I found a great quote today....
"The grass may be greener on the other side, but you still have to mow it"
I think often people arrive on what they expect to be a permanent holiday, I would imagine that even if you were lucky enough not to have to work and you had the funds to maintain a holiday lifestyle that you would soon tire of it (well maybe not that soon, but eventually!)
We never expected to be living like that, we knew with AJ at work and me looking after Leo that it wasn't going to be an option, we have bills to pay, household chores to do and general daily living like anybody else with a mortgage and a 1 year old.
We had a month when we arrived before AJ was working which was our "holiday" Although it wasn't the November weather we were used to it certainly wasn't my usual holiday weather so there was no beach trips or swimming in the pool, we didn't have a lot of money and knew no-one to babysit so no nights out, and few nights staying up drinking due to early mornings with litte'un. It was nice though to have that time together to settle in and I think it helped that we carried on pretty much as normal but just happened to be in a new country.
It's going well so far, we don't have much money left at the end of the month, we are usually tired, Leo doesn't sleep all that well and AJ works hard and does long hours, etc. etc. but we wouldn't have it any other way. I'm guessing the above would be just the same in England anyway but without the things we love about Cyprus.
The grass definitely isn't greener here, in fact it hardly ever rains so it's a rather fetching brown colour. Who needs grass anyway!