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Expat Focus - NEW MEMBERS - WELCOME! PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF!!! - General Chat Forum General Chat - NEW MEMBERS - WELCOME! PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF!!!

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NEW MEMBERS - WELCOME! PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF!!!

NEW MEMBERS - WELCOME! PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF!!!

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:00 am
Author: Paul-F Location: Toronto

** A Warm Welcome to All New Members of ExpatFocus.com **




Please use this Topic to introduce yourself to the rest of the group.


Format Example:

- Nickname or Name
- Country of Origin/Destination
- Description of your Circumstances (what brought you here)


We are a friendly and supportive member group, and enjoy providing a valuable experience while we participate in this online Expat community.

Introductions also give the Staff and Moderators a chance to know a bit about what has brought you here, and therefore how we may be of the most assistance possible.

My Introduction to Start Things Off...

Hello, my name is Paul-F.

I live in Toronto, Canada and I am actually not an Expat - so there is no destination country to speak of! However, my profession has me assisting hundreds of expatriates with settling in Canada every year.

I am also a Forum Moderator here at ExpatFocus.com, which entails monitoring specific Forum Topics and assisting Members/Visitors from around the Globe with advice, experience and support.

What brought me to ExpatFocus.com is, the opportunity to interact with people from all over the World and to assist with relocation to Canada.

What kept me here was discovering the overwhelming quality of people (starting at the top with Rod and Jo), who end up populating this site.


Please Reply to Add Your Introduction.


We look forward to hearing from you...


Regards,

Paul-F


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:42 pm
Author: waterlillie Location: England/Primorsko

Hello Paul-F,

I think that it is time that I intoduced myself. My nickname is waterlillie. I live in England and have bought off plan apartment on the South coast of Bulgaria, the place is called Primorsko.

I work in a large hospital in Birmingham.

I hope to make lots of friends on this site. Best wishes to all. Wink

waterlillie


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:09 am
Author: June Location: England

Hi
I am June, living in England and I am shortly hoping to settle in Bavaria with my husband. We are fortunate in that we already have a lot of friends in the area where we want to live and have been visiting the area for some years now. Very Happy


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:17 am
Author: Bunty-Stobart Location: Gloucestershire

Hi all,
My name is Bunty Stobart and I live in Gloucestershire.
I travel the world wideley, as my job is involved with F1 motor racing.
I was told about this site, by a very good friend of mine, "Researcher", although he claims to always upset people on here, I am here to tell you, when you meet him you will love him!
Anyway enough of him.........The F1 season is nearly on us, and we are all getting very excited, as to the championship results. I am also passionate about all animals, and do not tolerate cruelty.
I am looking forward to talking to various people on this site.
My likes and dislikes are: likes..F1 & animals, dislikes:animal cruelty, weak men!!


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:03 pm
Author: ekogelman Location: France

Hi Everyone,
My nickname is:ekogelman, I live in France and have applied for immigration to Canada with my husband and son. We're waiting for an answer, if we're accepted or not. I grew up in Australia and came back to France for family reasons. Now (15 years later) we're hoping to be able to settle now for good in Canada.
I hope to make friends here.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 9:54 pm
Author: irene Location: elhovo

hello everybody, my name is irene Smile and i live in england at mo, Crying or Very sad i am planning to move to bulgaria next year to retire, and i am really looking forward to it. Very Happy
i have to go through all the rigmarole of visas's etc. . . i am not looking forward to that, but, thankfully i have found this forum and i am really enjoying it, and i have had loads of offers of help already, thankyou all. x
my hobbies are, my family and friends [including dogs], and my daughters rats. i love gardening and reading, listening to the radio and chatting with my mates. .and so much more.
i could go on and on, but lucky for you, i have other fish to fry!
i love words and grammer, but i also like writing like this [lower case], hope none of you mind.
irene
if anybody wants to chat, post me! Very Happy


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:55 pm
Author: lostinrussia Location: Moscow

Hi everyone!

My name is Shelley I am from Australia and live in Russia. This is the first time I have ever joined a forum or chat room so I dont really understand it all.
I joined expatfocus by chance while I was looking for visa help - my Russian visa is messy to say the least and as for trying to move me and my husband back to Oz together (hes Russian)... well.
Ive been in Russia for - it feels like forever, and am feeling a little disconnected/alienated.
So this place looks pretty cool and I look forward to chatting with other people (in English!) about anything!
Im especially interested to hear from any other Aussies (or anyone) also living in Moscow. What do you all think of this city?
Let me know!


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:47 pm
Author: Sinbad Location: Saudi

Hello everybody,

I'm Sinbad. I like to travel and at the moment I am in Kuwait. I came across Expat Focus while searching for information on something or other, I can't remember now!

I have lived in the Middle East for almost 10 years and will be staying here a for at least a few more although one day I may return to England, the motherland.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 9:47 am
Author: turkishmom Location: Al Khobar Saudi Arabia

Hi I am turkishmom, born and raised in Germany. Lived for several years in Istanbul-Turkey before I moved to Saudi as a trailing wife.

How did I find this site? Puh I don't know any more Smile

I hope to be able to help and give insider information about Saudi.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:48 pm
Author: CostaGirl Location: UK

Hi everyone,

I'm Cath, and I currently live in South Wales.

We are planning to move to Spain at the end of this year.

Can't remember how I found this site, I'm just glad I did!

I currently work for the National Health Service.

I'd be especially interested to hear from anyone living on the costa del sol.

Speak to you soon,

Cath


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:21 pm
Author: taffyplumber Location: Gwent

Hello, everyone, I'm Taffyplumber, from South Wales (About 10 Miles outside of Newport, Gwent). I'm a 30-something plumber, and I'm looking to move to Canada with my partner in around 4 years time (I know its a long time away, but its the only thing that is motivating us!) I don't know how I found this site, but I'm sooooo glad I did! We visited Toronto in Jan '05 and fell in love with place from day 1, then when we found out that there was a shortage of trades, we decided to look into moving. We want to get away from rubbish weather, extortionate taxation, the injustices of the law and courts (for example, the uninsured driver without a licence who knocked over and killed a toddler but only got 3 months prison sentence.....), high tax on fuel, high tax on wages, high road fund tax. tax -happy governments (or maybe just the government would cover it all?) I could go on, but I don't want to bore you all to death....! Basically, GREAT Britain? Whats so great about it, it SUCKS!

At present, we are renovating our house to sell, and trying to save up for the application fees.

If anyone has any pointers or advice for life in Canada, or just wants to chat, please feel free to E-mail me or message me. please bear in mind though, that I don't always get a chance to go on-line every day, so I'll apologise now if it takes a few days for me to reply.....!

Well, I'll say goodbye for now, hope to spaeak with someone soon!

Stay happy, everyone!


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:07 pm
Author: XTreme Location: Huéscar

Can't help you with Canada Taff.....as I'm a Swansea Jack, now relocated in Spain.
All I can say is get out of the UK asap! Cool


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:43 am
Author: KPU546 Location: UK

hI Paul F
I am not actually living in Canada but am in the process of moving my husband has gotten a job with yanke so the family will be moving to Winnipeg. Obvioulsy there are lots of questions that i want to ask but am not sure where to go to ask. Hence me joining this website. If you could let me know if that is what the site is aimed at I would be most grateful.

