I had planned to write a post about my visit to my lovely friend Sarah at the end of May. And then Brexit happened, so I felt that I had to share some of my thoughts on this too.

I first set foot in the UK twenty-five years ago, when I came as an au pair to learn English. Back then, being Swiss meant that the family I was going to work for had to get a permit for me. The many reasons I fell in love with the country I described in my Manchester – An Anniversary post, if you want to have a read. I spent a year in England and came back, intending to stay, a year later, having in the meantime lived in Vienna to learn German, gone to Australia and worked in Switzerland. I did apply for jobs, but again, my nationality was a real obstacle. My only hope was for the December 1992 Swiss referendum to join the EEE to be accepted. 78,73% of the population voted and it was refused by 50.3%… Sounds familiar? My last hope had been crushed and I went back to Switzerland, both angry and heartbroken.

Of course, in the greater scheme of things, my personal experience is not that important. But now that my two daughters have lost overnight the “European passport” they had thanks to their British father, it makes me really sad that they, like thousands and thousands of other young people, might experience the same disillusion. To encounter difficulties in getting a university spot or a job in the country of their choice, or worse, to see their dream disintegrate should not have happened, in my opinion. And for the moment, I am clinging to the hope that somehow, it will not.

Meanwhile, my love relationship with the UK continues and I am looking forward to making more and more memories. Like the ones created during my recent trip: going to a charity barn dance, walking along the sea on that gorgeous South coast, and eating fish and chips in the pub. Or having cream tea in the gardens of Highcliffe Castle and sharing tapas, wine and laughs with friends in Bournemouth.

Until next time.
Going to a barn dance with our checked shirts and cowgirl boots
Healthy juice for brunch
South Coast of England
Enjoying a walk along the sea in the UK
Arriving at the beach in the UK
HighCliffe Castle UK
Carved wooden bench UK
Pretty courtyard in Lymington UK

5 thoughts on “My Love For The UK”

  1. I Love your post ….. You understand, I know, when I say how absolutely gutted and despairing I feel that we in the uk are to leave the EU. I voted to stay with absolute conviction that my vote was unquestionably in the best interest of the country and my boys future.
    My experiences living abroad in Hamburg were and remain unquestionably some of the most positive and rewarding of my adult life. I may have returned to the uk almost 15 years ago, however the relationships I forged back then are undoubtably stronger and more meaningful to myself and my family today. I touch only on my personal view. However I fear for the future economy and wellbeing of our people. The ramifications of Brexit on the whole of Europe…
    The People of Britain Voted to leave…… Not so….. Only 51.%…. Therefore almost half the British Population Wish to remain ……

  2. Katia I feel just the same and these experiences you had in the past, with Switzerland not being part of the EU, are important to remember- I don’t think people really appreciate how free movement is such a positive for all of us in Europe. Bitterly disappointed that Rory, studying politics, will have his job opportunities reduced by this decision.
    I understand so many voted leave to send a message to our government or because they do genuinely believe we are better out than in. I am not one of those people and I am fearful for what happens next xxx

  3. I like Trish understand why so many people voted out, to send a message to the government. Alas, if they think that the likes of these awful Nigel Farage or Boris Johnson give a toss about their troubles, they are going to be sorely disappointed. That being said, one can only hope that at least some good will come out of it, in the sense that the sorry examples of politicians we see all over Europe will reconsider taking people for idiots all the time.

  4. Somehow, common sense will prevail. We can’t go back and therefore moving forwards means new opportunities will open up. Keep faith, hope and love x.

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