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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Home Thoughts From Abroad (1)

When travelling alone and abroad for an extended period of time, inevitably there are things one misses about one's home country (in my case, England). Here's my top 10 list:

1. Marmite
2. Strong tea with milk
3. Bacon butties
4. Toast and marmalade
5. Real ale
6. Country pubs
7. The Guardian
8. The Lake District
9. The Yorkshire Dales
10. The coastline

Whoops, I forgot my family and friends (apologies!) I don't really miss marmite more than my wife..!

Any additions, anyone?

5 comments:

The Grocer said...

gardening.
cool air.

Singing Bear said...

Enjoy your travels! Sounds fabulous.

Timecheck said...

Pretty food oriented! What in the world is marmite? We didn't find the food as good as on the Le Puy route, but didn't miss American food, other than a desire for cold cereal for breakfast.

Dominic Rivron said...

You could always do a Hamish Brown and send parcels to Post Offices for collection en route, assuming continental post offices are geared up for this. But perhaps in a perverse way, part of the pleasure of being abroad is being without these things.

Can't resist pointing out I'm just off to make myself some toast and marmite - always do, last thing. A bad habit, I'm sure :)

The Solitary Walker said...

Timecheck - marmite is a vegetable yeast extract: a salty, savoury, treacly, black spread, ideal on toast or as a flavouring for some stocks and soups. It's a by-product of the brewing industry, and produced in that British mecca of the brewing industry, Burton-on-Trent, where, incidentally and coincidentally, both my children were born. All this is off the top of my head, stuck as I am in Pamplona - without marmite, sure, but then again there are those lovely tapas...