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japan - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/08/13.

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How much time have you spent in Japan?

I am currently on my 7th year of living in Japan

Which best describes how old you are/were while in Japan?

I moved to Japan after college, and have been living in Japan since, minus a year where I moved back to the United States.

What brought you to Japan?

While in college I was studying martial arts and developed an interest in Japanese culture. So when it came time to study abroad, I chose to study abroad in Japan and see what the country was all about. While on my study abroad, I was introduced to a teaching English in Japan program called the JET program. I like to call this a snowball effect, as I slowly fell down the rabbit hole and decided to do a year abroad after college…. 7 years later, and I am still here.

Describe the city you live in in Japan.

I currently live in a small city in Gunma prefecture about 2 hours outside of Tokyo, and have been living there for a little over a year. Because of my current proximity to Tokyo, I feel it might be better to talk about where I originally lived when I came to Japan.

When I originally moved to Japan, I was living in Kanazawa, in Ishikawa prefecture which is on the Japan Sea...

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krakow, poland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 12/06/14.

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How much time have you spent in Poland?

I moved here on or about August 15, 2005. I think it was actually the 17th but it's been awhile and I'm not great with things like dates and names and such. So, 9 years and 3.5 months.

How old were you when you came to Poland? Where were you before?

Uh 27 I believe it was. Prior to moving to Poland, I'd been living in a suburb of Portland (Oregon) named Milwaukie.

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

My future wife. We met via a mutual friend of mine, who I'd met the year prior in a BBC chatroom that was setup to discuss the recent presidential election/results in the US. This mutual friend mentioned that she knew a friend - my future wife - and that she thought I'd also like talking to her. So, I shot off an email, got one back, and it quickly escalated to chatting via Gadu-Gadu (Polish chat client) and then some phone calls and more emails and basically talking every chance we possibly could.

As far as a choice as to who was to move where... it was simple. My wife could move to the US and try to get a job there, which would have involved a lot of paperwork and BS. Or,...

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costa rica - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/27/13.

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What brought you to Costa Rica? Where were you before?

My lease was up and had a chance to move and open a business. I was in Georgia before.

Describe the part(s) of Costa Rica you've lived in.

I lived on the Guanacste Peninsula in a beach town called Samara.

What are the the people of Costa Rica like?

Ticos are amazingly relaxed. They move slowly and pretty much just try to enjoy life.

How did your social life evolve?

I met most of the people I knew from the bar we opened. People there were usually transitory, only being in town for a few weeks or months at a time. There were some people who had been there for years but they were a rarity.

Has your race, nationality, gender, etc. ever affected how you were treated or how people reacted to meeting you in Costa Rica?

Being white had its disadvantages in Costa Rica. You are easy to pick out of a crowd. Even the best countries have some crime and being different might make you an easier target. Also buying things as a 'tourist' is always more expensive than having a Tico friend do it for you

Were there any language barriers?

Yes. I was able to speak moderate spanish and hold most conversations. Ticos use a...

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paris, france - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 40s

posted by anonymous on 05/07/14.

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How much time have you spent in Paris?

I more or less moved over here in 2007. I spent 2009 working in Amsterdam but the rest of the time has all been spent in Paris, so it's coming up on seven years in Europe.

How old were you when you came to Paris? Where were you before?

I was 44 when I moved over here and I came from the Bay Area. No kids, no property and never been married and I KNOW I never could have done this if I checked the boxes for 1 & 2.

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

Good question. A little background first... October 2007, I had just gotten laid off from my Silicon Valley job. I was planning on leaving of my own accord around the first of the year as I was burned out and, more specifically, totally frustrated because there was absolutely no room for advancement nor was there any place to go within my old company. So, rather than leaving on my own, I got a nice severance package. Now I could afford to take a bit of time off to decompress and recharge my batteries a bit.

Initially, I thought I'd go to Australia as it was summer, I have a good friend in Sydney and I thought I would go up to...

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

posted by anonymous on 09/26/13.

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Originally from the USA , originally traveled here for a vacation.

I live in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines and the largest city of the philippines. I have traveled many places here, but live here due to work, city life and technology.

Social life is strange for me, people are nice and friendly but at the same time being from different cultures we just don't really seem to meld as friends. We have nothing much in common and I feel sort of an outcast culturally. I could probably do more to make friends but I'm busy, such is life.

I originally came here for vacation, applied for jobs and managed to find one and stayed.

