Truly special place,
That punches above its weight,
Country I call 'home'.
Where do I start with the UK? Well, my family and I moved here in 1992, and it's where I lived for the following 19 years (and a few more years later on, too). It's the country that I consider 'home'.
After a few months living temporarily in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, my family and I settled in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. This is where I would grow up, go to school, and enjoy some of the very best years of my life - childhood! Harpenden still the town that I call 'home'.
Another special part of the UK for me is Scotland, which is where my mother is from. I am proudly half-Scottish. While my mother's family is from Aberdeenshire, I lived in Edinburgh between 2006 and 2010, when I went to university. Edinburgh is truly one of my favourite cities - so much history and culture, and so beautiful too. A fantastic place to be an undergraduate.
London also deserves a special mention. It is one of the most diverse, rich, fun cities in the world - a real global mega-city. I spent a year living in London to study for a master's degree, and it's where I met my wife. I spent another year an a half living and working in London between 2011 and 2013, which was a lot of fun.
I've been to far too many other places in the UK - across Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (and also the Isle of Wight!) - to talk about them in any depth here. There are of course many beautiful, fascinating, and exciting places and experiences to enjoy. It's not all perfect though, for example the oft-discussed weather problems, as well as a number of places that are simply depressing (to me at least, perhaps because I'm more aware of the context of life in these places). But with the history of the country added into the mix, it's not too difficult to understand why it's one of the world's biggest travel hotspots. Perhaps one day I'll do even more travelling within the UK, my homeland.