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There is a reason why expats are not glued to their TV sets like the West


There is a reason why expats are not glued to their TV sets like the West

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This blog has been provided by Dan About Thailand BLOG for Inspire.

Glancing through my Facebook news feeds reveal a lot to me. In one stroke of my thumb on my mobile I can view 20 or so news feeds and in less than a minute I can see what my UK and Expat friends are up too, and I must say their lifestyles are poles apart.

More so than ever I have been looking at the option of relocating to the UK with my family, driven mainly be my Russian wife. The problem is the more I dig deep into what it would be like to return, the more it petrifies me.

My fellow Brits spend much of their time posting on Facebook about a TV show called ‘Love Island’. They all have opinions about who on the reality show they love and who they don’t. This kind of thing does not go on with my fellow expats in Thailand and the reason is the lifestyle is so different.

I spoke to two of my friends back in the UK, both now with a family so we are in the same boat. They confirmed that when they got home from work they watched TV in the evening, it was how they spend their leisure time. They also spoke about how they live for the weekends as this is when they have two days where they do not need to work. What a life, how could I possibly go back to such humdrum after creating a more extraordinary life?

In the UK much of the year it is dark and cold in the evening, so even if you wanted to go out the weather would soon put you off. Thailand is, on the whole, year round sunshine and as such expats spend a much greater period of their leisure time out and about. Sun makes you happy and the cold does not.

I am frantically trying to put a case in my head why a return to the UK would make sense and I cannot find any reasons, even the schooling debate seems untrue as International schools in Thailand seem far better than the public UK alternatives.

Convincing my wife is a battle I need to face, but it is very difficult debating when someone debates without rationale reasoning but is still adamant they are right.


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