Ever thought of escaping from England for good?

December 22, 2009 6:41am CST
Where would you move to? Or are you happy to stay in England for good even???
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@MJay101 (711)
22 Dec 09
I'd leave England tomorrow, if I had the chance. It's a dump (with some nice corners, but mostly it's a dump). I think I'd go somewhere interesting - perhaps the Azores... My other half and I have often talked about fleeing the sinking ship of fools and heading there. Need to learn to speak Portuguese first, of course! Failing that: Albania, or Bulgaria, or somewhere else... Anywhere but here! (How about Scotland?)
22 Dec 09
Yes! At first I was going to post under U.K. but then I realised, no you might want to escape to Scotland or somewhere. Personally tho I feel I need to leave this septic isle, so nice as Scotland might be I would look for somewhere else I think. :)
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
22 Dec 09
MJay - please tell me, have you ever actually set foot in Albania before you came out with that remark? I'm dying to know.
@MJay101 (711)
22 Dec 09
I wouldn't mind Scotland! Ireland would also be all right... Not Wales. And yes, I have been to Albania. It is not without its problems, to be sure... But it is, at least, interesting.
@benny128 (3622)
22 Dec 09
to be honest I love the country that I was born in, I cannot think of any other country that is more beautiful than where I live now. I have travelled around a lot of other countries but am proud to be english and to live in england. I have thought of moving to australia though but more for the sun than for the country, but to be honest I love england and I will prob end my days in the country that I love.
22 Dec 09
Ah you like the hotter weather! Would you not consider Spain or Greece? Having grown up in England I find a lot of places far too hot for me which limits my choices a bit! ;)
@benny128 (3622)
22 Dec 09
nah been to spain and greece etc etc and the scenary is not as nice as england I live near the lake district and to be honest no where I have visited even comes close to the stunning landscapes around the lake district. Also hot countries tend not to be as green as the uk,
@MJay101 (711)
22 Dec 09
I'm going all misty-eyed just thinking about- wait a minute! Might I ask what it is that you like about England? I'm genuinely curious...
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
22 Dec 09
Hi willowgirl, I thought about it and went ahead and did it. I wouldn't move back to the UK that's for certain. No place is perfect and here the summers can be way too hot and humid, the winters too cold and damp, and as you've already read sometimes we suffer through without the basic amenieties. But here is better, better schooling for my son, welcoming and respectful people which is the key, more laid back and stress free, safer with hardly any crime. And some of the most stunning scenery in the world in the area I live in. Tomorrow my olives get done and I'll have my own fresh olive oil - what could be better.
22 Dec 09
Good for you! Apart from no water and electricity, it sounds wonderful! You can solve those problems with a really big water tank or two and solar panels! No problems! Yes safe is one of the things I am looking for. Welcoming and respectful people would be a massive bonus. I'm enjoying talking and thinking about this! Fresh Olives hhmmmmm! Yum!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
22 Dec 09
Integration is the key which can only be done by getting on with the language. It seems that the older ex pats from the UK who failed at both of those are now trying to sell up to return to the UK. Pretty pitiful when people can live in a place for 10 years and not manage more than a good morning in the local tongue.
22 Dec 09
It would be wonderful if I could "integrate" with somewhere else. I don't really see that happening here! I can't imagine how they could cope not knowing the language at all! I suspect the English people are moving away tho because it was their second home and they can no longer afford it perhaps!
@maezee (32269)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Well, I don't live in England. I live in Minnesota (Minneapolis, more specifically) of the United States. I would love to escape TO England, but not FROM there because obviously I don't live there..Nor have I ever! England has always seemed cool to me! I think we all get sick of the places we've lived for our whole lives, and start to get a little restless and spontaneous after a while. I would love to move away from my home city!
23 Dec 09
England is kind of cool. Certainly the weather is cool, but then both of these things are true of both Scotland and Iceland too! The down side would be things like getting targeted and having the windows of your house smashed and your garden vandalised. People flytipping rubbish in your garden. A general lack of safety. A somewhat backward state in some ways (compared to the mainland anyway). General bullying. Mean people, and of course the fact that things are kind of headed for collapse here somewhat. Theres other things too actually but they have slipped my head right now as I'm trying to forget about the bad stuff. It's a good place to learn a lot about life and people tho. Done loads of that here and now all my problems are sliding away and things are getting loads better for me. I think I would like to move on tho! :)
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
22 May 11
I am British and I live in England. I have studied at a university in Wales and spent one semester living in the Netherlands. I have worked as a children's nanny in Finland and did a working holiday visa in Australia. In all I have been to visit more than fifty different countries. I did intend to emigrate to Australia and at one time I was married to an Australian man. However I didn't go there to live and it is something I regret. I visited Australia again when I was 28 years old and wanted so very much to move there. My dream to go and live there forever didn't happen. Now I am older and have a disabled child I know Australia wouldn't want my family. If I had gone to live in Australia I would have missed my family and friends. I would have missed out on seeing my sister have her daughters born. When I was 30 years old my first niece was born and when I was 34 years old my second niece was born. I am happy to live in England close to my family. I can still go off traveling to different countries. Like the year before last I went to Cape Town and the Garden Route, last year I went to Vancouver and this year I went to Cartagena De Indias. London Heathrow is an excellent airport and if I did live in Australia I would be far from other countries. Flight prices from the United Kingdom are reasonable.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
28 Feb 10
Hi willowgirl I would love to live in England, at least during summer. We have a hotter climate in Malta and I do cherish living in a cooler country at least during my three months of summer holidays. Why do you want to move out of England?
@qamarep (4450)
• Pakistan
20 Feb 10
no why would anyone do that england is a very nice country
@cobradene (1171)
• India
27 Dec 09
We Indians did think of escaping from England for good for over 200 hundred years but we couldn't. We only ended up giving away all our wealth and landed in poverty and laziness and corruption, and regional differences and communalism. So we don't need to move anywhere, we are just here in India... suffering the bait of the politicians. Churchill did say, "Give them the power, finally, it will go in the hands of political corrupt goons, and this country will be filled with years of communal strife and bloodshed". Certainly wasn't happy, to know that England ruled us, and not happier either with the condition after they left us. It's just a pun.... :-)