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Maybe it was because of work, maybe for school, maybe your country is just super lame and you finally decided to bail, whatever the reason - more and more people are starting to pack their bags and live abroad. Myself included!

For those of you that have/currently are living abroad - Where did you live? Why'd you move there? What did you like/dislike about it? How long did you live there? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

For those of you that haven't lived abroad - Where would you like to live and why? Maybe you have no intention of living abroad, why's that?

For me, it's now day four of living in London! Work brought me here (although I'll jokingly tell people who ask that it's because of the election results) where I expect to stay for the next 2-5 years, but who knows, maybe I'll meet the future Mrs. Tofu while I'm here and end up living here permanently

So far what I like about it has got to be the people. Everyone I've met so far has been so friendly! and to think my mom was nervous about English people not liking Americans! She spent the last two weeks before I left bugging me about not mentioning the fact that I was an American. Like, I think my accent is a pretty big giveaway of where I'm from...

Speaking of accents! That English accent is just wonderful! The other day I asked this lovely young lady for directions and the second she started talking I like blanked out haha.. I mean, she could've started speaking gibberish and I'd still be in awe. Anyway, she was cute, that accent only multiplied her cuteness by over 9000 and uhhh so yeah... That accent's awesome.....

Anyway, it's only been four days so there's not much that I don't like about England. Driving on the left side of the road and having a right sided steering wheel was weird at first, but I've gotten used to it now. Wait! No, I've got it! Roundabouts! This place has so many freaking roundabouts! I'm not talking about the little roundabouts that we've got in America either! I've been in like 2-3 lane roundabouts with 3-4 exits that'll lead directly into another roundabout! They're also big on traffic cameras! Like, there are so many ways to get a speeding ticket around here, it's insane!

Overall, my time here has been brief so I'm sure my likes and dislikes will change. Who knows, I may run into some jerk tomorrow morning and maybe like with the whole driving on the left side of the road with a right sided steering wheel, I'll just get used to the insane amount of roundabouts as well as all the cameras on every single road!
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For those of you that have/currently are living abroad - Where did you live? Why'd you move there? What did you like/dislike about it? How long did you live there? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

Hmm, lived in Colombia for about 4 1/2 months in early 2014. I was living there to studying Spanish in a university.

I really liked how friendly people were to me. All of my friends families treated me as family, and therefore every single birthday party or family event the phone was ringing and I was on my way over to past the night dancing, talking, playing soccer and getting completely wasted

I also really liked the weather. The city I lived in (Medellin) had spring time weather all the time. Plus, the country has a whole has a lot of natural beauty, got to do some hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and paragliding in some very beautiful places.

The soccer culture was amazing. I never gave a damn about the sport until I moved there. Now I occasionally follow the local team and watch major games the US or Colombia are competing in.

Another thing that was really cool was how easy it was for me to find people in their 20s to hang out with, go to language exchanges, karaoke, out for drinks, whatever. I find it very difficult to meet people here in my hometown, although that probably has way more to do with living in the middle of boring suburbia

As a male, of course the beautiful women was a huge plus. Who said learning languages was useless?

On the downside, people basically don't know how to drive there. Being a pedestrian in a major city can be quite dangerous, cars never stop for anyone and motorcyclists serve all over the place assuming that all cars will be paying attention to them all the time. Also, the poverty in certain neighborhoods and the begging that comes with it can get quite depressing. Also, I'd say about half the people I know there have no concept of Western time. Scheduling meetings with people is a pain in a rear, as a westerner I don't think I could ever do business there without losing my mind because of it.


Overall, I had a great time and hope to be able to live abroad again when I am older and more financially secure.
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Speaking of accents! That English accent is just wonderful! The other day I asked this lovely young lady for directions and the second she started talking I like blanked out haha.. I mean, she could've started speaking gibberish and I'd still be in awe. Anyway, she was cute, that accent only multiplied her cuteness by over 9000 and uhhh so yeah... That accent's awesome.....



Lol, ah yeah foreign accents, also my weak point


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So far what I like about it has got to be the people. Everyone I've met so far has been so friendly! and to think my mom was nervous about English people not liking Americans!



