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Old Jul 21st 2008, 9:21 pm
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I know how everyone loves to read up on stories from people who have moved back to get a feel for how others have handled the transition.

I lived in Australia from April 1999 to April 2008 and have returned to the Uk for a varitey of reasons.

1. Family getting older
2. I felt like my life and lifestyle was "locked in" and wasnt ready for that just yet, not at 33.
3. Miss my friends
4. Everytime I went back to Uk I missed it even more.

So, I left in April did a bit of travel and am now settled back in London, near Crouch End and am so very delighted I did it, its fantastic to be surrounded by British people again. No offence, I love Australia but the people think, behave and live in a different mindset to me and I never really clicked in and felt I belonged.

Have had NO problems opening a bank account (walked into HSBC and out within an hour with account, overdraft and credit card). The job market is good, I sent my CV to 3 companies who specialised in events and incentives and 3 got back to me next day, I accepted one and was on final interview with the other. Cars are way cheaper here which is good. The only minor issue I have had is renting in london I had to have a guarantor on my part or pay 3 months rent as deposit (I did the latter) as no history in last 5 years.

I really appreciate Europe this time round after living so far away from everywhere.

For all those people who are agonising over what to do, just follow your heart, the majority of Brits know it is the media that trashes the country and people here have never been more patriotic. Yeah there is knife crime, but the reality is, its in places where I would wager 99% of expats would go near anyway, run down housing estates and trouble spots, its not in your face.

So absolutely no regrets, if I ever get a moment thinking its all a bit mad, I just remind myself of the sheer boredom I had to endure in melbourne, sitting night after night thinking, i am not settled...

Def the right move.
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You must be loaded, Crouch End is an expensive area for property.
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Originally Posted by Sherro View Post
I know how everyone loves to read up on stories from people who have moved back to get a feel for how others have handled the transition.

I lived in Australia from April 1999 to April 2008 and have returned to the Uk for a varitey of reasons.

1. Family getting older
2. I felt like my life and lifestyle was "locked in" and wasnt ready for that just yet, not at 33.
3. Miss my friends
4. Everytime I went back to Uk I missed it even more.

So, I left in April did a bit of travel and am now settled back in London, near Crouch End and am so very delighted I did it, its fantastic to be surrounded by British people again. No offence, I love Australia but the people think, behave and live in a different mindset to me and I never really clicked in and felt I belonged.

Have had NO problems opening a bank account (walked into HSBC and out within an hour with account, overdraft and credit card). The job market is good, I sent my CV to 3 companies who specialised in events and incentives and 3 got back to me next day, I accepted one and was on final interview with the other. Cars are way cheaper here which is good. The only minor issue I have had is renting in london I had to have a guarantor on my part or pay 3 months rent as deposit (I did the latter) as no history in last 5 years.

I really appreciate Europe this time round after living so far away from everywhere.

For all those people who are agonising over what to do, just follow your heart, the majority of Brits know it is the media that trashes the country and people here have never been more patriotic. Yeah there is knife crime, but the reality is, its in places where I would wager 99% of expats would go near anyway, run down housing estates and trouble spots, its not in your face.

So absolutely no regrets, if I ever get a moment thinking its all a bit mad, I just remind myself of the sheer boredom I had to endure in melbourne, sitting night after night thinking, i am not settled...

Def the right move.
Well done as I say it's always nice to hear from expats who have returned home.....we have been in Aus for 10 years and have much the same opinion of it as you stated....we are just waiting to sell our home before we return...we just cannot wait!!!
Good luck with everything and thanks once again for the update.....
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Great post..enjoy!!
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Thanks for taking the time to post this. i feel exactly like you did I too am 33 and no where near retirement from life or fashion.

Enjoy the food your friends and choice but most of all I bet its nice to call you new place home and mean it.
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Originally Posted by Sherro View Post
I know how everyone loves to read up on stories from people who have moved back to get a feel for how others have handled the transition.

I lived in Australia from April 1999 to April 2008 and have returned to the Uk for a varitey of reasons.

1. Family getting older
2. I felt like my life and lifestyle was "locked in" and wasnt ready for that just yet, not at 33.
3. Miss my friends
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So, I left in April did a bit of travel and am now settled back in London, near Crouch End and am so very delighted I did it, its fantastic to be surrounded by British people again. No offence, I love Australia but the people think, behave and live in a different mindset to me and I never really clicked in and felt I belonged.

Have had NO problems opening a bank account (walked into HSBC and out within an hour with account, overdraft and credit card). The job market is good, I sent my CV to 3 companies who specialised in events and incentives and 3 got back to me next day, I accepted one and was on final interview with the other. Cars are way cheaper here which is good. The only minor issue I have had is renting in london I had to have a guarantor on my part or pay 3 months rent as deposit (I did the latter) as no history in last 5 years.

