Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nerves...

Possible Move the UK


If my husband gets the job, we are facing a move to the UK.  This is a bit daunting.  We've recently looked and did a cost comparison to our income now and the income offering in the job description and it seems similar.  I suppose I should ask persons living in the UK to send me an e-mail and let me know what they think is a reasonable income to live off of for a family of four because....if we live in the UK, I will most likely not be given permission to work. 

There are some drawbacks
1) They want us to be there by June 1st, which is not possible.  In addition to getting the boys and myself passports which takes 6-8 weeks, we will have to be issued Visas from the UK government which takes months as well.  Then there's having to figure out what and how to move.

2) We will pretty much bring clothes, toys, laptops, my flute stuff, and documents.  It's not reasonable to bring furniture or other expendable things like dishes or pots and pans.  And electronic stuff would require converters.  We'd literally be starting over.  I suppose in the UK they also rent flats/apartments that are furnished with basic furniture.  Yes?

3) What we can't sell and momentos and things I figure we'll have to decide where to store that for three years.

4) Then there's trying to find housing in an area we are completely unfamiliar with along with what to do with our stuff until then.

5) I'd have to learn a lot about the culture.  So far it's not a real shocker.  HB will start his education much like in the US...when he's five and half.  I have the option to homeschool, which I may do because he'll only have one year in the UK of school.  I think it would be extremely hard for him to learn British English and then have to go to school in the US and relearn everything even though his parents are Americans.  I'm sure his primary school teachers will not appreciate him singing the alphabet using the letter "Z" as Zee and not Zed.  But I'd have to look into seeing if there's some American school in the area or a school that is used to foreign students. 

6) Food- food's kinda neutral.  From what I understand in the UK they don't have the large industrial-sized farm system the US has (which I hate).  You can get your food local.  Only problem is there's less competition and so there's really no couponing and the food costs are higher.  A liter of milk in the US is about 71 cents US (that's roughly 1.20 pounds).  In the UK it's about two-three times as much.

Positives
1)I'm an adventurer.  I've always wanted to go abroad, but I didn't envision it being with two small children.  It's far easier to drop everything when your single.

2) Socialism- this is sort of a neutral thing.  In the US, we tend to prefer more privatizing.  It drives the costs down.  We are naturally leery of it and hate taxes (isn't that why we kicked out the British).  In the UK taxes are higher but health care is free.  Most services are government run like the phone or television.  In the US very few are government run only the mail and rail system.  The rest is private.  I am a little worried about the health care though.  I know Brits rave about the NHS, but I'm an American.  Here I can go see anyone I want to, when I want to.  It's just a matter of if I want to pay for it or not.  I'm not sure how I feel about having to go through the whole ordeal of blood work all over again with a GP.  Perhaps I'll be able to skip it if I can prove that I have been seeing a specialist in the US.  Doubt it though.

3) Public transportation- In the US it's very difficult to not have an automobile.  If you live in a major city, it's a bit easier as long as you don't have a long commute.  But it's not like that everywhere.  Jackson is the largest city in my state, Mississippi, and we virtually had no public transportation.  In the UK, it's easier to get around with your feet or by bus.  Although I will have to learn to buy groceries on an almost daily basis as opposed to a weekly one.  We may eventually get a car but I doubt it.  It's head ache enough to get a visa, but to learn how to drive on the opposite side of the road, pass a driver's test, plus maintaining and insuring a car.  No thank you.  What is a lorry by the way?  Oh wait...is that the same thing as an 18 wheeler?

Is it common to have second-hand stores in the UK?  What ways can you cut costs?  I see I can get Netflix UK but apparently it isn't as good as the US because of licensing.   I have sooo many questions.

But of course I'm over-thinking things as usual.  I blame it on that June 1st start date.  We haven't even been offered a job yet.

The North


What I should be worried about is North Korea positioning itself for all out war.  In case you don't know, I keep up to date of South-East Asian politics.  And since we are allies, it means the US, Japan, South Korea, and even possibly the UK and Australia will be sucked into battle with a crazy man who doesn't even remember the Korean Conflict or the Cease Fire.  I wonder what China will decide to do...will they think of their US investments or their ally North Korea....Hummm...

4 comments:

  1. LOL How can I email you - there are loads of those I can answer. Some of your worries seem way off (Milk's not that expensive, driving's ok, and if you want private healthcare, you still can, and can pay for it) and some I can just let you know about stuff :)

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    1. Just click the link. I know you can get your own insurance but they'd still deduct nhs. The downside of moving to the Uk is that we'd be paying taxes twice. The us doesn't just allow citizens to leave. We have what's known as ghost residency. Which means we have to watch what we spent and hire two accountants. Its why a lot of us born give up citizenship.

      Driving will be tough because you drive on the left and we're on the right. Nearly 15 yrs is hard to change that and I'm like most Americas not used to standard transmissions.

      While the culture is similar there's a lot of diffences. Learning about tea time will be fun.

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    2. Blotter hates me...sorry if I seem brisk.

      I was going to add that I rarely drink tea and don't drink coffee. Not even ice tea which is southern us thing. Mostly I drink water. Also don't keep cookies/biscuits so I doubt anyone will like visiting us. I guess I'll have to keep some on hand. And buy a tea set.

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