experiences in the united states

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the united states - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/24/13.

How much time have you spent in the US?

3 years.

How old were you when you came to the US? Where were you before?

26, was in UK and NZ before.

What brought you to the US? What made you choose the US over any other place you could've gone?

Wife's family lived there (wife is American, I'm English. We were married and lived in England for 2 years before traveling)

Describe the city you lived in in the US and your impressions of it.

Billings, MT - remote, desolate, hard-edged, hard-drinking but contains some of the warmest and kindest people I've ever met. It's a town surrounded by nothing, the next biggest city is 10 hours drive away so it's rather insular. With only 100,000 residents it's the biggest city in the state but not on the same scale as places I'm used to.

What are the people of the US like? In what ways are they different than people in other places you've lived?

It is a city (and by extension a nation) of contrasts: liberals and racists, gays and homophobes, neo-nazis and human rights activists. My time there was enjoyable, people there are generally just getting by and doing their own thing. As an Englishman I was treated very kindly.

I live in...

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the united states - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/28/13.

I've now been living in the US for almost 8 years. I had visited for a few weeks previously, which partially influenced my decision to move here. I was 25 when I moved here, and previously lived in the UK.

I came to the US largely for work. I work in the games industry and this is where the best studios are based. I specifically was offered a job at my dream company in Seattle, so there was no question if I should move or not.

At first I moved to Seattle, which wasn't quite what I was expecting. It was cold and raining, and for some reason I had this view of the US which is always sunny and beaches. The people were good though, and there was a good music scene and nearby hiking or skiing. After 5 years I moved to California, where my American dream came true.

I now live in Santa Monica, which is in perpetual sunshine. It has a "small town" vibe despite being really big, and right next to LA. We are right on the beach which is fun, and we have a lot of pedestrian shopping areas. There are great hikes nearby, all the nightlife of LA and the surrounding area, you can go surfing and skiing in the same day. It's great here!

People here are a lot more "politically correct" and...

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the united states - anonymous' reflections after spending decades there

posted by anonymous on 10/24/13.

I came over in 1995. I believe it was April. I was 5 years old when I moved to America. I lived in Chisinau Moldova. It's one of, it not the poorest country in Europe. But we got by. I was too young to really know or care. I played soccer with my relatives and friends all day every day. I didn't need much else to entertain myself.

My grandfather was the head of the household. What he said goes. He worked at the railroad doing what I don't know. But something that let him talk to the customers a lot. He got to know all the important people that way and made friends. We knew he wanted to move the family somewhere, anywhere... Eventually, he was friendly enough with immigration that he could get my mom/dad/me and my uncle/aunt and their 2 sons to America through whatever means, legal or not (I was never told but probably illegal). We had family there (my other, older aunt/uncle moved there in the 80's) so they could help us out when we got there. We could have gone to Germany, Israel, Australia, or America. Obviously if you have a chance to go to the land of the free, AND you have family there, you take it.

When we came to America, we moved into an apartment complex in northeast...

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omaha, ne, united states - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 01/11/14.

What brought you to omaha, ne?

I moved to Omaha from Minneapolis, MN to go to College at Dana in Blair, NE. Once I graduated from Dana College I decided to stay in Omaha.

Describe the part of the city you live in.

I have lived in West and East Omaha (Elkhorn, Old Market). Both places have their own set of pros and cons. Living out West in Elkhorn is nice because there are a wide variety of neighborhoods to live in. The Elkhorn school district is ideal to enroll your children in opposed to Omaha Public Schools. Elkhorn is minutes from an outdoor strip mall that offers both shopping and restaurants. Living in East Omaha, Old Market, is great for young adults 21-35 years old. There are a wide variety of shops, bars, and restaurants all within walking distance of one another. The Old Market streets are brick roads giving a quaint/homelike atmosphere. The Old Market also offers various entertainment venues from the Holland Center (Performing Arts Center) to the Children's museum. Overall assessment of my time in Omaha is it is a great place to live as a young adult and as life goes on raise a family. Living in Omaha you get the perks of the city with a small town feel.


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pittsburgh, pa, united states - sumo-python-bear's (f/26/united states) thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by sumo-python-bear on 03/27/14.

What brought you to pittsburgh, pa?

Summer research program in computational neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh.

Describe the part of the city you live in.

I lived on Carnegie Mellon's campus, which is right next to UPitt--the surrounding area is called Oakland. Both campuses are nice but UPitt is especially pretty. Lots of college-type (cheap) restaurants and bars.

What things about pittsburgh, pa surprised you?

I think Pittsburgh has a bad reputation, it's sort of looked at as part of the "Rust Belt" (like Detroit, e.g.). Personally I didn't expect much from it having never been there. But really it's pretty amazing--there are so many universities, downtown is exciting, outdoor activities (the rivers are good for kayaking), tons of museums, obviously obsessed with sports if you're into that, a bunch good concerts come through. Plus, it's ridiculously cheap for how fun it is.

Another thing that surprised me was the amount of rain (this was during the summer). Most of the time it was sunny but probably once a week it would just downpour all day. Bring an umbrella.


los angeles, ca, united states - sumo-python-bear's (f/26/united states) thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by sumo-python-bear on 03/27/14.

What brought you to los angeles, ca?

Summer research experience at UCLA (Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics).

Describe the part of the city you live in.

I lived on UCLA's campus, which is gorgeous. The surrounding area is called Westwood, and it's a pretty nice part of LA (one of the nicest if I understand correctly). Shopping, good restaurants, a premiere theatre or two, a couple museums. Beverly Hills is right next to it.

List the good, bad, and okay things about los angeles, ca.

Good: beaches (Santa Monica was a frequent visit), hiking, shopping, Japantown, museums, food, obviously the weather

Okay: Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, other super touristy things (exciting maybe once)

Bad: Public transportation. I think they are trying to improve this, but the city is sprawling and the buses only get you so far. I didn't have a car, but if I did I'm sure I would list traffic here too.

Overall, I think it was an amazing place to spend a summer--we found something fun to do just about every weekend. I could see, though, how living there for an extended period of time might be less exciting/frustrating.