Have you ever lived in a foreign country???  

rm_Spicy481 49F
131 posts
8/29/2006 2:26 am

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Have you ever lived in a foreign country???

I am interested in hearing stories from people that have lived/worked in foreign countries.

Would like to hear the good and the bad experiences.

Ever think about selling it all and just taking off to a foreign land? Maybe you want to but, you are just apprehensive about it. Would like to hear from you too.

funintheday2006 56M
9659 posts
8/29/2006 3:19 am

I lived in Oz for 18 months, loved it but, business brought me back.
Lived in Spain for 12 years, back here for 3ish and looking forward to going back to Spain.
Cant live anywhere else now.

slickydick696 53M

8/30/2006 8:30 pm

I never had the opportunity to live outside the country. I think it would depend in which country. I have been to Tokyo twice but don't think I would want to live there.

SeaMist66 50F

9/3/2006 9:12 am

Ive never been outta the country...but since I was a child I always was fasinated with Egypt...I would love to see it one day



SeaMist1966 50F

9/15/2006 6:42 am

Spicy....well I guess it does

I dew have a good friend thats gone be married at the Waterfall of a Thousand Kisses....thats in Hawaii...she wants me to be her Maid of Honor...so guess I will get to see Hawaii....and we are going to take a ship there....shes afraid to fly....so ill get to dew 2 things Ive always wanted to dew...if only I could take my sweet man wif me.....but who knows maybe I will


rm_newalinghi 38M
5 posts
9/23/2006 4:23 pm

I grew up in Prague, Czech Republic. Then I moved to Frankfurt, Germany where I stayed for more than 3 years. I came to Lansing app. a year ago. I also lived and worked for several months in Russia.
I find all countries great and somehow can feel home anywhere. Though there are great differencies. In Prague I used to live right in the center, having the possibility to go out every night finding tens of clubs always open ... some for locals, some full of turists but ready for anything ). In Germany I lived on the outskirts of a city but still able to reach the center with public transportation at anytime. Germans are suprisingly very friendly, liberal and tolerant. Here I live sort of in the Lansing are. The last bus goes by 8:50pm. Sure I can go by car or taxi ... but its just not the same like going for a bear or two with friends after work.

rm_glenn3670 46M

12/6/2006 4:05 pm

I really would love to move to Oz as i have good friends who moved there a year ago and really miss them and it's not much fun living here in the UK as it is too expensive to live here.

cutty77798765 32F

3/20/2007 6:57 am

IM from brazil I lived there for 9 years but every year I go there to visit

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4/1/2007 10:08 am

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rm_paleale1964 52M

6/30/2007 6:54 pm

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AlwaysActive34 83M
110 posts
1/9/2008 12:31 am

