Ten things I hate when moving

1. The impression I will never ever settle.

2. The horrible houses we saw when house hunting. I don’t mean to judge other people’s lifestyle, but I wonder how some people can survive with so much clutter around.

3. I can’t find anything of the things I have brought with me.

4. Maybe point 3 is  because some of the things I did bring with me are not useful, while what I actually needed is packed in one of my hundred (a bit more actually) boxes, which at the moment are sitting more than a thousand kilometers away. And then I judge other people’s clutter.

5. I brought no spices. I don’t want to buy rubbish, stale supermarket ones,  just to find myself with doubles. The ones I have missed the most? Chili. Cumin. Paprika. I have given up and bought chili today.

6. I have no natural light to photograph dishes. But this does not matter because my big, awesome DSRL is sitting at more than a thousand kilometers away. Anyway, this does not matter. I am cooking survival food, and it already feels like an ordeal. Anybody needs a recipe for pasta al pomodoro with tasteless tinned tomatoes?

7. Why oh why do British people have to be surrounded by carpet, of all things?

8. I have no coffee machine. This could be included in number 4, but hey, my blog is called La caffettiera rosa, in case you have not noticed. No caffettiera!

9. I have six mobile phones at the moment lined up on the desk close to me. Six. I wonder how on Earth this became my life. And I even know most of their numbers by heart. And they all need to be charged and working, in case there is some emergency in one of the corners of the world we’re related to.

10. I had to leave my cats behind for the moment and even though I’m going to see them soon, I really miss having them around. They break tension so much when you need it.

Ok, I admit it. I am moaning. Here are ten things I am very happy about/ deeply grateful for:

1. The sea. And the number of sailing boats in it.

2. Sunshine in the UK. You can’t help loving it.

3. Working internet connection on the temporary accommodation. A million problems solved in one go.

4. Being able to speak English, instead of having to make do with my stuttering German. I don’t mind my accent on English. At least I can express what I want to say. And the people here have probably the clearest accent in history.

5. The English countryside.

6. When driving here we passed yet another hill and Stonehenge appeared. Breathtaking.

7. I already have a job, which I’ve kept all the time through the moves. It does makes things more tiring because I have to worry about work now, but at least there is no added pressure from not having an income in this moment.  I should never forget how lucky I am.

8. I did bring my German knife. And a chopping board. And my pressure cooker. And my olive oil and dried tomatoes. They make cooking bearable.

9. The place we moved to, Plymouth, is actually very nice. Tons of things to do, places to discover… If only we had a little time. And people are so friendly, you could make friends with anyone. The guy on one of the houses we saw yesterday spent ten minutes showing off his home-made wine, 26% volume. Eek. Thankfully he did not offer a taste.

10. And of course, the person I’m sharing this adventure with. I would and could not do it without him.

Disclaimer: random order here. I’m too tired to think of ordering, but I already feel much better by writing it all down. I still have  a couple of positive or at least ‘not negative’ to add ( I really don’t mind driving on the other side of the road, after the initial panic; garden peas, how sweet can they be?). And now that I think about it, maybe another negative or two – the bread, how chemical can it taste?

I will survive. I hope.


10 Responses to “Ten things I hate when moving”

  1. I am glad to read you arrived at your new town of residence. I think writing down your thoughts was a good idea. A few notes (in random order as well). #7 reveals you are Italian 😉 Since moving to the US, I have been on an anti-carpet campaign. In the last few days I have scored my most recent victory. Senza caffettiera? Not even a 1-cup one? That’s serious: I hope you can remedy. I think that is another thing about us Italians: we need a caffettiera. I understand about the cats. I visited Stonehenge on a sunny day: breathtaking, indeed. You have garden peas? Then you don’t need tinned tomatoes to make a pasta. I am afraid for the bread, you may want to consider baking your own. It seems to me you have already survived: every day will be better. I hope you have a nice end of summer. Sun and sea: that’s a lovely combination. I hope you have time to take some nice walks.

    • Indeed, when I lived in the UK before, I’ve always gone for making my own bread. In Germany it was so delicious I had no motivation whatsoever, but I’m quite happy to start again. Actually, I’ve always wanted to try growing some sourdough, I may have another positive point here!

  2. Not only do we have similar taste in food, we seem to have the same taste in interior decorating. I could not wait to get rid of my carpets a couple of years ago. Just the thought of them in a damp climate makes me sneeze from the imaginary dust.

    I hope you get settled soon!

  3. Welcome to the UK from another Italian reader! And if you will ever come to London, and you wish to go out for a coffee (or a nice Chinese lunch), drop me an email at restodelmondo@gmail.com!

    As for the bread: it really varies from brand to brand. The seeded ones are usually a bit better. You can always invest some money in a bread machine, since the bread flour and the instant beer yeast on the other hand are quite good, even the ones you can find in the supermarket. (BTW: the recipes given with my bread machine – Kenwood brand – always call for milk powder. I always skip that part, with great results.)

  4. hi “caffettiera”. so you are back to England. cool. good luck with everything. barbara

  5. Hey, back in England! Welcome back. I felt the same on returning from Spain and at last not needing to repeat myself three times to order a cup or coffee. It’s great to communicate freely and I share in pretty much both your lists – especially the carpets. Even being from here I don’t understand why people like carpets – especially as their usually really horribly patterned! Surprised that you can’t find proper bread though? Artisan bread places are really taking off in the UK. But maybe I’m biased, being based in London! Anyway, if you get up here I’ll take you to somewhere like Gails on Exmouth market by our house. So you have chinese food and a good bread offer now – you have to pay a visit ; )

  6. I’m sure you will survive (Gloria Gaynor docet)… and a moving is always a great experience (I never moved anywhere and I’m starting to think I’m missing something important), especially if you have a special someone to share this experience with.

  7. I wish you the best of luck with your new life and new home. Yes, there is all the negative of moving (after all moving is considered one of the most stressful moments of life together with bereavement and divorce) but it is great that you already found so many positive sides already. Sure, knowing the language, having a job and an internet connection makes all the difference but it is still a total adventure. I really look forward to reading about your new life, keep us posted. And I am always happy to lend an ear when things are tough and you feel like complaining. I am still curious about those six cell phones…


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