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An Interview With Expat Colin Jones

Moving abroad can be an exciting, yet daunting prospect. Especially when you have to master a new language, make new friends and adapt to a new life. So it is always nice to hear of someone who has took the plunge, relocated and settled in to life abroad. In the article, Quest got the chance to interview Colin Jones, a British expat living on the Greek island of Kos.



Hi Colin. What made you decide to move to Kos?
I visited as a tourist 12 years ago and fell in love with the place.

And how long have you lived in Kos now?
I moved here 4 years ago.

a year to see family. It is getting increasingly less appealing and I look forward to returning every time.

Do you have any regrets about moving to Greece?

What do you like prefer about living in Greece compared to the UK?
I prefer the Greek slower pace of life and the good climate.

Are there any disadvantages to living in Greece?
No, nothing major.

Often, when people move abroad they complain about the lack of home comforts, such as food, drink, take-aways etc. Do you feel the same?
No, not really.

Is there anything that you miss about living in the UK?
I miss my family, live sport, having a good cinema, going to the theatre, 24 hour shopping and a British style Chinese take-away!!

Do you see yourself moving from Greece in the future? Maybe back to the UK or elsewhere?
I doubt I will move from Greece, but you can never say never.

As you have lived in Greece now for 4 years, can you give any advice to anybody who is planning to relocate to Greece in the future?
Do your homework before moving. Find a sponsor of some description to help you move (as in finding property etc), use the sponsor to find out about paperwork etc. Come and live a winter first before summer to experience how quiet it can get.