I prefer my previous social life in the USA.

Race isn't really an issue in the philippines its very multicultural, they aren't racist people.

Language: Most people speak some english. In the city well educated people speak perfect english. But in some areas far out of the city they have different dialects and might not speak english.

I have struggled to learn Tagalog. Because I get by mostly with english.

Social advice: they are very catholic here and conservative. They are very old fashioned in some ways. This can be positive or...

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cebu, philippines - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 04/24/14.

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How old were you when you came to the Philippines?

I had just turned 25 when I came to the Philippines. I literally blew out my birthday cake, and boarded the plane.

Where were you before?

I originally hailed from Seattle, WA. Most my childhood was growing up in close cities (Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc), and I studied at the University of Washington.

What brought you to the Philippines?

Job training brought me over. I was to go to Taiwan to visit family before going back to the Philippines for 7-8 months, and finishing up my training in Taiwan.

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

Unfortunately I did not see much of Manila until the end of my training. I spent most the time in the free trade zone in Cebu, in Clark (by the airport). I experienced a bit of Angeles and their… less tasteful areas. As this zone was more occupied by foreigners coming to work at factories and visitors looking for some night entertainment, most of the area was full of bars, the streets were full of legalized prostitutes, and your average number of thugs/beggars. It was not safe to go out at night, especially as a foreigner.

How does the...

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prague, czech republic - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 50s

posted by anonymous on 10/31/13.

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How much time have you spent in the Czech Republic? How old were you when you came to the Czech Republic? Where were you before?

I first visited Prague in 2005 before moving here full-time three months later. I was 48 when I moved here from London, UK.

What brought you to the Czech Republic?

I'd read an article about Prague and how the British embassy here was being swamped by drunk and injured Brits unable to find their way to hospital so I decided to market a tourist magazine aimed at solving the problem. It fell through but, by that time, I'd fallen in love with the city (and a lovely Czech girl) and decided to move here anyway.

Describe the city you live in in the Czech Republic and your impressions of it.

Prague is just about the most beautiful place I've ever lived. Just waking up and looking out of the window is inspiring (I'm an artist by trade) and to stand on one of its many bridges with the woman you love is by far the most romantic thing in the world. It's bohemian, atmospheric, weird, scary and everything a creative person could hope for in a city.

Was making friends and meeting people in the Czech Republic in general easy or difficult?

My first job...

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brno, czech republic - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 04/15/14.

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How much time have you spent in the Czech Republic?

I've been here since May 2010, but came to visit for a few months in 2009 or 2008.

How old were you when you came to the Czech Republic? Where were you before?

I was 27 when I came here. I was born and raised around the Washington D.C. Area. I spent 2 years living in Colorado around 2002-2004

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

I came here because I met my current fiancée while she was a foreign exchange student at my college. She told me that if I didn't come over then i'd probably never see her again, so I jumped on a plane :)

Describe the city you live in in the Czech Republic and your impressions of it.

I live in Brno... it's got the small town feel but it's a big town. The people here are nice compared to Prague where it's more of a “Why are you in my way?” whereas in Brno they seem to be genuinely interested in foreigners and are willing to help.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in the Czech Republic? What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in the Czech Republic?

Again, the woman :)...

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chile - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 11/14/13.

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How much time have you spent in Chile?

In total, I have spent about a year in Chile. 3 months in 2006 and about 9 months this year (2013).

How old were you when you came to Chile? Where were you before?

The first time I came to Chile I was 19 years old. The second time, and for a more permanent move, I was 27 years old. Before my tourist/school trip in 2006 I was living in the state of Wyoming. Before my move this year I had been living in Bellingham, Washington.

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

I studied teaching at Western Washington University, my major was 'Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies' with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. As a secondary motive, I came to Chile to teach English. My main motivation was to spend time in Chilean Patagonia. This area is one of the wildest and least populated regions in the world. I had been to the town I am now living in (Coyhaique) before and really liked the area.

Describe the town or city you live in in Chile and your impressions of it.

The town I live in (Coyhaique) is the larges town in the region of Aysén. It has about 50,000...

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buenos aires, argentina - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 12/12/13.

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How much time have you spent in Argentina?

3 months.

How old were you when you came to Argentina? Where were you before?

34 - I had just moved from Medellin, Colombia.

