I’ve lived in Adelaide all my life. Have traveled quite a lot and visited the UK quite a few times as have a lot of family and friends living there. I think the UK is a lovely place, it has charm and history and London has beautiful places to shop and the transport (Tube) is really great when you are a tourist with limited time. I love M&S and visiting all the places that I only knew from the Monopoly board. I could spend days just walking through the shops and that would keep me happy.
I have also been to Asia, Europe and the US and traveled quite a bit in Australia and especially in my home of South Australia. I can understand what people say about Adelaide being a Town. South Australians say that ourselves. Adelaide is like a big country town. I think it is a compliment. I live close to the city and definitely don’t feel like I am missing out. We have great restaurants around the corner, small boutique shops, cinemas and like Diane the larger shopping centres are not really that far away and really have all I need. And now with online shopping there is also much more variety.
I love going on holidays OS because there is more to life than Adelaide but Adelaide is my home. When I am returning home and the plane is making its final descent into Adelaide I see Glenelg beach and that huge Ikea building and I know I am home. I don’t think you can really define a feeling of home but if you do live further out and feel like you are missing out then I too (as Diane mentions) think that you should try moving a bit closer to the city before giving the place away. At least you have given it your best shot.