Regard
Karen Orchard
orchardk @ rfhs.org.uk


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:46 am
Author: tinkersnitche Location: Washington State, USA

Hi, My name is Barb. My financee name is Tom and we will be traveling to Costa Rica at the end of April. We live in Washington State in USA. We plan to spend 3 weeks in Costa Rica with the intention of perhaps retiring there.

We would love to hear from any other expats already living there.

Our plans are to spend 1 week in San Jose, 1 week in Guancaste and 1 week in Liberia.

We speak very little Spanish


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:11 pm
Author: Brad Location: Florida

Hello! I am Brad. I will soon be retiring from the Boy Scouts of America. My wife and I are interested in relocating to Argentina or Uruguay. Any contact information would be great. Thanks


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:48 pm
Author: jjmmdd Location: Somerset and Obrochishte

Hi guys ,

I dont visit the general chat often enough but a belated welcome and hope I get to banter with you all at some point
Its a great site and info of all sorts is passed to and fro

Have fun


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:20 am
Author: suet Location: UK shortly to be Istanbul

Hi everybody, I am Suet, about to move to Istanbul! So excited, got a job, all I need to do now is sell my house! (Strange panic striken laughter) My husband will follow me out when its sold and we will buy in Cesme, so I will be a commuting wife once a week. Been to Turkey loads during the last ten years but never istanbul before.

I am looking forward to lots of tips and advice!

Big Smile:)


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:30 am
Author: Mickey Location: Dallas,Georgia

Hi, I'm Mickey just joined what can anyone tell me about Romania?


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:42 am
Author: Mickey Location: Dallas,Georgia

Mickey again I'm not an expat but I'm considering a move and I'm looking for some advice


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:30 pm
Author: pathfinder Location: venezuela

Hola Everyone!

We are Pathfinder, currently living on our sailboat in Venezuela and working part time on a deep water hydrographic survey vessel. We are considering Costa Rica as a retirement locale and beginning our investigations into it. Any guidance/steerage you can provide via this forum will be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to communicating and finding new friends here.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:29 pm
Author: SpiggyTopes Location: Lisbon

Hello Everyone!

Peter Roscoe and I'm finally back in dear Lisbon after a break of some years.

Very happy to be in a place where people have time and smile at you.....

Anyone else live in Lisbon?


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:36 pm
Author: tigriff Location: nottingham/banite

hi everyone,
I'm the new kid on the block - would have posted a message earlier tonight but been busy reading through all the threads for the past couple of hours!!!!!!
We are in the process of purchasing a property in the banite region- went to bg couple of weeks ago and have been running around transferring money for deposits, agents fees etc ever since came back. Have had bit of fun prior to this when sellers decided they were putting property price up just as we decided to buy - stuck it out and refused to pay one euro more than their original asking price and they appear to have backed down and agreed to sell at this price - as deposit has not yet arrived in bg (currency company dragging their feet and lining their pockets I suspect grrrr!!!) am assuming deal still going through - watch this space!!!!!!!!!!!
Tigriff


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Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:15 pm
Author: HeatherB Location: South Africa

Hi, Im presently living in South Africa and intend to relocate to Ireland shortly, would appreciate any info or advice any one can offer. Thanks


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:33 pm
Author: eddysonlove Location: delta

Hi Paul,
My name is Eddy from Nigeria West Africa. My family are very interested in relocating to lreland. Any contact information would be great to me.
Inicially, i thought of relocating with my family to Bulgaria but i was advice not to rather i should relocate to lreland.
My best regards
Eddy


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:02 pm
Author: zhu_di Location: Westland, Michigan

Hi everyone! My name is zhu_di and I'm an American looking for greener pastures. I happened on this site looking for that wonderful place I would like to move to eventually. I am 2nd generation American, my grandmother was Canadian and forced to become American or lose her children (they would not allow them all to return to Canada as my mother and her brother and sister were born here in Michigan). As we all know America is going through a lot and in general I'm kind of tired of it. I have a 12 year old (her dad died in 1997) and I'm looking for a peaceful life for both of us. I have gotten too tied up with politics here and simply am tired of the whole deal. I have been in the medical field (dialysis) since 1989 and had done a stint in the Air Force in 1973-76 as an EMT. So if anyone has any suggestions of a nice peaceful area in which to move, I would appreciate any helpful suggestions. I have always been infatuated with Ireland, Scotland & Italy. But anywhere is good. Have a good day.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:57 pm
Author: GrandadBill Location: UK soon to be Spain

Hello Everyone,
My name is Grandad Bill, my daughter told me about this site and suggested I come and have a look. We are currently living in Yorkshire in the UK and planning to move to Spain in the near future, we have lots of questions to ask but I am new to the internet so I hope you will be patient with me.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:58 pm
Author: Mitzyboy

- GrandadBill

Hello Everyone,
My name is Grandad Bill, my daughter told me about this site and suggested I come and have a look. We are currently living in Yorkshire in the UK and planning to move to Spain in the near future, we have lots of questions to ask but I am new to the internet so I hope you will be patient with me.



Hi Grandad ... ask away


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:13 pm
Author: zany Location: Bahrain

Hi guys. This is the 1st time I've been a member &/or contributed to a forum. I've been searching the net for 3 weeks now (jobs/local info/ expat info) & finally decided this is the one for me.

So... briefly...
Name is Zane, female, 51, from Johannesburg South Africa. Still got all my marbles but looks are gently fading now... (in SA we'd all chorus "ag shame...")

Got dissolusioned with the politics of SA regarding employment. No amount of goodwill can sustain you if you cant put food on the table.

I arrived in Bahrain 3 weeks ago. Have a very attractive garden flat & a car, but no job!!! (Lets be positive...No job.... YET)

Applied on line for what I could... Been to all the agencies - they LOVE me but nothing available just now... I've been told to 'network'... but if I don't know anyone how do I do that??? Any South Africans in Bahrain out there ? Ek het julle hulp nodig asseblief!!!

Then last night I found a brilliant link on one of your forums to a job site which I too want to pass on. www.headhunt-me.com. Time consuming but good.

So here's hoping
Bye for now
Zane


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:02 am
Author: sami_dubai Location: dubai

HI ALL
MY NAME IS HUSSAM
LIVING IN DUBAI AM MALE 33 YEARS OLD WORKING AS GENERAL MANAGER

WILL BE HAPPY IF I HAVE SOME FREINDS FM LIVING IN DUBAI

BRGDS
HUSSAM


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:27 am
Author: tonie52 Location: Yorkshire

hi im lynne, tonie52 i have just joined tonite dont no anything about this site yet .i have a friend moving to huescar anytime now tallbob,and i no karoncave,please be patient with me i will get something wrong at first untill i get used to it ,many thanks lynne .


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:16 pm
Author: Foxylady Location: UK

Hi, I'm new to this site. My husband and I are interested in moving to Goa. At present we are trying to get as much information as possible, unfortunately, not many of the organisations we write to respond.

