Moved from the United States to the United Kingdom… and back to the United States. Currently in long-term limbo. My good, bad & ugly experiences as a former expatriate and (possibly) permanent repatriate (who'll continue traveling no matter what).

No pomp & circumstance.

It’s always amusing to me when I go home or have telephone and/or e-mail conversations, and people say things like

So, did you have tea & crumpets with the Queen?

LOVE the British accent! (because there’s only one, of course) Everyone sound so posh & proper over there.

Everyone is so well off over there! You’re so lucky!

And my favorite:

There are projects over there???!?!?

Pip pip cheerio.

Pip pip cheerio.

How splendid.

How splendid.

If one thinks about it, I wouldn’t be here if my services weren’t needed. If this place was as perfect as many imagine it to be, I’d be in Switzerland instead. (Does Switzerland even need have social services?) To make things simple for those folks who may or may not read this, think of Washington, D.C. in the United States. The person considered to be the most powerful man on the planet – the President of the United States – lives there in a beautiful House, yet less than 5 miles away are some of the roughest neighborhoods in the nation.

Check out my photos below to get a better idea of the conditions which I work in every day.

Empty.

Empty.

Schoolyard.

Schoolyard.

Neighborhood homeless woman.

Neighborhood homeless woman.

SMH.

SMH.

Notorious estate, empty & condemned.

Notorious estate, empty & condemned.

View from a doorway.

View from a doorway.

Pomp & circumstance? Not really. Real life? Yes.

4 responses

  1. Are you a social worker?

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    March 13, 2012 at 22:31

    • Spinster

      Interesting question. What makes you think that?

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      March 14, 2012 at 08:15

      • Just you mentioning that if everything here was ok that they wouldn’t need your services. Also pictures of homelessness and council estates. If you don’t want to divulge that’s fine just wondering.

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        March 14, 2012 at 17:15

        • Spinster

          Will send you a private message.

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          March 15, 2012 at 10:51

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