People think I’m crazy – most I know would jump at the chance to exit Blighty.
I’ve been in China for over 25-years. Now I’m trying to move back to the UK. There’s many personal reasons:
- Great real ale pubs
- Quaint countryside, architecture & seaside
- Still have lots of friends in the UK – but where I live, many are leaving
- Clean air & blue skies (a lot of the time!)
- I love driving to a slightly different culture in just a few hours
- Outdoor music and other festivals
- Cruising my boat on the Norfolk Broads
- Bigger rooms and a garden
- Almost everyone speaks English. Not anymore in Hong Kong
- I believe I can make more money. This one ain’t easy compared to a land of near-zero tax, but I’ll give it a go!
Some say I’ve developed rose tinted glasses. However, last year I spent 6-months in the UK, and although I haven’t experienced an entire winter, I’m not naive. I quite like the weather. It’s improved with global warming – whereas blues skies in Hong Kong and Guangdong are now a rarity. If you think feeling warm is good, read my Living In a Tropical Country blog.
Of course, I’m familiar with exorbitant travel costs with restricted public transport, bad food, limited mobile phone reception, early closing, and darkness most of winter. None of which are common in the Far East. But the UK feels comfortable and after all I am British! I’m even thinking of buying a TV license.
Despite my wife of 12-years having a hard time obtaining a UK residency visa, even after 20 trips to Britain. I’m voting UKIP because they don’t discriminate against non-Europeans!
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