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1. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Hi. I call myself Redpaddy here. I am from London, but moved away for an easier life and lots of breaths of fresh air, some years ago now - to Manchester. I'm not right in the city centre, but only about 30 minutes away by car (if the motorway is kind!!).
Cleaner air, fresher tap water, somewhere to park my car without needing a permit, cheaper housing, mountains close-by, were all much needed and I found them all here.
I'm an addicted traveller (may a cure never be found) and spend most of my holidays in Eastern Europe, although I have done pretty much all of Western Europe, much of North America (both Canada and the USA - I like Canada more) and both Northern and Southern Africa.
I have a house in Bulgaria that I spend around three months a year at - and an apartment in Spain which I rarely visit. Both places substitute for the pension that I don't have. So far, despite the present economic crisis (what crisis??) they're both doing OK for me.
I started travelling to Eastern Europe quite a few years ago (there are only about 8 countries I've not been to....Yet!!) - and have seen it change somewhat, sometimes for the better and sometimes not. I just hope that the such different countries are able to maintain their unique cultures.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Hi redpaddy, glad you are enjoying Manchester! I'm from Manchester so I'm biased but I agree that it offers a much better lifestyle than you could ever get in London. Although I'm living in NZ at the moment I miss Manchester and am keen to go back and live there sometime soon. Whereabouts in Manchester are you living? Let me know if you need any tips about the city/area.

Cheers
Bex :)

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

How sweet of you. No tips needed - but thanx for the offer. I'm out towards Adlington at the foothills of The Pennines. Just lovely walks - and a different one on offer every day.
Where in NZ are you??
PS - Your comment.... Manchester - v - London.... How right you are. Just don't tell anyone!!

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

How sweet of you. No tips needed - but thanx for the offer. I'm out towards Adlington at the foothills of The Pennines. Just lovely walks - and a different one on offer every day.
Where in NZ are you??
PS - Your comment.... Manchester - v - London.... How right you are. Just don't tell anyone!!

Yeah we should keep it quiet ;). Adlington sounds nice; there's so much nice countryside in the surrounding areas of the city.

I'm in Auckland at the moment - I love it but it's not vibrant like Manchester.

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

NZ sounds superb too. I have an aunt who lives on the South Island not too far from Kaikoura (on the East Coast) - which is a little way north of Christchurch. She sent me some pics of her gaff awhile back. What a place. The sea to the right - and forests, waterfalls and lakes to the left.
Just a lovely part of the world. The nearest I've got to it so far, is Johannesburg. So not even visible with a rocket science telescope from 100,000 feet up.
One day maybe.

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

You have not been to Asia?

Well If I had more money, I'd be elsewhere. I'd be in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Dreams come true. I'll never own a house in places like Spain. But I wish I can make such statements, like I have seen much of Western Europe, like you just said, I tried all the value meals at KFC.

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

KFC in Varna?? It's great there. There are three of the best (or worstest, whichever way you look at it) there. KFC, McDonald's and Burger King, within a two minute walk of each other and you can get a draught beer in all of them. The lovely thing about Varna too - is the parking is free just about everywhere. So I park up and take my pick.
Nope - Swept Away, I've never been to Asia or Australia, no rush to go there either. In fact I've done nearly all the countries in both Eastern and Western Europe. I think, at a guess - altogether, I've got about 10 countries left to do right across the entire continent. I still love GB though. If I do ever move away - and it's possible, I'd always make sure I had a bed back here. Night life in the North West of England is amongst the best I've seen anywhere in the world. I'd miss it too much if I went abroad for good.