We'd like to hear from anyone who has moved to Goa.
Foxylady


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:21 pm
Author: pconl Location: Tarragona, catalunya

I'm also a newbie - my wife Helen and I are in the prcess of arranging to move to Tarragona in Spain. I've already sent a PM to one poster (dvoratreis) in that area but if there is anyone else in Southern Catalonia it'd be great to hear from you.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:14 am
Author: rosepetal Location: delhi

hi there,

I am in India. will be relocating to Dubai after couple of months. i came across this site while searching some information on internet.. and believe me since then i have become addicted to this site. i think that the information provided is genuine bcos it is the real people talking about their own experiences.

iam all excited about going to dubai cos it will be my first job. and i cant wait to share me experiences and may be some tips too Smile

Rgds
Rose


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:49 am
Author: ilyn77 Location: abu dhabi

hello!

im ilyn from philippines. at the moment, im working here in abu dhabi. I came here last august and for now im having a good work. but i realized that working far from home is difficult. thats why i joined here to gain more friends and learn about life from different places. i really love on talking to people. hope that i am welcome on this group...


Regards,

ilyn


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Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:04 am
Author: holy Location: kuala lumpur

Hi i am from malaysia. my name is holy . I am currently living in the city kuala lumpur and i plan to live and work in china. I sure need a lot of help. i am 24 male . By the way very nice to meet all of you . i enjoy meeting people special from others country.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:51 pm
Author: cargao Location: Duarte, USA

Hi, I am Christine. I live in sunny Southern California (USA). I am a single mother looking to relocate to Ireland. Would opt for Germany, buthave a slight language barrier. I will work my way there.

Job prospects are great in Ireland for my career and I get a lot of responses on my resume until I tell them that I need sponsership. Well, try and try again.

Would love to hear from someone that lives in Ireland. Would love insight. Looking into Limerick.

Love this site!


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:46 am
Author: senioraj Location: Arizona

Hi,

I am senioraj. My husband and I live in Pinetop, Arizona (where there actually ARE pine trees instead of cactus.) We have just returned from a short trip to Mexico to visit with friends who recently purchased a second home there. I have been enchanted with Mexico since I first visited Puerto Vallarta back in the late 70's. We love the USA but we're ready for a new experience and are considering retiring and moving to Mexico. We just don't know where would be the best fit for us.

I am new to this site and have never joined a chat room before. We would like to learn all that we can about the ins and outs and pros and cons of living in Mexico. We'd love to hear from anyone living in Mexico and why you love it (or not.) Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!


Welcome! - Please help my mini cinderella find a good school

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:09 pm
Author: Cinderella Location: Springs, Dubai

Hi my nickname is Cinderella and I have 2 mini cinderellas aged 4.5 and 2 years old.

My husband is from N.Ireland and I am chinese but I was born in London which makes me a BBC ( british born chinese).

We have worked and lived in Hong Kong for over ten years. I used to be a conference director but now work as a mother and housewife. I am also a qualified massage therapist/aromatherapist. We currently live in London but will be moving to Dubai next month.

I joined your site as the information is very useful and everyone so far appears very friendly and willing to help.

Since I have to find a school and accomodation in the next month or so, any bit of help is appreciated.

Thanks and I hope to get loads of help and feedback.

Cinderella Wink


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:36 pm
Author: Carolep Location: Wirral

Hi everyone. My name is Carole and I live in Wirral, England. I am a member of a few sites like this, but been a bit quiet lately. We should have been moving to Cyprus this year, but now have to wait until next year, hubby had an accident. I work in a hospital as an office manager and have 2 teenage daughters, 19 and 16. They are not moving with us, so they say !


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:28 pm
Author: warden1st Location: Gwent, wales

Hi
My name is Kevin and at present live in Gwent, Wales. I came to this site looking for like minded people for advice on my pending migration to Goa. We are leaving the uk in a couple of years. I used to like the thought of living in the UK, in my nievety I reconned we were pretty lucky "what a twenty nine carrat plonka". I now believe this country is truly corrupt, I agree with others we are over taxed, victimised, and pigeon holed in this society thay now reignes. We not only have lawlessness but it is being condoned, the people suppossed to be protecting us from muggers and thugs now have declared these crimes uninportant enough that they will not be investigated, so now Joe public is wearing a tag round his neck,COME ROB AND ABUSE ME ITS OPEN SEASON ON PEOPLE, WITH THE GOVERMENTS BLESSING. As I said my wife and now are leaving as we fear for our safety.

Any way thats that out of the way. I hasten to add, several pep,s on this sit have given me good advice.

Kevin


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Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:29 pm
Author: Scribes Location: Ayrshire

Hi all,

I'm Campbell, a journalist from Scotland and I'm off to Slovenia with my family shortly to put down a deposit on a cottage and vineyard. We fell in love with the place as we drove across Europe and ex-Yugoslavia to Cyprus, where we also have a house.

If anyone can share their experiences of househunting or living in Slovenia I'd be very grateful. I can hopefully help with information about Scotland, the UK, Cyprus and Slovenia. I've travelled over the world and would like to hear from fellow travellers.

Kevin, if you think the UK is corrupt wait until you have experienced India. Don't fall for what the Daily Mail comes out with, buddy! Life's not that bad here.


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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:26 am
Author: Annielouise18 Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Hi,

I am Anne-Louise and my husband and I are in the process of looking up everything we can in regards to working and living in Canada.

If there are any expats out there who are able to give us any advice on the application process and how you found it all, I would love to hear from you!


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Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:34 pm
Author: shell Location: england

hello. I'm hoping that i'll get some sound advise from other members of this site.I am married with 5 children 2 of them have left school however my daughters of 12 and 6 are obviously still in education. I have an opportunity to work in Malta which my husband and I are really excited about, but have reservations around our youngest childrens schooling and the fact that they will be leaving their friends behind.
I would love to hear from anyone who can offer any words of wisdom regarding the whole relocation of a family to Malta Thanks


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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 6:54 pm
Author: boggle Location: uk

hi

im new obviously...

my hubby and i are hoping to move to valencia soon but have got stuck in the middle of a nasty court case which i wont bore you with here...

however we do hope in the next year or so we will be able to go, we have a house which we rent out at the mo and NIE numbers so we have started the process.


Anyone know a good spanish law forum or solicitors that deal with family matters???


thanks


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Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:02 am
Author: jaks Location: hong kong

Hi, this is Jak. I'm a Uk-expat living in Asia and I'm looking forward to moving back to the UK after 5 years. It's been fun, but home is home, as they say.

Cheers,
Jak


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Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:32 pm
Author: casaianda Location: Lake Vinuela

Hi

I´m Brenda living in Andalucia, southern Spain. Have been here for 4 years. Anyone else out there from lake Vinuela area?


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Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:27 pm
Author: jenryan75 Location: england

Hiya brand new here, my nickname is jenryan75, me and my hubby are wanting to emigrate out of the uk, we are retraining to hopefully be able to get jobs in the country we move to, we have our hearts set on the USA but Australia would be our second option.
We desperatly need any help and advice we can get

Thanks


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:10 pm
Author: pwwm Location: Albunol Spain

Hola All

My nickname is pwwm we relocated here from Benson in Oxfordshire just under three years ago, living in Albunol on the Costa Tropical in Andalucia and teach scuba diving sometimes. We do not work unless you count doing up the house etc.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:38 pm
Author: Sitka Location: Dubai

Hi all;
My nickname is Sitka (a beautifull place in Alaska), I am French and I live in Dubai... I'm very new in the country and I enjoy every moment.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:31 am
Author: islander Location: West Indies

Hi I'm Islander,

Having spent years 12 - 29 in the UK managed finally to get out (!) and with hubby and 2 baby sons are now nicely livin it up in the Grenadines in the West Indies - where my heart lies and where I spent alot of my early childhood.

