too late to edit but forgot to say an oddity (ex pat speak?) of Oz school system is that kids sort of start when parents think ok so a year class can have kids with quite a big age range so "dropping a year" possibly wouldn't be a big deal
How many expats haven't gone home (yet)?
Agree re turboferrit.... Surely you're an expat, not an immigrant.
I've been in the Vaterland for the past 5,5 years. I live in Munich which is a very nice place to be... Much nicer than east London/Essex. I've no plans in the near future to return.I enjoy life here,I earn good money (self-employed), we have a nice flat (albeit about on par with London prices), the alps are close by, the summers are good, the winters are white.
I've settled in well. Have only got one English speaking mate, but I speak Scherman well enough that I'm accepted by the natives.
Certain things piss me off here, but equally so things pissed me off in the UK, too.
It's true that things change whilst you are away. Things are never quite as you remembered them, except the Wheatsheaf pub. My relationship with my old man has improved since leaving, yet my folks haven't been over once in all the time I've been here.
I don't know whether I'll stay here for all my years. In fact, I doubt I will.
If I were to return to the UK I wouldn't be heading back to the south east.
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