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Been back in the UK for 7 weeks, best decision we made, we are all sooo happy to be home. We flew back with Air New Zealand, stopped over in LA, Air New Zealand were excellent, would highly recommend them, and because we flew via US we got 40K luggage allowance. Been to Tescos, Primark, M&S etc etc etc, dont miss anything about Aus, can't beat the choice in the UK!!
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Been back in the UK for 7 weeks, best decision we made, we are all sooo happy to be home. We flew back with Air New Zealand, stopped over in LA, Air New Zealand were excellent, would highly recommend them, and because we flew via US we got 40K luggage allowance. Been to Tescos, Primark, M&S etc etc etc, dont miss anything about Aus, can't beat the choice in the UK!!
Ahhh good for you. You sound so happy to be home.
Thats so nice to hear sitting here plotting homeward bound.
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thats great news!!! Im getting more and more homesick
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Been back in the UK for 7 weeks, best decision we made, we are all sooo happy to be home. We flew back with Air New Zealand, stopped over in LA, Air New Zealand were excellent, would highly recommend them, and because we flew via US we got 40K luggage allowance. Been to Tescos, Primark, M&S etc etc etc, dont miss anything about Aus, can't beat the choice in the UK!!

Glad your happy to be home! I am too! Best move i made!
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You left Australia to shop at Primark - king of no-frills fashion?
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Been back in the UK for 7 weeks, best decision we made, we are all sooo happy to be home. We flew back with Air New Zealand, stopped over in LA, Air New Zealand were excellent, would highly recommend them, and because we flew via US we got 40K luggage allowance. Been to Tescos, Primark, M&S etc etc etc, dont miss anything about Aus, can't beat the choice in the UK!!
Funny how you miss the little things you dont expect too, yet dont miss the things you think you will. Personally I missed Walkers crisps when in NZ...
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Been back in the UK for 7 weeks, best decision we made, we are all sooo happy to be home. We flew back with Air New Zealand, stopped over in LA, Air New Zealand were excellent, would highly recommend them, and because we flew via US we got 40K luggage allowance. Been to Tescos, Primark, M&S etc etc etc, dont miss anything about Aus, can't beat the choice in the UK!!

So pleased that you are enjoying the wonderful UK - it's such a fab place to live isn't it? So much to see and do all the time and so much choice in just about everything.

We've been back for four months now and haven't had a moments regret - stay happy
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Pleased to hear that things are going well.

There haven't been many ping pongers for a while... do they just happen in the winter?
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Great news and really jealous you are shopping (I have just received my parcel I sent from England whilst we were there and had Walkers Crisps,Jaffa Cakes,Fruit Gums, Quavers and lots more, it was like Christmas) in the stores I love, yes even primart....still better quality than you find at Target etc!!!!! we were back home for 10 weeks (March - Ma07) our second visit in 8.5 years here in Perth, we loved it and have decided to go home, our children miss the humour, family etc and also the many things to do, they even loved Blackpool!!! anyway I have told my ex-pat friends here in Perth and most are saying "why go back to that dump" "the crimes awful" "Kids are violent" and it is getting me down.....my two close friends who desparetly want to leave but their husbands do not want to go and they are slowly getting more and more down and turning into different people but they are being brilliant with us and really they are getting me through this period of knowing it is the right thing to do, our sons really want to go back to England and say there is not a thing they will miss here in Aus, my husband cannot wait to go home either, I think it is last min. nerves and people telling my their opions here in Perth in regards to returning home, you start thinking shall we just stay etc but that thought makes me feel really down.....anyway I am "going on" as my husband says...I would just like to say though that I would not stay for all the tea in china if any of my family did not like it here, my family are my love and not a country, we have travelled around Aus. but we just love England that very much more.....yes even the weather..the jokes..the curries....the shops..and being able to nip over to another country in a couple of hours or less by plane is wonderful but the best thing is being with your family.....and boy do we miss decent t.v. Did anyone else go through this once they made the decision to go home?

