06 Feb 2007 3:31 PM
|Well we've only been here 5 months but Oz gets our vote hands down.
We cannot afford to get on the property ladder so will probably rent long term, we came here with very little money, we only have one income as we have 3 kids and it would cost us too much to put them all in daycare for me to work - we do miss the closeness of family for this aspect of our lives.
We lived in a 'hell hole' in Kent where our kids were too scared to go out and we were all miserable, that has all changed, YES it HAS been too hot to do things some days but I don't look for negatives, I am grateful for being lucky enough to have made it here, if we went back to UK now then Mark would be out of work (brickie) we would propably have to live with family until we could get a council house in a barbaric area and our kids would have no future, whereas here it is very much the opposite.
We spend FAR more time as a family here and the house layouts help a bit too, we don't go out all the time but when we do it is very cheap and less stressful.
I miss my family terribly, I have left behind my best friend - my mum who I love to pieces but we chat on the phone and webcam and they will be coming over for a holiday later in the year - albeit I'm not relishing saying goodbye at the end!
I read the International Express most weeks and thats a good reminder of what we left behind and yet another good reason for us not to want to go back!
I think anyone who comes here and gives it a go should be proud of themselves and should not see returning to UK as a failure, everyone comes for different reasons with different expectations and so it will not be for everyone but until you give it a go you will never know. Good luck to all who are returning.