Change of life ?
I have heard Australia discribed as same Shi* but shinyer bucket. We are about to arrive in Adelaide in November. Whilst not ever gone before we have travelled twice to different parts of Oz. We loved Perth but could not afford the houses now. What we want from Oz is more opportunites than UK. Weather so that when you say this weekend were having a barbie/people round you can rely on the weather (Generally). What we tend to do in the UK is every weekend shop. We do up our homes bigger and bigger for what. Get a better car than neighbours. Leisure time comes and we either work some more, shop, go to overpriced amusments for the kids or sit in massive ques of traffic. Political correctness gone mental. A government that seems to be stearing the UK in to the poor house. Overpriced houses. What are the rest of you still in the UK doing every summer weekend, it has rained just about every weekend, so we work all week and just stay in on the weekend is that a life??
I am concerned that Adelaide may be a bit of a culture shock but I hope the positives will outway the negs. All comments welcomed.
It makes me laugh when you tell people you are moving to Australia, especially when they start to tell you the reasons why not to go. Why would anyone with ambition and a sense of adventure listen to people who think going to the Canaries to the same resort year after year and look for the restaurants that sell roast beef and yorkshire puddings is a cultured holiday!!!!!
It is the doubts that these "ignorant" people put into your head that makes you doubt your decisions. This also makes people frightened of making the decision to return to the UK as you worry that they are sitting smugly with an "I told you so" attitude. Please don't listen to the c**p they talk and go for it. So what if it doesn't work out at least when you are in the twilight or evening years of your life you won't be sitting with a head full of regrets rather a head full of adventures and memories!!!!!
Australia has a lot more to offer than the UK, it may have some drawbacks but these are more bearable than living in this country that is quickly going down the pan in every sense.
What I think everyone from the UK is really wanting to know the answer to is what are the Australian drawbacks you have all experinced personally (Members in Adelaide). I know we are all different and so what might be a big deal to one may not to another, but I would welcome any comment on this subject. (Apart from missing family & Friends).
UK is so materialistic and basically becoming lawless, and has a cr*p government who rap up all the bad guys in cotton wool, it rains all summer and if you want entertainment they rip you off. Teenagers get pregnant for council houses and social (Jessa Kyle ITV 9.25am). Traffic jams. Whats Ozs downfalls?
You hit the nail on the head. It bugs me too when UK people go to other countrys and expect the UK abroad, Sunday Roast, Pub Grub, Fish and Chips Bingo etc... I remember watching one of the New Life down under programs, I think it one of the familys that went to Perth. They were so negative straight away, slagging off the Ozzies and how they do things. I bet they are now back in the UK moaning about the UK. I know we will have to be very positive and accept change, but that is the exitment, to be a little out of your comfort zone. But so many stay in their confort zone only to grow old and say, "if only". Good luck to all the people making the move. Lets go for it!
P.S. I am cr*ping myself at the same time.
That is such a hard question to answer Scott you wouldn't believe it.
Originally Posted by Chelseadownunder
I can't fault Adelaide and would never dream of moving back to Bedford. I suppose it is just that it is not what i expected, and i like it ( strangely enough as dated as it seems) but after almost 3 years i am not in the "love it " gang. And i do call it home as it is where i live and always intend to from now on.
P.S. I am cr*ping myself at the same time.[/quote]
Why because Liverpool will win the premiership and you'll miss it ?? Don't worry you can come to mine and watch it on foxtel.
I lived in Sydney for 8 months and loved it, returned to the UK as my OH's dad was diagnosed with cancer. I nursed him til he died but all the sceptics (or septics!!) were so smug saying I told you you would be back. I have really struggled to get back into the UK way or work, eat, watch rubbish telly, sleep and work, not go out in the evenings for fear of a chav stabbing!!!!
Australia has a few downsides but I believe it is all about your own positive attitude. I found the worst thing to do is start a conversation with ... In the UK they do it this way ...... The first few months are hard work but then one day you start to realise Aus is home. You are so right about getting out of your comfort zone, it is one of the most liberating memories I have. I sold my house, left a really well paid job (governor in a prison) bought a rucksack, walking boots and went around the world twice, took 2 years and we went to Australia 4 times as loved it so much.
The other good thing about the whingers in the UK is that we will be so far away from them they will be insignificant and I don't want them to move to spacious Oz, let them stay in overcrowded overpopulated UK!!!
The downfalls I found in Sydney were that they were getting quite Americanised!!! The language and dialect seemed to be Dude, Awesome, Babes whereas in Melbourne they were more G'Day, Streuth, Fair Dinkum. I felt the Victorians were more in touch with their heritage and culture and the Sydneysiders were trying to be posh!!
The tax system seems quite high but it is all relative to the outgoings you have.
It was a bit strange not having high streets as we know in the UK but there are plenty of malls and shopping centres that are air conditioned and have a good range of shops.
They also (most companies) pay fortnightly, bit hard to get used to budgeting if you get paid monthly in the UK.
I am struggling to find other negatives. The locals will say traffic congestion but compared to the UK jams in Aus are a breeze.
As for friends and family, use Skype it is the best invention for keeping in touch.
I am also c****ing myself too but in a nice way!!!!
Adelaide is also very Americanised. Dudes , Babes and Awsome. Not that the Aussies admit it.
Lots of good comments here....it is very much like the US here but with out the Arrogant Americans (not all of them)...!!! everyone is friendly and wanting to help, and although lots of things are behind the uk , on the other hand some of the methods are so simple its genius....!!!. I think it great that people walk about shopping with no shoes on and sometimes in there PJ's because it sums up " they dont (aussies) give a dam what anyone thinks. But we the British look and judge on appearances so when and i dony mean this in a snobby way so many aussies walk around with a lets call it a very casual look- we the brits turn our nose up. And i think that thats the culture shock for many, clothes, cars and houses for mr average aussie arent the most imsportant things in life .....going to the beach with the family or having a cold one with there mates are. We are always going to miss our family and friends and we might have less in our pocket every month but the things we all quote as to our reasons to come out here.....lifestyle, for the kids, outdoors, weather, crime, kids ruling the streets.......all the reason why we come here we think are here.....its not paradise......but its a better place to be right now ......only my oponion af course.....so to quote the aussies.....No worries......No Dramas......To easy...cheers Graham
Hey dude (Ha Ha Ha) Awsome !!
I just noticed your little comment. It seems everyone I know is a Liverpool fan. I cant get away from you guys. Hope you guys have a good season. I still follow Chelsea but its not like a few years ago with Vialli when we beat you 4-2 after you were 2-0 ahead then came vialli and rest is history. Seriously though I am into football and would like to meet up with you guys if theres a good game on.
P.S. The ozzies do say Awsome better than the Americans