NEVER returning to the UK, miss family and friends but that doesnt make up for the rest of the shit! Loving life, hubbyes job means we'll probably relocate to Dubai this year and hopefully settle there for a good few years so the kids can settle down.

If theres anyone else down this way - say HI!


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Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:00 pm
Author: DJVarna Location: Varna/Bulgaria

Hi All,

My name is Darren/DJVarna, origins are Bournemouth now live and work Varna Bulgaria.

What brought me here: Having been a soldier for 14yrs i left to look after a family member who was ill in 98, since then had a few diffrent jobs but for the last 2 years a courier in Bournemouth and Newbury, last year i had an accident in the Van, avoiding a dog, and was unable to work. Despite 14yrs of putting my life on the line for slakers in gov posns was told i could get nothing. Fed up and dissed with UK i have now moved to Varna to work as a project Manager in my Fathers Agency and am having the best time ever here. Great people, great country, great fun will never return to Uk


Re: Anyone in Dali / Xiaguan?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:41 am
Author: rosiedee Location: Dali / Xiaguan

Hello! My name is Rosemary. I'm Australian and very happy to find this web site because I urgently need to meet some English speaking people in Dali/ Xiaguan in China. Just arrived here three weeks ago to teach at Dali Uni and the support I expected hasn't eventuated, so am feeling isolated.
Can anyone advise where expats meet here? Please email me ASAP. Thanks a lot. Cheers Rosie


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:30 am
Author: px303 Location: Bangkok

hi there,

I'm Kiki from Bangkok, Thailand. I run interior design business. Hopefully, to develop retirement project/ long stay for European, Scandinavian and American who want to relocate to Thailand due to incoming collapse of the dollar and state pension funds (near future) problem in various countries. ...welcome anyone who want to join as a partner! pls write me email: designer @ spaceandcolors.com

Anyway, i'm glad to know Expat Focus site - hope you guys find it useful!

Take care


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:02 am
Author: speedmetalphil Location: South Korea

Hi. My name is Phil. I'm from Canada originally but I have spent most of the past 11 years in South Korea teaching English. My wife, two kids, and I are planning to move to Perth, Australia in 2007 so that I may return to school and hopefully end up staying in the land down under.


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Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:11 pm
Author: yankeeinscotland Location: Argyll, Scotland

Hiya

I'm from the US and have lived in west Scotland for 6 years. Came here to marry a Scot and we're staying right here.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:40 am
Author: tootsweet Location: Surrey

Hi. I'm not an expat - unless you consider moving down south from up north as expatriation (many of my northern friends do), my mum lives in Bulgaria and I'm on a bit of a fact-finding mission on her behalf. I wonder if anyone can help... My mum's toying with the idea of opening a tea shop in Elhovo, Bulgaria. Now, she tells me she hears rumours of mafia goings-on in the town, understandably this gives her some cause for concern. I reckon there's probably a mafia presence of some kind or other, as they are mentioned in a few websites/message forums but I'd like some more info from people who live in the area before I jump to fixed conclusions. Another point for consideration is that they may well exist but are nothing to worry about. All info greatly appreciated, I would hate to think of my sweet mum getting involved in something out of her depth! Thanks everyone.


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Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:39 pm
Author: thalassemiadoc Location: Toronto Canada

Hi Everyone,

My name is Thalassemiadoc. I was born and raised and presently live in Canada. I also hold Greek citizenship (my parents being Greek). I am married and have 2 children. My wife is a Canadian with dual Cypriot citizenship. I am a physician by trade.

I am interested in moving to Cyprus to practise medicine. Does any one know the process one takes. I will also be obtaining Cypriot citizenship (because my wife is Cypriot).

I found out about this forum while surfing the web for any related info on moving and working as a doctor in Cyprus. Unfortunately I haven't found much. If any one can help out I will greatly appreciate it. Thanks.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:08 pm
Author: tessamarie Location: Wisconsin

Hi All!
My name is Tessa...nickname tessamarie...
I am currently living in the U.S. with my wonderful husband and two year old daughter. I will be recieving my Bachelor of Arts diploma next month and after that, we are going to start to prepare for the biggest move of my life!
My husband is originally from Tasmania, he's lived in the Geelong area. We met, fell in love, spent two wonderful weeks checking out the Great Ocean Road and visiting family in Broken Hill. Now, after much consideration, the U.S. just isn't for us and we want to head back! Of course, if we had the money, we'd pack it up and go next week...but we don't, so this forum is going to be great for advice. Please email me with any advice...or questions about living in the U.S. We live in the midwest...Wisconsin to be specific and I can answer questions for people if need be.

Happy Travels!


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Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:35 pm
Author: gonenative Location: UK

Hello my name is Victoria.

I am living in Gloucestershire at the moment having returned to the UK from Kenya 2 years ago, with my grandmother who died of cancer last year and my wonderful Kenyan husband. I have travelled a bit Africa mainly and also lived in Holland.

We are expecting our 1st child and my husband is working as a binman (he is really a graphic designer but is finding it hard to get work here) I have worked as a freelance photojournalist / marketeer in the past and am looking for work but our location, though wonderful is not ideal. So we are trying out working as a team which is great...

We still have a base in Kenya (rented) which we have to sort out (we intend to split our time later). We still love Kenya.

I love conversation, adventures and culture.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:06 pm
Author: Scamster Location: Chester

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Still finding my way around the site......

I am currently living in Chester leaving too travel to Spain on saturday with my boyfriend James he is an experienced carpenter and builder doing a speciality in plastering.

I for all my sins am a recruitment consultant.

Our plans at the moment are to travel down to Marbella and sample a few locations in the hope of James finding work, (we have been told British residents are calling out for good reliable British craftsmen, (although tecnically he is half Irish)

Very excited and very scared as neither of us speak Spanish and with this in mind we are heading to the most British of regions until we pick up the langauge and gain more confidence with the legalities etc.

As my father is always telling me "life is not a stage rehersal" wish us luck.... would love to hear from anyone that takes to the time to reply.


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Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:29 pm
Author: Mitzyboy

- Scamster

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Still finding my way around the site......

I am currently living in Chester leaving too travel to Spain on saturday with my boyfriend James he is an experienced carpenter and builder doing a speciality in plastering.

I for all my sins am a recruitment consultant.

Our plans at the moment are to travel down to Marbella and sample a few locations in the hope of James finding work, (we have been told British residents are calling out for good reliable British craftsmen, (although tecnically he is half Irish)

Very excited and very scared as neither of us speak Spanish and with this in mind we are heading to the most British of regions until we pick up the langauge and gain more confidence with the legalities etc.

As my father is always telling me "life is not a stage rehersal" wish us luck.... would love to hear from anyone that takes to the time to reply.



Don't forget to drop off on the Costa Blanca on the way. If Brit areas are what you are looking for then you could try torre and Benidorm. Lot of building in Torre


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:18 pm
Author: Road_Runner Location: Santa Clara, CA, USA

I am Les - a newbie to this group/board.

I am Australia-born, dual Australian/American citizen. My wife and I and our two (now adult) kids have been living in the US (Boston, then San Francisco Bay Area) since 1983.

