After having a lovely DS (now 10 months old), DP and I are at a massive crossroad.
UK or Australia?
I'm actually from Australia but have lived in the UK/London for the last 10 years. I love it here and would be happy to stay... except for the housing and schooling situation (i.e. the fact that a school place is not guaranteed and that you might be forced to go to a less-desired school simply through sheer bad luck). I feel we owe a good start to our DS, so we need to start considering things now.
DP is English and quite fancies removing himself to the other side of the world. He doesn't actually know what it's like, aside from a couple of 3-week holidays which involved a lot of travel/excitement/fun. He's never really discovered the day-to-day grudge and he will not believe me when I say that going to the beach every day before or after work is simply not reality .
Obviously a lot will have changed in the last ten years, so I'm not sure on a few things (cos I think my mum might exaggerate). Please tell me/him your experiences of Australia - socially, economically, etc.
What is good and what is bad?
Where is society going wrong? Please do look beyond the old tried and trusted racism comments.
Is it more innocent than the UK? I considered the 10-year-ago version to be much more innocent than the 10-year-ago UK, but not so sure now.
How about kids/teenagers? Are they any good or is it all going to the dogs?
How much does it cost to live in real terms? Do you feel rich/poor? Can you afford to buy a house? Is shopping expensive? Can you afford to eat meat, etc? I realise that Sydney and Melbourne are insane these days, but plan to avoid them as I think that moving there would be akin to moving to a mini London, only with all the problems and very few of the rewards.
What do you do for weekends/holidays? Again DP is incredulous when I tell him that public parks, aside from beach/seaside, are basically deserted.
Thanks for reading. Any advice would be appreciated.
2 Museums now and lots of pop up type Gallerys Coribells. When we first arrived and drove down hunter street I thought we had accidentally arrived in an eastern european bloc country. We started out In Kotara which I didnt Like Gorgeous school But I just hated it. Probably the Westfield or the fact it was quite an Old community or perhaps the fact I had arrived unprepared for suburbia, We are now in Merewether and I love it :D Much more of a mixture of people. Dh spent his teenage years here so he knew which areas to avoid which helped.
What they have done along Honeysuckle drive is Lovely If only they would sort out Hunter street which is still dire. I do have to escape to Sydney on a semi regular basis for a bit of culture which as you point out is NOT a strong point, but hey I can live with that. I still get pangs for London and walking along the embankment and the sheer Mishmash of people but then I go sit at swells on the beach watching dolphins whilst the kids tear up and down and I cant imagine them in London Certainly My baby girl an aussie woudnt be here :D