Happy Friday! Today, I have another contribution to my Through The Eyes Of A Local interview series for you – this time by Hannah from Adventure Travel Family. She’ll be helping us get acquainted with picturesque Surrey in the South East of England…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
I was born in a small village in Wales but moved to London when I was a baby. I met my husband locally and we had all three of our children in Surrey. Recently we left our home in Surrey to travel full-time, but our friends are still all there!
2. How long did you live in Surrey? And what brought you there?
My parents moved to Surrey when I was one, for work. They thought about moving abroad a few times but the schools are great, it’s a half-hour train journey from Central London and twenty minutes from the countryside – I guess there was just too much to leave!
3. What did you love most about living in Surrey?
Surrey has everything apart from a beach. It has miles of beautiful countryside and old-world villages that are really chocolate-box picturesque. If someone wanted to visit somewhere that embodies typical, traditional England, I would recommend Surrey.
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit your hometown?
Honestly no. One of the perks of being on the border of London is how multi-cultural it is. There are parts further south that are less diverse but personally, I love being surrounded by different cultures and ethnicities.
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in Surrey?
The countryside. The Surrey Hills and the North Downs are just stunning – miles of rolling green hills speckled with sheep and stretching all the way to the Kent coast.
6. What foods must visitors eat whilst they’re visiting England?
It’s a tricky one as English food is such a melting pot of cultures that it’s hard to identify our traditional food. The national dish was voted a few years ago as curry! I would have to go for a traditional roast dinner – there’s nothing like a huge pile of veggies covered in delicious gravy, with fluffy roast potatoes. It’s proper comfort food. (Definitely agreed Hannah, I do love a good roast!)
7. What’s your favourite English word? Why? What does it mean?
Something I love about our area is that it’s very diverse, so you have people speaking the Queen’s English combined with the South London accent and slang. My favourite phrase might be “yonks”, meaning “a long time”. If you haven’t seen someone for a while you might say, “it’s been yonks!”
8. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Surrey from another country?
Be sure to make the most of the location – Central London is so close, with all its museums and galleries and cathedrals. So is the countryside, so you really should get the best of both worlds.
9. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?
One of the last quintessentially English areas left in Britain.
10. If tourists were to know one thing about the British culture, what should that be?
Remember the British are super polite, to the point of ridiculousness. People hardly ever complain but if they do, they’ll start the sentence with “I’m really sorry, but…” Also, queue jumping is an absolute no-no. (Totally agreed!)
Thanks Hannah! We’ve loved getting to know you and Surrey better!
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