Buzz·Posted on 27 Oct 201522 Facts You'll Only Get Your Head Around After You Leave EssexWhere are the tanning salons? Where?by Kate JordanBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. You never feel comfort like you do when you see the "Welcome to Essex" sign. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com MY PEOPLE. 2. You can't say more than a few words without people guessing where you're from. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via giphy.com "Yeah, so I work in Fi–""OMG. You're from Essex, aren't you?" 3. And then they'll try to do an impression, and it'll be awful. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via reactiongifs.com It always is. 4. At some point, you'll realise that not everyone has done the ~horseriding thing~. Via Flickr: cosmicherb70 Outside of Essex, kids did other activities on a Saturday. 5. Whenever you meet anyone else from Essex, you instantly have an unreal bond. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via giphy.com "YOU'RE FROM ESSEX? ME TOO! LET'S BE BEST FRIENDS AND TALK ABOUT HOME!" 6. But everyone else will keep asking you what it was liking growing up in London. Via sydeegee.wordpress.com "I'm actually from Essex.""Oh. Is everyone really orange there?"*sigh* 7. You feel sad for people who never got to experience Southend Pier in the summertime. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The best times. 8. You'll never find a shopping centre that compares to Lakeside. Via en.wikipedia.org / Creative Commons "I mean, it's alright, but it's not Lakeside, is it?" 9. But you will learn that even though Braintree Freeport is a bit crap, outlet shopping centres can be pretty decent. Via freeport-braintree.com It's just a shame us Essex folk have all been tainted with rubbish old Braintree Freeport. 10. When you go home, all of your friends and family tell you that "you talk different now". Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF CBS "You pronounce your t's now! You sound so posh!" 11. All the rest of the UK knows about Essex is what they learnt from TOWIE. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It's not so obvious when you're in Essex, but as soon as you leave you realise that everyone assumes your life in Essex was just like TOWIE. 12. There'll come a day when you realise how much prettier landscapes are when they have hills in them. Via Flickr: cathedraljack Seriously, Essex is really flat. 13. And how much better chips are when they're covered in cheese and gravy. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The south of England in general has a serious lack of this drool-worthy combination. And that's sad. 14. People eat jam that isn't from the Tiptree Jam Factory. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Why? Why do they do that? 15. And don't even get us started on salt that isn't from Maldon. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com What's wrong with these people? 16. Personalised number plates are very much not the norm outside of Essex. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com In fact, you can't remember the last time you saw someone with a licence plate like "R3IUDE". 17. Neither is getting pissed with your mate's mum at Christmas. ITV / Via gavinandstaceyarelush.tumblr.com Apparently not all mums do that – who knew? 18. You can't help but notice people don't make an effort on nights out like they do at home. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via mansplainedmarxist.tumblr.com You've genuinely met people who go on a night out without makeup and wearing a pair of boyfriend-fit jeans. 19. Chanting "Essex! Essex!" outside a nightclub doesn't quite have the same reaction when you're not, you know, in Essex. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ITV In fact, in some places, it'll make you get your head kicked in. 20. The rest of the country is in dire need of a few more tanning salons. Google Maps YOU'RE ALL PRACTICALLY TRANSLUCENT. 21. Essex is seriously frigging expensive. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF E! / Via giphy.com It's like almost London, I shit you not. Everywhere else is cheaper than Essex and it's glorious. 22. And you'll always get fiercely protective when people tell you that Essex is shit. Via en.wikipedia.org Because really, there's no place like home.