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  •  Rei - any advice on (1+ / 0-)
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    how to go about thinking about where one might want to move? How to go about finding out the parts that are important to you, etc?

    "I'm grateful for my job - truly, but still...ugh." CityLightsLover

    by Audri on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 12:44:29 PM PDT

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    •  All I can say is, travel as much as you can. (3+ / 0-)
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      Sooner or later, you'll find a place that you just fall in love with and which you can actually see yourself living there.  For example, I loved Japan greatly, but for a variety of reasons, I had trouble picturing myself living there.  But Iceland, I not only fell in love with, but could totally picture myself living there.  And now am.

      Travel in a manner that's as much like living there as you can.  Study the language before you go and make yourself try to use it, even though you'll totally suck at it.  ;)  Couchsurf or use other methods to stay with families - there's no substitute for this, really, I feel.  Shop in the local stores - not fancy tourist shops, but grocery stores, etc while you're there.  Basically, make your time there as much like "trying on" the life as you can.  

      Iceland was something like the 9-12th country I've been in for any length of time (depending on how you count them).  I didn't like the UK (esp. England - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland were better, I thought).  I found Ireland better, but didn't really fall in love with it (despite a large chunk of my ancestry being Irish).  Japan, as mentioned, was beautiful and fascinating, but I'd always stand out like a sore thumb and the workplace environments there are famously stressful, while I wanted a slower pace of life (plus, I'm not too into Japanese food).  Costa Rica was another runner up for me.  Not wealthy, I'd stand out as much as in Japan, and it has its share of other problems (like discrimination against the Nicaraguan refugees, who I spent a little time with), but beautiful, awesome plants and animals, peaceful, and super-friendly people.  Mexico... well, no interest, personally.  I dated someone from Canada and so obviously spent a good bit of time there, but while it's like a better America, it's still very America-ish.  And I think I'm missing a country in there.  But Iceland... just truly extraordinary, in almost every front.  It felt not only like a subarctic paradise, but like a home.  And it still does.  I hope it feels this way always.  :)

      (Oh, and I'm already getting drawn into Icelandic politics... lol!)

      •  I spent 5 years in France, and 3 in Spain. (5+ / 0-)
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        I love France to this day.  I always felt at home there and adore the culture and history.  There probably isn't a perfect place to live, and I'm sure each individual's personality contribute to their impressions.  They could change and "go downhill" like anyplace else, I guess.  I also visited Skandinavia frequently, and always felt at home there, particularly Sweden.  I didn't have the chance to live there, but I think I would be quite comfortable.  

      •  Thanks Rei. (0+ / 0-)

        Nice advice, since travelling more is something I'd like to do anyway. :-)

        "I'm grateful for my job - truly, but still...ugh." CityLightsLover

        by Audri on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 05:52:50 AM PDT

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