Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I will give you the same advice I give to any person currently living elsewhere in europe entertaining the idea of moving to London : Don't.

Can I put that any more forcefully ? How about "Are you out of your tiny freaking minds ??"

Seriously, you have no idea about property prices in the south east of england. You can't afford to buy (unless you're combined wages are north of £100k. As for renting, hmmm, how does a £1000/month for average to poor grab you ? don't htink that moving out of london and commuting will help, unless you're preared to commute ridiculous distances that would require a TGV to make bearable (did I mention we have 3rd world transport infrastructure?)

Please don't have children while you're here. It's not just that our health service is overloaded and underfunded, putting your wife's life in actual danger unless sensibly returns to France, but you child will have to be educated in some of the worst schools in Western europe (and getting worse - Cameron has just announced that he intends to copy the US school system lock stock and barrel).

what's good tho, seeing as you already seem committed ? The beer is okay so long as you take my advice of where to drink it. British food is also very good, so long as it pretends it's from Asia, or comes from the right restaurants, but forget the french thing of every corner having a marvel to enjoy - my nearest town of 60,000 inhabitants has precisely zero places worth visiting to eat (and it ain't poor, the disposable income is extremely high). A culinary journey around london and the south east can be a stunning revelation.

So, in short, there's lots to enjoy epsecially if you can do it in short doses. But living here ?? Just say no.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Sep 28th, 2008 at 05:10:24 AM EST

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