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If You Could Live In Another Country, Which Would You Choose?

 
 
Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 07:34 pm
If you could live in another country, which one would you choose?

What conditions would you need fulfilled in order to live content life?
Would foreign languages be an obstacle or an advantage?
What aspects of life would be a draw or a setback in figuring in your choice?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 07:44 pm
@tsarstepan,
Right now I don't think I'll move for a while (have to sell my condo) but I am considering moving back to Brazil, or perhaps Colombia.

Then again, Europe would be pretty interesting, I just don't know how easy (visa, costs of moving around like I'd want to, etc).
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 07:54 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I would have several qualifiers:
1. English speaking country (I'm terrible at understanding foreign languages);
2. Needs a nearby city where a great cinema distribution hub;
3. Needs a nearby city with a thriving arts and cultural scene;
4. A nice place to get a great cheeseburger or pizza would be wonderful as well.

I guess I would choose England. Somewhere near London I suppose.
dadpad
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 07:57 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

I would have several qualifiers:
1. English speaking country (I'm terrible at understanding foreign languages);
2. Needs a nearby city where a great cinema distribution hub;
3. Needs a nearby city with a thriving arts and cultural scene;
4. A nice place to get a great cheeseburger or pizza would be wonderful as well.

I guess I would choose England. Somewhere near London I suppose.


that sounds like Melbourne Australia to me.

I've never experienced imersion in another country or culture however based on what i understand and have read about other countries i would still choose Australia.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 08:03 pm
@dadpad,
I wouldn't kick Melbourne, Australia out of bed... um... I wouldn't cross off Melbourne, Australia off my list.
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 08:09 pm
@tsarstepan,
Hmmm..... I speak a little French. I could learn Italian or Spanish, maybe German. I like Europe. I don't think I'd like to live in either France, Spain or Germany - maybe Italy. Belgium or Holland might work as well.

1) I would miss the variety of ethnic food I get here near Boston if I were to move anywhere else except for maybe Canada, England, Oz, or Ireland (I'm guessing). Is this something unique to the English speaking countries? Or is really mostly just North America? I guess the ethnic food thing would put me near a city.

2) I would not be able to live happily in a country with a conservative government or one dominated by religion.

3) The major reason I wouldn't move away is family. Unless they came with me, I wouldn't go.

So..... Canada or Italy
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 08:20 pm
Solo, or Jogyakarta in Java, Indonesia. I've been there oh, I'd say 5 or 6 times. Possibly more, I've lost track. Jogya became almost a home away from home during a number of Asian travel episodes. An exciting, bustling city, with so much going on! Friendly, helpful locals, great food. And inexpensive enough to get by reasonably comfortably without needing to be rich. During the past few years it became clear that these two cities were the centres of radical Islamic "troubles" in Indonesia & travellers were advised to steer clear of them. You have no idea how sad & pissed off this made me feel! Evil or Very Mad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogyakarta_%28city%29
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 08:25 pm
I am living already in another country (USA) but if I had to chose another
one, it probably would be Spain, somewhere in the southern parts like Marbella.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 08:34 pm
@tsarstepan,
Sweden, Denmark or somewhere along the Baltic (maybe).

I'd like the landscape and climate as it'd be reasonably close to what I grew up with. I'm not too worried about language, I'm pretty comfortable with picking up new languages. Music matters to me, and I find that the musical scenes in some parts of Scandinavia are really interesting (to me). I'd definitely be happy to be somewhere where there's terrific access to good fish.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 08:39 pm
I have thought a few times about Costa Rica and Mexico.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 09:41 pm
@littlek,
littlek wrote:

So..... Canada or Italy

You're welcome here in Canada anytime! Wink

Lots of ethnic food here in the Vancouver area.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 09:05 am
mexico
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 10:16 am
@dyslexia,

Quote:
Way down here you need a reason to move
Feel a fool running your stateside games
Lose your load, leave your mind behind, Baby James

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple I just got to go
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I'll have to go now

"Americano" got the sleepy eye
But his body's still shaking like a live wire
Sleepy "SeƱorita" with the eyes on fire

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low
Moon's so bright like to light up the night
Make everything all right

Baby's hungry and the money's all gone
The folks back home don't want to talk on the phone
She gets a long letter, sends back a postcard; times are hard

Oh, down in Mexico
I never really been so I don't really know
Oh, Mexico
I guess I'll have to go

Oh, Mexico
I never really been but I'd sure like to go
Oh, Mexico
I guess I'll have to go now
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Francis
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 11:18 am
No preference whatsoever, except that I can live where my heart is...
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djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 11:22 am
@tsarstepan,
australia or the UK (any of the countries, but probably scotland or wales as first choices
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Heeven
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 03:10 pm
@tsarstepan,
I want to live in Hawaii for a couple of years. Not forever, just a couple of years so I can have a laid-back lifestyle for a couple of years. I'm tired of the rat-race and killing myself working. I know it's still U.S. of A, and I wouldn't want to live there forever, just a couple of years. Sign me up.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 03:13 pm
@Heeven,
welcome back, heeven.

where you been?
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 03:17 pm
I am a tumbleweed. No roots still in the ground. No major probs picking up another language fairly quickly. Like Francis, I have no specific preferences. I'm that age now, though, where I prefer a warmer clime. This leaves out Scandinavia; my place of birth, Latvia; or the Northeast USA where I've spent a goodly part of my life.

Maybe the Indian sub-continent or Southeast Asia, all places I've yet to visit.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 03:19 pm
@Heeven,
Well, I'm in Hawaii now, Heeven. Believe me, it ain't quite what it's cracked up to be. No complaints, but if you imagine you can live the carefree life of a sort of beach bum, you're in for a disappointing surprise.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 03:21 pm
@Heeven,
Heeven wrote:

I want to live in Hawaii for a couple of years. Not forever, just a couple of years so I can have a laid-back lifestyle for a couple of years. I'm tired of the rat-race and killing myself working. I know it's still U.S. of A, and I wouldn't want to live there forever, just a couple of years. Sign me up.

That's a reasonable view of things. Maybe you could rent a room from Merry Andrew? Smile Wink
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