My move(s) from Australia to the US in 1968, 1970, 1978 and 1983 were all employment-related, the last being at my request.

We never planned on staying in the US long-term, but forgot about our kids growing, marrying and having kids of their own - so here we are, and happy with our lot.

My career, after 6 years in the Australian Navy, has been in computer systems support. I am currently working for a sub-40 person high tech company in the capacity of Director of Customer Satisfaction - this encompasses internal IT and Customer Support.

I like to play a bit of golf, enjoy red wine and port, and spending time with the grandkids.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:43 pm
Author: youssy Location: Stockholm

Hi
I am youssy, i just signed up today!
I am moving to Stockholm next month to work, will stay there for half a year, i have never lived alone before specially in a foreign country....does anyone have tips on how to survive the first month?


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Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:36 pm
Author: heidi2765 Location: Canada

Rolling Eyes
My name is heidi, I am German living in Canada at the moment.
I lived in Portugal for 12 years before I came here 4 years ago.
The weather, people and the distance to Europe are factors why I will return to Portugal in 2 years time, as soon as my son has finished highschool here! My son is half Portuguese which means as he stayed out of Portugal more then 3 years he can apply for a certain place at University and it is much cheaper to study there.
My partner (Canadian) wants to come with us, so I am very interested to know what paperwork he will be needing.
On the other side I can share my experiences about Portugal and the immigration process to Canada.
I hope to make lots of friends here!


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:25 pm
Author: jessicab Location: Plano, Texas

Hi - My name is Jessica and my husband and I are currently living in Plano, Texas. We just spent 3-1/2 weeks in Costa Rica with the intention of possibly moving there. My husband, Clifton, just returned from a one year tour of duty in Iraq. It truly makes you reevaluate your life.
We're looking for cooler temperatures and a better quality of life.
Currently, I work for Public Safety Communications (911) in Plano, Texas
maintaining the radio system. Clifton works for the City of Dallas Water Purification Department and is an active Reservist.
We have 4 children and currently (3) grandchildren, with one due in Sept.

Thanks for letting us be a part of this group.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:32 pm
Author: jojames Location: Whitley Bay, UK

Hi Les, Youssy, Heidi and Jessica,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus and our forums, good to hear from you.
Looking through your posts, I can see that you have a great mix of backgrounds and experience between you, which is typical of our membership. If we can help with anything, please ask and we'll do our best to help Smile

Youssy - take a look at our expat coaching tips, supplied by global coach Val Boyko, they may come in handy in your new venture:
www.expatfocus.com/exp...ching-tips

Kind regards,

Jo


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Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:50 am
Author: luckiguy Location: London

Hi,
I'm calling myself luckiguy for the forums. I live in the UK but I'm currently considering a move abroad - with Spain and Malta the two destinations that most interest me at the moment, so I'm a'googlin' about and around to find out more.

I've got a young family and a job which I can take anywhere. Ideally I want to move somewhere where tax is low. My work will mainly be from home with the odd bit of travel in Europe, and I can arrange to be paid in a couple of different currencies if needs be.

I guess that's why I called myself luckiguy, cos I have a little freedom and can work from anywhere there's a decent airport and broadband or ADSL internet connections.

Malta is the place that most interests me right now. Everything I've read and can remember from a couple of visits to Malta is saying it could be the right place. I'd probably look to rent a property for a year to start off with while the family settle.

If you moved to Malta, and have any experience in the following areas, arranging schools, long-term rentals, internet access, becoming a permanent resident, quality of life in different areas or indeed anything to do with life as an expat in Malta - then please feel free to drop me a message or post away! If there's anyone out there who has moved to Malta but gets paid a salary outside of the country I'd be really interested in what you think is the best thing to do? Arrange to get paid in lira? Go permanent?
It's great to have a forum resource such as this, and thanks to all those who set this up and who have taken the time to post in the forums and provide info already. You can find a lot of info out on the web about different subjects to do with moving abroad, but I'll always prefer listening to people who have actually done it and getting the true picture.

Thanks
LG


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Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 4:55 pm
Author: coooljesh6789 Location: hyderabad

onhi everyone,
am an indian guy seeking to study MBA in U.K, so can any one help me, suggesting me the good universities in UK n about the student life and job availability in UK.
i will be very glad if anyone could be kind enough to advise me..


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Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 1:02 pm
Author: lungie Location: Durban

Hello to all !

My name is Lungie from Durban in South Africa . I am divorced and have 2 lil gals .

I am a job seeker and would appreciate any help I can get .

Thanks


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Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 5:22 pm
Author: PlatOz Location: Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast,Queensland,Australia

HI! my name is Tony and I thought I would introduce myself to all of you guys. I am migrated to the Gold Coast, Australia just over 3 years ago from the U.K.

I discovered this forum from another website who had a link to this one and have found this site to be a wealth of information.

When I moved to Australia it was surprising to find out that there were hardly any relocation companies assisting people moving to Australia. Over 2 years ago I started a relocation company(www.platinumrelocations.com.au) assisting corporate and family relocations offering tailor made relocation services. If there is anyone wanting any information on Australia or the Gold coast region in particular I would be delighted to answer any questions you may have, no matter how trivial it may seem.

Tony


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Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 11:12 pm
Author: Alistair Location: Plymouth U.K.

Hi
my name is Alistair, i am a Community psychiatric nurse from Plymouth u.k. and hope to be moving to Adelaide, I will be taking my three children with me,to make a fresh start in a new country.

Any advice or info. on local schools, residential areas , hospitals etc would be really valuable.
I have seen on the official website that would be emigrants need to be able to speak fluent English. Well, my teenagers only communicate via codes, mumbles and grunts so thats a problem right away!! Be nice to hear from someone, Thanks Ali


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Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 12:05 am
Author: vettekid Location: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Hi, my name is Rick , also known as the Vettekid. My wife and I plan to retire in Panama and would love to hear from Canadians already living there. We will be touring Panama this Christmas to search for suitable property to build a home. Any information would be appreciated.


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Wed May 17, 2006 7:48 pm
Author: Neverdunroamin Location: USA

Greetings, expats, emigres, migrants, nomads, all.

Fellow Brits among you may recognise within my nom de clavier a common house name chosen by those returning home.

But home for me is a moving target – each time I think I’ve drawn a bead on it, somebody’s jogged my elbow. “Somebody” is typically my better (-paid) half, whose 25-year career has shuttled us back and forth between the Old and New Worlds.

Now, what kind of an HR automaton came up with that put-down of all put-downs: “the Trailing Spouse”? If you and I come to a fork in this road map we’re all trying to follow, don’t you dare wish me “Happy Trails!” and expect to head off in the other direction with a full set of teeth.

Hey y’all, that must be Texas talking, cuz that’s where I’m at these days. But things could change....

So, if you’re into trading travellers’ tales with a veteran of Mayflower (no, I didn’t quite come over on “the”), Pickford’s, Allied, Big Yellow, U-Haul, U-Name-It, I’ll be listening. If you’re in the UK, I grew up there, married and gave birth; if you’re in France, my father was born there and I've taught the language; if you’re in Germany, I’ve lived there twice and given birth again; if you’re collapsing from Heimweh, I’ve been there, too.

