OH GOD YES, YES!
I've just arrived back in Ireland after 18 months globetrotting. It's only been a couple of weeks, but already I feel like I've been here 2 months. I think I'm definitely suffering from a dose of reverse culture shock.
There are some things that are nice about being home - Irish trad music, the friendliness of people here, my Mum's cooking.
But really, that's where it stops.
Last week, I was partly excited because I applied for a job that would have been a great move for the eventual career I have in mind. However, on finding out yesterday that the position was filled, it just galvanized my initial decision of hitting the road again as soon as possible.
And so today I find myself comparing airfares and laying the foundations for a brand new trip.
One thing is certain to me: I don't want to be back in Ireland just yet.
have any of you actually settled down afterwards,
I was never settled before I went away! I'm so anti-settling that even things like owning a few pieces of furniture or a pot plant seem to me to be a huge step towards settling, and i try and avoid it!
A month was about the limit of being back in Western Europe/"normal" work life before the novelty had worn off and i needed to go again. That was 11months ago. I've now been back a year and 2 days. And even though i haven't exactly been a stay at home hermit since, i'm itching to get back on the road for a proper trip, though I think i will have to wait another year [and maybe sustain myself with a 3month trip and some smaller ones in the meantime].
Everything is quiet, boring, mundane. And organised, sanitised and efficient. It's just wrong.
And I have no plans to EVER return to the Uk to live. I'm not sure i can think of much worse.
Samsara2 - you have an interesting career. Yes I love Ireland too, I'm next door in Isle of Man, so often I pop over and folks are friendly there!! When I came back from my first RTW trip - I suffered teh worst culture shock - I was hyper, loud, friendly and happy and everyone else seemed the opposite!! It is only an Island I live on, but it just seemed so different to the places I'd travelled to previously. I arrived back from Brazil just before Christmas - I definitely felt like everything had quietened down since my arrival in Britain again, but I decided to throw myself into a range of activities, First Aid, marshalling for motorcycle races etc. which the marshalling is something I enjoy, but for the other 11 months, I'm not sure what I can do to occupy myself!! I also hate this weather!!! I know hate is a strong word but it really isn't fun - and I want the sun back!! I know I'm not the only one, but it's a really dull summer that's for sure and it isn't helping my decision!!! Maybe (like you Gelli) if I keep travelling, it will keep me going!! I think my decision is made though, but as advised, I'm not going to rush into anything and think carefully about what I'm doing this time!!
Hi, I definitely agree about British TV, it's so dull and boring. Regarding office work -I also work in an office-, I have fully accepted the fact that I'm here to save as much money to get off travelling next, but life's so meaningless when you don't do other thing but work, you must have some time off to find the positive things, otherwise you go crazy. Can't do overtime anymore!!! Wish I had been born rich so I wouldn't have to worry about money and could spend at least 6 months travelling. Ja, ja...
Rach, I know exactly what you mean. I felt exactly like that when I got back - bouncing off the walls, very different in a lot of ways to the person that left. Its only taken a couple of weeks to dampen the spirits though, not helped by the incessant Irish summer rain. There's been one day of sunshine since i got back (moan moan moan).
Your idea about getting involved in things is a good one. That;s one thing I resolved while I was away - that when I got back to Ireland, I would avail of what's here. It has a lot to offer. You just dont see that when you live in a country I suppose.
Anyway, good luck with your decision. I'm sure you'll make the right one. It's always hard to know, isn't it. Lots of what ifs.
Yeah...I got back June 2006, and already Im wondering where to go next....
I just wish getting temporary work was as easy in the UK as it seems to be elsewhere...if only I could do 3hrs cleaning and secure a bed with cooking facilities each night...
Yes, and planning a first move to Madrid, somewhere next year probably. I could have been living there since the beginning of this months, but than I had to make too many things happen in just a month, which was a little too quick. Also I want to know more about the language, and to prepare myself better, than I could have done, when I leaved now.
I am not sure if I would stay in Madrid, I see myself living there for a couple of years, and then moving somewhere else again. But before you know it you settle down, have a partner, a house, a dog. But I guess that's the a everywhere.
YES!! My feet are so itchy, I can't stand it. I think I need to do a bit more travelling to other places before I make any long-term decisions but the idea of moving to a foreign country is thrilling to me!!
if i lived on a island in your case 'isle of man' then for sure id be moving!
Yes I've been thinking about moving - Australia is great and I love it but its sooooo faaaarr from the rest of the world!
When I was in London it took me an hour to fly to Geneva - in Sydney I can't even get to Melbourne within an hour =S
We only get a limited amount of leave from work and I can only afford so much leave-without-pay so the travel time is important for me as it takes up sooo much time plus it costs more to fly anywhere. I would love to spend some time living and work in Europe, in particular Switzerland, but I don't I can get the visa to...I could just go the UK but yea....
Meanwhile, for those of you from the UK who mentioned an interest in moving to Australia I think you'll find there are so many people from around the world who work here, especially from England, that it won't take you long to feel at home!