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Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 11:27:58 AM   
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Or have you done so already?

I'm currently on secondment in New Zealand and it's reminded me how much I love travelling, so I'm considering a longer move abroad once I get back to the UK. Not quite sure where - possibly Canada, given the US is such a ball-ache to get a visa for - but my company is multinational so it's a possibility and I feel life's too short to spend all of it living in one country. It's not like I can't come back again.

Has anyone got any experience of doing this?

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 12:59:27 PM   
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I'd happily emigrate if I wasn't a football fan. Alas, I am so I never will.
I sincerely hope this helps.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:01:32 PM   
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quote:

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I'd happily emigrate if I wasn't a football fan. Alas, I am so I never will.
I sincerely hope this helps.


IF ONLY THEY HAD FOOTBALL IN OTHER COUNTRIES! OH THE SHAME THE SHAME OF IT ALL!!!

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:20:47 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

I'd happily emigrate if I wasn't a football fan. Alas, I am so I never will.
I sincerely hope this helps.


IF ONLY THEY HAD FOOTBALL IN OTHER COUNTRIES! OH THE SHAME THE SHAME OF IT ALL!!!

etc


One is lost.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:22:20 PM   
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I'm considering it. Dunno where I'd go though, but I feel like I need an escape from, well, everything.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:23:01 PM   
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I would like to live in New York but the chances of that happening are slim to none.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:25:12 PM   
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I must admit, when I went to San Diego I spent a whole afternoon on the beach fantasising about living there. Then I remembered how rubbish american crisps and chocolate are and jumped on the first plane home.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:27:49 PM   
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quote:

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I must admit, when I went to San Diego I spent a whole afternoon on the beach fantasising about living there. Then I remembered how rubbish american crisps and chocolate are and jumped on the first plane home.


IF ONLY THERE WERE A WAY TO TRANSPORT CHOCOLATE AND CRISPS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN! OH THE SHAME, THE SHAME OF IT ALL!


etc.


(I don't have it in for you HI, honest... You just invite it... )

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:30:44 PM   
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That's fine, I like the attention.
Though your football comment still makes no sense.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:30:44 PM   
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Would it be worth the expense? They'd have to be the best damn bars of Galaxy or bags of Walkers/Kettles known to man.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 1:50:25 PM   
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I would!

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 2:02:55 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives
Though your football comment still makes no sense.


You can certainly tell Homer is not a football man from his comment.



Anyway, I dunno. I couldn't see me going away from this country for good, though I would like to get out there and see the world a bit at some point. So never say never really.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 2:39:54 PM   
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If it meant leaving Jr behind, no.

If he could come with me, sure.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 2:43:28 PM   
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I'd love to live in the US Nashville, Savannah, Orlando or Miami but due to the nightmare of getting a visa it's virtually impossible.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 3:13:14 PM   
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Already done and I doubt I'll ever come back.

I really want a job where I can fly back twice a year as part of the job. Just to see friends and family, and drink real ale.

Otherwise I'm staying in asia.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 3:19:16 PM   
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I want to move to Scotland and then go on about how shit it is all the time.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 3:21:11 PM   
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Also done it. Been living in California for the last 5 years - L.A for about 4 and a half and just moved to Napa recently. Love the lifestyle, the weather and the people. I definitely miss the atmosphere for football though - I watch all the games but very few people really care enough to chat about the matches or watch them in bars etc. Other than that and rarely seeing family/friends (Skype helps and everyone comes to visit) its been the best decision I could've made. I also met my girlfriend out here so can't complain (not within earshot at least!).

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 4:00:06 PM   
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After I win the lottery tonight I'll be spending a few months a year abroad, but I'd still want to live here. It ain't perfect, but nowhere else is either.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 4:17:41 PM   
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Does Essex to Surrey count?

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 7:41:19 PM   
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quote:

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Does Essex to Surrey count?


I'm not sure but surely Scotland to Essex does?

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 9:02:34 PM   
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quote:

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I want to move to Scotland and then go on about how shit it is all the time.


Scotland isn't shit, though. Free prescriptions, free eye tests, no tuition fees, it's awesome. So, joke fail

On a serious note, I want to move to Canada.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 9:08:54 PM   
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I want to move to Asia and begin a cult with Kilo

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 9:15:58 PM   
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In a fucking heartbeat.

