and big difference living in london to dublin.
london = 18 million
dublin = 1.5 million
london = lots of muslims, arabs, blacks, indians, chinease, south africans etc etc...you name it they got it!
dublin = well the above does exist in dublin but its pretty much so non existent, dublin might be a multi national city but we are not multi cultural, when i mean multi cultural we do have a lot of polish here...i think 60,000.
but when i go to the pubs in the city, and to my locals...i never meet anyone from another country!
i go to a tourist bar...and its full of germans, polish french, english etc...
in london, i go to any pub and its full all kinds of people from other countrys.
'i am just saying you are more likely to see an annoying fool over there than in any other country.'
That's rubbish, and saying that your English friends agree with you dosen't help your cause.
I don't know if you were talking about London being multi cultural in a bad or good way. But for me, one of the best things about London is the very fact that you can walk into a bar and hear millions of different accents and languages.
My father is Irish and I love the country, and feel a particular liking of the country and its people because of it. But since I was born and raised in England I am English, although I do prefer to call myself British. I think it is brilliant that someone can come to this country and within a few years call him/her self a British citizen. If you don't think like that then where do you draw the line? Most people in this country have relatively recent ancestors from other countries.
In addition to this, I hate the idea of being branded a certain type of character just because of where I am from. Even if it is just that because I am from England I'm more likely to be annoying. As travelling people, we should recognise that you get dick heads wherever you go, and if you're not able to recognise that you're in danger of becoming like the very people you are denouncing.
Also, what the hell has the Royal family got to do with this? and a majority of Scottish people obviously do not want to split from the UK. It dosen't make economic sense. If they did, they would voted for the SNP by now.
Hang on there.....
I have been away from home for four and a half years and am planning to return to Oz mid next year. I'm starting to hear all sorts of stories from ex pats and long term travellers returning home and the problems they have faced trying to re-establish themselves back home.
Does anyone have any tips and advise on how to settle back into a normal life after five years walkabout.
Just a quick reminder of what this post was originally about....
Mr. Oslaue, Please don't go confusing London for England, they are two very different places
Starting to believe going home is going to be a depressing event. I think I will be spending lots of time in Forums and looking at travel photos trying to cheer myself up.
I agree with caro_stern..it's hard to just come home after travelling for a while.. Only spent about 11 days in NZ, but I feel so reluctant to leave and adapt to my typical life again.
Really can't wait to go travelling again, too see more of the world out there!
As Gelli said, some people do just come home and stop travelling. Which seems sad.
While quitting your job and embarking on another huge RTW trip might be impossible for many people, there's still a bug that you get, that makes you want to travel again. So one fo the toughest thing about being at home is the inevitablilty of boring job-hunting, working or studying, paying bills, scrimping and saving and thinking how you want go away but can't yet. This is why I think its good to keep your life at home as full and active as possible, by taking on new challenges and new situations, because these are probably the things you like about travelling.
I like the idea of going away every weekend - that is what I do now, but I'm not sure it will be easy when I get home. Being big into yacht racing, I'm hoping to settle back into a crew and that will take up my weekends. But then, as everyone mentions, we all change when travelling and I don't know if I will be able to cope with routine. For the last (almost) five years I have spent my time going somewhere - or planning to go some where. While I think Sydney is the bees knees,I don't know if it will captivate my wandering spirit for long.
I'm in Budapest at the moment and I have to say, hanging out in hostels and chatting to other travellers seems to be what excites me about life. I don't think I'm going to get that buzz settling into the routine of saving to by a car / house etc.
Keep an eye out for me in TP in 12 months to see if I settle or take off again - South America is already becoming tempting.
As for the tangent this forum went off on ie sledging of the Brits. While they can't play cricket they aren't bad people. I have made some great friends in that past 4 years who I will dearly miss and I can name a number of Aussies that I would love to put my foot on while they are under water. Every country has their good and bad. That is why we travel. To find the good and hopefully avoid the bad.
Happy New Year all, and I suggest we all just keep on travelling
And if you can't afford to travel much for the next few years, explore in other ways! Use your mind, learn things, take up new hobbies, even a new job. If don't you relish the idea of routine- find a routine you like!
Coming home can be a good thing too! Rule No 1 Be positive!
Happy New Year. Love to everyone. Hope 2007 brings you plenty of new adventures!