Benefits of living in England or Wales?

Dec 4th, 2008, 11:06 AM
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As a Cardiffian born and bred I am naturally biassed.
Cardiff is an expanding city packed with opportunity and positioned well for travel around mid/south of the UK and Europe via its own international airport and just an hour away from Bristol too.

Our city center is beautiful, we have a castle right in the center and wonderful areas for shopping along with very nice suburbs to live in and great parklands.

We are the home of Welsh rugby and have a soccer team that are just about to move into a new stadium, we also have Glamorgan cricket club that hosts the first ashes test next summer.

Transport in Cardiff is pretty good and we are right on the M4 motorway.

I graduated from University of Wales Newport last year and have to say that its a great uni but probably not as good as Cardiff in terms of location, however a new Uni is currently being built in the center of Newport, but despite this I would say Cardiff is probably a nicer place to be as Newport is still looking for re generation.

But for teacher training I suspect you will be in Caerleon? which is the main Campus for Newport uni and away from Newport.

My son Graduated from Swansea in July and he was very happy there, the location is great -right on the beach but were not talking Bondi here lol
The gower peninsula is right next to Swansea and that is beautiful and the beaches are better than Bondi (IMHO)
The city of Swansea is no where near as good a place to live as Cradiff his words not mine lol. But its currently being re generated.

Sorry don't feel qualified to comment on the other places. But I love Brisbane lol

Good luck and if you have any specific questions about Newport/Swansea or Cardiff and the Uni's don't hesitate to email me.

Good Luck


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Dec 4th, 2008, 11:13 AM
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Best thing about going for Exeter:
If you are fond of travel (and I assume so as you are posting on here) - there are lots of cheap flights from Exeter to various European destinations. Travel and teach. Oz or NZ - flights to other bits of Oz and NZ? Cheap? Don't know.
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Dec 4th, 2008, 11:44 AM
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Stumblebum makes a good point about affordable excursion from whichever place OP will settle on, and wonders " Oz or NZ - flights to other bits of Oz and NZ? Cheap? Don't know."

Look at the low-cost options on and also and and
Qantas is the national full-fare airline, but it often lowers fares to compete with Jetstar (its own offspring...) and Virgin Blue.

Plus there are trains, some pretty good ones, and long-distance buses (and, yes, distances tend to be long, it's a big country...).
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Dec 4th, 2008, 03:36 PM
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I've been to most of those places named. Auckland -- no doubt about it. Weather, people, facilities, outdoor life. It has them all. And when you get tired of the North Island, there's always the South Island. What a marvelous country. What marvelous people.
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Dec 4th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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You didn't mention where you live now. That would be a major factor in my decision. As an American, in my case, I would opt for Oz or NZ because while I might have other opportunities to get to Europe I might not have the time, once I'm working, to get back to Oz or NZ.

That said, should you teach, you will have the benefit of longer holidays, which I hope you are able to use to further expand your horizons.
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Dec 4th, 2008, 11:05 PM
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C W. I have read your incisive comments on a number of threads and it is with some trepidation that I dare to lock horns with you. Be that as it may, having seen your comment that, from NZ, Australia is "more of the same", I feel that I must now quote you (if I may) and say, "Complete bollocks"! Whilst there are similarities between the two countries (as there are between, say, England and Switzerland -- I'm sure there are some), each country offers an entirely different experience to visitors. Indeed, Australia is so big that it would be wrong to categorise it as a single travel destination. Tasmania, being the most similar to NZ, is a completely different destination to, say, Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland, all of which are equally different from the others.

I'm sure that meliss will find any of the destinations mentioned to be just fine but, putting in a plug for Christchurch, we do have some pretty good scenery down here in the South Island of NZ, you can be on a great skifield within 90 minutes of leaving ChCh, we have good bathing beaches, not too cold a winter, and the cost of living is a lot cheaper that in most of the other places suggested.

Oh, yes. You can also get to Australia in under three hours!
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Dec 5th, 2008, 12:38 AM
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So let me see if I've got this right, the best thing about England and Wales is the fact that you can get to another country in Europe with relative ease!

I've only visited NZ once and it was a long time ago, but New Zealand has a lot to offer if you like the outdoors and don't feel the need for the hustle and bustle of Big City life.

Lake Taupo was my favourite!
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Dec 5th, 2008, 12:52 AM
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A quick word about trains and buses in Australia - the distances are so great they are not used a lot. For example I travelled by train from Melbourne to Perth and it took 3 days. Yes, 3 days. That's why people fly. The flight was 4 hours.

Airfares in Australia are not that cheap compared to some of the deals you can get in the UK and Europe. There is not the choice of airlines because we don't have a very big population.

Also New Zealand would probably give you a quieter lifestyle as the population is quite small.

Meliss_880 - are you leaning towards one place or one area of the world?


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Dec 5th, 2008, 01:24 AM
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I spent 3 years at University in Aberystwyth and had the time of my life. Because it's so diificult to get there, it's also hard to get out so there's much more student life than many universities.

My son in law recently spent a year in Exeter doing a Masters degree and had a good time. Fairly expensive but easy access to tghe gorgeous coasts of Devon. Dorset and Cornwall and cheap flights to Europe.
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Dec 29th, 2008, 11:33 AM
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Whatever happened to Meliss_880??

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Dec 29th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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she registered on Dec 3 - made two posts (same questions/2 different forums) and then went away. Maybe she's run off w/ a garage band and given up on teachers' college . . . . . . .
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