The warm climate is lovely here. I think people are also very friendly, helpful and polite. We joke a bit too. ;)
And yes, we have space! And unusual animals! :D
But I think in some ways we love our 'rules' too much, above sensibility. It seems when a problem appears, or is even imagined, a new law, regulation or policy will spring up which must apply to every single person, instead of letting people rely on their own common sense.
I also have issues with the 'tall poppy syndrome' - I feel creative ideas tend to be neglected or unsupported here.