As an American in London for a year, coming from a relatively small town in comparison, there were several things I missed in addition to close friends and family.
In no particular order:
1. Garbage disposal.
Yes. Had to take extra care to ensure ZERO food made its way down the drain or else: clog, followed by unsightly sink, followed by a good amount of time for drain to clear.
2. A separate clothes dryer.
The same machine that washed my clothes was the one that dried my clothes, possibly. Depending on the model/make, after the drying cycle completed, which could take several hours, I often found myself hang-drying my clothes in a hopefully sunny spot indoors. Or just throwing in the towel and not bothering with the dryer at all. (Cheesy puns never left me.)
3. Clean(er) air.
London air quality is not so great, but they're working on it. This may be TMI but the first time I blew my nose in my flat (apartment) whilst (while) living along the high street (main road) was alarming: my boogers were an awful charcoal hue, and I freaked out. I eventually moved to another flat with classmates away from the busy road -- boogers resumed to normalcy.
4. Singing at the top of my lungs in a soundproof room with wheels.
As well as driving on the right side of the road. ;)
5. Small town feels.
Belonging to a close-knit and distanced, multi-generational and rather musical community consisting of people in different stages/phases of life.
6. Creative arts vibe.
Charlottesville is home to many aspiring artists and creatives who have this infectious, let's-try-that kind-of-energy, who support one another, living out #communityovercompetition. It's a gem.
Specifically, Charlottesville Chipotle with their locally-sourced ingredients.
8. Chick-fil-A waffle fries.
And BBQ sauce. Don't judge me; you know you love those fries, too. ;)