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A Year Abroad

Published September 13, 2010 12:35 PM by Dean Metz

Today I celebrate living in the United Kingdom for exactly one year! It has been a trip, a challenge, a growth experience and also my first year of marriage. It has been a busy one to say the least. Here are some of the things I've learned...

To do without:

  • Rare meat (The English still cook like my mother did. You shouldn't eat anything lighter than dark gray.)
  • Ice (Not in anything. Not cocktails, soda pop nor tea)
  • Martinis (In the land of James Bond yet, for shame!)
  • Insurance hassles (OK, things are starting to look better)
  • Doctor's prescriptions (I'm autonomous here)
  • Roads wider than a toothpick (there's a reason the cars are small!)
  • Summer
  • Sushi (one can only do so much with cod)

But I've gained:

  • 10 pounds because I'm in a car more than ever before in my life
  • Fish and chips (The real McCoy!)
  • The ability to drive a manual-transmission car on the other side of the road
  • Knowledge that other health care systems actually can work well
  • A tolerance for bureaucracy far beyond anything Medicare could come up with
  • A bizarre hybrid accent of Brooklyn and Geordie
  • A wider view on what health care could be and the possibilities that are available
  • 19 hours of daylight in June (19 hours of darkness in December)
  • The respect and acceptance of my colleagues

I admit, sometimes I feel like the character on the old TV show, "Northern Exposure," who is transplanted from New York to a small town in Alaska. The people here are certainly not like New Yorkers, but wonderful in a different sort of way. I miss my old friends and colleagues and the relationships that took 30 years to build. I miss my old neighborhood and having family and friends close enough to visit for a weekend.

I like the fact that despite being an "old git," I'm still able to change, explore, learn and grow; to start a new relationship, a new degree and to reinvent myself. I hope you'll come along for the ride as it continues for the next year. Thanks for the company so far! Tyrrah!


A most enjoyable post.  

Now I'm wondering if my great aunt was English...never a cube in a glass.

Congratulations on a year of broadening horizons!

Janey Goude September 14, 2010 12:18 AM

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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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