Sophie Rosie

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15 things I miss being a Northerner in London.

15 things I miss being a Northerner in London.

1. Accents.  Scouse, Manchester, Yorkshire - I never ever thought I'd miss hearing the Northern accent but oh my, I do. Now, whenever I hear one, it just makes me feel so homely and I love it. 2. Nobody mocking my own accent. Speaking of accents, everyone seems to comment on my own now. When I'm in London, I'm 'so northern' but then I get home and apparently I'm getting more southern and I just can't win. 3. Being able to stand on either side of an escalator without being shouted at. Also, what happened to the general life rule of 'keep to the left'. London, why are you so complicated? 4. Home Bargains. Home Bargains is one of my favourite stores in the North, and you guys are 100% missing out down here. 5. The bap/barm/bun/teacake/muffin debate. This used to divide the office at least once a week, but it doesn't seem to be an issue down here? 6. Renting a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, city centre flat in the North for the same monthly cost as a double room in the outskirts of London. 7. Not feeling the need to quite literally run everywhere. Seriously guys, why can't you all just chill out for a sec?

1. Accents. 
Scouse, Manchester, Yorkshire - I never ever thought I'd miss hearing the Northern accent but oh my, I do. Now, whenever I hear one, it just makes me feel so homely and I love it.

2. Nobody mocking my own accent.
Speaking of accents, everyone seems to comment on my own now. When I'm in London, I'm 'so northern' but then I get home and apparently I'm getting more southern and I just can't win.

3. Being able to stand on either side of an escalator without being shouted at.
Also, what happened to the general life rule of 'keep to the left'. London, why are you so complicated?

4. Home Bargains.
Home Bargains is one of my favourite stores in the North, and you guys are 100% missing out down here.

5. The bap/barm/bun/teacake/muffin debate.
This used to divide the office at least once a week, but it doesn't seem to be an issue down here?

6. Renting a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, city centre flat in the North for the same monthly cost as a double room in the outskirts of London.

7. Not feeling the need to quite literally run everywhere.
Seriously guys, why can't you all just chill out for a sec?

8. Tips/service charges actually being optional instead of already being added onto your bill without you realising. 9. Fresh air. I'm not even kidding when I say I've had a cough for the whole time I've been down here, and the only time it's disappeared, was when I went home for the weekend. I will never take pollution-free air for granted again.

8. Tips/service charges actually being optional instead of already being added onto your bill without you realising.

9. Fresh air.
I'm not even kidding when I say I've had a cough for the whole time I've been down here, and the only time it's disappeared, was when I went home for the weekend. I will never take pollution-free air for granted again.

10. People actually making eye contact/smiling/saying 'good morning' to you on the train to work. Londoners should totally start trying this. Trust me, it makes such a difference to your commute! 11. Personal space. On a similar note - can we please start giving each other personal space?! On the trains, in the street, in the queues. Please.

10. People actually making eye contact/smiling/saying 'good morning' to you on the train to work.
Londoners should totally start trying this. Trust me, it makes such a difference to your commute!

11. Personal space.
On a similar note - can we please start giving each other personal space?! On the trains, in the street, in the queues. Please.

12. Spending time with other Northerners. Honestly, this may sound like a weird one, but I do miss them. I miss being around the friendly bunch in the street, in coffee shops, in restaurants - people are definitely friendlier to strangers in the North! 13. Not having to trek 45 minutes across the city just to meet your friend for coffee. It's so bizarre. Like, if I were to travel 45 minutes at home, that would be like going from Liverpool to Manchester, just to have coffee with someone and then go home again. It just wouldn't happen. But here? A 45 minute journey is totally acceptable and you're literally still in the same city??? 14. Not being the only one that thinks Watford is still South and nowhere near the North. 15. It being totally acceptable to just go home and get in bed every evening after work. What is it with everyone going for after work drinks on a Monday? And a Tuesday. Or a Wednesday? Like, no. I just want to go home and get in bed with my cuppa. I don't have the energy to socialise after work.

12. Spending time with other Northerners.
Honestly, this may sound like a weird one, but I do miss them. I miss being around the friendly bunch in the street, in coffee shops, in restaurants - people are definitely friendlier to strangers in the North!

13. Not having to trek 45 minutes across the city just to meet your friend for coffee.
It's so bizarre. Like, if I were to travel 45 minutes at home, that would be like going from Liverpool to Manchester, just to have coffee with someone and then go home again. It just wouldn't happen. But here? A 45 minute journey is totally acceptable and you're literally still in the same city???

14. Not being the only one that thinks Watford is still South and nowhere near the North.

15. It being totally acceptable to just go home and get in bed every evening after work.
What is it with everyone going for after work drinks on a Monday? And a Tuesday. Or a Wednesday? Like, no. I just want to go home and get in bed with my cuppa. I don't have the energy to socialise after work.

Please tell me some of you guys feel these things too?!

Soph

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