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As mentioned before, there is Teesside, Tees Valley (which geographically speaking is not an actual valley), there is also Teesdale and Teesmouth. The last two are easier to define with the Teesdale being closer to river source and the Teesmouth at the river exit to the sea.
This photo was taken definitely in the Teesside, meaning between Teesdale and Teesmouth.

Thinking about the inferior, in the mind of an average British person, Teesside, I realized again that the British society is much more divided than it is the case for other European countries. It is more similar to the USA in this aspect. If you are born in a certain social class, it is very hard to cross to another. I think salaries are not great here so rich people are usually rich because they inherited money from their parents, or they were lucky to end up in a lucrative job. Unemployed people living from benefits have no realistic chances to cross even to a middle class. The middle class disappears.

For me, being a foreigner, I have a choice: I can live here among the working class / people on benefits, they usually look down at foreigners simply because they are not well educated, and they assume I came here to steal their jobs which is not really the case, they could never do my job. Or I can live among rich people but they look down at me because I am poorer and also being from the “Eastern” Europe (even if they are coming from the poor Teesside themselves ha ha). It is really hard to find something in between. Not much middle class in the North East. We do slowly find open-minded people around, but it takes time, and it is not always easy, I mean sometimes those who smile and appear kind at first, they secretly hate foreigners, while those who are very reserved at first, are simply busy but are quite open-minded in the end. Having said that whatever class they come from they are much nicer for foreigners than Germans (I spent 7 years in Germany). Maybe they are just more considerate, or more superficial.

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