I’ve schooled two children in two states of the USA, who have gone on to prove my theory that expatriatism is a genetic disorder. Nurtured on a diet of international alphabet soup, one has even managed to combine UK GCSE’s and AVCE’s with the US SAT and a respectable college-level GPA. The other, showing fearsome symptoms of polyglotism, is on the far side of the planet, (depending on how you look at it) studying how to juggle Kanji with Mandarin.

This either makes absolutely no sense to you or implies that I've been captured by aliens and implanted with a wide-angle lens so, if you think calling on any aspect of my experience might be worth a try, you’re welcome.

Meanwhile, has anyone out there perfected the bi-coastal lifestyle - meaning both sides of The Pond ? That’s someone I’d like to meet. I have questions.

Guess I should go and wade into both the UK and US pools. See you there!

Smooth Sailing, fellow navigators….

Neverdunroamin


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Posted: Fri May 19, 2006 4:05 am
Author: khunsee Location: Thailand

Sawasdee (mean "hello" in Thai)
I am See. I am Thai. Born and raised in Thailand. Luckily that I have chance to travel to many countries for study and also for business purpose. Met interesting people & make lots of friends there. Moreover, my work as a cross-culture specialist allows me to interact with many expats who live in Thailand. If you all need some info about Thailand. You are most welcome!


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat May 20, 2006 11:46 pm
Author: TerritorianTori Location: Darwin, NT, Australia

Hi everyone!

I'm Tori, an American (from Texas) living in Australia (Darwin).

I came here originally on a special 4-month working holiday, met my husband and decided to stay! I've been here permanently since 2004.

I may not post much since I'm very busy with my own expat site, but this is a good place and I'll definitely link back! Cool

Cheers!


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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 11:15 am
Author: guyszo Location: Oman

Hi all, my name is Jeff, I'm an Aussie, living and working in Oman, which is right next door to UAE and Yemen.
I have only been here a short while, flew in from Kyrgyzstan where I have been working for the last 6mths
I am a mine engineer and I contract my self all over the place, to help pay the bills.
I joined this "club" just to talk to people in English, and maybe help someone that may need it.
OK I need some help, does any body know what sort of satellite / frequency I need from Oman to catch Aussie cricket and football, no one here seems to understand what I'm on about.
Anyway thats it, hope everyone has a great day, and live life!!!!!


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Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 3:00 pm
Author: Africanangel Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Hi my nickname is Africanangel. I am South African currently living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I am looking for expats who are living in Tanzania.

Cheers


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Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 8:34 pm
Author: Ramar Location: USA

Howdy, my nickname is Ramar, I am currently living in the wild west of Arizona in the US. I will be relocating to Ethiopia in the fall. I have worked extensively in southern Africa (lots of trips in and out), Ethiopia represents a major shift in my life. One trip to Africa and you can't not keep returning, I feel I must live in Africa at this point in my life. Happy to have found this forum.


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Posted: Thu May 25, 2006 5:28 am
Author: realtat Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

My name is realtat. I live in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, but I am American from the state of Nevada. I am here with my husband, who is in his final year of work. He will retire next year. I plan to go to the U.S. and set up a household next April, and he will return to the perfect home that I have created in July of 2007. I have lived abroad since 1971 in various countries of Europe and in Central America. Now I will be making the hardest adjustment of all, returning to my country of origin, where I no longer fit in, but where I am not recognized as a foreigner. This year will be a slow one for me. I began the tour in Georgia by getting too involved in charity work, to the point that I became involved in a corruption scandal. (I'm not guilty, but I blew the whistle on some baddies and one of my helpers suffered revenge from the baddies. I then promptly got sick, perhaps poisoned or perhaps just sick with a rare disease as yet unidentified. After months of doctoring and finding a reasonable plan for managing my health problems, I find myself with about a year before our big retirement move. I was thinking of volunteering to teach English somewhere (like France) where I'd like to be a tourist. I'd like to exchange my teaching services for a place to stay to reduce my expenses. Anybody have any tips on how to do this? I speak horrible, but functional French, Spanish, and German, and would consider locating in France, Spain or Germany, in that order of preference, for the coming year.


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Posted: Thu May 25, 2006 6:43 am
Author: priyanka Location: gurgaon

Hi everybody,

Myself Priyanka, an indian national. I am presently researching on expats behaviour online. Basically, in relation to india.

I am interested in knowing what all you as an expat prefer to look for on any site, while searching for information online.

I have read many forums, and work is still on.

I would like to have inputs from the maximum to build a strong opinion to build a site focusing the expats and their needs.

thnx
priyanka


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself...

Posted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:11 am
Author: Mitzyboy

- priyanka

Hi everybody,

Myself Priyanka, an indian national. I am presently researching on expats behaviour online. Basically, in relation to india.

I am interested in knowing what all you as an expat prefer to look for on any site, while searching for information online.

I have read many forums, and work is still on.

I would like to have inputs from the maximum to build a strong opinion to build a site focusing the expats and their needs.

thnx
priyanka



Hi and welcome to the site .... I'm sure you'll get lots of input from here - I've pm'd you


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Posted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:50 am
Author: BreeBree Location: South of Lisbon

Hi everyone, I live in portugal, and have done for almost 20 years. Still support England in the world cup though!!! How is everybody? Anyone else out there in Portugal? Take care


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat May 27, 2006 8:29 am
Author: Galli Location: germany

Hi,my user name is Galli,we're moving to Extremadura/Spain in August,after living in COLD Germany for five years.We reliase our new area is not so popular/expensive as the usual destination in Spain but it's what we wanted,old fashioned and rural.If there are any tips on the area I would be obliged to you.Kevin


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Posted: Sat May 27, 2006 9:14 am
Author: HappyD Location: Queensland Aust

G,day everybody,
My name is Dave and i live on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane Australia. I came here from UK in 1973. There is only one other country i would like to live in and thats Thailand. I went to sea at the tender age of 15 yrs and had seen 23 countries by my 21st birthday, some beautiful and some awful!
I go to Thailand each year and have friends on beautiful Samui island. Its only an overnight flight from Brisbane (9 hrs) so very convienent. I have to tell you all, you just have to see Amazing Thailand..........beautiful


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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 3:17 pm
Author: Hazel Location: Great Britian

Hi my name is Hazel currently living in England but moving to the Algarve very soon


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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 6:00 pm
Author: Chica Location: Johannesburg

Hello everybody. My nickname is Chica and I am currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was living in London, UK, for a couple of years and have just recently moved here. I am also planning to relocate to Dubai sometime in the near future. I have always wanted to move to New York, but never got there.

I love travelling and feel like I never get to do enough of it. Also, it's difficult for me to meet other people with the same passion to wander across the world. I enjoy meeting other people and socialising. Anyone have any tips of Dubai, please feel free to share. Take Care


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Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 7:36 pm
Author: Trinity Location: Johannesburg

Hey there...My nickname is Trinity..I live in Johannesburg South Africa. I have not lived in another country but would like to do so. I love traveling and sports. I am currently a student...cant wait till I graduate! I read a couple of your posts and was fascitated...


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Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 12:37 pm
Author: annual_leave Location: Oxford

Hi, newbie here....

I'm Annual_Leave (because that's where I'd rather be right now!)

Not an ex-pat myself, but my lovely parents have just relocated to France in a very permanent leaving the UK kind of way. Also my brother and his wife seem to be considering moving to Oz. (obviously I'm not taking any of this personally....)

