Don't know if anyone is interested but here goes:
I've been in Oz for the last two years but only on a tourist visa (long story). Having decided that I did actually want to stay I've come back to the UK for 8 weeks to get added to my OH's SIR visa (I didn't want to go before which is why I didn't get added originally - big mistake)!
I was really looking forward (other than leaving OH for 8 weeks) to seeing old blighty again.
The flight from Adelaide to Singapore was great. 6 hours walking around Singapore was ok.The flight was on a 380 to Heathrow. I can honestly say that after doing that flight a couple of times before the 380 experience was my worst ever flight!!!! There was a lot less room than the usual planes even though they say you get more. I couldn't sleep on it as the seat was so hard and you can't walk around so much as you could on the old type planes. The stewards on the flight were lovely as ever and explained that they were having a bad flight too as it was one of the only times the 380 was to full capacity and they were being inundated with complaints about lack of room in seats so it wasn't just me
So anyway been back in UK for two weeks now and what a difference!!!!!!!
It's great to see family again especially mum (will be horrible to leave her again, get tears in my eyes just thinking about it) although even though I speak to family every week when in Oz it's only when you see them again that you realise how you have actually grown apart (even if you were extremely close) it's something I can't explain but you now have different lives!
It's good to see the green grass and cottages of Devon you forget how pretty the UK really is. It is also very clean here - I don't always find this in parts of Adelaide! Before people kick off I'm talking about Devon not other parts of the UK!
The weather Well I had been cold in Adelaide for the couple of weeks before I left but then it was coming into winter. It is definately warmer here at the moment but where's summer? In the whole of the two weeks yesterday was the 2nd day it didn't rain!!!! Something I'm really not used to seeing now and fed up of it already!
Everyone seems to be so grumpy and down here! It is really depressing and most shop assistants are so unhelpful and miserable as if they don't want to be bothered by you at all! I am really missing the aussies smiling faces even their whinging is better than this!
Exmouth has changed soooo much - it is in a nice term very multi-cultural now if you get my drift - something I thought I would never see! I'm really not being racist here as after all I'm an imigrant in OZ - just making an observation.
Crime appears to be the same as in Adelaide - although we had a bomb go off in Exeter the day after I arrived and haven't seen that yet in Adelaide!
Food shopping and toiletries is sooo much cheaper in the UK!!!! Can't believe how much more we pay for certain items in OZ especially fruit, veg and toiletries! I'm also not talking about buying Uk products in Oz as I'm one of the ones who buys local.
Driving is more pleasant - no-one tail gating and they are more courteous here! Although took a while to get used to the small roads!!!
I've been paying into the UK national health system since I left a few years ago to be patriotic - I was coming back to have a minor op and did not feel guilty about that as I have been paying but can you believe Ive just been told to have the op I will have to pay £2,400!!!!!! It seems it's because I have been out of the UK for more than 12 months, it doesn't matter that I've been paying contributions still!?! This I am really mad about as I have been still paying my dues hence to say I won't be anymore
The moral of this is that I am now 5 weeks and 4 days hopefully from coming home - thinking of kidnapping my mum as immigration are being wonderful and I am really missing everything about OZ. I have always said that I wouldn't want to live in the UK again and still not sure if we will stay forever in OZ as I've mentioned before the old parts of Spain are my favourite place. However I know after coming back here now that Oz is better - somethings are better in the UK but overall Oz is the winner!