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JakeinChina

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  1. wikiwikirunner
    06-12-2018 03:52 AM - permalink
    wikiwikirunner
    You're probably going to have to learn Spanish if you plan on spending any significant amount of time here, otherwise you will just feel like an outsider. I mean, it's not a necessity but for me, after a few months I was tired of being seen as a tourist and I wanted people to take me seriously, and I wanted to start feeling more at home, and learning the language really went a long way towards that. You learn the basics quick, but getting from a "i can function in society" to "I can actually have in depth conversations," can take some time. I signed up for a private Spanish teacher and having specific time per week dedicated to nothing else other than learning Spanish helped a lot. A teacher will only cost you 10-15 euros per hour so it's a great value. I can point you to some resources to find a teacher if you'd like once you're on the ground.
  2. wikiwikirunner
    06-12-2018 03:46 AM - permalink
    wikiwikirunner
    2) as a result of the convenience, and several other factors, life in Spain has the best balance of anywhere I've been. It's not that people are lazy here - people work just as much as anywhere else in Europe, but the start later in the morning, take a nice long lunch, work a bit later at night, and then usually spend a long evening with friends and family, and this is pretty standard even during the week. I don't feel the competitiveness and the grind that I felt in the USA, people here take time to enjoy themselves, and that is very evident if you're ever walking down the street in any Spanish city. There are countless people out in the streets just chilling out. Walking, grabbing a beer or a wine in a plaza (there are countless plazas in every city) having a snack, or just sitting chatting with friends. Spanish culture can seem a bit hard to break into sometimes, but it's incredibly warm and they certainly have a "no worries" attitude here.
  3. wikiwikirunner
    06-12-2018 03:45 AM - permalink
    wikiwikirunner
    Hey! Unfortunately I don't have too much experience in Valencia, as I've only visited once. I'm living in Madrid, so I suppose I can just speak more generally about life in a big Spanish city.. I'd really sum it up two ways:

    1) Life is much more convenient. Everything is closer together, big cities like Madrid or Valencia are extremely walkable, and obviously you have fantastic public transport. I pop into the grocery store daily because it takes 3 minutes instead of having to drive to a grocery store and spend an hour doing a weekly shop, I can walk to a hundred restaurants, bars, shops, parks, cafes within 1km of my house, and if I want to meet a friend we can do so at the drop of the hat since no one has to drive, catch an uber, worry about parking, and as long as you're within the city limits, you're easy to get to.

    FYI: You caught me in a good mood and i wrote out a super long message that's over the 1000 character limit so i'll send it in a few parts.
  4. JakeinChina
    05-07-2018 09:47 PM - permalink
    JakeinChina
    Thanks so much. Really appreciate it.
  5. Pine to Vine
    05-07-2018 07:05 AM - permalink
    Pine to Vine
    In short, Center City Philly is on the whole, less expensive than other northeast downtowns but is still expensive. There are far too many variables in lifestyle that impact a monthly budget, so my info wouldn’t be of much use to you. You’ll either live in a townhouse or condo. I’d suggest you start with a site like Zillow to get a sense of housing costs which will be you primary budget component. You’ll need to factor in utilities, insurance, taxes, groceries and everything else you pay for now. Will you need a car (or cars)? If so, include maintenance and $250 - 300 per month for parking. School - private or public?

    There are cost of living comparison calculators you can find on line that will give you a rough approximation of city to city costs. In the end, however, neighborhoods drive cost of living.

    Hope this gets you started.

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