AIBU to not understand why Brits who emigrate to hotter climates

(122 Posts)
sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 08:56:56

feel the need to go on about how hot it is where they live compared to Britain.

It's like stating the obvious, I feel like saying, you moved to Dubai of course it's hotter than the UK which is covered in snow. But so many Ex pats seem to feel the need to almost brag about the bloody hot weather when the move. Yawn!

Disclaimer: I have lived in hot countries for part of my childhood and again as an adult so I know the pros and cons of living in the sun and so am not remotely jealous.

Morloth Mon 21-Jan-13 22:29:06

It is the 'honeymoon period' Rubyroo, most expats go through stages.

RubyrooUK Mon 21-Jan-13 22:35:05

It's been five years now Morloth. grin

His current Facebook status reads that alright, they don't have snow there right now but it's still so much colder there than the UK could ever achieve.

I do love the updates though; it's just something I'd never bother with, but always makes me smile.

DonderandBlitzen Mon 21-Jan-13 22:44:11

fuckadoodlepoo's "It's the lifestyle" post and RubyrooUK's "smoother and truly more special roads" posts are so funny I'm now thinking we should all come back to this post each time we see a sneerycrower post on Facebook and add it here so we can all have a good laugh! grin

Morloth Mon 21-Jan-13 22:48:09

That's just a bit crazy then Rubyroo.

I love the first 6 months in a new country, everything just seems so special and exciting and clever.

Am getting old now, the wanderlust has left me, the thought of moving overseas again just makes me feel a bit stressed and tired.

Mimishimi Tue 22-Jan-13 00:18:20

I'm from Australia and we have a whole class of people we like to call the 'whinging Pom'. They go on and on about things are so much better in England - theatre, countryside, work opportunities, travel, history, shopping, culture, property prices (Sydney has one of the highest prices in the world) etc. The one thing they never complain about is the weather. So it is very possible that the same people who are bragging to you about the weather are actually missing home very badly in other respects.

theplodder Tue 22-Jan-13 00:28:31

it can make for a better lifestyle and weather does affect it .

since i moved to Oz a few months ago there's been barely a morning i didn't wake up to a glorious blue sky and a lovely sea breeze off the ocean. certainly sets you off in a good mood on your ride to work along the side of the crystal blue sparkling sea.

nice to see the snow in the uk on tv, will miss snow.

But i don't miss dank, dark, unpredictable summers where you can't plan outdoor events so easily. and yes, 40 degrees is rare in Oz on the coast where 80% of the population live. today it's 24 with glorious sun (again) and really lovely.

contortionist Tue 22-Jan-13 02:44:23

Stuart Lee on emigrant lifestyle / quality of life: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry0Bv1HQRD4

Seriously?! Do you know how many Brits posted, called or made status updates about pigging rain in the last calendar year? Yeah, it's raining a lot... Still, yeah still. What, really? It rained again?

Labootin Tue 22-Jan-13 04:47:16

It's foggy here in Dubai (just to cheer you up .. So no photos of z listers posing by the pool today)

I am going to dig out a jumper (I love the word jumper it sounds very retro)

LoopsInHoops Tue 22-Jan-13 05:29:48

Hot and sunny here... as usual. Nothing to report. smile

lisianthus Tue 22-Jan-13 05:31:25

The human tendency to make the best of things really is a lovely thing. It maximises the opportunity for everyone to be happy.

I am very curious as to where spatchcock lives though! Also (for different reasons) where in Oz sieglinde lived, as it sounded truly horrible. Marble Bar perhaps? I hope where you live now is better, although it's sad you seem to think everywhere in Australia is like that, particularly as you are a fellow gardener.

Diddydollydo Tue 22-Jan-13 05:41:44

I can't really see it as anything to get worked up about to be honest. The ones that get one my wick are the constant running commentary of weather from people who assume that I obviously stay indoors all day or do not have windows.