Yeah, I used to think we were hated everywhere before I traveled. This seems to be some sort of misconception, because when I travel I also don't have that problem. It's usually that people are upset with something our government does, and considering how useless and corrupt Washington is I find myself agreeing with them more often than not.
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I have never lived abroad, but since I was a child I have wanted to live in many different countries.

Perhaps two years here, two years there, and so on. That would take a decent amount of finances though.

A few places I would enjoy moving to (short or long term) would be Japan, Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Iceland -preferably- Norway there, and China (very short term due to health/safety concerts). Plenty of others to be honest.

Traveling many different places and living in different countries for at least a year a piece sounds really interesting.

I want to see historical sites, I want to learn about the culture, experience how the people live, enjoy the food, and even learn new languages from those destinations if I can.



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I like the U.S. I'm happy I was born here. I don't plan on ever moving out of California, but who knows, things happen. I would like to visit other countries though, like Italy.
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Just noticed that some of the shows I had on my queue are missing... Like a handful or so... Darn you licensing!!!!! Alright, so that's another con of living abroad - my anime selection is a bit smaller now


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On the downside, people basically don't know how to drive there. Being a pedestrian in a major city can be quite dangerous, cars never stop for anyone and motorcyclists serve all over the place assuming that all cars will be paying attention to them all the time.


I've traveled quite a bit for work and I gotta say the only place where I've felt comfortable with the local drivers was Germany and I suppose England now. The worst by far was China! It was so crazy in and around Shanghai that my company wouldn't even allow me to drive myself. They hired a driver for me and I'm thankful for it. Probably would've had an accident pulling out of the airport parking lot...



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I have never lived abroad, but since I was a child I have wanted to live in many different countries.

Perhaps two years here, two years there, and so on. That would take a decent amount of finances though.

A few places I would enjoy moving to (short or long term) would be Japan, Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Iceland -preferably- Norway there, and China (very short term due to health/safety concerts). Plenty of others to be honest.

Traveling many different places and living in different countries for at least a year a piece sounds really interesting.

I want to see historical sites, I want to learn about the culture, experience how the people live, enjoy the food, and even learn new languages from those destinations if I can.


You've got yourself a good list! I'm definitely checking France out while I'm here in England. Flights from London to Paris are barely $100! I'm also planning a trip to Japan for this upcoming summer! Can't wait!
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FreshTofu wrote:
For those of you that have/currently are living abroad - Where did you live? Why'd you move there? What did you like/dislike about it? How long did you live there? I'd love to hear about your experiences!


I, too, used to live in London, England for about six years! Moved there as part of a relationship (from the USA).
To be exact, I lived in Kentish Town (it's in the Camden borough, riding the Northern Line - you'll find out where it is, for sure).
It had a lot of great food and most people were rather chill. Camden/Kentish Town is a bit of the outlandish/culture shock kind of place, so I'd recommend hitting that place up as soon as you can. To be fair, I moved there when shrooms (psychedelic shrooms) were still legal... just sayin'.

The accents didn't really do much to me. Be warned that prolonged exposure will shift your accent ever so slightly. Your British mates will still call you a yankee/yank and goof around with you about being American, but your American friends will wonder about some of the pronunciations you're making. There's plenty of awesome things to check out there, to be honest.

I lived in Japan for a while as a teenager (foreign exchange program). It was probably one of the best experiences in my entire life. I still strive to go back there even for a week or two as a vacation.
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Right now I am not planning to live abroad permanently, I'm happy with Sweden, however there are some places I would like to visit for a longer period of time. Except for loving to learn about new countries and their culture/language there are a few reasons for some places but they are mostly related to wanting to improve myself within dog training and digital art. Dog training will wary greatly between different countries too.
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I'd like to leave England. Eventually.
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I'm planning on studying abroad in St. Petersburg next year. I can't wait! There's something about far northern places that's just so magical. Not necessarily looking forward to the cold, though!
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Well my family have been moving back and forth between the Caribbean and the UK for over 3 generations now. I'm used to it. Recently when another person from the Caribbean visited they were amazed that we walk on escalators. Everyone is always in a hurry. Yes my accent has changed much to my dismay. Thankfully it's mixed up and not completely gone native. Two of my siblings don't even sound as though they grew up in the Caribbean anymore. London has the greatest concentration of CCTV cameras in the world, so smile, you're one camera. If your going to check out Camden don't forget to visit the canals.