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Great news and really jealous you are shopping (I have just received my parcel I sent from England whilst we were there and had Walkers Crisps,Jaffa Cakes,Fruit Gums, Quavers and lots more, it was like Christmas) in the stores I love, yes even primart....still better quality than you find at Target etc!!!!! we were back home for 10 weeks (March - Ma07) our second visit in 8.5 years here in Perth, we loved it and have decided to go home, our children miss the humour, family etc and also the many things to do, they even loved Blackpool!!! anyway I have told my ex-pat friends here in Perth and most are saying "why go back to that dump" "the crimes awful" "Kids are violent" and it is getting me down.....my two close friends who desparetly want to leave but their husbands do not want to go and they are slowly getting more and more down and turning into different people but they are being brilliant with us and really they are getting me through this period of knowing it is the right thing to do, our sons really want to go back to England and say there is not a thing they will miss here in Aus, my husband cannot wait to go home either, I think it is last min. nerves and people telling my their opions here in Perth in regards to returning home, you start thinking shall we just stay etc but that thought makes me feel really down.....anyway I am "going on" as my husband says...I would just like to say though that I would not stay for all the tea in china if any of my family did not like it here, my family are my love and not a country, we have travelled around Aus. but we just love England that very much more.....yes even the weather..the jokes..the curries....the shops..and being able to nip over to another country in a couple of hours or less by plane is wonderful but the best thing is being with your family.....and boy do we miss decent t.v. Did anyone else go through this once they made the decision to go home?

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Yep But Im surprised a few people have now turned round and said they dont blame us going back!!The ones that cant understand either dont speak to me/or we never discuss it.....

And I dont even tell anyone who asks me anything anymore why I wanna go back to UK, I've learnt my lesson well since being here!! funny enough even my OH said this morning that the traffic is as bad/worse than where we lived in UK and hes also looking forward to getting back there!! (even though its taken him two years to realise this)

Look forward not back - good luck
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Yep But Im surprised a few people have now turned round and said they dont blame us going back!!The ones that cant understand either dont speak to me/or we never discuss it.....

And I dont even tell anyone who asks me anything anymore why I wanna go back to UK, I've learnt my lesson well since being here!! funny enough even my OH said this morning that the traffic is as bad/worse than where we lived in UK and hes also looking forward to getting back there!! (even though its taken him two years to realise this)

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just reading everyones posts there's a pattern here isn't there. Men don't want to go and women are really home sick.. we miss our mums and friends and shopping and good hairdressers etc..etc.. etc..
Australia must be "BLOKE LAND" where everything is about blokes!!!!
Did anyone send a letter to Jonny howard to tell why it's so hard to migrate here?
When i went back to UK it was great getting there.. i had a baby is aus and it was brilliant to take him to see all his relatives (where he belongs) uk seems so good when you first get back. if i lived there now theres no way i would emigrate. but i am in australia now and it's too late for me, so i just make the most of it and actually enjoy it now.
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Great news and really jealous you are shopping (I have just received my parcel I sent from England whilst we were there and had Walkers Crisps,Jaffa Cakes,Fruit Gums, Quavers and lots more, it was like Christmas) in the stores I love, yes even primart....still better quality than you find at Target etc!!!!! we were back home for 10 weeks (March - Ma07) our second visit in 8.5 years here in Perth, we loved it and have decided to go home, our children miss the humour, family etc and also the many things to do, they even loved Blackpool!!! anyway I have told my ex-pat friends here in Perth and most are saying "why go back to that dump" "the crimes awful" "Kids are violent" and it is getting me down.....my two close friends who desparetly want to leave but their husbands do not want to go and they are slowly getting more and more down and turning into different people but they are being brilliant with us and really they are getting me through this period of knowing it is the right thing to do, our sons really want to go back to England and say there is not a thing they will miss here in Aus, my husband cannot wait to go home either, I think it is last min. nerves and people telling my their opions here in Perth in regards to returning home, you start thinking shall we just stay etc but that thought makes me feel really down.....anyway I am "going on" as my husband says...I would just like to say though that I would not stay for all the tea in china if any of my family did not like it here, my family are my love and not a country, we have travelled around Aus. but we just love England that very much more.....yes even the weather..the jokes..the curries....the shops..and being able to nip over to another country in a couple of hours or less by plane is wonderful but the best thing is being with your family.....and boy do we miss decent t.v. Did anyone else go through this once they made the decision to go home?

