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  • Expat Exchange - Bahia de Caraquez - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Bahia de Caraquez Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible I am a realist and knew things would be difficult getting used to a whole new culture But reality check it is a whole lot HARDER than I ever thought Mostly that it takes FOREVER to get anything done Now I knew it took FOREVER before but somehow forever goes into eternity once you live here And not knowing the language like I thought I did at least poco kind of threw me for a loop When they say you should know a little you REALLY SHOULD KNOW A LITTLE And I can only speak for the town I live in but the electricity outages are rampant at least 3 times a week anywhere from minutes to HOURS I was not prepared for THAT although I did know the electricity goes out from time to time Time to time Really How about all the time How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Still working at that question Not having a significant other and retirement age makes it much more difficult as it is hard enough on your own but in a foreign country is is doublefold I think I could safely say if I were in a bigger town yes it would but my circumstances moving to Ecuador are quite different than most others How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Answered that question above Jury is still out on that More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Cuenca Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Cuenca Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Guayaquil Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Manta Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Quito Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Quito Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Quito Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Salinas Ecuador Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in San Clemente Ecuador View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report adminee Profile Private Message Feb 9 2012 22 30 Please explain adminee Profile Private Message Feb 9 2012 22 30 Please explain guest Jan 8 2013 11 16 I am a single woman looking into moving to Equador I wonder about the comment about racism I would hate to live where the locals did not like me Is it a reginal thing guest Mar 29 2013 22 49 I am planning

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/27816/39/Ecuador/Living-in-Bahia-de-Caraquez (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Balatonfured - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Trinidad Tob Turkey Turkmenistan UAE Uganda UK Ukraine United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe Join Sign In Home Hungary Forum Hungary Guide Hungary Resources Hungary Real Estate International Jobs Home Hungary Forum Hungary Guide Hungary Resources Hungary Real Estate International Jobs Hungary Hungary Newsletter 10 Tips for Living in Hungary More Hungary Tips Hungary Expat Blogs Hungary Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Balatonfured Guide to Living in Budapest Guide to Living in Tarnazsadany Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Balatonfured Hungary Submitted by borschelrh Comments Print Tweet Participate in the Dream vs Reality Report What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Balatonfured Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible We were looking for a western style country with 4 seasons in the heart of Europe with a good standard of living so we could enjoy a comfortable lifestyle We also were looking for a moderate government in a fully democratic country with good medical plus fully functional and modern infrastructure How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad We have a wonderful life in Hungary and are enjoying things more or less as we planned The medical system is more than adequate as are all of the other things such as utilities and shopping How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Hungary has suffered terribly since the election of the Fidez government and imminent collapse of the economy here For us that is a mixed bag as our dollar is worth 30 more but prices have risen an average of 30 at the same time Utilities have become extremely expensive at roughly 5 times higher than the US but food is much cheaper The problem with a failing economy is that crime is soaring so we are more on guard than we would have liked There is no end in sight so this is becoming a more or less permanent condition the same as in Greece and Italy On the other hand we now have extremely loyal and happy staff as we pay generously and are compassionate employers More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Hungary Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Balatonfured Hungary View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Join Today free Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move It s

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/27661/52/Hungary/Living-in-Balatonfured (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Balikpapan - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Madagascar Malaysia Malta Martinique Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saudi Arabia Scotland Senegal Serbia Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Trinidad Tob Turkey Turkmenistan UAE Uganda UK Ukraine United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe Join Sign In Home Indonesia Forum Indonesia Guide Indonesia Resources Indonesia Real Estate International Jobs Home Indonesia Forum Indonesia Guide Indonesia Resources Indonesia Real Estate International Jobs Indonesia Indonesia Newsletter Indonesia Tips Indonesia Expat Blogs Indonesia Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Batam Guide to Living in Jakarta Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Balikpapan Indonesia Submitted by educatingwendy Comments Print Tweet Participate in the Dream vs Reality Report What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Balikpapan Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible I thought it would be full of new and exciting experiences I also thought it would be less focused on money and worldly achievements and more about helping the country and people in which I would be located How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad I love that each day brings new things to learn and do You get to experience different cultures and meet people from all over the world How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad It s a bit more focused on money and packages that I originally thought There are certainly levels of expats and positions It can be cliquey among females partners I find it much more difficult to find professional work even though I am also a professional expat who met my professional partner as an expat I ve followed him to a new place and hard to find work as people assume I m just a trailing spouse versus a professional expatriate myself More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Indonesia Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Balikpapan Indonesia View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Join Today free Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move It s FREE and takes 1 minute List a Property free Real Estate in Indonesia View All Properties Bandung Indonesia Property for Rent Balikpapan Indonesia Property for Rent Jakarta Indonesia Property for Sale Add a free Property Listing or Rental Listing Indonesia

