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Discussion in 'Travel' started by reppans, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. bjshep

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    Belgium and Spain are two separate and independent nations.

    This reminds me of a story a friend recounted from the weekend. He now lives in Canada and spent an evening socialising with neighbours.

    One of the neighbours present asked him whereabouts the Falkland Isles were in Britain. She was aghast to find out they are close to Argentina.
     
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  2. jmac30
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    Top gear (original) is the best! The whole queueing etiquette here is beyond comprehension - unless you have grown up with it you will end up in a (somewhat heated) discussion in the market! We are lucky though in where we are it really still has a village feel - it is interesting having to shop just about everyday and having to go to at least 2 or 3 places to find what you want!
     
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    hunter s gatherer EDC Junkie!!!

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    Well I just went to the supermart and still have two more to go to on Saturday! So much for super . . . Or I must be awfully foodcentric.
     
  4. blacmud8

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    The best book for understanding Britain is a short book written in 1946 called 'How to be an Alien' by George Mikes.

    An excerpt:

    Chapter 14: Favourite Things

    In England, people do not often get excited. They do not enjoy many things but they love to queue.
    In Europe, if people are waiting at a bus-stop they look bored and half asleep. When the bus arrives they fight to get on it. Most of them leave on the bus and some are very lucky and leave in an ambulance. One Englishman waits at a bus-stop and, even if there are no other people there, he starts a queue.
    The biggest and best queues are in front of cinemas. These queues have large cards that say: Queue here for 4s 6d; Queue here for 9s 3d; Queue here for 16s 8d. Nobody goes to a cinema if it does not have cards telling customers to queue.
    At weekends, an Englishman queues up at the bus-stop, travels out to Richmond, queues up for a boat, then queues up for tea, then queues up for ice cream, then queues up some more because it is fun, then queues up at the bus-stop when he wants to go home. He has a very good time.
    Many English families spend pleasant evenings at home just by queueing for a few hours. The parents are very sad when the children leave them and queue up to go to bed.
     
  5. DESTRO

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    So I finally took a minute to find out what an expat, expatriate, is. Hey that is me! USA born, finishing off our fourth year in Italy and headed to Germany in a couple months, for what should be a four year stay. Then who knows?

    The pace of life took a little longer to get used to after spending five years in Las Vegas, but I have learned to appreciate it. When I do make the occasional trip back home I can fully understand the small town life, where my wife is from. As the days pass I say, actually we-being my wife and I, say we are not ready to go back to the States.
     
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    I am a Spaniard that lived in the US for 14 years and I recentlly moved back to Spain. I fell like a total foreigner, I even developed a slight accent.

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  7. jmac30
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    Just to comment on difficulty of moving with kids - I think having younger kids is an easier move we moved coast to coast when they were just under 2 and then to London when they were just under 3 - I figure we have one more move on continental Europe before we head back to the states! I think like any move the older they get the uprooting becomes more of an issue. Logistically once you make the move out of the states it is the things you don't think about that will sneak up on you - we had to buy new car seats because the ones from the US don't meet EU/UK standards and if something happens you can be charged with felony child endangerment but then you can ride around in the black cabs without a car seat!
    Destro I am right there with you - we just say we are in no rush to get back!
     
  8. Brando

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    I'm from Wales. And I live in Orange County, New York. Moved cos my hubby is American, and it made more sense for me to move, for work reasons basically.

    Seriously considering when we can move to Wales. I loved the US a hell of a lot more as a tourist! I still like the place, and love being so close to New York City, but I feel very isolated here.
     
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    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    But why? Middletown has a nice Galleria.
     
  10. thegut

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    Originally from South Carolina, USA and I now live in Tokyo, Japan.
     
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  11. Brando

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    haha, and what a dump it is, as Middletown in general is. Not that it's very close to us, actually we are closer to beautiful Newburgh :p
     
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    I guess you could call me an ex-expat.;)

    I am Norwegian, and spent a year as an exchange student in Flanders, Belgium. More than half a decade later, I studied in Copenhagen, Denmark for another year. Now I am safely back in Norway, just outside the town where I spent most of my childhood.
     
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  13. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    I laughed so hard my eyes watered.
     
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    Small world, my wife is from Vails Gate, right outside Newburgh, both her brothers were FireFighters in Newburgh, the stories they tell! She was born/raised in Brooklyn, but they moved to Vails Gate(orange county) when she was 15. Thats where I met her while I was at West Point training cadets in Infantry tactics. Newburgh and Middletown, not the best places I've been.
     
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    ah yeah, I know Vails Gate, we go by there every so often! Actually, near there in New Windsor - is the BEST BBQ joint - called Brothers Barbecue.

    Newburgh is a really odd place. The outskirts of the city actually has some nice places. And we go shopping to a couple of the bigger stores there every couple weeks. But once you go into downtown Newburgh, down Broadway, it's like stepping back in time to the bad bits of New York City of the 1970's and 80's :D But go a bit further again, and you are by the Hudson and all is well LOL.
     
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    Where in Wales are you from? I lived in Aberystwyth for a few years, up in Scotland now but Aber was definitely the only place I've lived where I've really felt at home, even though I grew up in a big city in England.
     
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    Oh nice! I grew up on the Isle of Anglesey, then lived in Bangor, which is where my parents still live. My brother lives in Aberystwyth, and that is where my parents grew up and went to college, many moons ago! It's a lovely spot. We'll be there week after next for a couple days visiting my brother and his family.
     
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    I'm an American working in Guatemala. I really miss my Oregon EDC sometimes. Especially the Glock part of it.
     
  19. blacmud8

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    Proper Welsh! Da Iawn! I'm very jealous, enjoy a pint in the Ship and Castle for me, the best pub there is (with Hereford Pale Ale, the best beer there is), in the only place I've lived where I've actually felt at home. I hope you get to enjoy one of those red-hot-sun-sizzling-into-the-sea infinitely beautiful sunsets that I miss so much, too.
     
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    Expat in Malaysia for 24 months (2 years)...did Singapore, Australia, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan for the next 4 years.

    After that I did Detroit for 2 years...that was the furthest to the "edge" I've ever been!!

    P.S. Oh, also Switzerland for a bit (Interlochen), and some time in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.