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I think unless you really dont like it here you're bound to have some doubts, especially after being here a while.
I''m off too, although I know its the right move, I know I'll miss my friends here, I'll miss aspects of living here/the area I live.
Seeing friends this weekend I got quite sad at the thought of not seeing them anymore. I just remind myself of the reasons I'm choosing to go back home.
I have moments too when I wonder but think its only natural.
Sounds like you know deep down its the right move so try not to fret.
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Did anyone else go through this once they made the decision to go home?

"Nearly there but not yet"

Absolutely!! I think that most people do. We lost everthing in Oz as hubby couldn't earn a decent wage in Oz and our daughter (17) had already escaped back to the UK. I had been depressed for almost six months and found the place beautiful but very boring.

Yet even when our decision had been made, flights and shipping booked we still wondered if we were doing the right thing. We kept looking round and seeing things that we would miss. I'm glad to say though that the minute we landed at Manchester on a cold February morning, we knew we'd made the right decision for us and havent had a minutes regret since. There are small things that we do miss like walking along Southbank in Melbourne, walking on the beach or the choice of restaurants there. But I miss them on a small scale, I certainly don't pine for them.

The people who say it's full of crime and the kids are violent do not live here. Yes of course there is crime around in some areas, but I certainly haven't seen any of it. All I've seen is pleasant helpful chatty people who like to share a story or a joke with you.

Like you say, it's the little things that you tend to miss most like the humour, the topics of conversation, there is so much to see and do here.

Go with your gut instincs and don't be influenced at all by anyone. If you truly love Oz, stay but if you know in your heart that you want to live in the UK, come home. It's your life - you must live it how you want to.

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Absolutely!! I think that most people do. We lost everthing in Oz as hubby couldn't earn a decent wage in Oz and our daughter (17) had already escaped back to the UK. I had been depressed for almost six months and found the place beautiful but very boring.

Yet even when our decision had been made, flights and shipping booked we still wondered if we were doing the right thing. We kept looking round and seeing things that we would miss. I'm glad to say though that the minute we landed at Manchester on a cold February morning, we knew we'd made the right decision for us and havent had a minutes regret since. There are small things that we do miss like walking along Southbank in Melbourne, walking on the beach or the choice of restaurants there. But I miss them on a small scale, I certainly don't pine for them.

The people who say it's full of crime and the kids are violent do not live here. Yes of course there is crime around in some areas, but I certainly haven't seen any of it. All I've seen is pleasant helpful chatty people who like to share a story or a joke with you.

Like you say, it's the little things that you tend to miss most like the humour, the topics of conversation, there is so much to see and do here.

Go with your gut instincs and don't be influenced at all by anyone. If you truly love Oz, stay but if you know in your heart that you want to live in the UK, come home. It's your life - you must live it how you want to.

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Thanks so much for that, yes I am going to miss things, a friend has just poppled round and has been really helpful, it's hard though as lots of my friends all say they would love to go back but they don't and I wonder why not? we were back in Manchester (near) in March 07 -May 07 and we had a wonderful time and I did not miss anything about being in Perth just our dog!!! so that is a good sign, I think I have just lost my nerve at the moment, we had only just finished building this house we live in and now I am not unpacking everything...but I just want to get back home and have my own front door again and get back to normal!!! did you rent or buy a home? any tips?

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I think unless you really dont like it here you're bound to have some doubts, especially after being here a while.
I''m off too, although I know its the right move, I know I'll miss my friends here, I'll miss aspects of living here/the area I live.
Seeing friends this weekend I got quite sad at the thought of not seeing them anymore. I just remind myself of the reasons I'm choosing to go back home.
I have moments too when I wonder but think its only natural.
Sounds like you know deep down its the right move so try not to fret.
Good luck

I dont think that there is ever a right or wrong answer to it, you have to go with what you feel at the time. Even now for us, after almost 5 years of being back, we still question did we do the right think in returning, for the most I have to say yes. But when you have moved outside the box, you realise that there is more to life than whats in those four walls. You certainly views things differently. Its funny but since we returned to the UK we realised how so many people are stuck in the rut of tunnel vision. There is a big wide world out there, and having taken the leap to live in another part of it can only enrich your life further, and take you to a greater understanding of the world around you.
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