A 6-month break…
Therefore, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to return after 6 months of living in rural North Wales and been totally excited to realise that I actually missed the easily accessible shops, cafes, restaurants and, dare I say it, the fact that there are a few more people.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not a massive fan of People. I love being anywhere quiet. I hate crowded places in a way that makes my anxiety spike to dangerous, brown paper bag situations. I didn’t feel this way this time and I don’t quite know why.
|Livingston can offer you a taste of 50’s America before you hit up H&M or M&S…or any other shops two initials.|
You don’t realise what you had until it’s gone…
In North Wales, we’d have to plan a few days in advance. This is just so we could finish work, grab food and head 35 miles north. Here? It’s a 10-minute drive and there are 8 screens to choose from.
|Coffee and Muffins….what a combination|
Everything in one place…
My Mum needed baking soda today and I was able to pick it up, along with new shoes, shirts, trousers, a tank of petrol, a great cup of coffee, and some new slippers. All in the same place! If I tried that in North Wales, that would take me the best part of a day and I’d have ended up in Liverpool.
I’m not complaining, you understand, I LOVE living in Wales. In fact, moving there was one of my better decisions. It’s just that the transition between where I live now and where I lived before is pretty stark. However, I must be saving a small fortune in Harlech due to the fact that I CAN’T buy shoes when I pop to the supermarket in nearby Porthmadog. Let’s be honest: I need a 103rd pair of shoes like I need, well, those new trousers and shirts I just bought.
|In the words of Belinda Carlisle…Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.|
What I’m trying (unsuccessfully) to say I, for the first time in many years, I appreciate my hometown. It’s just a shame that it’s taken me a 250 mile move to another nation in order to do so.
The only thing I didn’t like about rediscovering my hometown shopping centre was this… I mean, have some respect, Livingston…
|No. Just no.|
Have you been shopping in Livingston recently?