I'm already working on the missus to agree to sell up one of our houses here and get a place abroad, from there it's only one more step to a full on move away from the UK. Don't get me wrong, I love my home town and it would be difficult to be away from family and friends, but a lot of little things are starting to annoy me about being at home.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 9:42:14 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Shifty Bench


quote:

ORIGINAL: Russ Whitfield

I want to move to Scotland and then go on about how shit it is all the time.


Scotland isn't shit, though. Free prescriptions, free eye tests, no tuition fees, it's awesome. So, joke fail

On a serious note, I want to move to Canada.


My husband has vaguely talked about that but I'm not interested - I worked with someone who lived there for years and, granted she loved it, but it gave me a more realistic idea of what to expect. Also -family. Couldn't really leave them. My parents are getting on a bit.


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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 10:17:44 PM   
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I always wanted to move to Canada when I was younger, but then a couple of mates went to work there for about 6 months and when they came back they said that while it was lovely it was the most boring place ever. Put me right off the idea

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 31/7/2012 10:18:25 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

quote:

ORIGINAL: Shifty Bench


quote:

ORIGINAL: Russ Whitfield

I want to move to Scotland and then go on about how shit it is all the time.


Scotland isn't shit, though. Free prescriptions, free eye tests, no tuition fees, it's awesome. So, joke fail

On a serious note, I want to move to Canada.


My husband has vaguely talked about that but I'm not interested - I worked with someone who lived there for years and, granted she loved it, but it gave me a more realistic idea of what to expect. Also -family. Couldn't really leave them. My parents are getting on a bit.



I meant when I'm older rather than now


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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 1/8/2012 5:35:23 AM   
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My best friend moved to Australia last year and it sounds great. I love Scotland, but when I have to go to Lochee, Dundee, and see the junkies and alkies, I do want to get the hell out of here also!!

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 1/8/2012 6:00:08 AM   
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I want to move to Asia and begin a cult with Kilo


I always wanted a cult when I was a boy, but my father wouldn't allow it.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 1/8/2012 6:08:41 AM   
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In a fucking heartbeat.

I'm already working on the missus to agree to sell up one of our houses here and get a place abroad, from there it's only one more step to a full on move away from the UK. Don't get me wrong, I love my home town and it would be difficult to be away from family and friends, but a lot of little things are starting to annoy me about being at home.


Emigrating gives you such a great perspective on life, it makes you question some of the things we do in the UK and really think about them. Our consumerism has gotten really out of hand, here people save up for an operation, in the UK we moan when we don't have two cars. It's like we will never ever be satisfied with what we have. Everyone wants to just get more and more stuff, I'm not saying Asia is that different to be honest but they are far enough behind and can take the time out to appreciate the little things, the things we seem to have forgotten. I like to keep my possessions down to what I can put into a single suitcase so moving is easier. I like keeping it simple. At least Asia is not totally infected with the sickness of greed.

That said the NHS is nice and most of my best friends are British.

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RE: Would you ever emigrate? - 1/8/2012 9:42:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Kilo_T_Mortal

quote:

ORIGINAL: porntrooper

In a fucking heartbeat.

I'm already working on the missus to agree to sell up one of our houses here and get a place abroad, from there it's only one more step to a full on move away from the UK. Don't get me wrong, I love my home town and it would be difficult to be away from family and friends, but a lot of little things are starting to annoy me about being at home.


Emigrating gives you such a great perspective on life, it makes you question some of the things we do in the UK and really think about them. Our consumerism has gotten really out of hand, here people save up for an operation, in the UK we moan when we don't have two cars. It's like we will never ever be satisfied with what we have. Everyone wants to just get more and more stuff, I'm not saying Asia is that different to be honest but they are far enough behind and can take the time out to appreciate the little things, the things we seem to have forgotten. I like to keep my possessions down to what I can put into a single suitcase so moving is easier. I like keeping it simple. At least Asia is not totally infected with the sickness of greed.

That said the NHS is nice and most of my best friends are British.


I see what you mean in the context of consumerism, but is it that bad to want more, to aspire?

I lived in Paris (bleurg he's mentioning this AGAIN) and I loved it. However, it was hard and I always knew it was a temporary fixture which changed my outlook on a lot of the things I chose to do when out there - living in a grubby flat (the upside was I met two awesome people who I still keep in touch with) etc.

I'd love to emigrate to a French speaking country (perhaps even France again because it's not too far from the parents). If I did, I would be more aware of the practicalities this time, then the last time I moved.


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