I quit the UK 20 years ago and lived/worked in various European countries before finally settling in France. In each of the countries where I've lived, I've found that when meeting someone new, I'm inevitably asked three questions - "where are you from?", "what do you like about living here?" and "what do you miss about the UK?". The first of these – “where are you from?” - is so difficult to explain that I just don't bother trying to answer it. I was once asked this in the US and replied "London" and was then asked "oh....so you know the Queen?'. "What do you like about living here?" is also easy to deal with - a smile and "everything!" usually does the trick. I have the most fun with the "what do you miss about the UK?" question. If it's a Brit asking me, I usually mutter something about Bangladeshi takeaways and change the subject. If I'm asked the question by a French person - and I'm feeling mildly provocative - I often say "the weather". When I'm being hugely provocative, I say "English bread". Ha. But what I really miss about the UK is the sense of humour. That pithy, caustic, irreverent humour that I find so funny and which I’ve never found elsewhere in Europe. Thank Heavens for this forum ….