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

I wanted to get a good mix in my year of slow travel around South America - Buenos Aires is the big city of South America - they call it the Paris of the south, and you really do get that sensation of being in European city with all that old world architecture.

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

It was a huge city - there was a sense of faded glory about it - which makes sense historically. There's a lavishness about the architecture and the food and culture that mixes with the current economic situation that contributes to that feeling.

How does the city you lived in compare to other cities in Argentina? What drew you to the city you lived in over other cities in Argentina?

It's like any big city in the world - people are little bit brusque, it takes forever to get anywhere - but I wanted to live there to get that classic Argentinian experience, and I felt...

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copenhagen, denmark - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/24/13.

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How much time have you spent in Copenhagen?

I was there for 6 months.

How old were you when you came to Copenhagen? Where were you before?

I was living in the United States at the time. I was 23 at the time.

What brought you to Copenhagen?

Ostensibly I was there to take some classes to further my MBA. In reality it was because I wanted to travel to a different continent and the opportunity presented itself.

Describe Copenhagen and your impressions of it.

Copenhagen was the city. I was in the Vesterbro neighborhood. It was pretty rough at the time. I remember it being advertised in the school pamphlet as "The Real Copenhagen". It was a predominantly Muslim neighborhood - many an Iraqi flag were flown after a major soccer win. The neighborhood was somewhat lovingly referred to as "Kebab-ville" and lived up to the billing - the foreign food in the area was some of the best I've had even now in my life. The transportation was great. Even in one of the poorer neighborhoods, the dive bars and restaurants were much more expensive than I was used to.

How does the city you lived in compare to other cities in Denmark?

Within Denmark, it was much easier to be an English...

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the united states - anonymous' reflections after spending decades there

posted by anonymous on 10/24/13.

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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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canada - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/30/13.

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I have spent a total of 8 years in Canada. 5 of those years were in Toronto, and three have been in Montreal. I was 17 when I arrived in Canada, bright eyed and bushy tailed, about to start my first year of University. It was the first and last time I moved out away from my parents. I am now in my late 20's, so I would say that I have spent some of my more important formative years here.

I came to Canada to go to school. It was a lot cheaper than going to University in the States, and at the time Toronto had an up and coming film industry. I was interested in cinematography and there was a great school in Toronto. I was looking to establish myself in a big city, and I knew in my heart of hearts that Boston and NYC were not viable options for me. Toronto was big enough, and had culture, and so I was looking for a new and exciting start. It was also cool to say I was studying in another country. Before that, I was in the States. I grew up in Connecticut.

I had come to find Toronto a bit cold, a bit expensive and at times too vast. My partner was in school in Montreal, so I moved there, not speaking the language, having just graduated and in desperate need of a job. Those were...

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oulu, finland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/31/13.

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How much time have you spent in Finland?

I've been here since September 19th 2012. So just over a year now, time flies.

How old were you when you came to Finland? Where were you before?

I was 21, it was around a month after turning 21 actually. I am originally from Scotland.

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

I wouldn't really say I had any choice in the matter. I met a girl online, we decided it would be awesome to see each other, so I came here thinking I'd only be here for around 5 weeks. Now we're married and with a child on the way.

Describe the city you live in in Finland and your impressions of it.

Oulu is a very nice city, one thing I've noticed is that it's very flat, extremely flat, this is strange as I'm from Scotland. It's a very clean city, everything seems to run on time and as soon as the snow starts to fall it'll be shoveled onto the sides of the roads in hours. It's a pretty efficient place, even if some people look down on it for being ''depressing.'

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in Finland? What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in...

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vilnius, lithuania - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/22/13.

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How much time have you spent in Lithuania?

One and a half years now.

How old were you when you came to Lithuania? Where were you before?

I was in my mid twenties and still in my mid twenties.

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

I wanted to work in Europe and in my field Europe tends to be reserved for more experienced individuals. When I got an offer from Eastern Europe I was a little skeptical but quickly warmed up to the idea when I heard of the English language fluency, people and food in Lithuania.

Describe the city you live in in Lithuania and your impressions of it.

I live in the capital of Vilnius in Lithuania. For foreigners it's a very nice place to live. It has one of the largest old towns in Europe which makes it a very charming location to live year round. Vilnius is one of those places where you can find something new and different to do every time you adventure out in it. There are loads of small businesses and restaurants around the city center. I try to go to new restaurants as frequently as I can and there are no shortage of them. The public transit can be frustrating for people who...

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