I put this in Health & Fitness because... well... mental health is health, isn't it? So, I have just celebrated one full year away from Thailand -- back on the 9th of April of course -- and I'm still missing being there. Let me explain this: the reason I left was because: • immigrations is an a••hole to foreigners • politics is BS in the country • people are smiley but fake • there is rampant disregard for human life • education sucks (and I have two kids) • salary was crap, hardly enough to save up for anything So I thought going "back" to the USA would solve things. After all I'm American (though not domiciled American) right? Well guess what I found out? • still have to deal with immigrations -- for my wife and kids (although it is a world smoother dealing w immigrations here) • politics is BS here in America as well -- just that you're too insignificant to even make a difference, when congresspeople get paid a million a year to sit on their ass and the government shuts down... says it all • people are smiley and fake but polite and will work against you behind your back -- I traded bottled up emotions for passive-agressiveness by moving to America • there is rampant disregard for emotional wellbeing of individuals and Americans wonder why people shoot the f•ck out of everything and bomb stuff -- yet everyone is offended and it's not OK to be 'offended' • education sucks but because of the amount of individual 'freedom' it leads to more independent thinking -- and arrogance. • Americans don't like smart people -- they are offended by people smarter than themselves. So much for the first amendment -- you can't just tell a person how stupid they are, lest you offend them. There are ways to tell a person they're worthless -- and managers are usually legally great at doing this • salary is decent where I'm currently at -- but will still take a good number of years saving up anything significant enough for a car, house and peace-of-mind • I'm otherwise screwed without a good-enough credit score because insurance rates and down payments on loans cost shitloads • I feel I can't go on another year without BEING with my kids -- and no one here gives a f•ck about that -- as I said -- emotional wellbeing? What's that? • Everything is more expensive in America and yet we get a lot of low-quality crap here in terms of theatres, stationery, fast-food services, shopping and restaurants. In short, entertainment is worlds better in Thailand. • Women are fuglier here in America than in Thailand. Some of the ones I have seen are atrocities to good health and show just how hideous the human species can become -- and McDonalds here isn't HALF as good as it is in Thailand and that's saying A LOT! So it seems there's a good chance I will be returning to Thailand -- if I land a decent place at an international school. I don't think I'd settle for less. I have 8 years of teaching in Thailand, will probably stay here long enough to have a year of teaching here (after this current job I have), and I will hopefully have a PGCE under my belt as well (wouldn't have the gall to apply to an IS without one). The things one wakes up to after a year. All of you who think Thailand is terrible -- back the f•ck away when I return.