21 Days to Go
A facebook friend of mine is moving to Japan on Friday. Like me the thought of spending another year in the UK is becoming less and less appealing.
Firstly I would like to clear one thing up. I don’t hate the UK, nor do I hate living here. I was born in Britain, I am proud to be British and I will always be British no matter where I live. But like my facebook friend and I we have become tired of the way that the country has become over the last few years.
Before the new coalition government took power in May the previous government seemed to act like tenants leaving a property. Gone was the love, gone was the caring they just ran it into the ground for the next government to clean up the mess. Crime and Unemployment are at an all time high and even after living in London for ten years I have noticed the difference.
I am old enough to know that Sweden is not a country paved with gold; it has its problems just like the UK. There is unemployment, crime and issues just like we have here. But after spending the last eight days in Sweden, my last ‘visit’ before my move I have realised that I am making the correct decision.
There will be many things that I will miss (note to self. pack Reggae, Reggae Sauce, Vinegar and Mustard!) but there are also plenty of opportunities through work to come back to the UK and enjoy the things that currently I am taking for granted.
The UK has gone downhill the last few years and I have made the big decision to move to a country where I cannot speak the language fluently nor do I know how to drive on the other side of the road. A country where I will be paying more taxes and ridiculous amounts of money for a half full pint of beer.
But the very society that Sweden has, the society that my friends deem as “boring” is what appeals to me. I want a country with stability, a system where the emphasis is on family life and not just about ‘number one’ It is a decision that I have not taken lightly. It’s been two years of thinking, planning and experiencing to reach.
Yes Sweden is my new home. But my heart will always be British.