THE countryside is what expats miss most about life back home, according to a survey by Lloyds Bank International.

But almost as many miss the pub!

Some 46 per cent put the landscape at the top of the list, while the British sense of humour came second and the pub third, with 41 per cent missing them.


  1. Stefanjo,
    with a pint of real ale costing ITRO £4 a pint, it’s no surprise that pubs are closing down in the UK.

    Same here in France. French beer is nothing to write home about and a small beer costs €2.20 – 2.40 – no thanks. I buy a very drinkable bottle of Bordeaux Superior for €1.99 a bottle or a good Sauvigon Blanc for €2.39 and drink at home comfortably with my French neighbours who also will not pay the price of drinking out.

    I do agree with missing the green landscape, first hating the manic depressive effect of all the grey/green of the unending Eucalyptus forests of Galicia and then the burnt out landscape of Andalucia.

    For some ex-pats this is not important as they are couch potatoes anyway and never venture out into the countryside.

    I have met a lot of Dutch and Germans who regretted moving to Spain and sell up and head north to Pais Vasco or Navarra or like we did to France – you pay your money and make your choice.