AIBU to not understand why Brits who emigrate to hotter climates

(122 Posts)
sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 08:56:56

feel the need to go on about how hot it is where they live compared to Britain.

It's like stating the obvious, I feel like saying, you moved to Dubai of course it's hotter than the UK which is covered in snow. But so many Ex pats seem to feel the need to almost brag about the bloody hot weather when the move. Yawn!

Disclaimer: I have lived in hot countries for part of my childhood and again as an adult so I know the pros and cons of living in the sun and so am not remotely jealous.

YouOldSlag Mon 21-Jan-13 08:58:44

I know. I don't mind people emigrating, good for them, but FB statuses (statii??) stating "we're all in T-shirts out here" really make me stabby. Do people not realise how smug it sounds? (I'm talking about my Mum BTW!)

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:03:09

It's the presumptuousness that we all would like to have emigrated to hotter climates like them and that we are all jealous that annoys me.
Unfortunately if I was to respond saying that they would assume I was envious by the fact I had retaliated.

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 21-Jan-13 09:03:57

Yeah i was thinking the same thing yesterday. There are certain people putting constant temperature updates on Facebook [bored face]

Is that really the only important thing in their lives/the world. Is that really the reason for moving and the reason for their happiness in their new country? Its hot! So fucking what!

Personally i think its a "trying to show how fantastic a choice they made to other people using the one thing they think will make others agree and/or jealous". What they don't seem to realise is that no one gives a shit!

Pooka Mon 21-Jan-13 09:04:02

I all don't get the inference that because it's bloody hot, everyone lives a much more exciting, active and outdoorsy life.

Personally, if it's 40 degrees I think I'd live a much less outdoorsy life. Friend who lives in Australia - Australian born and bred - loathes their summers because is too darned hot for fair amount of the time, and partly because she has had skin cancer and has very pale kids.

putyourhatonsweetie Mon 21-Jan-13 09:06:40

not as boring as snow statuses

AnyFucker Mon 21-Jan-13 09:08:22

I personally find the ones who spend most time tapping about how great it is, are the ones who come home within a few years

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:08:39

At least snow status's are highlighting a relatively rare event and pictures can be quite beautiful.

AnyFucker Mon 21-Jan-13 09:08:45

*yapping

LadyMargolotta Mon 21-Jan-13 09:09:24

I don't mind this. I quite like hearing about people's lives in different countries.

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:10:55

Saying it's x degrees in Australia in the summer is like a Brit updating that it's overcast. Not really news worthy!

Also people updating about the snow aren't normally trying to show off they are highlighting a weather change that doesn't happen very often.

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 21-Jan-13 09:14:46

Funnilly enough its the same groups of people who before they went spent ages trying to convince me that everyone should move there (how would that work exactly confused )

Their reasons were because . . . It is hotter . . . And the lifestyle. What about the lifestyle? Oh you know the lifestyle. So how's it different? Oh well you know cos its hotter. Right. You know so its a better lifestyle. Right. Cos its hotter. So how will your life be different? Well er because its hotter we can eat our dinner outside. Right. Is that it? Well no its the lifestyle. What about the healthcare? Oh well i don't know about that. Oh. Schools? Er . . Politics? Umm. Infrastructure? [silence]

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 21-Jan-13 09:15:35

Personally i think we should all boast on Facebook about how amazing all the snow is. grin

LoopsInHoops Mon 21-Jan-13 09:21:00

Do you actually like your friends? You sound jealous of them.

(In hot KL and definitely jealous of your snow, at the same time of being totally bored of all the tedious snow updates on FB).

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:22:44

Funnily I have never heard this

Aussie "It's 42 degrees and way too hot to do anything outdoors" Brit "Well it's lovely and cool here and we're about to go play tennis <smug face>"
But that must be the reality sometimes!

LoopsInHoops Mon 21-Jan-13 09:23:22

Erm, in som parts of Australia they are experiencing unprecedented high temperatures for which they have had to create a new colour chart to show, and bush fires destroying all kinds of areas. Surely that's more newsworthy than the snow, which happens most years at least once in the UK?

So 49 degrees happens every day in Australia, I don't think so, 40 plus degree temperatures are really quite rare a couple of days a year normally, there have been record temperatures this month in many parts of Australia are people not allowed to comment on it.

I walked to school in the lovely (not so lovely very hard to push a pram) snow this morning, they do not close schools in the Netherlands due to snow no matter how much it is, there has been snow every year I have lived here so I do not find it too rare therefore I shouldn't have posted on facebook this morning.

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:25:06

Loops

It's not just my friends, it's friends status's and their friends replies on a thread.

What have I said to make you think I am jealous of them confused

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:26:13

This kind of commentary from Brits living abroad is not exclusive to when it's over 40 degrees.

sockmuppet Mon 21-Jan-13 09:27:25

Loops

The comments I have seen have not been about bush fires but smug comments about being on the beach and in the pool with smiley faces.

CloudsAndTrees Mon 21-Jan-13 09:27:51

When we have hot summer days, people post about it almost as much as they do snowy days.

People talk, and post, about their lives and their current experiences, whether its freezing and windy or hot and sunny, I don't see the difference.

The vast majority of people tend to talk to there's about good things going on in their lives. I'd much rather hear about a nice experience that someone is having rather than a self pitying, attention seeking moan. That's fine from close friends and family when necessary, but anyone else and it's just negativity that I'm not interested in.

LoopsInHoops Mon 21-Jan-13 09:28:00

Also, you are talking about updates from people who are used to UK weather but have moved to Oz? In that case your comparison status is stupid. A decent comparison would be from a recent immigré from somewhere hot writing "Well it's lovely and cool here and we're about to go play tennis <smug face>" Perhaps you just don't know any? Because that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing for someone used to hot weather, doesn't it?

LoopsInHoops Mon 21-Jan-13 09:29:57

You clearly are jealous of them, or their statuses wouldn't have annoyed you. It's just mundane shit, like people who post about Tescos, their babies, puppy training, snow...

AThingInYourLife Mon 21-Jan-13 09:32:44

"Their reasons were because . . . It is hotter . . . And the lifestyle. What about the lifestyle? Oh you know the lifestyle. So how's it different? Oh well you know cos its hotter. Right. You know so its a better lifestyle. Right. Cos its hotter. So how will your life be different? Well er because its hotter we can eat our dinner outside. Right. Is that it? Well no its the lifestyle. What about the healthcare? Oh well i don't know about that. Oh. Schools? Er . . Politics? Umm. Infrastructure? [silence]"

grin

Ha ha ha!

Wallison Mon 21-Jan-13 09:33:29

I agree with CloudsAndTrees; Facebook is necessarily mostly about the everyday minutiae of life, and that includes weather of all sorts.

As for the 'different lifestyle' thing, well, yes, the weather does have an impact on your lifestyle and what you do.

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