It has long been known that there are many British expats now making France their home, so there is a ton of advice out there on how to adjust to a totally new way of life when moving across the channel. However, what happens when a resident of Provence finds it necessary to move to the UK? Do a quick internet search on moving to the UK from France and you’ll soon see that most articles bring you from the UK to France. Sadly, that doesn’t help you if you find that your family or work necessitate a move back to England. So, what should you know and what should you do?
Getting Around in the UK
Yes, the UK does have a public transport system where buses and trains run regularly all hours of the day and night, 365 days a year. But, what happens when you need to drive in the UK? Since Brexit, many expats from Provence are asking if their EU licence will still be good for that three-year period or will they need to get a UK driving licence in twelve months like expats from non-European countries.
Until that information becomes clear, it is recommended that you study for a licence, beginning with the written theory portion that is mandatory prior to the practical driving test. You can get all the practice you need for the theory test on sites like TopTests.co.uk, which has a selection of mock theory tests. Once you’ve passed the theory test, you are ready to get your practical driving hours in. Mind you don’t get confused because you are a left-side driver, not RHS as you are accustomed to!
How to Avoid Boring British Cuisine
Although our British neighbours won’t like to hear this, British food is notoriously boring. They don’t readily go in for lovely sauces like we have in Provence with all the rich sauces and desserts we are so famous for. Rather, you’ll likely get tons of places where you can get fish and chips, bangers and mash along with a sampling of cheeses that can’t live up to our famed Camembert, Brie, comté, Roquefort, and Boursin. Yes, you can find it there, but you are more likely to get a variety of sharp cheddars, which cannot match our cheeses for the delicious sauces and fondues we delight in.
Even so, the one thing you will learn about the UK is that they never apologise for their menu. Instead, they are open to cafés and restaurants of all kinds from every ethnic cuisine around the globe. Feel like a good American hamburger tonight? You’ll find American foods from McDonald’s or your local steak house that offers an amazing assortment of American dishes. Whether you want Italian, French, Chinese, Indian, or even an Aussie steak, you will find ethnic foods in almost every big city throughout the UK, so don’t despair just yet.
There you have just a couple of tips on making the move as easy as possible. You won’t find advice here on finding the best relocating company or where to find a flat to your liking, but you will find that food and travel are two things that most relocating advisors seem to gloss over. Looking to relocate to the UK from Provence? Find your favourite foods on Google and, by all means, learn to drive like a lefty! That’s what you need to survive the move.