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Thursday, 27 de November de 2014

Living in a foreign country can open up a whole range of new experiences. You will meet new friends, encounter new cultures and perhaps even master a foreign language. In essence, you will experience a whole new way of life. 

Inevitably, however, there will be some things that you miss about your home country. In English we call such things "home comforts". They can range from types of food and drink which are typical in your home country but difficult to find in the country where you are living, to simply being surrounded by familiar faces and familiar places. It could be the weather, the smell of your parent's cooking, or watching you favourite football team get beat on a cold, wet and windy Saturday afternoon. 

No matter what it is, thinking of "home comforts" can evoke feelings of nostalgia, or even home-sickness. But, having home comforts always makes going home a more special and worthwhile endeavour. 

So, what are the common home comforts of the Brits and Americans living and working in A Coruña?

Fish and Chips

Every British person loves Fish and Chips. It's not healthy, and it isn't exactly a taste sensation, but this simple dish is a classic in the British Isles. The fact Britain is an Island nation means that you are never more than an hour or so from the seaside and there is no better day-out than taking a trip to a small picturesque fishing village to eat some battered cod and salty chips with mushy peas.

Pies and Pasties
 

Pies and pasties are a staple of good old British grub. In the UK, you will find a pie or pasty with every type of filling, from the classic steak and ale to the more exotic chicken tikka. Some traditional pies and pasties from the UK include the Cornish pasty from Cornwall, the Melton Mowbray pork pie and the Scotch pie from Scotland.

 

Another type of pie which is difficult to come by in Spain is the mince pie, which is a typical food eaten during the Christmas period. Mince pies are filled with currants spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and they are delicious.

The British Countryside

From the rolling hills of the Cotswolds in England, to the dramatic peaks of the Highlands in Scotland, Britain boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in the World. Or so we like to think so!

It may not be big and vast, but there is something quaint about the British countryside which makes any Brit nostalgic.

American home comforts

American home comforts are very similar to those of Brits. This is because they mainly revolve around food and drink. Many Americans long for peanut butter and other typical American foods which are uncommon in Europe. However, at least Americans living in A Coruña have the American food shop in Marineda City where they can buy things like Bagels, Reese's Peanut Buttercups and Maple Syrup. 

 
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