Even if you’re never planning on re-locating from your comfortable current abode – read this book! Just because it’s so worth reading!
And if you are considering a move, to a different country, continent, planet or wherever, then I would insist that this book is compulsory reading! You won’t find a more honest, practical, down-to-earth, all-you-need-to-know hand-book than this one.
Las does not know the meaning of the expression ‘to sugar-coat’. She lays out every detail in all its painful, messy, confusing glory. But she does start off by telling you that at all times must you be kind to yourself … before going on to detail practicalities like financials, health care, job security, packing, priorities, preparation, language, food, support, adjustment and just about every single other detail you haven’t even imagined you’d ever think of or ever need to know regarding emigration – including whether there is a Target nearby, how far is it to the nearest Target, or why isn’t there a Target. I could SO relate to that – I have a 16-year-old daughter who would add the question: “Is it a large branch of Target?” because as we all know, size does count – sadly she lives in a country where there is … gasp! … no Target at all!!!
I adored this book! I have lived through a continental shift – having moved from the UK to South Africa with my parents when I was just 7-years-old, and then having to deal with my parents moving back to the UK many years later when I was already married with my own children. Living in SA though, emigration is a way of life, and we have had to get used to friends moving all over the world. We share their ups, their downs (there are many, and I suspect many more than they actually reveal to us). But I am beginning to see a huge global shift as life becomes less static for many people in many countries and they, or their adult children pick themselves up and re-plant themselves in different places, often with a view to upping and moving again in a not too distant future. There definitely seems to be more flexibility than in previous years.
I laughed every single time Las mentioned ‘The Google’ (really, every single time!), and as much as she apologised for all the swearing, this is what makes this book that much more authentic, as you hear her authentic voice all the way through.
Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.
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This is a 5-star read, highly recommended to anyone who’s interested in learning about how to handle anything that life throws at you.
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