An American Woman and a British Man, where should they live?

Posted on January 12, 2009 by peacefulyorkshire

yahooavatar15Hey our readers don’t need us three American ladies to bring up the issues of being an American in Britain, or having a British partner, or gosh, even being in an International relationship. Our readers already know what its like! One reader “J” commented on our about page this week:
I came across your site by chance and I absolutely love it! I am madly in love with a guy from England, but I live in the US still. He wants to move over here, but I want to move over there… sooo yeah we have a bit of a dilemma, but I’m sure we’ll end up staying in the US. Anyway, thanks for your blog. It makes me smile )

She (or he) has me thinking the exact same thing after just being in America to visit my family. I bet you have thought this one over too.

Although I have been in Britain for 5 years the question still remains: Do I stay here in England and continue building my career here in Yorkshire, or do I make plans to take Mr. Chill and I back to my Desert roots of sunshine and lots of family in America? Its a hard decision. How do you decide? This is a constant conversation between my partner (Mr. Chill) and I!

After “Not from Around Here’s”  post on Australia, It has me thinking more and more…. how about if we were to find a place that was a little bit like America but a little bit British. I am thinking wide open spaces, overly-friendly people but a place still full of pubs, a bit of rain and quaintness (and football says Mr. Chill!). We have lots of ideas.  Australia. New Zealand. Canada. Ireland. Oh, but I need warmth, I complain, how about Spain or South of France? Despite 100′s of conversations, and scrutinizing A Place in the Sun we’ve reached no conclusions yet! So, I resign myself to Yorkshire a bit longer and dream about our “perfect place”.

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  2. pacificyorkshirebird January 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Hi J – I know what you mean. I’m scared of having chav kids or children who think it is ok to swear at their parents. BTW, we are in the process of moving back to the US!

    It works both ways though. I was just teasing Mr. Charismatic that his kids are gonna say things like “Hey Dad I want some Yoh-gurt” instead of yahgurt or “Can I have a glass of wadder?”

  3. j January 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    My British husband and I discuss this almost every day – particularly on those days when it’s grey and rainy (like I said, almost every day). For me, a very strong argument in favor of moving away: I don’t want my son (who is a toddler) to grow up speaking with a Yorkshire accent. Am I awful?!

  4. notfromaroundhere January 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

    The only thing keeping me from moving to Australia tomorrow is the distance–at least in the UK if I need to see my family it’s a less than 8 hour flight “home”… else I’d go right now!!! And to Melbourne, which fits your description nicely, including the rain and otherwise slightly tempermental weather!

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