Oh and you get get the train to France, Paris. It's just a two hour journey. Much quicker than travelling to the airport then having to queue up to get on a plane and having to wait to get off the plane etc.
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I lived in Germany for a good few years. I lived in Bavaria and Hesse.

I really didn't have a choice in the matter as I was too young to move out and what not... and thank god I didn't! I absolutely loved Germany. The climate, food, scenery, the people, the atmosphere, the fests and markets... the tradition. Everything was just amazing! I really loved the public transport.

The trains, busses and taxi's made traveling from Germany to France in 12 hours easy! Cheap to boot! I also enjoyed the alcohol and sweets there. The only chocolate that may come equal or slightly surpass German chocolate is the Swiss's chocolate. And there is no one that beats Germanys beer. Not even the Czech's beer. They may say theirs is better... but they LIE!

All and all, living abroad is fun and I plan to do it again.
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I studied abroad in Japan and Canada! I studied in Japan because I spent my first year at uni taking Japanese, so I figured I'd spend a couple of months there to get a bit of proficiency. Not that I really use it for anything, since I majored in Medieval Studies. I studied in Canada because... I liked the school? I was living in America while I was in high school, so moving to Canada barely even seemed 'abroad'.

Both countries are lovely, so I have no real complaints. Japan doesn't have a ton of plus size shops, but I lived near Tokyo, so there were a few if I needed new clothes. Canada is so similar to America that it's hard to pinpoint something I dislike about it especially, but I did have difficulty keeping track of money in my head for my first few months. Our two dollars are pretty close to each other, and some companies price things the same. Others don't. A video game is, like, $60-65 in the US and closer to $80 in Canada. But since I kept my money in US dollars for years, I had to do a lot of mental conversions in my head while I was shopping.

I lived in Japan for about two months, and I still live in Canada! I got married, while I was in school.
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For those of you that have/currently are living abroad - Where did you live? Why'd you move there? What did you like/dislike about it? How long did you live there? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

I lived in Italy for 6-7 months this year, it was a smallish kinda town about 45 minutes south of Bologna. I was there for sports, and if all goes to plan I'll probably be there even longer next year (Unless I get deported because we don't get visa for sports ).

I enjoyed living there for the most part, besides the crazy and stupid things you feel like are only possible from Italians haha. Like when I'm at the train station and no one that works there knows what's going on, or the day we went to the mall and the guy that supposed to open the doors just didn't bother to show up and all the people were standing around at the front doors because they couldn't get in to get to work, like... che cazzo fai...? It doesn't really bother me though, I just don't understand how that's possible lol. I really enjoy the going to all the family restaurants and and not having to eat fast food for the most part. One of my complaints about the food though is that we ended up eating pasta basically for every meal, it's quite hard to find any other food that's good and not Italian. It's also hard to say how i felt about where I lived, I was roomed with two other foreigners and my Italian is limited to being able to barely sneak by in public and shit talking. Also the location of the apartment made it so I couldn't actually go anywhere unless someone drove me there.

Next year I hope to actually learn how to speak Italian and go out more since I'll be allowed to drive myself places once I turn 18 next year. I'm not sure where I'll go since there's nothing to do in that small town, but I just hope that I can take in more of the country in places that are a bit more populated and where the average age of the residence isn't 50+.
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spend 1/3 of my life in a communist country

eh.. maybe i turned into a tomboy because of it

had to work (no not child labor) -- decided on my own to help out with the work to help put foods on the table

you will understand the literal meaning of "scraping by the day"

slept on straw mat that people used to set their furniture on-- similar to this one

"be grateful for what you have"- it's a saying that stuck with me even to this day

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