Back to Britain (a dull mind-clearing reflection)

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Back to Britain (a dull mind-clearing reflection)

Post by Specially Cork » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:14 am

After having my wife's family visit visa application rejected last month we kinda gave up on going to the UK for Christmas, but in a Hollywood-esque festive moment, the decision got overturned by a senior official today- giving us just enough time to get to England before Christmas (by about 2 hours), providing absolutely everything else goes our way.

I think in many ways returning to my home country after 13 months away will be stranger than leaving, mainly because I wanted to leave Britain since the age of 14, so it's kinda like breaking out of prison then going back. Not only that, but "home country" is being used very loosely. It's not the country I'm married in, employed in, have a mortgage in, or paying taxes in...so it's nothing more than a birthplace to me. Is it weird that the return ticket dated 7 days later comforts me so much?

Maybe it's just a case of me wanting to leave so much, that by the time I did, I started making my own luck - but it does seem strange that the British BoneyCork was an unemployed wow-playing, porn-fapping anti-social loser, but the Chinese BoneyCork is a married, super-social, homeowning, fast-track promotion employee who loves every single day in his life.

It's for that reason that I told my parents that I'm coming back this time out of obligation, but I won't be coming back again for at least 2 years. Can't really believe I'm going to live out the rest of my life as an expat in China of all places, but nothing else could make me happier :grin:
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Re: Back to Britain (a dull mind-clearing reflection)

Post by TyBO » Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:56 pm

Congratulations on all the success you've had in China.

Honestly, I would never think of moving to a place like China, with all the news stories about how bad the censorship is there, and the lead paint that winds up in the toys they ship to us (etc, etc). Maybe it's a nicer place than the media has lead me to believe.
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Re: Back to Britain (a dull mind-clearing reflection)

Post by MulletMan13 » Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:59 pm

I would love to live there for quite some time-- save for the language barrier. I just don't have the time (or will) to learn a new language-- especially one as complicated as that one.
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