Waffleon wrote:I love Australia. Beautiful country and people. I have also lived and worked in Melbourne for 18mths and spent time in Sydney. All different of course - love Melbourne. I wasn't expecting a 2nd Uk or USA. I just stupidly didn't appreciate how different emmigrating with a family is from travelling. Ignoring the predictable pain of being seperated from immediate family which is total guilt on toast, I completely underestimated my own attachment to UK culture. It's parochial of me really and I am honestly surprised by it tbh but it is real. So now and again (e.g. uk only gig time) I have a moan because recharging the culture/psb batteries just costs too much to, that's all. Just wanted to clarify because i didn't mean to offend.
That's something that you only realise when you live abroad. I too have a massive attachment to Ireland's culture, UK culture and even European culture and you only realise it when you can no longer take that culture for granted. Not parochial of you at all, we are all products of our environment.
Thing is, beautiful as Oz is, it's still life as normal - school runs, commuting, working, boring nights in front of the TV. It's not like people spend every day at the beach or lapping up the sunshine. I spend far more time at the beaches here in Ireland than I ever did in Australia. The sunshine is a novelty here in Ireland, but in Queensland, where it's almost all the time, I soon got sick of lashing on the sunblock to myself and two kids several times a day, having the arse burnt off me every time I sat on my roasting hot car seat, sweating constantly, it being too hot to go for long walks and having mosquitoes using me as their slap-up meal every evening. Oh yeah, and people mocking my accent ("say thirty-two"). You get sick of being an outsider, being different. Most people are welcoming but you can never get away from the fact that you ARE different. The fact that you're Irish (or English or whatever) becomes a talking point which is something that, of course, never happens at home. And it takes a bit of getting used to.
That doesn't mean that it's not a wonderful place, it is. But at the end of the day, home is home, people are often most comfortable in the environment they're used to. An Australian would find the rain here hard to deal with, there would be massive culture shock, the cold would be too much... there's nothing easy about emigrating. Some people will never admit the downsides to living abroad, but they do exist. Grass is always greener, eh? Never feel bad about having a moan, you're entitled to. It's not easy. That doesn't mean you don't like Australia.