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2 years in London, maybe it's time to go back to Poland?


Siegfried 1 | 100  
8 Aug 2008 /  #1
Hello everyone.
I write from London, I've been here for two years... No problems, job good enough, not lonely. But for few weeks I feel really bad - if I would loose my job I think I would be quite happy coz I would have opportunity to go back to Poland. It's quite hard to explain, I came here to save money and I would never be able to save as much as here in pl, but... I've noticed a lot of foreign people who do the opposite thing I did - they are moving out of UK. Many posts about stronger polish economy etc. So I feel that I am loosing something - chances, time with family, life generally. I think many polish emigrants will come back soon and job market will be crowded again.

What do you think?

btw: I am from "big" city - Gdynia.
Regards
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
8 Aug 2008 /  #2
I think many polish emmigrants will come back soon and job market will be crowded again.

Im not Polish but I had a conversation with a friend who is a little while ago and she and her husband will be heading back for the exact reasons you have stated above. I think that professional Polish people are looking to leave the UK now that the situation in Poland has changed significantly and the situation in the UK has worsened, exchange rates are down and cost of living is up.

Good luck :)
Andrew78 - | 97  
8 Aug 2008 /  #3
Hi,good luck to you,i'm in london to,it's not my choice,my wife study here,so i'm stuck here for another 2 years,can't wait to go back to Windy City.

But anyway All the best
OP Siegfried 1 | 100  
8 Aug 2008 /  #4
Well, that was good: "stuck here". It describes my feelings pretty good... don't get me wrong - I like London (well, maybe it's not BIG LOVE but...). I am pretty sure I would miss doubledeckers, tube and kebabs on every corner ;) But this city sucks all my energy out, maybe it's time to slow down a bit?
ArcticPaul 38 | 233  
8 Aug 2008 /  #5
I feel like that after a weekend in London...and I'm English!
It's a bloody awful place.

Maybe you miss home?
Maybe you just need a change of scene?

Returning home after years away can be a massive anti-climax, so do not use selective memories of your home town/country to build a perfect place that never really existed.

Try to remember some of the things you hated about it.
Andrew78 - | 97  
8 Aug 2008 /  #6
Hi Siegfried
Don't like the tube(hot as fck).Kebabs no thx,don't like them.The only thing i love about England is Soccer(football).Are you in london bro
OP Siegfried 1 | 100  
8 Aug 2008 /  #7
ArcticPaul:
yes, it may be the homesickness. I haven't been there for a year. We will see in september.
I think another problem may be that I am current working from home - God I hate it. I cannot focus on anything, I cannot finish anything, I cannot even start.

You know - one fag, second fag, tea, something goes on outside (so it's worth checking), another fag, 30 minutes of work...
terrible!
Andrew78 - | 97  
8 Aug 2008 /  #8
I feel for you Siegfried
You mean cigarette
OP Siegfried 1 | 100  
8 Aug 2008 /  #9
yeah, I hope I wrote it correctly, sometimes I use slang words in the wrong way ;)
Andrew78 - | 97  
8 Aug 2008 /  #10
What,where are you now Siegfried
OP Siegfried 1 | 100  
8 Aug 2008 /  #11
Ha!
I've found another meaning of this term on urbandictionary.com
quite interesting, rather different that british meaning ;)
grethomory 1 | 154  
8 Aug 2008 /  #12
One of my good friends just left on Monday to go back to Poland. I hated to see her leave Chicago, but she stated it was time to go. She had been here for 5 years and was like a sister. She told me I now have a reason to finally come to Poland.

One thing you must all realize...you create your own paradise...you can be in paradise if you're in a jail cell and have accepted the fact this is going to be your home. It's all in how you look at things
Ana - | 3  
8 Aug 2008 /  #13
"Returning home after years away can be a massive anti-climax, so do not use selective memories of your home town/country to build a perfect place that never really existed.

