There’s no place like home

I have just spent a long weekend in Palm Springs, California, it was 80 degrees and sunny and I spent the time sunbathing, drinking cocktails by the pool and partying with two of my most favourite friends.  I had the best time and had an amazing weekend and even though it’s so cold in the UK at the moment, everywhere is flooded and the general election is looming, there is still no place like home.

Only 36% of Americans own a passport compared to 60% of Canadians, 75% of Aussies and Brits. So that means over 60% of them have never left the states. Why?

Face it, it is a HUGE country. The 3rd largest in the world in fact, along with China and smaller than Russia and Canada. It has beaches, mountains, lakes, forests and desert. And Disneyland of course, why would you leave?

I just find that Americans are so different from us Brits. Chips are fries and crisps are chips? Your bottom is your fanny, football is soccer and trousers are pants. I know Boris is a bit of a numpty but I’d take him over Trump any day.

My American friends believe that our social status is dependant on which supermarket we shop at in this order: Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Tescos, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl. In the US they just go to the grocery store. And it is sooooo expensive. And their cereals are weird, multi coloured cheerios, whats that all about? I don’t get the obsession with doughnuts either.

America has introduced the world to fast food: MacDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC, the golden arches and the colonel are all over the world. We have Greggs and the chippy.

Of the top ten global brands the US dominates with Google, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon. Apple, Facebook and Coca Cola. They gave us Hollywood and you have to admit all the best shows are from the US.

It is so true that in the UK, the weather is always the topic of conversation and that we speak to at least two people a day about it. But who cares that the weather is pretty crap here and that it does rain all the time, when it snows its great but it doesn’t settle for long and we always have an iffy Summer.

I live and work in the Cotswolds and it is just so beautiful and so green. Nothing better than coming home to a real fire and having a great local pub. To me its the best place in the world and there is no place I’d rather be.



Veronica Winter

Health & Wellness Consultant

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