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Old 05-03-2017, 07:53 AM
 
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After 3.5 years in China, i honestly forget that it's any different from being back in the US at times. I enjoy it. My life is good. I will never be embraced as Chinese no matter how long I'm here and what I do, but that's okay.
I'd even go one step further and say that it's better.
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Been living overseas for the past 13 years. I only had one year job experience from my home country (Philippines) and moved to Singapore and stayed there for 10 years. While in Singapore, I travelled to different parts of the world for business (most of the time, I'm in my client regularly for a week to a maximum of a month per visit).

Now I moved to the US and still travelling to Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico and different states in the US.

Should I move out of US, I don't think I will go back to my home country. My other option is to get a skilled visa in Australia or move myself to one of our branches in Europe (Munich or Holland). But as much as possible I am very much contented here in the US. I had a significant payraise with a good expat package when I transferred here in 2015 (transferred from Singapore HQ to US satellite office). Holland looks nice and I can make a move there if I want to but the country is too perfect for me to the point that it gets boring. Learning a new language might be good for my kids but not for me anymore. I love people from the US, they are friendlier than EU nationals (I hope I don't offend anybody here, Europeans are friendly too but not as friendly as the Americans). Diversity of population, economy, culture, geography is the selling point of the US.

Though I read some Americans happy being outside the US, I am one of the Asians who fell in love with the US and would love to settle here. I wasn't this happy when I was living in Singapore.
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Old 05-14-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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I love living in new areas and countries. The planet is my home, not just a tiny dot on the map. Everyone should experience living abroad and break free from their bubbles, especially in this country....You learn so much about yourself and about life in general and figure out what you like and don't like, and what you want to do with your time.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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I like living in Italy, although with time it's getting more and more like home and I start to forget that I am "abroad".

That said I have no relation with other French people living here (who are few and far between) and a good part of the people I know here are from everywhere, not only this city.

I miss the convenience of being in my home country and I think many things would probably be easier there. I miss small things like getting French bread, easily going to the woods and mountain, free beaches, and mostly friends and family.

I still think living abroad makes you a better person.

I have no idea if I want to stay here for the rest of my life or not, maybe I'd like to go back to France at some point, but it's not very far anyway. I'd certainly wish I'd travel more anyway.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:56 AM
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Location: California
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I like living in Italy, although with time it's getting more and more like home and I start to forget that I am "abroad".

That said I have no relation with other French people living here (who are few and far between) and a good part of the people I know here are from everywhere, not only this city.

I miss the convenience of being in my home country and I think many things would probably be easier there. I miss small things like getting French bread, easily going to the woods and mountain, free beaches, and mostly friends and family.

I still think living abroad makes you a better person.

I have no idea if I want to stay here for the rest of my life or not, maybe I'd like to go back to France at some point, but it's not very far anyway. I'd certainly wish I'd travel more anyway.
Better person?
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: In The Pacific
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Yes, we do like it here in the Philippines, because it's also our roots and here we shall stay indefinite. We've been retired here now for 19 yrs.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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Better person?
living in a different culture forces you to come out of your comfort zone and make efforts to understand other people, at least more so than if you stay in your own culture.
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