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Aug 19th 2020, 7:04 pm
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Posted By Jensmate

Nowhereland

Well, from perusing all these posts it seems like I'm suffering from a problem I didn't even know had a name or that even existed until today. The dreaded Expat Disease otherwise known as "I belong...
Aug 14th 2020, 5:09 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,912
Posted By Jensmate

Aug 14th 2020, 12:43 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,912
Posted By Jensmate

Re: The rose tinted glasses are off.

Thanks to all who replied and put in their two cents worth of opinion. You've all added a bit to the conversation and Pulaski got me thinking about whether my age has a large part to play in it. Of...
Jul 22nd 2020, 1:14 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,912
Posted By Jensmate

Re: The rose tinted glasses are off.

Folkestone, Kent. Moving is not an option.
Folkestone is a shell of a town. It has its grimier side which has expanded since the High Street is no longer a high Street, just a collection of little...
Jul 15th 2020, 2:05 am
Replies: 31
Views: 3,912
Posted By Jensmate

The rose tinted glasses are off.

You know the ones? The glasses that make everything look so much nicer than they are? Well, I've been 27 months back and the glasses are off. Yeah. England is nice. It's where I was born. Its...
Forum: Back Home
May 31st 2019, 2:55 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 25,760
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Why did I not love this country before???????

Hello hgll
Ah! Homesick and low....I'm so very sorry and I can empathize having been there too. I cant speak for the Hula Hoops but I can assure you that, when the time comes, those birds will be...
Forum: Back Home
Dec 10th 2018, 11:56 am
Replies: 70
Views: 25,760
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Why did I not love this country before???????

Hello All
it's a mild morning here in Folkestone; a bit of sunshine, a few whitecaps out there on the Channel and the fragrance of other peoples' breakfasts wafting through my window. I'm enjoying...
Nov 17th 2018, 11:21 am
Replies: 12
Views: 2,095
Posted By Jensmate

Re: It’s Happening, but I’m full of worry- moving back from Us to Uk

Worry, second thoughts and concern about doing the right thing are all normal. I was eaten up with angst about moving back after 41 years in the US but I'm now settled and happy with my decision....
Sep 25th 2018, 9:10 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

Folkestone is a bargain! High speed rail to London yet Folkestone hasn't really been rediscovered yet. Not like Deal where the rich and famous are moving and are sending the prices skyrocketing. I...
Forum: Back Home
Sep 21st 2018, 3:43 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 25,760
Posted By Jensmate

Why did I not love this country before???????

Backstory...left UK in 1977 for Pennsylvania, Florida and Vermont. Retired and came back five months ago after 41 years.

I love this country! I love walking down to Folkestone Harbour, buying a £2...
Forum: Back Home
Aug 2nd 2018, 10:44 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 5,153
Posted By Jensmate

Re: 5 years Britiversary!

Congrats on being home for five years!!
Forum: Back Home
Aug 2nd 2018, 10:41 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 2,503
Posted By Jensmate

More observations...

I thought I'd never say this but.....I'm beginning to get a little homesick for the US. Not to live there, mind.....but fot the orderliness and efficiency of systems: spot on delivery services, ...
Forum: Back Home
Jul 17th 2018, 9:25 am
Replies: 3
Views: 3,631
Posted By Jensmate

Three months...more observations from a US-exiteer

I thought I was returning to England but I seem to be in a Mediterranean country. The heat, the coloufful clothing, the tapas bars....this is Folkestone?
My only complaint is the lack of ceiling...
May 15th 2018, 11:41 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 703
Posted By Jensmate

Virtual mailbox.....recommendations?

Much as I dislike the idea, it seems I must open a virtual mailbox to forward my US mail to the UK. I had hoped to rely on someone in the US but I don't think it's going to work out as she is...
Forum: Back Home
Apr 30th 2018, 8:20 am
Replies: 18
Views: 9,029
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Ten days back...observations.

Thank you. I hope you can get back home. It's all worth the wait. Best wishes!
Forum: Back Home
Apr 30th 2018, 8:15 am
Replies: 18
Views: 9,029
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Ten days back...observations.

Oh yes!!! I used to eat the most inappropriate amounts of clotted cream, chipolatas,fish and chips and Galaxy chocolate on my trips back. Now? It's all moderation since, as said, I can have them any...
Forum: Back Home
Apr 27th 2018, 10:15 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 9,029
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Ten days back...observations.

I'm here in Folkestone. Not the prettiest of seaside towns, many areas down at heel but there are plans for rejuvenation and the high speed link to London has made it appealing to commuters. It's...
Forum: Back Home
Apr 13th 2018, 11:27 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 9,029
Posted By Jensmate

Ten days back...observations.

Ive been back 10 days and here are a few observations.

Firstly, I'm astonished by the reasonable costs of the things that are, by comparison, expensive in the USA eg. a broadband, landline and TV...
Apr 10th 2018, 5:24 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 936
Posted By Jensmate

Quick tax questions

Having recently moved back to the UK from the US, I'm going to be living with a foot in both countries for a year.
Which form must be filed with the IRS to prevent the UK collecting taxes on my US...
Apr 4th 2018, 5:42 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

Thank you for all replies to my posts.
Im finally here!!!!
Well, it's been just over 24 hours since I stepped off the plane home and it's been a whirlwind of activity. I got the keys to my flat,...
Feb 27th 2018, 2:18 am
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

I certainly will!
Feb 26th 2018, 8:23 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

Thank you so much for your good wishes and the image you posted! I'm looking forward to some quiet times sitting on a bench on the Leas with my knitting needles and a latte or two mid morning at the...
Feb 24th 2018, 9:29 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

Thank you. Far too much time and energy are expended swimming against the tide. I did it when I was much younger. Necessary to effect change I guess. But, no more. Time to enjoy where the winds and...
Feb 24th 2018, 8:27 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

Thank you Vikingsail. I'm currently in the process of "letting go" of many belongings which I've collected (or which have collected me) over the years that I don't need/don't want to take with me to...
Feb 23rd 2018, 1:25 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 6,423
Posted By Jensmate

Re: Finally going home

Thank you Bridie55. I've spent a lot of time in Folkestone and around the area over the past year. It's a lovely place and everything will be within walking distance from my flat. It will be a...
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