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Is the grass greener ? August 8, 2006

Posted by Rambling Man in Emigration, Ireland & the Irish.
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The subject of faraway hills being greener, cleaner and generally all round better places to live than this fair isle, has been one close to my heart for some years now. I guess the travelling bug, not quite extinguished in the days of my partly misspent youth, has resurfaced.

New Zealand – thats one place where I would like to go and live for a while. Having travelled extensively, lived and worked (sort of) in many countries, I had never experienced something like it before. It was what Ireland could be like – clean, efficient and apparently not all that corrupt. But most of all it was laid back and you could feel the atmosphere. Oh and they like rugby too đŸ™‚

One of my non-national mates (don’t get me started on that phrase) said to me the other week that of the countries he had experienced, Ireland had a strange type of attitude to betterment. He put it something like this –> Whereas other people might look at the guy who lives at the top of the hill and has a huge 6 bedroomed house, new car and pool and say “One day I’m going to be like him!” the Irish sit back, look at him and say “One day I’m going to get that bast*rd!”.

So as the responsibilities close in around us, we are faced with several options. Stay here and make the best of it – and it’s not as if it’s horrible here – quite the opposite. It’s just that I can’t help feeling there is something better out there. Or we could up shop, hop on a plane and arrive at any number of wonderful destinations and start all over.

I’m having a bit of trouble in my head determining if I am up for it or if the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.

Thoughts anyone ? I would like to especially hear from people who have immigrated into Ireland thinking their lives would be enriched. Have the been ?

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