Look at the positives
A couple of my friends emigrated to Cyprus for a new life three months ago and already it’s fallen to pieces. I think they had it in their heads that starting afresh in a new place would make all their problems go away but no, they have soon realised that whatever personal issues they had, they exist no matter the location. I find it annoying when people criticise the UK – as if every other country is perfect. My family come from Poland so I know what I am talking about. Many people I speak to highlight all the worst aspects of the UK and talk up all the best aspects of countries they are from or have visited. It’s strange.
Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of things which are rubbish about the UK – overpriced trains, reliably unreliable weather – but try going to a Lithuanian hospital where you have to bribe the doctor if you want decent treatment! Go to Bulgaria where the trains are much slower than the buses because the tracks are so old!
My friends who were working at data quality services and were originally from Latvia, suffered from this attitude and were happy and excited about going to a country where the sun shone for most of the year. This is all very well and good but they soon found out that there are other things which are not so positive. The hot weather makes a dry landscape, for example, the beaches are often stoney. Compare that to Scotland where it may rain a lot but the landscape is green and lush and the beaches are beautiful. Cyprus is also quite sexist, like much of the Mediterranean.
The result of this is that one friend likes it and one does not. People should remember that there are two sides to every coin.
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