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Old 09-26-2010, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by 1Expatriate View Post
Thanks for all of the advice. Traffic like that from a speedway is not a problem. Noise from neighbors is a big deal. I've lived in a house for the last 5 years. It will be difficult to get used to footsteps on the ceiling and bass from the floor again.
I meant that the cars are really loud when they are racing.

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--Is there much of a latino community in Hampton Roads? As I mentioned, my fiancee is from Nicaragua, and I lived four years in Honduras. It'd be nice if we could find a salsa dance club or a place that serves real Mexican food.
As far as I have expereinced there is a moderately sized Latino community in HR. It is mostly Mexican with a fari amount of Puerto Ricans and other scattered groups here and there. There are definitely places to salsa dance and I personally know two mexican families that own restaurants so I would assume their food is pretty authentic. You just missed the latino music festival in norfolk, that would probably have been a good "in" to meet other latino's in the community.

9th Annual AT&T Norfolk Latino Music Festival - Festevents

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--How fast is the Internet? I lived with 512 kbps for years. Right now I'm on a 2 mbps connection, and it feels blazingly fast. I hear that 5 mbps is considered slow in the US? I'm so out of touch with US Internet abilities that I hadn't streamed Netflix until last month. It will be a shock if I get 15 or 35 mbps like that advertised by Verizon.
There are two major choices, Cox and Verizon. You can definitely get over 10mbps with their high speed packages. I stream netflix and play halo/call of duty online with no issues. Some apartment complexes offer their "own" internet service, it is called belo or something. I think falcon creek is one of these. I have heard it is very slow.

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--How easy is it to get to Norfolk and Virginia Beach?
From Lanley AFB, under perfect conditions, you are looking at about 30 minutes to dontwown Norfolk, 35 minutes to Virginia Beach town center, and about 45 minutes to the VB oceanfront. The challenge is that you have to go through a tunnel to get to the southside (the other side of the tunnels is referred to as the "southside" locally, hampton, newport news, etc... is referred to as the "penninsula".) The tunnels, particularly the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, tends to back up because people feel the need to hit their brakes inside and back everyone up behind them. The traffic can be bad enough that you don't want to go over these tunnels during rush hour. The monitor merrimac tunnel is a longer drive to VB and downtown norfolk, but is sometimes faster because it tends to back up less.

Originally Posted by 1Expatriate View Post
--Hampton Roads clearly isn't pedestrian friendly, but is it bike friendly? Are there bike lanes?
As an overal rule I would agree with this. Although there are some areas that are. Virginia Beach is definitely the most bike friendly city in the region, there is an extensive network of bike trails/lanes that take you all over the city. You can do google searches to find bike paths but overall the region is pretty spread out so unless you are near a city center/ town center... you will need to drive places.

Originally Posted by 1Expatriate View Post
--Are there good beaches? By good, I mean warm water, little trash and calm waves?
Since we are not in the tropics the warm water is seasonal Chicks beach sounds like a good fit for what you are looking for... the water is warm enough to swim from June-November most years.
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:21 PM
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Another good neighborhood to try in Hampton is Old Wythe. My boyfriend lives in that neighborhood and it is quiet there, with nice diversity and is close enough to the major highways (without being so close you get the noise) that he can be in Norfolk in less than 20 min.

It's pretty easy to get to Norfolk/Va Bch from Hampton. You have the option of two bridges/tunnels, so if one is backed up, you can go the other route.

There aren't a lot of bike lanes in Hampton Roads. There are bike routes, however, but you still have to watch for traffic in most areas.

Virginia Beach is a nice beach, especially when you head up towards the higher numbered streets (more families, less crowds). I'm not as familiar with the beaches in Hampton.

I haven't had any trouble with the internet being slow for me. I use Cox cable internet and have friends that use Verizon Fios and have been happy with that as well.

I'm sorry that I can't answer the question about how much of a latino community there is here. I have several friends that are latino, but I don't know if there is a salsa dance club here. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun, but then I'd have to convince my boyfriend to take me dancing, which I haven't been able to do yet!
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:15 PM
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salsa dance clubs here. Seven Cities Salsa - Latin Music & Dancing Events & Lessons in Hampton Roads, VA - Seven Cities Salsa

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