tomorrow. This has been the case ever since I've lived here, but for some reason, this year it has really bothered me and I feel very left out.

This is vastly because, as much as I love my country of birth and how Spanish I still feel, I see Britain as my adoptive country, somewhere where I feel completely at home. So I thought I would try and turn my grumpiness about not being able to vote into something more positive and share with you some of the things I love about Britain. Here they go!

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Sense of humour. So dry, so sarcastic. I love it!

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Sense of individualism.

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Respect for heritage and traditions.


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Sunday roasts. Lots of people turn their noses up at British food, but there are very few things that can beat a good roast. Each one of them has something I adore: mint sauce, yorkshire pudding, crackling... Yum!

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London. In a country with so much tradition, London is always a few steps ahead the rest of the world. It is such an exciting city where old and new live next to each other.

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Cake! Carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, Victoria sponge... they are all utterly delicious. We simply don't have that array of cakes that people bake at home in Spain.


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People say please and thank you. Even when they don't mean it.

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People will apologise to you when you step on them push them... And before complaining.

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The Brits have the ability to laugh at themselves like no other nationality.


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Nobody lets the weather stop them from doing things, even outdoors.

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The countryside always looks stunning when you fly in. Sometimes when I am driving around I try to see the country as I did for the very first time and get to appreciate the beautiful countryside even more.

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Brits are more ambitious and driven than my fellow Spaniards. Of course if you tell me that we are lazy in Spain I will deny it and get quite cross, but there is a teeny tiny bit of truth in the stereotype.


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The BBC. You don't know how lucky you are to have a public TV that is so incredibly good and independent.

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If there is crumble on the menu, I am much more tempted by it than any fancy dessert with a coulis. And always with custard, of course.

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Oxford, of course. I love this city, with all its heritage, its university colleges, the river, the canal, the old pubs, Cowley Road... It is the first place I visited in the UK, the city that stole my heart and the one I am lucky enough to live in.

What are the things you love about Britain?

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