...so this seemed like a good place to keep my nose to the ground for useful tips etc for the parentals (they're not hugely web-literate yet) and also I'm thinking that I might not live in the UK myself forever...soooo....

France.... Brazil.... those are my 2 main interests at the mo.

(this summer will be my 3rd trip to Salvador, Brazil in 18 months....it's very tempting to go and not come back this time)


Re: Attn: New Members - Welcome! - Please Introduce Yourself

Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 5:33 pm
Author: Mitzyboy

- annual_leave

Hi, newbie here....

I'm Annual_Leave (because that's where I'd rather be right now!)

Not an ex-pat myself, but my lovely parents have just relocated to France in a very permanent leaving the UK kind of way. Also my brother and his wife seem to be considering moving to Oz. (obviously I'm not taking any of this personally....)

...so this seemed like a good place to keep my nose to the ground for useful tips etc for the parentals (they're not hugely web-literate yet) and also I'm thinking that I might not live in the UK myself forever...soooo....

France.... Brazil.... those are my 2 main interests at the mo.

(this summer will be my 3rd trip to Salvador, Brazil in 18 months....it's very tempting to go and not come back this time)



You ought to speak to Countryboy on here .... he's very interested in Brazil at the moment.


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Posted: Wed May 31, 2006 8:19 pm
Author: suede Location: Winnipeg

Hi, my name is Sue. We arrived in Toronto on the 19th May 2006. My husband has a job with Seimans Transport. My daughter and two golden Retrievers travelled with us. We went to Nigra Falls and then drove to Winnipeg stopping in Motels/Hotels on route. Stayed 1 week in Winnipeg to get somethings sorted ie Car, House, Health Card, Sin No., Dog Licence, Bank Account. We then drove to Saskatoon for my husbands orientation 2 weeks. Then we will be heading back to Winnipeg on the 10th June to setlle down and find a School for my daughter (any info on what grade she might be in (14yrs) or other info would be good., Drs, Dentist, Vets, change driving licence and start driving (ah). It would be nice to hear from any truckers of truckers families.


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Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:58 pm
Author: Joydiv Location: Manchester

Hello hello, just thought would drop in and say Hello
Nick is Joydiv, anyone remember the 80's Band from my home town will know what i am on about
Real name is Andy, Currently in the UK but plan to Move to Bkk in October. Very lucky as i work from home, and can do the job from anywhere in the world.
Will however be looking to pick the brains of all you expats re Best Visa's, Banks, etc etc
Got a mate currently living off Sukhumvitte, so got good port of call for most things, but the more ideas the better.

See you all soon


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Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 12:35 pm
Author: Thirdtimelucky Location: England

Hi, just joined up, so thought best to say hi here first, before ploughing straight in elsewhere!. I'm from just outside London, England.


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Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:16 pm
Author: Raquel Location: A really nice place!

I forgot to do this when I joined hello everyone, I'm raquel, I've lived in Spain for six years and also before that Ireland and I am shortly returning to my beloved blightly to 'get a new life' !!!


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Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:04 am
Author: lush8 Location: Australia

Hi all,

Im fairly new to chat forums, this is the 2nd one ive joined. Its great to be able to get advice and suggestions from everyone.
Im currently living in Queensland since Feb of this year from NZ. Hopefully i will get to meet NZers living abroad to share experiences with. And look forward to hearing about other travellers adventures too.

chat to you all soon Smile


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Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:04 am
Author: dellvecc Location: Atlanta GA USA

Hi my name is Joe. I live in Atlanta, GA USA and I've recently become a Dual Citizen with Italy.

Someday I hopefully will be able to live and work in Europe.


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Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:22 am
Author: mojopinkie Location: Caudete

Hi thought I better introduce myself,forgot to do ot when I registered with this site Sorry!!! Anyway Im here now my name is Mo and I live between my home In Ayrshire,Scotland and an old townhouse I am rennovating in Caudete,Spain with a view to moving to Spain to live in the near future as I love the lifestyle and the people.Anyway great site loads of great info and I hope to make loads of new friends worldwide so bye for now and I will speak to you all soon


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Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:21 pm
Author: jojames Location: Whitley Bay, UK

Hi Mo, Joe, LS, Andy, 3rd Time and you too Raquel,

Just wanted to say hello and welcome you to the site and our forums Smile

Good luck with your respective ventures, and keep in touch. We have a really helpful and friendly membership, who will be more than happy to help with any queries you may have, so please just ask!

Kind regards,

Jo


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Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:21 pm
Author: socialista Location: Andalucia

Hola Mis Amigos, I'm Lee and have lived in Andalucia, Spain for nearly 2 years now, having escaped the UK. My partner and I live in a tiny inland village, high up in the mountains. Lovely people, beautiful country and great lifestyle. I look forward to communcating with all you folk - wherever you are living in the world.


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Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:23 pm
Author: Mitzyboy

- socialista

Hola Mis Amigos, I'm Lee and have lived in Andalucia, Spain for nearly 2 years now, having escaped the UK. My partner and I live in a tiny inland village, high up in the mountains. Lovely people, beautiful country and great lifestyle. I look forward to communcating with all you folk - wherever you are living in the world.



Hi Lee ... look forward to speaking with you


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Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 3:25 pm
Author: toby22 Location: ireland

Hello newbie here,

Iam livin in ireland at the mo, but waiting patiently till hubbie finds accom in nerja spain. I've got three kids and we're all so excited to be movin. Joined the site just hopin to meet anyone that will be livin near where we will be based. friendly chat and info, and thank god i found it..... great forum.....
toby...


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Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:23 pm
Author: popsey Location: Montroy

Hi All, hola mi amigo, my name is Linda and I'm from Torquay, Devon England, bu orginally from Swindon Wiltshire. Have just moved to the Valencia area of Spain and it sure is hot. My Spanish is minimal but hoping to improve on it with lessons and a little self teaching as well. I think the Spanish people we have met so far have proved to be very pleasant and helpful. My husband and I have moved here to start our early retirement, so of course it is about making and meeting new friends. If anyone wants the same please write or maybe we can help each other as well with new things we have to learn. bye, Adios


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Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:50 pm
Author: Zimbabwean Location: zimbabwe

Greetings from Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwean is my nickname,25 years of age and from Zimbabwe,Southern AFRICA.I write from Zimbabwe and by joining this forum i hope to meet contacts from ather parts of the world and share experiences.I work in humanitarian aid with NGOs.there is so much bad news from Zimbabwe [politically and economically]but there is still so much more to tell that is good.

Regards


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Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:48 pm
Author: nickanddee Location: lincoln

hello,
are names are nick and dee.

we live in uk bit are interested in moving to spain. We are however having some difficulty obtaining certain essential imformation. We wondered if anyone could help.
Firstly we,re useless on computors if you hadn,t already guessed.
secondly, we,re a middle aged happily married couple who kids have grown up (well they were supposed to have done by now anyway).
Nick(me) is disabled due to an R.T.A some 16 yrs ago and dee looks
after the house and garden and spend rest of time looking good for me (SHOPPING). We live in Lincoln and have 5 children between us which range from 17 to 26.