Spicy... I wonder if you'll see my post, since it has been over a year since you first posted here.
... Germany was home for about 1-1/2 yrs, half a century ago (1958-59). I was just married, a college grad plus a year. My friends, neighbors and the President of the U.S. had sent an invitation to enjoy world-wide travel, free clothing, food, housing, medical care and education -- such a deal I couldn't resist - especially since all of my draft deferments had expired. I accepted (was drafted into the Army) and was given all of the benefits. About five months later, I was assigned to an Army medical unit near Kassel, in Hesse, Germany.
... My wife joined me in about a month and we enjoyed over a year of extended honeymoon while I had a steady job, beginning as a private (Very Little Class), and my wife got a job with the Base Kindergarten, working half a day, 5 days a week. We had about $50 per month of residual pay from my former job in the U.S, my wife earned about $60 per month - which gave us a total of about $280 per month. (Today, in 2008, that is equal to almost $3000 per month.) The exchange rate was super, and, we had the buying power of, in today's buying power, almost $10,000 per month.
... We had to live "on the economy" since I was not authorized to have "dependents" with me. It was a blessing in disguise - with the help of the Germans working (for NAT in the Army Dispensary to which I was assigned, we found quarters in the upper half of a new house in a fashionable residential suburb of Kassel. Homes and apartments were clean, neat, orderly, and kept up in a manner very much like better suburbs in American mid-western cities such as Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St Paul, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Chicago, Pittsburg, etc.
... Within about 1/4 mile, on three sides of our house, were churches. Each Sunday morning, throughout the year, we had a chorus of churchbells. In the other open direction, was a German Army Kassern - the soldiers were not paid very well, and many of them spent weekend evenings at the Kassern - we enjoyed many of those evening hours listening to their singing - delightful is an understatement.
... We traveled as often as possible - in the 14 months that my wife was with me, we registered about 75,000 kilometers on our car - a 5 yr old Daimler-Benz "220" convertible that we bought for $512.00. Our weekends saw us walking the streets in very small towns throughout Hesse (a land division akin to a State in the U.S.). A cornerstone on a small house in one of the towns (I think it was Schlitz) had a date on it - 1494. A family with small children lived in it - there was a wooden swing-set in the yard.
... Restaurants, grocery (and other specialty) stores, small "Gasthausen" (Guest houses - often with only a few tables and a sparkling copper 4 foot long bar with maybe 4 stools in front of it) were not uncommon in the local neighborhood. Almost always, there was only one brand of beer served inside - usually local.
... We ate out three times a week - we had a few favorite small restaurants to go to - each had a specialty dinner (with small variations). The local people were always friendly - a greeting from each as we would walk and pass each other - but only in the small towns and small suburbs throughout the country. In the downtown areas of almost any city, the atmosphere was the same as in the U.S. - greatly dependent on the area of the city. The people were extremely honest - I left my wallet on a downtown store counter - it had what was more than a month's salary for a junior executive in it - and, a day and a half later, it was in exactly the same spot as where I had left it, and not a cent has been taken out of it. A cleaning man was the only one in the store when it was opened up for me on a Saturday afternoon (shops closed at noon), and he said that he was glad that I was there to get it, because he was worried that I might not know where to find it. It had only American I.D. in it with no local information. (Money in it was more than 20 times his monthly income.)
... Our travels took us to Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and a little bit of France.
... The Leica camera company had a free three-day school (for 8 students) that I was able to go to - fascinating. We had season tickets for symphony concerts - Prague Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Lucerne Singing Strings, Dieter Fischer-Dieskow, and two others. Local bakeries (Konditoreis) had artist bakers in them who did all sorts of wonderful decorated "stuff" for the various holidays. Mardi-Gras time (Fasching) was celebrated with uproarious parties. Wineries always had outdoor tables for relaxing and enjoying their own wines. A vast majority of restaurants had outside tables with center umbrellas. City Halls routinely had a restaurant with excellent food of the area, super waiters and waitresses, great food, and reasonable prices.
... We spoke only introductory phrases as we entered anyplace, asked if English was spoken (it was spoken almost always by someone in every business), and we were warmly welcomed as we did so. In hotels and "Pension's" (Bed and Breakfast places), we bartered on the cost of accomodations - only rarely were prices "carved in marble". In Italy, we paid more to park our car overnight that the overnight lodging cost.
... The terrain was always gorgeous outside of cities. The Autobahn's and AutoStrada's (in Italy) were unlimited for speed - we got passed once as our car registered 110mph - as if we were standing still. Woodland "floors" were often almost spotlessly clean, since local residents scoured them for heating wood. Small cars were the "order of the day" since gasoline was higher there then, than it is here today. (That's why we were able to buy a luxury class car for a pittance - upkeep and road taxes were a horrible cost.)
... Handmade items (from "cottage industries") were available (just as here in local flea-markets and some stores), were usually excellent in both workmanship and price, and were treasured by local citizens as well as by informed tourists. (In Berchtesgarten, we waited for a local woodcarver to finish the pieces of a miniature creche scene which we still have today. We paid about $35 for it - high even at that time, but worth every penny - and, today, I can't find anything to duplicate it at $4000.00. I can't even find anything close to duplicating it. My Christmas tree has handmade ornaments on it (from everywhere that I have traveled), and usually has candles which are lighted on Christmas Eve.
... Someday, I could talk your ears off with tales about travels. I hope that day will come. I still have ones about "a loaf of bread, bottle of wine, and a barbeque chicken on a hillside on the Italian Riviera", carrillon music during rush hour, fireworks after a circus, a surprise bit of food fare overlooking a pasture filled valley, hanging out of a bus door to take pictures in the Austrian Alps, and finding prime tickets for music in Salzburg.

AlwaysActive34 83M
110 posts
1/14/2008 11:48 pm

Spicy.... Where in MI is Greenville?

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