Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thirteen Reasons Why I Live in Europe

Thirteen Things about LibertyBelle

My last Thursday 13 was about things I wanted
to change in the world. Today’s list shows that many
of those things do exist in many parts of the world!
Please don't get me wrong.
I was born and raised in sunny California, and
I love America and especially Americans.
You won't find kinder more hospitable people anywhere.
I just happened to have ended up in Europe, and stayed.
Will I ever go back to the States to live?
Who knows - I just might!

1. My parents sent me off with a one-way ticket.
2. I met a boy.
3. I met another boy and got married.
4. We had a baby.
5. They have wonderful child care here.
6. You get a child care check 4 times a year.
7. You get maternity leave for one year - with pay.
8. I got an education as a music teacher - for free.
9. I got a fabulous job teaching music and English.
10. They've got national health over here.
11. People work less and have more vacation time. Everyone gets 5 weeks off a year - with pay.
12. The people voted they didn't want nuclear power and the politicians had to respect that. The vote went through in 1972 - and there is still no nuclear power - but there are a lot of alternative energy sources and natural gas.
13. Thank you Master Enigma for bringing this lost number 13 to my attention! It must have disappeared in the press! Ok - number 13 is, they make great beer!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


Wystful1 said...

There's an echo here!

delete, delete, delete.

roflmao---gotta luv what you do, (hey, I've done this before!)

JUST TEASING! But ummmmmmm, do you recall typo queen? *wink*

Chaotic Mom said...

Wow! Your list puts thoughts of moving to Europe in my head... ;)

Feathers said...

Wow, that's a great list - I was not aware of many of those things!

ems said...

I would love to live in Europe. Yes, the health care and the maternity leave rocks!

My list is up!

EmilyRoseJewel said...

Americans definitely need more vacation time. We work ourselves to death I am afraid. Good list. My TT is up.

Melli said...

Yea... health and maternity care are MAJOR plusses! And the free education! There are certainly things the US could stand to learn from our foreign friends... but what are your taxes like?

Suzy said...

National Health Care. What a concept! I am thinking of at least moving to Canada!

Susan said...

Whoaaa....i'll be living in UK if everything goes well ..*finger crossed* Happy Thursday!!

mine is up!

Lazy Daisy said...

Totally great list. Great benefits too.Thanks for coming by.

Lifecruiser said...

Of course I have to love this list :-)

Anonymous said...

It all sounds good! Lucky! :)

Jen said...

What a cool list!

My sister is in Great Britain, and she's always telling me what's cooler there than here. Except the gas prices... Everything else though, I guess :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tanya said...

I lived in Europe for a few years and loved it, too.

Happy Easter.

Sonya said...

After that list I may need to move to Europe. Thanks for stopping by my t13.

Master Enigma said...

Did I miss something or was your list really a Thursday 12? *smile*

Sounds like your adventure has been a blessing for you.

My own 13 is packing up bags and getting ready to be leaving on a jet plane over at

Amy The Black said...

Me and my husband always talk about living in Europe. Once he finishes his Doctorate in Music Composition, who knows! All I know is that music is more appreciated in Europe. In the US, it's all looks and little talent.

astrocoz said...

Thanks for stopping by!

So, your mom gave you a one-way ticket to Europe, that is awesome! I love Europe, or at least the parts I have visited: England, Germany, and Holland. I've found very friendly people there.

Barb said...

Those are all terrific reasons - including the beer. ;) I wonder when the next flight out is and how fast I can pack.

Joan said...

This is great. I am glad you visited my blog -- so I would find yours! I intend to be back. I would love to live in Europe for at least a few months.

Shelli said...

I love your blog. It is beautiful. I want some of those things for the US! Like 1 year paid maternity leave and 5 weeks paid vacation and health care for everyone.

Thanks for coming by my 13.

Barbara said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to live. My thirteen are up.

Leanne said...

Wow - your list makes me rethink living in America, especially with the way things have been lately! It sounds absolutely drama-free over there!

Thank you for joining in!