Try to remember some of the things you hated about it "

you are absolutely right. no place is ideal, even home land. I live in UK and whenever I am here, in UK, I miss Polish food,polish hospitality,my doctor specialists (who were just a call away) but when I go home I miss british freedom (i mean tolerance for everything), smiling faces (even if something goes wrong) etc. Those who think life in their home country would be perfect if they get back now are in for a disappointment.
Foreigner4 12 | 1,769  
8 Aug 2008 /  #14
if you're happy then why screw it up? you want to leave because you're worried you might end up missing out on chances, what about the chances you're taking advantage of where you are? have you tried other cities abroad? maybe a change of scenery doesn't have to be the same old, same old. But the same old can be pretty comforting at times, can't it?

Time with your family
I don't know your situation but if you need to see them every weekend or every week well then i guess you got to gio. But are you sure you'd find work close to them? if not then how often would you realistically see them?

your ball of wax to handle, not mine but it reads like your following the crowd instead of marching to your own beat.

that's my 2 pence, use it or chuck it, whatever suits you.
Mister H 11 | 761  
9 Aug 2008 /  #15
Firstly, home will always be home and nothing will change that.

You will only know if you really want to be back in Poland by giving it a try I guess or going back for a long holiday to see how it makes you feel.

Could you take a few weeks off work ?
brazilii 8 | 97  
12 Aug 2008 /  #16
smiling faces (even if something goes wrong

????? I can't find it in London!!!!!
Andrew78 - | 97  
12 Aug 2008 /  #17
your right on the Brazilii
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
12 Aug 2008 /  #18
????? I can't find it in London!!!!!

your right on the Brazilii

Too many Poles where you live then, I'd get out and about a little bit more...you might see a smiling face!
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
12 Aug 2008 /  #19
Ive heard that a lot of those who went back to Poland are now leaving again as its not as good for them financially as they anticipated. They are either returning to the UK or to another European country. Yes, life can be difficult in the UK, but dont believe that the grass is always greener..there are problems everywhere and moving from place to place isnt going to solve them.

..and people do smile in London, just not when they are on the tube. Imo the Poles generally look more miserable than the average Brit.. theyve always got something to moan about.
Andrew78 - | 97  
12 Aug 2008 /  #20
Not in London,plus english people don't have manners.(not all,but most)
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
12 Aug 2008 /  #21
english people don't have manners.(

How dare you say that all English people dont have manners..why dont you fcuk off home then if you dont like it! Oh sorry, was that a bit rude, I must have had a bad upbringing.
Andrew78 - | 97  
12 Aug 2008 /  #22
Be nice now
Read my post
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
12 Aug 2008 /  #23
How dare you say that all English people dont have manners..why dont you fcuk off home then if you dont like it! Oh sorry, was that a bit rude, I must have had a bad upbringing.

Glad you said that, I was contemplating whether to call him a **** or not...
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
12 Aug 2008 /  #24
even if you are saying 'most' I find it insulting and as an English person why shouldnt I? Cos of course all Polish people have beautiful manners dont they.. some do yes, but certainly not some of the blokes I see on the bus coming home from work. Just another sweeping generalisation of cultural differences.........zzzzzzzzzzzz
Kilkline 1 | 689  
12 Aug 2008 /  #25
Not in London,plus english people don't have manners.(not all,but most)

You live in London, you therefore no nothing of England.
OP Siegfried 1 | 100  
12 Aug 2008 /  #27
well, I am a bit afraid that if I stay longer it will be harder and harder to go back. And staying here forever was not my plan ;)
brazilii 8 | 97  
12 Aug 2008 /  #28
[quote=sapphire]
and people do smile in London, just not when they are on the tube. Imo the Poles generally look more miserable than the average Brit.. theyve always got something to moan about.

Yeah... because english people never moan?!?!?!?!
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
12 Aug 2008 /  #29
Yeah... because english people never moan?!?!?!?!

of course we do, usually about illegal Brazillians who seek marriages of convenience to stay in the UK! Sorry, were you not leaving the UK because it so expensive and now we are miserable...Tell you what luv, mind the door doesn't hit you on the way out!
brazilii 8 | 97  
12 Aug 2008 /  #30
S... you've just done what I've expected from a good brit. Congratulations!!

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