We both really enjoy living here but I have to say that when someone you love is unwell it really hits home just how far away you actually are and that's basically the reason we have decided to come back. So.......
Whilst we were in the UK Chris managed to get five interviews sorted out. We charged about all over the country trying to fit them all in and I have to say that he did fantastically well and was actually offered four out of the five jobs (The only reason he wasn't offered the fifth one was that they decided they just couldn't justify bringing in someone as senior as he is in the current financial climate!!) See....He's not just a pretty face!! Two of the roles were based in central London and would have been doing the same as he's doing now, one was for an electronic company based in Guildford and the last one, the one he actually went for, was for Intel which is based in Swindon. It was a tough decision but he's been in consultancy a long time and decided that, in the long term, a move into an industry position would be good for his career.
The job itself is a sort of Internal Consultancy role looking at the import/export of goods, the customs duty attached to the goods and what processes are involved in moving the goods from place to place (I should really get Chris to write this since I don't really know what I'm talking about) - he'll be responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa but, as far as I know, the only travel he'll be required to do will be to Amsterdam. The company sound so good.....there is a subsidised canteen, free parking, he will no longer have to wear a suit to work and there was a lot of discussion about the importance of getting a good work life balance so we will actually get our evenings back!!! Wooo Hoooo (He currently works at least a 12 hour day!!).
Sooooo we know that we will be living somewhere in Wiltshire but have no idea where!! When he actually went for the interview we never made it into Swindon itself but the surrounding countryside was absolutely stunning and from the research I've done it looks like there are loads of lovely little market towns in the area. We've had a chat about it and have decided that we've done the frenetic city living thing now so it would be nice to have a change of pace and go for one of the towns rather than actually live in Swindon. (Neither of us know the area at all so if you know anyone that lives in that neck of the woods that might be able to give us some pointers it would be very much appreciated!!!)
Chris handed in his notice on Monday, we told Moon on Tuesday (which was just heartbreaking and was every bit as awful as I thought it was going to be) and we are now trying to work out the how's and when's.