Post # 107
I have done this twice. I’m American and I’m currently living in Australia with my fiance and we plan to live here for the foreseeable future. Once we have kids and they are into their teens, we might consider living in Germany to be closer to his family. (I want to homeschool them at least in their primary school years, which is illegal in Germany.)
Previously, I was in a relationship with a Pole and that was much more challenging. That was before Poland had joined the EU and it was very much a post-communist country. The language barrier was immensely challenging, I was uncomfortable with the culture there, and a lot of people were extremely hostile to me when they found out I was American. I never understood why, but it got to the point that we had to move because I could no longer leave out flat without being physically attacked by the drunken men that hung out in the empty lot across the street and even when we moved, I still continued to have problems with other tenants in our building blocking me from entering or exiting and spitting on me and calling me all sorts of foul Polish names. I stayed about four months, but it just didn’t work out. I don’t regret the experience and it obviously didn’t stop me from moving abroad again, but being subjected to abuse every day in addition to not being able to make friends, get a job, study, or anything that involved a level of communication above buying a train ticket made it really difficult. However, I have since been back numerous times and the country is in a much better state and Americans don’t seem to be as hated as they were ten years ago.
Of course, Australia has had its challenges, too. I’m glad language isn’t one of them, but it is certainly very difficult to make friends. My visa doesn’t yet allow me to work or study, so it’s hard to meet people and of course, I do miss my American friends and it makes me very sad to see that I am losing most of them. But again, I don’t regret the move and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We very much want our children to think of themselves as global citizens and it would be nice if we could give them the experience of living in different countries.
Post # 108
Yes, esp if its a great opporutunity for him and if I knew that we would be coming back in the near future before we had children. I feel strongly about being close to family when I have kids.
Post # 109
My SO is a Thai citizen, and is strongly considering going back when he finishes college within the next year. I’ll be graduating in a few months and we’re strongly considering weighing the pros and cons of living there vs living in the states but theres alot of thought that goes into stuff like that especially given the global economy and where your personal finances lie. I personally would LOVE living there, his family has tried to sink me into the culture as much as possible since I’ve been with them but I know things would be different and it would probably still be a big shock. Still, I can try my best to make a dream happen ^^ If it works out great, if it doesn’t I’m happy here.
Post # 110
I’ve actually done this. We both moved to S.Korea and taught English for a year. I’d totally move overseas again (although I wouldn’t want to live in Korea again).
Post # 111
Nope. I am staying PUT. I think years ago I might have been willing to do it for a year or two, but now I wouldn’t because of our pets. Is it lame to say no because of pets rather than family? lol. I guess the thing is— family would understand that we were coming back. But I literally cry every time we have to leave our pets for more than 3-4 days, I can’t even imagine leaving them for a year (even in the care of my parents). They are all shelter pets and it would break my heart for them to think they got abandoned again.
Post # 112
I’ve lived abroad, but never for more than a year at a time. Frankly, I’m tired of long traveling and just want to sit down somewhere, lol, have the same address for more than a year or two at a time. Understand what people are saying around me and what’s going on. So at this point in my life, I’d prefer not to. But I could still do it, depending on the rewards, for a year or two max.
Post # 113
I just moved one state over to be with my FH and I hate it. Love him, hate living far away from family.
Post # 114
I went to grad school in Cairo and am coming up on a year in Afghanistan so yeah, I’d move.
I’ve only been to Dubai in the UAE but you can wear whatever you feel like. It’s basically like New York but hotter, with less walking and more money.
DH and I are probably going to move back to the US for about 5 years next year and I’m sort of dreading it. While I don’t love Afghanistan (it’s also really not bad given the way we get to live here) I love being centrally located, making a great income, and being able to travel to places that would otherwise be absurdly far from the States.
I want to live somewhere for a while at some point, but I highly doubt it will be the US. All of the bullsh*t anti-women, anti-family, and general “other bashing” (political polarization, xenophobia, etc.) angers me and is something I don’t particularly want to raise my children in.
Post # 115
I’ve also moved my cat with me from the US –>Egypt –>US –>Afghanistan. I refuse to live somewhere where I can’t have her. That would be a total dealbreaker for me. Luckily, it’s also basically a non-issue except like… Guam.