Post # 76
Suburb of Kansas City.
Pros: We have a little bit of everything here. Want some space? Just drive 20 minutes. Want City, just drive 10 minutes. Cost of living isn’t bad. We have a house we love in one of the richer counties. I love music, and big concerts come through, smaller acts. We see a lot.
Cons: Weather. It’s hot as balls in the summer and add in humidy, I want to die. When someone says they are coming to town I’m at a huge loss as to what to take them to. We have things, but they aren’t really things that people come from miles to see.
Post # 77
Omaha, Nebraska – and the best thing about Omaha is that we are leaving in 782 days but who is counting…
Nebraska recently changed its motto from “Nebraska. The Good Life” (LIE) to “Nebraska. It’s not for everyone” and “There’s nothing to do here” (So TURE)
I am originally from Stockholm, Sweden but I lived all over the place like Cologne/Ger, Sicily/It Vienna/Aut, Bejing, and Shenyang/Cn but also in other towns in Germany, Sweden and the US and I can’t wait to move on! I literally can’t say anything good about Omaha, except that we could have ended up in an even worse place (Altus, Oklahoma was in the game for about 24 hours)
Our next goal is either Florida, Hawaii, Coast of Texas if we stay in the US. Amsterdam or London if we go to Europe or Dubai. We both really like the heat and I’d love to live at a place where palm trees grow. But I am at a point where I don’t care anymore as long as we just leave the middle of nowhere.
Post # 78
All of those choices sound amazing. We had originally considered Maui, which is still our retirement plan but Florida fit closer into our budget. After that we may do the expat thing, I think I’d love living out outside of the US for a bit.
If you don’t mind me asking, what do you do that allows so many awesome travel options?
Post # 79
I live in Regensburg, a city of about 150.000 inhabitants in eastern Bavaria. I was born here and came back after living elsewhere.
Pros: All my friends live here. This place is ollllllld – there are excavations of a Roman fort here and the centre is medieval; I teach history, so this kind of thing matters to me. Ok weather – our winters are cold and our summers warm but nothing too extreme. Reasonably good choice of restaurants for such a small town. A series of festivals throughout the year that are fun (Ren fair, jazz fest, baroque music…). Very safe. Reasonably close to Munich which is handy for concerts.
Cons: Property prices (we inherited a house, otherwise buying would have been out of the question). Could be more multicultural. Loads of Danube cruise boat tourists. Traffic has become quite bad. No airport (but 2 airports within 2hours drive).
I wouldn’t mind living elsewhere, much as I love my hometown. But what REALLY keeps me here and will continue to keep me here is my friends.
Post # 80
YAY! That is a heavy weight on Disney passes haha, you guys must be huge fans! Also, Orlando is totally diverse and progressive – we actually have multiple out and proud elected officials! And we are only an hour from warm beaches 😜
Post # 81
mrstaylorlevy : I am loving the sound of diverse and progressive! Though finding a house rental in Celebration is like pulling teeth. We are supposed to check out a few places this week but the closest we have gotten so far is Millenia, lol. I have actually never been to Disneyworld, just Disneyland but I figure between that, the beautiful beaches and Universal, we can keep ourselves entertained.
Post # 82
Hawaii has been my dream for a long long time. We also got married there. But I guess it won’t be such a good option as my husband needs a place he can commute to work from. I don’t know how it would be possible in Hawaii but we will look into it.
I moved around because my parents decided to move (Germany/Italy) and my university was in Vienna (only options with my program were Vienna or Germersheim/Ger). My exboyfriend worked in China and I went with him for a while. So I didn’t move around for a job. I also went to school in the US while in Highschool. Now I am here because of my husbands job. I gave him 3 years in Omaha when I could choose the next move within our options. We will start looking next year and I am so exited. I really like being in the USA. I don’t think I really would go back to Germany or Sweden eventhough there’s a job opportunity for my husband in Cologne. I still like to go out and party but in 2 years I will be 39… I mean especially Europe offers a lot of parties and fun for that age group but I don’t think I feel the need to move back into a party town. Stockholm ist just to depressing for about 9 month out of the year… don’t get me wrong, it’s the most beautiful capital of Europe. Imagine a clean Paris right by the ocean untouched by any wars and destruction.
In a few years I won’t have any ties to those counties anymore (as my parents and the meager family I have are all 70+ years old) so I don’t feel a pull to go back there
If you have the chance to live in Europe for a while I’d do it. I know a lot of Americans who loved it there so much that they found ways to stay. Especially those who have children. What I miss the most is that everything is so close. You just hop in your car and within 5 hours you will have reached another country. (Well that goes for Germany anyways). I used to buy my groceries in France, my gas in Luxembourg, my beer in Belgium and my weed in the Netherlands (latter was a while ago ;)) and the budget airlines do the rest. Need a getaway in London? Why not? Round trips are available for 70€.
Post # 83
Such an interesting thread!
I live in a South Australian beachside suburb with cafés of all sorts, with the beach/sea at the end of my street, a little cinema, a couple of hairdressers and chemists, pubs, restaurants of several ethnicities , lovely people and lots and lots of dogs. I don’t want to ever move from this little community now I have found it
Post # 84
Hey fellow Seattle bee! Let’s be friends
I moved to Seattle from sunny California (althoug that’s not where I grew up either) a little over 10 years ago to start college (GAWSH I feel so old!!!) and my goodness, initially I had the worst time adjusting! The constant overcast and the rain brought down my mood sooo much and I told myself I will GTFO once I graduate…BUT life plays tricks on you sometimes! I ended up staying afterwards, and today I have to admit I’ve really grown to love it and the circle of friends I’ve built up.
Pros: Great food scene, beautiful nature (hiking in the summer, skiining in the winter, cherry blossom in the spring etc), COFFEE, amazing job prospects (I never imagined that I would’ve achieved as much as I have, and super grateful), open-minded people. 3 hour driving south to Portland to shop until you drop (no salex tax!), and 2 hours driving north to Vancouver, Canada!
Cons: WEATHER! TRAFFIC! Not as many outbound international flights as SFO, LAX, or YVR…
Post # 85
- Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
I live in Beverly Hills, CA and I would say it’s filled with more “normal” folks than most people would think.
Pros: great weather, centrally located to everything in the LA area, amazing school district and city amenities, and actually a surprisingly tight knit group of very nice people who are really involved and active in the community and city politics, lots of restaurants and shops, beautiful parks, very dog friendly, not particularly a party/nightlife city like West Hollywood right next door (which is beneficial for us because we are over the going out every night stage of our lives and will be trying to start a family very soon).
Cons: there really aren’t too many. But it’s one of most expensive places in the US to live, LA traffic everywhere is just god awful, it’s a little further from the beach than I’d like personally, and yes, even though it’s definitely not as bad as people would think, that “LA scene” does still exist and it can get annoying if it’s not your thing.
Post # 86
I would love to be, lol. That’s awesome that you found a circle of people here. I have yet to find my people here, which is weird for me since this is the first state I have had an issue with that sort of thing. I went to college in Oregon and have mostly contracts so while I do have a few work aquantence and a had a bestie but he bailed due to his gf hating me, which I get, SOs totally come first but it was still a bummer.
What field are you in if you don’t mind me asking?
Anywho, I am about to spend the next few years away from the city.We are trying to leave so we can save and eventually move buy a place in Redmond. This is basically the only place I can find jobs I am seriously interested in so no matter were we go I have to come back eventually. SO is the same way, his skill set is specific to MST. I know that even though I am gonna be flying back several times a year, I am gonna miss it here.