JusticeCrab Tue 22-Jan-13 06:33:10

This works both ways. My DW is Californian. A lot of ill-informed Brits waffle on at her about how hot it is where she's from. Actually, she's from the north of the state, and it gets pretty cold there.

Mosman Tue 22-Jan-13 06:40:32

Sat in the paddling pool, sipping a nice glass of chilled virgin margarita I can honestly say I hate the bloody rain and cold. We moved partly because of the weather, there's lots of downsides to perth, lots but at least when those issues have been and gone (and most are temporary to be fair) the sun will still be shining.

SanityClause Tue 22-Jan-13 06:43:05

Everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it!

MidnightMasquerader Tue 22-Jan-13 06:50:16

YANBU. It's cringy.

Presumably, if other people were that het about warm weather, they'd emigrate too. The fact that they have chosen not to emigrate, but rather to stay where they are, suggests other people experiencing sun is really neither here nor there in the general scheme of things.

I'm an Antipodean married to a Brit, who never posts on Facebook luckily thinks the same way.

FergusSingsTheBlues Tue 22-Jan-13 07:48:09

I found the weather in Spain as frustrating as constant pishing Scottish rain to be honest. Hot weather aint the bees knees....at least when its chucking it down, you dont have to worry about sunburnt babies, sleeping properly, or missing hot food. We used to have the blinds down constantly so ended up living in the gloom a la Glasgow summer. Then we came home. The end.

newNN Tue 22-Jan-13 09:51:29

The human tendency to make the best of things really is a lovely thing. It maximises the opportunity for everyone to be happy.

Hadn't really thought about it like this before. That cheered me right up lisianthus

sieglinde Tue 22-Jan-13 09:51:57

Grew up in Sydney. Lived for months in Canberra, and some years also in Brisbane. Have revisited all three, most recently in 2009. Loathed all three, but Sydney least.

As a toddler I picked up a female funnelweb spider, which luckily was too stunned to bite me; as a teen, huge poisonous black snakes used to invade our indoor loo, and swimming was a bit intimidating as shark alarms sirened and jellyfish stung. Once I saw a yellow-bellied sea snake swimming a foot away. In Bris, which I'm sorry is the arse end of everywhere with bling knobs on, we used to have a hundred plus cane toads on our lawn every night.

I still adore Pacific beaches, but there my pleasure ends. Sorry - it's just over, me and Oz, and in a way it's a young person's country. I could counter all paddling pool tales with the pleasure of any cafe in Milan or Vienna or Paris or London, elderly ladies slipping off fur coats and slowly sipping their favourite coffee, while the slow rain drizzles gently and the windows mist up. It's all accordin, innit?

lisianthus, I'm guessing you live in Oz? In Melbourne or Tas, if you can make a go of gardening? I've been to both. And after a year in NYC and two years in London, the cities are like provincial towns.

(Fiercely scrubs out additional comments about cravings for Golden Gaytimes - that's an ice cream, everyone...)

Thumbwitch Tue 22-Jan-13 11:49:38

It is amazing how quickly the garden can snuff it, it has to be said. Aussie DH's aunt lives north of Brisbane and was away for a week over Christmas/New Year - came back and garden was completely dead. She's in a gardening club as well so was pretty upset (she's lived there for many years so knows what it's like but this has never happened before).
Our trees have all been wilting through lack of water; even if it pisses with rain for a week, it only takes a couple of days of extreme heat to get them all wilty.

Morloth Tue 22-Jan-13 11:58:38

It's funny isn't it? It warmed my heart to see DS1 check his shoes for redbacks the other day.

I like that the landscape is trying to kill me, makes surviving more fun.grin

Have done Europe and many other places, but feel wrong anywhere else for too long these days.

Morloth Tue 22-Jan-13 12:00:47

Survival of the fittest in my garden, the lavender appears to be winning.

I don't water gardens, just can't bring myself to do it.

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