Maybe it's where you live in Australia? I know Gosford and the surrounding areas are nice, but to me, Gosford is the kind of place that, if you don't have a yacht and actually live on the water/harbour, could be pretty boring. What about trying out Sydney instead? Australian cities and towns are not the same as each other.
I came back to the UK because time was getting on, my children were still young at the time, and I knew if I left it, say, another five years, I never would. Also, I prefer cold weather to hot weather. It took us a while after we came back though, to find a place to live. Once you are used to a big city, with all the conveniences, as we were having lived in Sydney and Melbourne for many years, it takes a while to learn to live without all that. London, my home town, was out of the question. I was too used to living in the first world to put up with the third world living conditions that London suffers from nowadays. Air pollution so bad you can actually see it. The trains were so crowded, even at 3pm. And everything seemed so dilapidated. We then stayed in Cambridge and Manchester for a few months, before finally settling on Edinburgh. I got sick of the travelling in Melbourne. Here, we are ten minutes drive from everywhere, even from the local ski slopes and the airport.
My advice would be to stick it out until you have got your citizenship and until the recession in the UK is over. The number of companies going under over here at the moment is mind boggling. The Officers Club, Whittards and Zavvi are now all in administration, and that's just in the last 48 hours. Then there's Woolworths and MFI, both of which went bust in the last couple of weeks. JJB Sports chain is in trouble. Monsoon and Next reckon they are "barely holding on". If you have a job in Australia, it may be a good idea to stick it out and wait a bit.
I moved from London to Melbourne in late 2005, when I was 13.
I just feel like there's passion missing here. So many people here guard their emotions so closely, and I don't understand why. Adults seem to do nothing but work, and few people know how to truly celebrate something (like Christmas, for example).
I also can't stand hot weather, and miss Britain's unique beauty. I miss all of the people. I can't believe how you can walk around a suburb here and not see a soul! I miss the history of the place, too.
I'm going back on my gap year, and hope to move back later! I'll miss my family, though.
Hi, the reasons that we are returning to the UK are very simple.
We lived a simple life in the UK and ticked along quite nicely. We didn't come to OZ for an adventure, we came for a better life.
But after 4 months nothing about our life is better. I used to like walking/cycling to school with the kids, now I have to drive. I used to walk to the local shops for a paper/bread/milk, now I have to drive. We used to spend a lot of time in doors due to the rain/cold, we spend alot of time in doors due to heat/rain. I used to see life going on outside my front door, here it is like a ghost town. I used to chat to the other mums at the school, here they don't seem to want to know. I used to enjoy food shopping, here i dread it due to the lack of choice, same with clothes shopping. It is the day to day living that I can't stand. Yes we have nice days out, but we did in the UK!!
So as you can see, the simple things in life make me happy.
Friends and Family
A good old english pub with a nice roast dinner
proximity to Europe
Rain - unbelievable but true!
The Tube and Londons public transport - living in Melbourne has made me appreciate that the system in the UK is actually pretty good
Match of the day
A sense of belonging
BBC - the constant adverts on TV really get me down.
Green green grass............
The weather there this week is in the 40's and even my Ma in Law and sis in law out there (Born n bred aussies) say its too bloody stinkin hot, and they envy our cold weather. My Aussie husband LOVES the cold weather here in the UK..he works outside in it! He always says its easier to get warm than to keep cool. Says he's had enough of endless blue skies and predictable weather for months on end.I like to live with my curtains/blinds open and let the sunshine in! Not keep things closed to try and keep the heat out!