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Fitting into village life
“Village life is wonderful for the kids,” says Maggie. “There is a great sense of 2) ____ here. Shanghai is all about money, money, money. Here it is more 3) ____ and you can't tell who has money and who hasn't.”
For Maggie, 4) ____ local people hasn’t been a problem. The post office has been the main place of contact and 5) ____ often greet her in the street. Through motherhood, attending post-natal classes and now as her children go to nursery she finds herself increasingly 6) _____ with the community, meeting new people and invited to children’s parties.
7) _____ of Maggie’s village are hardly multi-cultural, yet in her view seem easy going. Maggie hinted that even if local people are curious about her 8) _____ , so far no one has said anything.
“English people don't ask direct questions, unlike Chinese, English people ‘go around the moon to meet the sun.’"
Children, however, are much more 9) _____ and like any mother her greatest worry is her children’s future and how they will 10) _____at school.
Five months ago, Claudia, a lawyer, and her British husband moved from Puerto Rico to a new housing 11) _____ within a village in Derbyshire to 12) ____ their daughter of two years.
13) _____ past experiences as an expatriate working in East Asia, the transition to England for Claudia has been made more difficult 14) ____ the isolation she feels through living in the country-side. “In a city it is easier to feel less like a 15) ____ than in rural areas.” she says, despite the 16) ____ of a rural village being “cheaper”.
For internationals 17) ____ city life, living in an English country village presents its own challenges. 18) ____, there aren’t so many facilities as in a city and transport links aren’t so well-developed. It can also be harder to find 19) ____ communities of internationals. For some expats it may be best to 20) ___ a village near a major city to experience the best of both worlds. Country Life counsels people to take the advice of estate 21) ____ on choosing the right place to live and identify the “five Ps: a pub, public transport, 22) ____ church, primary school and post office.”