Monday, 23 January 2017

So, why did I? Part 1

When moving to a different country, you will invariably get the question: why. Why did you move to wherever you moved to? And the answer to that is different for everyone. Looking through my own ancestry and finding people who moved away, even there the answers are many. 

I found a (most likely) religion based move. One that was forced, banished, definitely because of religion. However, most of the others were economy based. Bad economic situations in the Netherlands, and (perhaps) better situations elsewhere made people move. The late 19th and early to mid 20th century saw millions of people leave their home and family in search of a better and/or safer life for them and their children. And on the whole they did okay. 

On a wibbly-wobbly bridge in Canada's Badlands
My sister and I are the only two in our family who made the move abroad. My sister (as Brom can tell you) made a lovely life for herself in Northern Ireland. And I am not doing too bad in Norway. Our reasons however, differ. She was unable to find the job she wanted back home and found it elsewhere. I had the perfect job back home and yet... I moved anyway.

12 comments:

  1. And I WAS moved, nobody asked my opinion. But while most of my classmates returned to Germany I stayed here and that was my choice.

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  2. WE moved from OHIO to Pencil Vane E Ah... so we could be closer to Sarge... So we guess that you are right... Moves come about for very different reasons.

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  3. I moved from my furry Mum's home so I could live wiv my non-furry Mum and Dad in my furever and ever home
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  4. Our pawrents have been in the same house for 26+ years. Who knows if they will ever move. We are most curious as to know if you already knew how to speak Norwegian before you moved or if there was some other common language you were able to speak?

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  5. My Dad moved a lot when he was a kid. Now he's just happy to stay in one place.

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    1. I wonder if I have found the one right place yet. Which probably means I haven't!

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  6. Primarily economic or lifestyle (religion), but some have itchy feet (Mara).

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  7. My Mum and Dad moved a lot but only in Australia. It must be a BIG step to go to another country. I've only moved once. From where I was born to my Mum and Dad's house but I travel a lot with them. Only in Australia though.

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    1. It was a big step, but I have not yet regretted it. Well, I have, but only for a few minutes or so, that doesn't count.

      Australia is big though. Much bigger than Europe, so that might be a big move as well...

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  8. You two ladies have great strength within you. Your both rock!

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