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11. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Really don't wanna sound annoying and obnoxious but the Beatles are from Liverpool. Penny Lane and all that. They're Liverpools heart.

London was, The Clash and The Who.

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Yeah, I know. But in the public eye they're tied to London - Abbey Road, Strawberry Fields, Apple Studios and all that. Anyway, I was 14 when I had my obsession with London. Now that I've been, I know I'd be broke in no time and the Thames is pretty murky. I still really loved it, though.

13. Posted by waitawa (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

I was born in australia from English and Greek parentage, moved to Nz when I was 30 and just love it. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had moved here when I was younger, Australia (Melbourne) had great nightlife and theatre, restaurants, etc Nz is a lot quieter but so beautiful

14. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Tway - true, Londons great to visit, but i wouldn't wanna live there :)

Nzfarmer: That just about sums up mine and Tways discussion -
If you live in a place your whole life you want greener pastures.
See, i want to get out there and protect your landscape from tourist impacts. But i've made the choice to make it the last country to work in (in conservation).

A great quote from a Lighthouse Family song:

"You always want what you haven't got"

15. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

I've always thought that if I had to leave Canada permanantly for some reason that I'd go to New Zealand. Although I've never been it seems like a quiet and peaceful place. Canada is the often forgotten and perceived unimportant neighbour of the US. I would think that NZ is that to Australia, which is a good thing.

16. Posted by Blissbomb (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

its true, I live on the beach in australia and all I see is surfers and bikinis. For me to have the best holiday would be to get as far away from my everyday life as possible. So 1000 year old cathedrals and cobble stoned lanes is something completely new and foreign to me. I would love it.

17. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

It's like Norway. The country is just so breath takingly beautiful and yet Norwegians are always travelling overseas to live and work (London again is a big attraction). On the other hand, taking a long summer (and winter) holiday in a cabin (hytte) is something I think every Norwegian does at least once a year so there is a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for their own country and it's beauty.

This year I'll really get to sample it, taking the boat up through the fjords on the west coast all the way to far north!! yay

18. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y

Hi guys,

I'm back in NZ now for the 2nd time, but the main reason why I decided to come back is my SA boyfriend I met here.

I've read a few of the former posts and I can agree with many of them.

NZ has a beautiful scenery (but you can also find it somewhere else)and the people are just nice and really relaxed (irish are even nicer, aren't they?).

But I can understand everyone who decides to go to another country, because:
- it's far away from everything (many kiwis on the North isl have never been south etc., not to talk about being overseas)
- if you wanna earn some good money, you are better off in Europe etc.
- I think Aussie is still better than NZ, one example would be the prices of the petrol at the moment (123 per ltr and they said it's gonna go up again)...there are so many kiwis who go to AUS

I don't think I wanna stay here the rest of my life, although I love the beaches, the people etc. One reason is probably, that they don't allow me to teach here (they don't accept austrian qualif.) and there are a few more things (concerning immigration etc.) that just don't make sense to me.

but still, it's a great country and I think a foreign country always seems more attractive than your homecountry...
(... until you come back home again and you find out what you've got there...)

Kathi

19. Posted by reneenz (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

hi guys.
im actually moving to ireland (2moro would you believe!), because its seems to be the best of both worlds, a bit of culture, and ofcourse the craic! but not as busy and scary as london.
what i really think draws kiwis to london is that its sooo close to everything. you can fly to spain for like $40 or somthing crazy! sadly for most kiwis our big OE is probably the only time we will be able to see europe (while were young and crazy anyways!!) , so youve got to do it properly! london is somewhere not too foreign, with good paying jobs, and dare i say it, a hole bunch of other kiwis!!! the ideal base for our first journey into the unknown.
and the big question, why leave?....
no one has the answer, its different things for different people. for me its adventure and escape. us kiwis, believe it or not, still have 9 to 5's, and live in what we feel are shitty cities or towns, still have bills and relationship dramas and all that! its not lord of the rings, its not bungy jumping daily and its sure as shit not tear jerking scenery as you comute! i do love it, but travel to me isnt just seeing stuff, its getting away, starting over, making new friends with crazy foreign people you would have never otherwise met.

and its 1000 year old streets!!!!!!!! bring on the old streets!

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