Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cut and run?

There are times when I feel it would be a lot simpler to cut my losses, call time on this venture and return to Taiwan. I've made an effort, applied for jobs and been to interviews. It hasn't been without value. I know a lot more about interviews, the UK jobs market and schools environment than I did and even feel what I've learned would be useful in Taiwan. I've reacquainted myself with my country and put my affairs in order. But given the lack of tangible progress towards a career, why not declare the obstacles insurmountable and hop on a plane. I could earn a comfortable living, have a good social life and feel at ease in my environment.

Sadly, this is not realistic. For one thing, there's the cost. It took a lot of money to ship our possessions over here. People sometimes ask me if I'll be visiting Rosey before she comes over in January! If I had a thousand pounds to throw around and could take time off before even starting any prospective job, maybe. As it is, it is neither realistic to return to Taiwan or to visit my wife.

That is not to say it will never happen. "See you next year" is a common refrain when expats declare they are leaving Taiwan for good and I've seen a good many of them return, sometimes with their tail between their legs, others openly admitting that they simply prefer life in Taiwan. For me, for us, I can't leave the UK until I have a basis to come back at a future date rather than returning to do this all over again. And there's no point in returning to Taiwan without experience that means life there is not just more of the same. Not to mention the matter of Rosey gaining UK work experience and moving down the road towards eventual UK citizenship. With those under our belts, we'll be a little more free.


  1. Please keep at it, sir. Such an obviously educated and erudite chap as yourself will find something before too long. Perhaps not the perfect position, but at least a waypoint on the journey towards a settled and contented life in the old country. Everyone tells me things are tough there now, and I believe it. But you will catch a break.

  2. Oh, my heart aches and I can completely relate. David and I are in the process of making the big move back to the States after my 4 years abroad, and I'm already trembling because I've done the "moving back" process before, and I know there will be a good amount of reverse culture shock, and that we'll have to start from scratch all over again. The pace of life back home is so different from Spain, it will take loads getting used to, and of course there will be the usual frustration of trying to find a job again, etc. As with Rosey, part of it is the matter of David getting U.S. work experience, residency, and seeing where it all goes. We're just keeping our fingers crossed and dearly hoping we've made the right decision...


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