Americans often have a romanticized view of Europe – and for good reason. The beautiful architecture, the history, the food.
When I was in college I was fortunate enough to study abroad for four months and live in York, England. York is a lovely Northern England city with castle walls, and a quaint shopping district. Smaller than London, it was a manageable city where I felt very at home. I knew I had acclimated when British tourists starting asking me for direction in town – and I could give them accurately. Imagine their surprise when I responded with my American accent!
Even though I only lived there for a few months, I miss York, much like I missed my hometown when I was in college. What I primarily miss is the lifestyle I lived there. But with a little effort I’ve discovered I can live a little bit of European lifestyle here at home.