I really appreciate Europe this time round after living so far away from everywhere.

For all those people who are agonising over what to do, just follow your heart, the majority of Brits know it is the media that trashes the country and people here have never been more patriotic. Yeah there is knife crime, but the reality is, its in places where I would wager 99% of expats would go near anyway, run down housing estates and trouble spots, its not in your face.

So absolutely no regrets, if I ever get a moment thinking its all a bit mad, I just remind myself of the sheer boredom I had to endure in melbourne, sitting night after night thinking, i am not settled...

Def the right move.

Really good post, and so much I can relate to.... especially the bit about appreciating Europe when you have been so far away from it. Some Brits don't realise how lucky they are to have all that variety of scenery and culture right on their doorstep. You soon appreciate it when you have experienced miles of nothing in Australia.........
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Great to hear that things have settled so well for you Sherro! I know what you mean about the locked in lifestyle - I hate it!!! Have been in UK 3 days now and not stopped smiling, my DH thinks I am a different woman and he's right!
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It's so wonderful to hear all this positive news about life back in Britain.

I just hope and pray I can be able to say much the same in about 6 months time, although tomorrow would be nice! I can't wait!
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Def the right move.
Ditto from me too. We've been back in the UK since the end of April and things are gradually sorting themselves out. No regrets about being here even if we've had a bit an up and down emotional rollercoaster about it all (hubs wants to be in Oz... I don't). Our stuff arrived back at the end of last week... on one of the boxes one of the shippers (who'd never met us) had scrawled "Pommie Git's".

I'm glad we're not there anymore.

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Ditto from me too. We've been back in the UK since the end of April and things are gradually sorting themselves out. No regrets about being here even if we've had a bit an up and down emotional rollercoaster about it all (hubs wants to be in Oz... I don't). Our stuff arrived back at the end of last week... on one of the boxes one of the shippers (who'd never met us) had scrawled "Pommie Git's".

I'm glad we're not there anymore.

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I hope you took a photo of the box they had written on and emailed it to the company concerned what a pack of idiots......
All the best im still in a dilema about moving back if it wasnt for grandchildren i would be long gone from NZ.
Isnt it just great to hear how everyone is getting on when they return!
Have a fab week
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Ditto from me too. We've been back in the UK since the end of April and things are gradually sorting themselves out. No regrets about being here even if we've had a bit an up and down emotional rollercoaster about it all (hubs wants to be in Oz... I don't). Our stuff arrived back at the end of last week... on one of the boxes one of the shippers (who'd never met us) had scrawled "Pommie Git's".

I'm glad we're not there anymore.

Sarah
Hi Sarah, nice to hear from you.

What a bloody stupid pathetic thing to write on the box. Daft gits.

I would rather be a Pommie anyday.
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Ditto from me too. We've been back in the UK since the end of April and things are gradually sorting themselves out. No regrets about being here even if we've had a bit an up and down emotional rollercoaster about it all (hubs wants to be in Oz... I don't). Our stuff arrived back at the end of last week... on one of the boxes one of the shippers (who'd never met us) had scrawled "Pommie Git's".

I'm glad we're not there anymore.

Sarah
Glad to hear your all doing well Sarah.....I suppose the "writing on the box" can sum up attitudes in Aus, its just jealousy.....hope all continues to go well and enjoy the nice weather you are having (well according to fox weather channel)
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I hope you took a photo of the box they had written on and emailed it to the company concerned what a pack of idiots......
Hi Cally - yeah, I did take a pic and e-mail it to them... we got several apologies and a bunch of flowers delivered, but it still doesn't change the underlying attitude of whoever wrote that on our stuff... or explain why no-one thought 'that's not right' and got them to repack the stuff. Their quality control is shocking... and for an international shipper to employ people who think writing racist stuff on the things they're shipping... well... words fail me!

It didn't half bring back that feeling of having always been an outsider out there and it confirmed to me that I'm now finally home. People can moan about prices here. They can moan about the weather. They can moan about lots of stuff. I LOVE this country and I LOVE being back.

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Hi Sarah, nice to hear from you.

What a bloody stupid pathetic thing to write on the box. Daft gits.

I would rather be a Pommie anyday.
Totally stupid, huh? How stupid do you have to be not to think that the client is going to see what you've written about them when you write it on boxes that are being delivered to their house?!?!

If anyone's thinking of using Anglo Pacific / OSS... I'd really think twice about it. They don't seem to think much of their customers.

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Just on the topic of packers writing on boxes, our packers in the UK scrawled all sorts of stuff over our boxes to wind up the customs and delivery people at this end in OZ... including disparaging remarks about Australians in general. So it happens on both sides of the pond. We took it as a laugh rather than get upset about it. Unprofessional? Yes. Worth getting your knickers in a twist about? Probably not. (And by the way, I'm an aussie, so had every right to get "upset" at the things they wrote.)
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