Thursday, June 05, 2008

Is The Grass Greener?
We are into our second month now since our arrival here in Gozo and people keep asking 'how do you find it, is it what you expected'.
As we are still in our adjustment period for want of a better description it is difficult to say at the moment. Anyway lets try, lets look at some of our reasons for moving here.
'When we were visiting Gozo we'd dream of moving out here, We'd sit in a local cafe supping a cappuccino talking about it, and then we'd have to go home and it would be back to the grindstone.'
I know many couples spend their holidays hatching plans to escape the humdrum routines they feel trapped into back home, our plan to move Gozo started seriously around 6 years ago, although it was first mentioned tongue in cheek on our first holiday here 16 years ago.




Back to the point in question.
  • Get away from the London rat race.......... We have certainly done that.
  • Find a healthier lifestyle............... We are both more active now than we were at home, mainly because we have the time I guess.
  • Integrate with the local community here in Gozo, not get tied up with expat communities whom totally segregate themselves, as in Spain.......... We have made many friends here, in fact we know more locals than Brits.
  • The weather................. Since we arrived here 6+ weeks ago we have seen a fall of rain that lasted about 2 hours and that is it. Sun Sun Sun.
  • Learn to sail............ Still working on that one.
  • Start a business........Still working on that one.
  • Chill for the summer........No problems there.
  • Live a better quality life, a life that focuses on the actual living side of things rather than chasing more money all the time. Improving life rather than improving income........It's a tough one but I am working on it.

So is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? So far yes, early days yet, perhaps I should revisit this issue when I have been here 6+ months.

"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be". Robert Fulghum.