Hey there! I know it’s been a hot minute. I’ve been doing life and trying to stay sane at the same time, I’m sure a lot of people can relate. As you may or may not know, I came back to Nigeria in 2015, after spending three years in England. I was on student visa and I’ve lived in Nigeria all my life so I’m not about to make you think Nigeria was new to me or anything, but when you live somewhere for a while you get really accustomed to the life around. I’ve been back for three years and clearly I’m living, but recently I was reminiscing when I found my Oyster Card and an old train ticket in my diary, so I figured I should do a post on four things I miss about England.
1. Easy and affordable transport
Commuting is easy tolerable in Nigeria if you have a car of your own and you can afford to fill it with fuel every other week. Otherwise, you’d find yourself spending tons of money on transport every day, especially if you’re the type to request Uber rides on almost every occasion. If you choose to use public buses and taxis, you’d find yourself sharing a small car seat with three other people, of whom their sizes differ. There’s also the issue of traffic and potholes that make you feel like you’re entering the sunken place.
Commuting in England was really one of the best things; there are a lot of options and the prices were pretty affordable. One of the things I really liked, especially in Cambridge, was that you can choose to get a bus card for up to four months, so you don’t have to pay for tickets every time you board a bus, just swipe your card before getting on.
2. Super fast, constant Wi-Fi
Okay it’s not like there’s no fast internet in Nigeria, there’s a couple of 4G LTE services here and there but even then these services are so unreliable and cost a lot for such shitty network. Using the internet in UK was such a blissful experience, a really good thing was how Wi-Fi service comes with cable TV subscription. I’d stay locked up in my room for days streaming and downloading any and everything possible. I can’t wait for when Nigerian internet service gets to that level. Hopefully, it does.
3. Friends and Freedom
I don’t have a really large circle of friends and while a few of them are in Nigeria ( I made these friends after I came back). Most of my friends are in the UK and the major reason I miss them is because we had to freedom to go anywhere we wanted ( ah how I miss that). My favourite place to go was Birmingham city centre, there was always something fun to do. I still go out here, but not as much because you know, parents and stuff.
4. Dunkin’ Donuts
In case you did’t know, I’m a huge coffee addict and dunkin’ donuts was one of my favourite places to get iced lattes every morning. I miss it so much, I try to re-create the recipe every time but it’s never as good.
In general, I miss the functioning system in England. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country and there are some things I really wouldn’t trade for (for example, food) but there’s just something about having a stable system in place that makes life a whole lot better and I hope Nigeria can get to that point one day. I really want to go back to England soon, so I can re-experiences these things and more.