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  • I am considering leaving the UK in pursuit of work.  Photography opportunities are pretty limited in my small town and Scotland itself isn't a lot better.  Germany tops my list at the moment.

    My rather vague plan atm is to go over myself for a few months (maybe 6) and see if I can make it work before bringing my girlfriend over afterwards if things are going well.  She has various health issues and I'm not quite sure how that works in foreign countries so would need to do a bit more research there regarding healthcare.

    I also kinda want to get this moving before Brexit fucks us all over.

    Who's done it?  Who's thinking about it?  Who's whatever about it?
  • Do it. Never look back.
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    Just try not to piss in anyone's mouth while you're there.
  • We're off to a good start here, guys.
  • I wish none of us had to live in Britain, even the ones who don't mind it for whatever fuckawful reason.
  • Lived in Korea for 3 years.

    It was brilliant.

    England is trash.

    Go for it.

    I'd consider it again but with a 3 month old it's not the time. Maybe in a few years. Not sure the Mrs is on board to go again though.
  • I struggle to stay in England for long. But then I don't really feel at home elsewhere. No idea where I'll end up.
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    Yar, leave and never go back except at Christmas.
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  • You can get that in fucking Bangkok, and some pale oaf to fulminate at you too.

    For the record.
  • Do it Matt then tell me how to do it as I would love to move to Berlin or the 'dam.
  • This is on my agenda some time in the next 18 months as well. You only live once.
  • Nearly moved to southern France a few years back. Had a flat lined up and everything. Chickened out at last minute due to work fears. One of my great regrets as my missus' health has deteriorated too much for us to move abroad now.

    Do it while you can, son. And don't look back.
    Mostly an idiot. XBLive: thedarthjim / Twitter: @mrjalco
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    When I was younger I did the whole traveling thing, and when I look back it was amazing. I've spent years being stuck here but genuinely believe that the next year or so will give be the opportunity to do so again

    So go, give it three months, if you're getting along after that long you'll be grand
    "I spent years thinking Yorke was legit Downs-ish disabled and could only achieve lucidity through song" - Mr B
  • I hope we all get to leave of our own righteous accord and not because of some kind of purge.
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    Ah you need more than three months. Settling into a new place takes time. If you're planning on a long term move then give yourself a year at the very least. Choose somewhere with reasonably decent weather - a recognisable summer is a minimum.
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    All I was thinking was, if you don't like it after three months, can't talk to locals etc, then probably sack it off, especially if you've a wife at home that accelerates our timescales a touch
    "I spent years thinking Yorke was legit Downs-ish disabled and could only achieve lucidity through song" - Mr B
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    Mm, three months is an extended holiday, you need a bit more time to feel what it's like to live somewhere. And to learn the language enough to fit in a bit. IMHO ETC ETC
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  • I still like the idea of Canada.
    I'm falling apart to songs about hips and hearts...
  • Brooks wrote:
    I hope we all get to leave of our own righteous accord and not because of some kind of purge.

    Where are you now?
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    I lucked out due to my parents' desire to do this when I was a teen and got to do my high school in the states. Genuinely was the making of me - I'd been coasting in scotland and it was a proper challenge for me, and made me engage in subjects I'd dismissed. So I'd say go for it.
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    We're very close to actually moving to California. Visa has been accepted, now we're only waiting for the last papers to arrive so we can book a interview at the embassy and get the papers into the passport. Excited, but slightly scared as well, I'm not allowed to work there unless I get my own visa.

    Better weather, an ocean and some good hills for mountainbiking, plus a huge backlog of games in case it rains should entertain me the next years.
  • Do it while you can.  

    One of my very few regrets is not leaving when it would have been relatively easy to do so.  I have quite a few friends who have emigrated to one country or another (that whole "doctors quitting the UK" thing is true) and not one of them has regretted it - even the one that came back felt they were better for having gone...
  • I've been to nearly 30 countries in the last 10 years and wouldn't migrate away from here. I might feel disenfranchised politically, undervalued career-wise and dislike the shifting to the right but there's an awful lot of opportunity, positivity and luxury that is often taken for granted. Wouldn't have minded a stint in the US when I was a journo, but there's even more nepotism over there than here; as for teaching over there, their wages are about 60% of what we get.
  • I'd choose a crap job here over a much nicer job in England. In fact I did. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to escape while following a dream.

    There are a lot of photographers here in Berlin, but I know a few talentless ones who are still making a living. You could do well.
  • One thing i like about Britain is being able to drink water from a tap.
  • I understood that was the case most possess these days.

    I'd love to move somewhere else, but I have a tough enough time managing life somewhere I can already speak the language.
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    One advantage of moving abroad is that your foreigness immediately makes you a more interesting and exotic person to the people around you. You can reinvent yourself very easily if you want.
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  • that kind of shit is appealing to axe murderers.
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    Maybe he's an axe murderer, I don't know.
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