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Old 02-02-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Queens THE REAL international city
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I agree with Rob. At least you can share experience's with people and if you don't end up liking it, you can even chat about that. It's always about sharing experiences.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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Germany will be good for you if you can speak good German...most European cities are defined by how well you speak the native language. You will get away with speaking English in probably only two European countries, Malta and the UK. Germany has always had a relatively high unemployment rate..finding a job will certainly be harder for you given your a non-EU citizen. It is generally harder for an EU citizen (me) to find a job in most European countries let alone a non-EU citizen.

I've been to Toronto twice so far and I have visited Germany and other European countries. Yes, Europe is perhaps more 'artsy' as you put it but does that really influence your choice of residence. I'm planning on moving to Toronto soon although I like Europe, I just think North America is better to live in whilst Europe is a nicer place to go for vacation. That's just my opinion though!

I've also seen other cities in Canada and the US but I gotta say Toronto has it all! Seems pretty crazy to me to move from such a city to Berlin or any other European city..
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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If you can find a job and don't have to worry too much about visa regulations I'd say go for it. International experience is always good and you can return to Canada whenever you feel like it. I personally prefer to just do things instead of thinking "What, if..." in 30 years.
Germany is a rich country and you can have a good living there.
Do fully agree with this. Can't beat getting out into the world and giving it a go.
If Berlin doesn't meet expectations then there are a lot of other possibilities.
For the experiences your bound to have and allowing for all possibilities that will present to my thinking,giving the choice to stay or go is a no brainer.

In fact may well be looking at Berlin myself in the coming year to move to. No other place really as cosmopolitan in Germany,(although do like Hamburg )that would really wish to stay longer term,although do rate Germany overall highly.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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I do like Berlin, too. If I was you, I'd give it at least a shot. I always had a great time in Berlin. Although, I'd probably move to Munich if I wanted to move to Germany! Good luck!
Munich is a great place as well but the price tag that comes with that may well put off a lot of folk.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Fife
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You'll better off in Canada than everywhere in Europe period.
If Berlin is cheaper than most European cities, there should be a reason --> Jobs !!
Move to Montreal instead same artistic vibe & better quality of life.
why? is toronto, montreal, vancouver, ottawa or calgary any better than london, paris, madrid, rome or athens? maybe, maybe not. but i do think all these great cities offer a lot and the second biggest city in europe, berlin, no doubt offers plenty of opportunity and fun!
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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why? is toronto, montreal, vancouver, ottawa or calgary any better than london, paris, madrid, rome or athens? maybe, maybe not. but i do think all these great cities offer a lot and the second biggest city in europe, berlin, no doubt offers plenty of opportunity and fun!
Fully agree. If the offer presents itself to experience another continent then take it.

Montreal will be there when your older and perhaps lacking the vigour or whatever it is to take the chance to under take such a change.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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How confident are you of handling the culture shock and homesickness? It sounds like you are well versed and ready, but I cannot say for sure. Good luck, though!
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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How confident are you of handling the culture shock and homesickness? It sounds like you are well versed and ready, but I cannot say for sure. Good luck, though!
Im not scared of the culture shock, Germany isn't an African or Middle-Eastern country, its western, hence, it won't be a large culture shock (except some minor aspects like mentality, bureaucracy etc.) However, homesickness could be a serious problem
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:01 AM
 
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why? is toronto, montreal, vancouver, ottawa or calgary any better than london, paris, madrid, rome or athens? maybe, maybe not. but i do think all these great cities offer a lot and the second biggest city in europe, berlin, no doubt offers plenty of opportunity and fun!
I live in Europe (Belgium) and the unemployment rate is generally way higher than in North America, most are socialist countries and 50% of my low wage go to taxes.
The only cities which offer good job opportunities (From your list only London) have an awfull cost of living.
As some poster said, Europe is good for vacations but not to live & work.
But if it's only for a year, you can give it a try but don't expect so much job wise, there should be a reason why more Europeans immigrate to Canada than Canadians immigrate to EU
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I think it sounds like a great adventure. Follow your muse. If you don't take the chance while you can, you will always wonder what might have been. Even if your only there for a year, it will be an experience you won't forget.
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