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Old 05-11-2016, 07:41 AM
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Chicago is not the place for you if you hate snow. Also, Chicago is nicknamed the "windy city" for a reason. The weather pattern is a major reason why I would never move there, despite all the amenities that the city offers.

In general, the South would be more to your liking. Milder winters, hotter summers.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by nightlysparrow View Post
A waste of time to fantasize unless this issue solved.
This is probably the right answer and not just for this thread.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by snoopygirlmi View Post
In general, the South would be more to your liking.
Which South you mean? The ultra-conservative bible belt one? I know I am white but believe me once they hear I'm from the former Eastern block they'll be like "that damn commie kid". Been reading lots of ATS and GLP, so I know how conservatives think and surprise most of them are from the South. I'm fed up with political talk in general, more so if it includes Jews, chem trails, water poisoning and conspiracies. My father is the typical Balkan guy - very right-wing, patriotic and xenophobic, swearing at politicians during the evening with a drink and blaming the USA, the West, even the Jews for Bulgaria's troubles. 90% and more of Bulgarians and other Eastern Europeans are like that so I feel so lonely in this negativity. Ironically je urges me to leave but in his view it's about the money and the right to own guns! For me it's the freedom to be myself without being relegated to a fringe freak status. I feel oppressed in my own country/continent, this feeling of not belonging causes me stress which is bad for my thyroid.

The "never talk about politics/religion in nice company" rule is not observed there so with me having an autoimmune condition I just refuse to engage in such conversations and leave. I though Western Europeans would be better for making friends but they're xenophobic in more subtle ways, e.g. while friendly at first they go on avoiding us foreigners and build walls between us and them. The Canadian girl I met here went out of her way to embrace me, same for the American guy who looked for people on FB for a party. Europeans never do this, they just stick to their kind, Dutch people on one side, expats on the other and all the long-term relationships were between people from the same country. I expected a melting pot and I got that! Mind you I am talking about non-Amsterdam NL.

In my opinion right-wingers are more likely to talk about politics and bring up race and foreigners in conversations in a negative way. Proportionally in Europe there are more right-wing people (despite what polls show, the true opinions are heard at the dinner table). One of my friends in middle school was surprised and annoyed when I commented about the lovely house of a classmate of ours in a positive way, yet he was very into negative gossip. Can you believe how mentally deranged such people are that positive gossip is bad, yet bashing people behind their backs = cool?! For this reason I try to avoid gossip and talking about people not present in general as it always turns ugly. The Other is never discussed in a positive or neutral way, it always turns into us vs them.

I'm a "live and let live" kind of person, trying to see the positive in life, so based on this I decided the USA would be a place where I can breath. I do not care about welfare, I would like to work there. In the USA it's still easier to start from zero and become something, in Europe it's "once born Eastern European/black/poor whatever always a second hand citizen" (Blacks still have it very hard in the States, but Middle Easterners and E.Europeans find it easier to achieve something in the US compared to Western Europe according to polls).
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:43 AM
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No, people in the South won't think of you as "that damn commie kid", they will think that after having been exposed to communism that there's no way you'd be a socialist.
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:55 AM
Location: TOVCCA
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I am thinking about applying for the green card lottery. I work at a local branch of an American company, maybe I can use that?
You are going on and on about what kind of wind speed you want to live in---LOL---, but you are putting the cart before the horse.

The Diversity Visa lottery is running 2 years ahead. All places are already gone for 2017. For 2018, submission does't start until later this year. You must have certain educational completion and a specific type of job. And that doesn't mean you will win one.

If your company can transfer you on a H1-B work visa to a branch in the US, that would be easier, BUT BUT BUT! a work visa is NOT an immigrant visa, and is limited in time, you would have to live in whatever city your job has a branch in, you cannot stay in the US permanently, and that visa cannot be changed to an immigrant visa. If you lose your job, you would have to return to Bulgaria.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:14 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I said 25 C is perfect but I wouldn't mind 30 as well. 35 is my maximum I think, as long as the winter is not -20 C (yep in Sofia that is possible -20 in the winter yet +35 or even 40 C in the summer, that's crazy!)
Well, flipping the weather issue on its head, you can move to South Florida where the "Winters" are near your perfect weather (25C) for the better part of 5 (and sometimes 6) months and the "Summers" are typically 29-33C for the remainder of the year. In Florida, like much of the US, most everything is air conditioned. You'll never see snow but you will have some fantastical rainstorms from time to time.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:47 PM
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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Yeah, because it's so sunny and warm in Seattle!
Yeah but it's not bone chilling cold either.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:40 PM
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Are Buffalo, NY and Providence as similar as they look on the Internet? I think they look less chilling than Chicago on wiki. Now that I think about it I wouldn't mind a city or town with a climate like Sofia, we have less and less snow every year. According to my measurements New Jersey might have a place with similar climate (though maritime instead of continental)?

Due to the size of the USA there deffinitely is a place with similar temperatures but maybe the conservatives got there first (joke lol). I think a summer brigade to the States might show me if it's my place. According to astrocartography most good planet lines in my horoscope are in the Americas and the worst one is in Western Europe (Benelux, east of France and west of Germany mostly), while E.Europe is moderate, so there might be some true there.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:52 PM
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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OH heavens no! Providence has moderate winters. Buffalo can be buried in snow. Providence has a maritime climate and I think you would like the artistic vibe. We are known for tolerance and no one bothers anyone concerning their background or religion, sexual orientation, etc. We are an old city (for the US) dating to 1636 and have a somewhat European appearance being New England.

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Old 05-11-2016, 04:19 PM
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Yeah it looks very European. And so green, I love green! (Sofia is quite green for a capital, Amsterdam is nowhere near as green). In many Noth European cities I was often like "why so few trees?". But are the locals friendly, easy to get to know etc. or always in a hurry like in NY (with con artists, thieves and beggars who can blame them)? I feel there is too little small talk in the Netherlands despite being a very safe place out of Amsterdam. I feel like making friends here is so hard, I go out of my way to be friendly but all I meet is cold facades. Everyone has friend circle from like their past and they do not accept new members.
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