@Holly Saunders you titled this thread right, I've met a lot of people who think this way. When we first got stationed at our base in the UK, we lived in the town of Braintree waiting for our name to get to the top of the wait list for on base housing. This gave us time to become acclimated to our new environment and driving on the left. After a few months, we moved on base and truly missed our little 'house' in the town. After 2 years, this base closed and I was stationed 63 miles down the road at RAF Alconbury. Since it was close, we had a chance to scout out a new house to wait out moving on base there. We were lucky enough to find a very old house in the village of Somersham. Our family loved the Village, the house and the wonderful people who lived there. Time came and we were offered a house on the base, but we sat down and discussed it and decided to turn it down. One of the reasons was that every time we visited our friends who lived on base, we would sit in their backyard and they would discuss what they missed about being away from the U.S. and they never would consider venturing outside the gates to explore the country. " don't understand the money", " Food taste funny...", "drive on the wrong side..." are things we would hear. I, on the other hand, would think of the adventures our family had taking a train to explore London, visiting small Villages, Castles and just walking the paths. Dinner at the local Pub where we were welcomed so warmly. How sad it was for those to be posted for 4 years in a country and they really didn't live there, they lived on an extension of the U.S. ( if you know what I mean ). This guy ain't afraid of no Dragons, lead on !