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Don't worry be happy!!!!!
some excellent comments going on, well, as i started this thread, i thought i would like axpand al ittle more on why I have decided against oz, for other reasons, and the cux de gras of my decicion was agravated by the SA asking for money up front, which is fine, if your really desperate to escape, but im not as i already have escaped the uk and reside in asia. So, what made me decide? well, i went to spain, hadnt been back to Europe for 4 years, and hadent seen barcelona for 10, and when i was there, i went with and open mind, and it inspired me, as a city, and especiall, the multicultural feeling there,the changes, whichi really liked, plus it had its rough edges, which i really liked too but what was most imortant for me was that the place inspired me to want to move there, i didnt get any inspiration from oz at all, and yes, if you like jumping through small hoops, its fine. but for me, spain, with all its roughness, poor pay, expensive cost of living, etc. etc. had something, and im willing to take my family there. Oz i think is fine too, but at the same time, i cant relate to it, for various reasons, it would i think be great in the short term, but im not sure peersonally about the long term. I lived in oz for a while, had an amazing time, vowed to move back some day, but in the passage of time, i can accept that i have changed, and the things that i want, are not as important as the things i need.
thats me done
We hope you have a lovely life in Spain. True Spain is a wonderful country with wonderful people. However, its very difficult to find a permanent job because of the employment laws. Its even more difficult for our teenage children to find suitable work. But than again the teenage children can do what the spanish children do and go abroad for a few years.
If you mix with the spanish people and try to speak their language they will respect you greatly. However, alot of the brits live in Spainish/brit land, this is not the true Spain.
le deseamos una vida muy feliz en EspaŮa
(we wish you a very happy life in Spain)
How do all
(hello in my local speak)
Ive read all the comments through this thread and one thing springs to mind
`Sour grapes leave a bitter taste in your gob` :)
Thats just my opinion of course;)
Many thanks for your kind reply. I will be going to Spain to establish my own business and practice in the field of my profession that I have been apprenticed in for the last 7 years here in Asia so basically, I will be starting my own business which will eventually be of a huge benefit in Europe, since no one has actually apprenticed for as long as I have in my specialist field ( sorry, I donít want to give too much away on a public forum and secondly, I could be considered crazy for apprenticing for so long! ) anyway, itís a dedication and the learning process is ongoing, and I feel that art forms ( for want of a better word ) are more recognised in Europe, or lets say, have a deeper resonance with the culture and yes, the real Spain is what I like most and thanks so much for the encouragement about the locals appreciating people speaking the language, I intend to give it my really best shot and get something very good off the ground there. My boy is only 5, perhaps he will apprentice to me in the future.
good luck in oz, im sure it will be great for you andyour family too and offer you some really good oppertunities
I know what your specialist field is mingmen;)
Are you opening a jedi school in spain?;)
If so, bugger Oz , I`m going to Spain
I am not sure which european country you are now living in but we have lived in France for 2 and a half years and decided whilst there that it wasn't for us and that Australia as it was our first choice is where we wanted to be. However, I do think that living in a foreign country - albeit very close to the UK and beautiful - brings its own disadvantages which get you down in the end - you may not be at that point yet, you may never get to that point but for us there were several factors that got us down in the end. Yes, it is close to the UK which Australia isn't, yes, it is beautiful and you can buy a large property for half what you would in the UK, yes, it is a lovely place to bring up children but what you don't take into consideration is the heavy tax system (taking about 51% of your wages in the 3rd year of business), having a headache just trying to deal with all the bureaucracy in a foreign language, not being able to have a simple conversation (unless you are fluent of course in your chosen country's language), it gets you down, makes life so much harder.
I hope you don't get to that point and you are very happy for years to come wherever you are, but there are always two sides to everything, there are always going to be ups and downs regarding any process and highs and lows but believe me, it is a damn sight easier when it is in your own language!