10 reasons why I won’t miss living in London

I could write a book on all that is good about London, but I won’t. Instead like in true British fashion, why not have a bit of a winge!

Tube strikes: These suck big monkey balls! If tubes don’t work either walk to work or stay in bed

Council Tax: introduced in 1993 a payment made to local councils, the UK average as of 2011 was £1196 or around £100 per month. In London it is not uncommon for some councils to charge £180. What annoys me is that one of the most affluent areas; Westminster, actually has one the lowest council tax systems. source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/10988691/Council-tax-how-does-your-bill-compare.html

Long, cold winters: yes its very picturesque, yes there’s awesome stuff to do. But when the clocks go back in October, it’s the long hard slog of waking up in the dark, going to and from work in the dark and always having your heating on.

Tourists: on any given day you will be met with a hoard of tourists taking photos, like this guy below taking a selfie

Queues: they are everywhere

Rush hour: coming from a small country the first few times in a packed train is kind of cool. After a while it’s tedious

Cost of Living: The WSJ recently reported that London has overtaken Hong Kong in the world’s most expensive cities to live.

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The traffic: regardless of time of day, rush hours, school run or not. London was not built for cars. It was built for horses. Driving is a complete waste of time

The Haka: being asked ‘can you do the haka’ gets tired. Not everyone from NZ can play rugby and do the haka. But just for the record, I can do both.

British press: sensationalist garbage that I think Britain is not the only country guilty of. But the newspapers are filled with lies, unfortunately they are online now and easier to spread through social media.

Parking: whether it driving around my block for a while trying to find a park, or going for brunch with friends. There’s a reason why most Londoners don’t own a car. Very annoying

if you like this, check out 20 different ways I’ll miss living in London

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Nicholas Manarangi

After 10 years away Nick and his family are returning to New Zealand. Leaving their busy London lives behind and exchanging it for new challenges in Auckland. Motivated by family and a change in lifestyle.

Nick's Dutch wife is mostly concerned about the quality of NZ chocolate and cheese.Hope we don't disappoint.
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Nicholas Manarangi

After 10 years away Nick and his family are returning to New Zealand. Leaving their busy London lives behind and exchanging it for new challenges in Auckland. Motivated by family and a change in lifestyle. Nick's Dutch wife is mostly concerned about the quality of NZ chocolate and cheese. Hope we don't disappoint.