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/27980/55/Indonesia/Living-in-Balikpapan (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Bangkok - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Trinidad Tob Turkey Turkmenistan UAE Uganda UK Ukraine United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe Join Sign In Home Thailand Forum Thailand Guide Thailand Resources Thailand Real Estate International Jobs Home Thailand Forum Thailand Guide Thailand Resources Thailand Real Estate International Jobs Thailand Thailand Newsletter 10 Tips for Living in Thailand More Thailand Tips Thailand Expat Blogs Thailand Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Bangkok Guide to Living in Chang Mai Guide to Living in Chiang Mai Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Bangkok Thailand Submitted by johnlander Comments Print Tweet Participate in the Dream vs Reality Report What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Bangkok Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible Cheaper and easier How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Affordable enough but certain things more expensive than US or Japan wine furniture cable TV How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Visiting Thailand for a month or so is fun living here is a hassle visas banking maintenance issues drunk slob fellow expats More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Thailand Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Bangkok Thailand View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Join Today free Join Expat Exchange to meet expats

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/28508/108/Thailand/Living-in-Bangkok (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Berlin - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Jobs Germany Germany Newsletter 10 Tips for Living in Germany More Germany Tips Germany Expat Blogs Germany Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Cologne Guide to Living in Dusseldorf Guide to Living in Erlangen Guide to Living in Frankfurt Guide to Living in Hamburg Guide to Living in Heidelberg Guide to Living in Karlsruhe Guide to Living in Munich Guide to Living in Nordrhein Westfalen Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Berlin Germany Submitted by waynende Comments Print Tweet Participate in the Dream vs Reality Report Once we settled in Berlin we have no regrets whatsoever It has been all we could hope for in living in Germany The culture the history and of course cosmopolitan Berlin We love our place in the city and are happy we made this move Berlin is no longer divided and I still see the Berlin from my younger days What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Berlin Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible Having been stationed in Berlin in 1973 75 I loved being in Berlin I always longed to return 37 years later I got that chance by landing a job in Berlin My wife and daughter had never lived outside the US and I had to consider this and their point of view We were excited and anxious about the move We researched everything we could and spoke with people we know that had lived overseas We knew it would be a big transition but once we decided to make the leap we were ready to say goodbye and make the move We sold our household and belongings and within 6 weeks we were in Berlin How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Once we settled in Berlin we have no regrets whatsoever It has been all we could hope for in living in Germany The culture the history and of course cosmopolitan Berlin We love our place in the city and are happy we made this move Berlin is no longer divided and I still see the Berlin from my younger days We feel safe we enjoy the many cultures and influences from around the world We travel throughout Europe easily How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad I cannot say anything negative about the experience of living in Berlin It is all we hoped for and more More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Germany Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Berlin Germany Dream of Living vs Reality of Living

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/49048/3/Germany/Living-in-Berlin (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Bishkek - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Malaysia Malta Martinique Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saudi Arabia Scotland Senegal Serbia Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Trinidad Tob Turkey Turkmenistan UAE Uganda UK Ukraine United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe Join Sign In Home Kyrgyzstan Forum Kyrgyzstan Guide Kyrgyzstan Resources Kyrgyzstan Real Estate International Jobs Home Kyrgyzstan Forum Kyrgyzstan Guide Kyrgyzstan Resources Kyrgyzstan Real Estate International Jobs Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Newsletter Expat Tips Kyrgyzstan Expat Blogs Kyrgyzstan Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in BISHKEK Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Submitted by Nursulu Comments Print Tweet Participate in the Dream vs Reality Report Historic Building in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan One member of Expat Exchange dreamed of skiing in the winter sunbathing in the summer and enjoying a healthy lifestyle in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan In reality the fall and spring are lovely but the summer is too hot for sunbathing What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Bishkek Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible Living in the huge apartments with mountain view skiing in the winter weekends sunbathing in summer eating fresh organic food enjoy nomadic culture and lifestyle How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad I live in reasonable sized apartment with the mountain view I didn t ski due to pregnancy I am hiding from sun in the summer as it is very hot here though spring and autumn is lovely I eat a lot of local grown produce but miss a lot stuff like avocados blueberries and couscous I go mostly to see Russian ballet rather than stay in yurt playing komuz How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Pity there are not many of trains running across the country I love trains more than cars More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Kyrgyzstan Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Join Today free Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move It s FREE and takes 1 minute List a Property free Overseas Real Estate View All Properties Pampanga Philippines Property for Rent Potrerillos Panama Property for Rent Portobelo Panama Property for Sale Add a free Property Listing or Rental

