I was born in Worcester, and have lived in Birmingham, Chalfont St Peter, Slough, London, Harlow, Newcastle Under Lyme, and Bracknell. I think that is it. I may have missed some. The idea of moving is always a challenge but at no point in my life did I ever consider that there may be some reason I could not simply move. The hassle was renting or buying somewhere, and that was basically it, after getting a job (which usually came first).
For me the idea of moving to say, Glasgow, or Cardiff, or anywhere else in the UK all fell in to the same category. Of course I could. It was obvious.
To be honest, it only occurred to me, maybe 20 years ago, I could move somewhere else, when a friend moved to Finland. The EU has opened things up, and yes, until recently, I would have said that it was obvious I could do the same, or Germany or France or whatever. I assumed the language issues, cultural differences, and availability of Marmite would be my only issues really.
I always assumed moving to US or Canada or some other place would be harder and need a visa and becoming a national - emigrating, basically. I have skills and money so they would be possible, but would be harder, and I always assumed that.
Over the last year I realise some of these assumptions are not as clear cut.
- Moving to US? Why the fuck would I right now? Why would anyone?
- Moving to Canada? Interesting idea - but clearly needing some work, visa, money, something.
- Moving to mainland EU? Well, yes, or maybe no - with brexit that could break once I have moved.
- Moving to Edinburgh? I always assumed yes, but what if Scottish independence was to happen?
How long before moving to the other side of Bracknell needs a visa?
What is the world coming to?