Saturday, June 12, 2010

Back to Virtual Reality

The return. After a hectic couple of weeks I'm finally back to my virtual reality.

So... Since last time I've made my return to the UK, I've turned 21, started my new job and bought a really pretty dress. But for me the biggest of those adjustments has been my return to the UK after 17 months of travelling.

Having already managed to do a little shopping I was a bit taken with how culture shocked I was. There are several things I probably took for granted before leaving which I'm now noticing so much more than I might have done.

The cost of living in western Europe is generally much lower than here. Food, clothes, eating out and alcohol all cost less and with € still favourable it worked out very nicely. However one thing you will rarely see is a multiple buy dealm no 2 for 1, no buy 1 get 1 free, and no 2 for £X. Entering a british supermarket where I was able to buy everything from lettuce to leggings to lightbulbs was just plain odd.

My second observation is somewhat more relevant to my fashion interest. Whilst fashion is buoyant in Europe (particularly Spain) and by no means behind, it is different. There's a much edgier, more trend lead look here. As a nation we appear to be much more excited by new fashion trends and much more aware of the high end fashion even those of us unableto afford it!

So are we a nation of fashion junkies? Do we have the edge? Let's hear it....

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