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/38026/68/Kyrgyzstan/Living-in-Bishkek (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Brasilito - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    a combo of Tico and Gringo but contracts invitations to return my value as an employee is not well valued very much I am replaceable I wish I had my car made more money to buy a scooter or the busses ran on a more efficient schedule I really can t get there from here because if you can t walk to it or you don t have a car you can t get there EASILY and EASILY means your travel time between places that would normally be about 20 mins with a car can take oh recently 4 hrs Wish I had my car Finding a male companion who does not want to marry for my money don t have any or have sex with me w or w o friendship or who is even willing to be a good friend has been VERY challenging and really does not exist where I live Your choices are Tourists guys that left home to find a date here guys that have lots of girlfriends and or espouses equivalent to wives That can make things for a single straight lady a bit lonely Oh and so far I have not found a place close by to learn how to do Latin dancing Oh yeah and many gringos seem very negative about life in general I feel sad for them and expect that they feel somewhat trapped here often having come to invest a lot of money in real estate or dreams of owning and running a hotel and making their retirements secure that then fell through I have a lot of sympathy it seems to be very hard I also observe that there is no reliable source or system for house sitting for resident gringos who live in the country More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Costa Rica Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Brasilito Costa Rica Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Cimarrones Costa Rica Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Grecia Costa Rica Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Tamarindo Beach area Costa Rica View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report KristenG Profile Private Message Apr 16 2012 09 23 Do you have a TEFL certificate did you arrange your teaching job from home I hope to embark on a similar adventure in CR or Panama welcome anyone telling the truth about challenges involved My gringo 50 ish husband I may be looking for months long house sitting opportunities in CR next summer are people looking for us or do they want locals Thanks lapiloto Profile Private Message Apr 16 2012 21 48 How are you working legally without residency brianwolf Profile Private Message Apr 27 2013 02 40 Thanks for sharing your heartfelt thoughts Please feel free to address any of the following questions or issues I also hope a nice guy down there realizes what a great catch you are as you seem as deep as the Pacific Best wishes I m a retired teacher too I m definitely interested in a condo or house on the eastern shore or cays of Belize or the Pacific coast of Costa Rica I hear the crime on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica is a definite deterent My main requirements for buying or renting are 1 It s close to many fine quality diving sites within an hour or two travel from home I enjoy diving warm water less than 100 feet deep that s filled with a wide variety of colorful fish other underwater animals and corals Deep water wreck dives aren t necessary 2 There is a fresh water swimming pool nearby to use at the house or a group community pool is fine 3 Beautiful scenery is nearby with azure turquoise water being especially desirable 4 English is understood in the area I m willing to learn some Spanish but it will be a long time before I can be fully conversant I m not afraid to use what I know and often just the effort to try using the native language often prompts the locals to use their knowledge of English if they sense that they know English better than I know their language I ve traveled in Europe four times and in the Caribbean six times and found out that attempting to use their language often signaled that you weren t another rude arrogant American 5 The area is relatively free of theft and crime and violent crime like murder and physical attacks are very rare 6 There are plenty at least 100 in nearby community of Americans or Canadians nearby to network with 7 Cost under 250 000 I earn about 80 000 per year as retirement income 8 Amenable taxwise as well as logistically to living in from approximately Nov 1 to April 30 each year 9 Affordable food good tasting fresh water and some form of automobile repair shops 10 Not oppressive temperatures or humidity or insects mosquitoes flies gnats sandflies etc 11 Americans are welcomed by the locals not resented 12 Some forms of entertainment music or restaurants are available No need for five star fancy restaurants or lodging just decent quality is fine 13 Ability to access higher elevation to get cooler if the temps start becoming stifling Southern Pacific side of Costa Rica or Panamanian Mts is good for that I hear Is any of Belize high enough to offer a cooling effect Do ocean breezes moderate the temp or humidity 14 The ability to do small sailboat sailing canoeing or kayaking tennis golf stand up paddleboarding windsurfing hiking and or backpacking are also definite pluses 15 The ability to drive to other countries makes a Central American destination more desirable than a Caribbean Island especially a small one like Aruba 16

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/97/28251/33/Costa-Rica/Living-in-Brasilito (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Braunschweig - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Resources Germany Real Estate International Jobs Home Germany Forum Germany Guide Germany Resources Germany Real Estate International Jobs Germany Germany Newsletter 10 Tips for Living in Germany More Germany Tips Germany Expat Blogs Germany Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Cologne Guide to Living in Dusseldorf Guide to Living in Erlangen Guide to Living in Frankfurt Guide to Living in Hamburg Guide to Living in Heidelberg Guide to Living in Karlsruhe Guide to Living in Munich Guide to Living in Nordrhein Westfalen Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Braunschweig Germany Submitted by marksavino Comments Print Tweet Participate in the Dream vs Reality Report What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Braunschweig Describe how you dreamed expat life would be before you moved overseas Please provide as much detail as possible I work for VW in Wolfsburg I dreamed of meeting a lot of colleagues and friends travelling around Germany and in Europe enjoying the cafes restaurants bars and clubs How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad Sort of I have been trying to do my best travelling around but two things have been a small impediment I don t have a lot of friends here and am single so I m less inclined to travel alone but I have done it on a number of occasions beats staying at home Second is that usual daily life can get in the way meaning there is a ton of stuff I need to do to prepare my apartment such as appliance and furniture shopping all the usual chores associated with a move Since stores are closed on Sundays in Germany this process can be more time consuming than I imagined More About Dream vs Reality of Expat Life in Germany Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Berlin Germany Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Braunschweig Germany Dream of Living vs Reality of Living in Cologne Germany View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report guest Feb 13 2012 13 20 The first few months settling in a foreign country are hard because of the whole settling in process and figuring out how the local system works But these things are what keep your brain cells alive About traveling alone You need to learn to be your own best friend Enjoy your own company It s nice to travel with a compatible companion but it s also nice to travel alone and if you sign up for tour you often find others traveling alone and conversations are started up It s a

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