What we are tryingf to find out initially is to do with health ncare.
I have artificial legs and need to visit prosthetic clinics on a fairly regular basis. This treatment is obviously covered by the N.H.S in the uk, but is it in spain. Wehave been told that some things are and that you need private health insurance for the rest but whats actually covered and whats not.
Also private health insurance in uk does not cover anything thats already happened. We have lots of questions but due to fact that private limb fitting is extremely expensive, it could influence this move one way or the other. We would appriciate any info anyone could give us on this.

Nice to meet you all.
Nick and Dee


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Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:00 pm
Author: jshah Location: USA

Hello, my name is J Shah. I currently live in USA, with my wife and two boys - 15 years old and 10 years old.
There is a possibility that I may be seconded to Bangalore, India for a period of 3 to 5 years. Given my kids' age, there is a lot of anxiety about their education. That is what brings me to this forum. I would like to hear some first hand experiences about international schools in Bangalore, tips about where to liveand anything else that might help a person relocating from the USA.


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Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:16 pm
Author: Alea Location: SE London

Hi, I'm Alea. Nice to meet you all.
How did I get here? Or more to the point, how am I going to get there?
There is the destination. There is a small amout of land on a carribean island. It's a way off yet, maybe 15 years? But there's plenty to do in the mean time. Including the basics, raising the money to build and attaian more land. We have no property, or chance of getting property in London. But we have plenty of skills and talent.

So we were looking for a stepping stone on life's highway when we stumbbled upon properties for sale in Bulgaria. Since then I've been researching Bulgaria in my spare time. The more I learn, the more interested I become to go and see. Is it really possible that our humble savings could buy us a property, home and potential investment? We have the skills and experience for renovation. It can't be impossible.

Ultimately, we want a home and a generous garden and kitchen garden are paramount. We are going to the Carribean, but at the moment we are 'here' in London, trying to decide if a detour via Bulgaria is the best route for us?


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Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:10 pm
Author: vidy Location: North West (between Manchester & Liverpool)

Hi my nickname is Vidy and I have just registered so am very new to the site and looking forward to communicating with people who are already in the UAE or trying to get work out there.

I am a HR Manager in the Northwest of England and am looking for a position in the UAE. I have recently gone through a telephone interview which was quite successful and am now keeping my fingers crossed to be invited over for a face to face interview.

I am finding it difficult to seek legitimate agencies to register with so if anyone has any tips please let me know. I have been in HR for 10years now the last 5 of them being in a management position.


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Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:32 pm
Author: pinknataliefern2005 Location: england

Hey Everyone
My name is Natalie - pinknatalie2006 to yahoo users.
I'm living in England at the moment with my husband and 2 children, my house is currently on the market and we are looking at moving over to Spain in September!
We have been looking in the Cortes de Baza area (Baza Granada) which is so gorgeous. My little girl will be starting school over there is September so this is a really exciting time for us all.
My husband and I are coming over to Spain in 3 weeks time to apply for our NIE numbers and to look for a house and work (so fingers crossed everything will work out as planned)
If anyone wants to have a chat or even to tell me how to do something in Spain then your more than welcome to add me to your msn mess or even send me a quick e-mail - otherwise i look forward to speaking to you all on here.
Take care everyone
Natalie


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Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:13 pm
Author: Bill Location: Dubai

hello everybody,

My name is Bill and I am about to move to Dubai, I have never been there before so thought it a good idea to ask some people who have been there before what to expect and I do have some questions.


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Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 6:30 pm
Author: Ding Location: France

Hi everyone
I'm Jacqueline (but you'll see me as Ding on the forum) and i'm originally from Devon in the UK. My husband and I moved here to the Charente-Maritime region of France 2.5 years ago. Although we have enjoyed living here and have had a great time, we now feel its time to move on and we are seriously considering Portugal. I actually came across this site whilst looking for information on Portugal and am delighted to come across such a mix of people going to live or already living all over the world. It will be wonderful to hear about everyone's experiences wherever you are.
I'm looking forward to chatting with you
Jaq


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Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:29 pm
Author: abacus Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I'm Abacus. A recent transplant to Rio de Janeiro, from the U.S. I'm absolutely amazed that I've not seen any other expats in Brazil yet. Maybe I haven't gotten far enough into the blogs...but glad to be here.


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Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 4:27 pm
Author: Dunstall2006 Location: London

Hello everyone, I'm Michael and I'm from England but soon I'm off to make use of my dual passport and live in Oz. I can't wait. It's just me and my wife and the kids are staying here. Well, I say kids, but they're 31 and 33 so I think they'll be OK...


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Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:28 am
Author: ibtisamq Location: Dubai

Hi all,

My name is Ibtisam. I recently shifted to Dubai from Pakistan to work on Du Project, the second telecom operator in UAE after Etisalat. Well, so far just busy in completing administrative tasks. Hopefully it will get better with time. See you people around.


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Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 4:25 am
Author: MalTru Location: Omaha, NE

Hi all!

My name is Mallory, and I am currently in Nebraska in the United States.

I studied abroad in Northern Ireland last fall, and I absolutely fell in love! I hope to make it back over to that corner of the world someday soon.

I am currently a college student; I'll graduate in December '06. My degree is in English and Psychology, but I'm hoping to work more in the hotel/hospitality industry as management and/or event planning. I don't know how that'll get me to the UK exactly, buy hopefully I can find a way! It's just me, so I can afford to be a little flexible.


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Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 8:53 am
Author: poplar_pete Location: Auckland

Hi Im Pete otherwise known as poplar_pete.

Myself, my wife and 2 children aged 10 and 8 relocated to Auckland, New Zealand from the UK 3 years ago. I came over to NZ on a 2 year working visa and after a year I got my residents permit. Its been a real eye opener for me this forum all the negative postings that have come from this side of the world.

If anyone wants my opinion on anything or fancies picking my brains about locating to this next of the woods, please feel free to contact me.


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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:06 pm
Author: moule Location: England

Hi my name is Elaine alive and well in Birmingham England. I am not an ex-pat yet but am planning to emigrate to Thailand either December 2006 or June 2007 at the latest. I have no ties to keep me in England now as my son who is 26 will also be emigrating with me, as he is a Thai Boxer (and very good even if I am biased!) he wants to continue fighting in Thailand and other countries and eventually have his own boxing camp. Me? At the moment I am a Legal Secretary but I have also obtained a TEFL Teaching Certificate so I will be either looking to continue secretariel work of if not I would like to teach English.- I'd like to be of some use to others as I am over 50 (just!) I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

Any advice you can give me would be appreciated, I would like to live in either Pattaya, Hua Hin or Bangkok mind you it would depend on housing prospects and job availability anyway.

I look forward to receiving a reply from anyone who has "been there, done it and got the t-shirt"

Tarrah for now+


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Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:15 am
Author: kattscan Location: OKLAHOMA

my name is stephen live in the usa retired truckdriver and bountyhunter. I am going on disability shortly and looking to move to a country such as ecuador or the philipines to have a betterstandard of living enjoy your site so far looking forward to hearing from you all greeting from the sooner state oklahoma


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Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:52 am
Author: popetodd Location: Boston MA US

Hi all!

My name is Todd, I am a Unix Systems Administrator in the US. My wife is a UK citizen by birth and wants to move to Europe so our daughter can get a better education and we can have a higher standard of life (not monetarily, quality is what we are after).

The UK is our first stopping point and we should be arriving in July of 2007.
I am starting now to get information on this move and all it will entail. This site has been pretty good so far so I joined last week and hope to relate my trials and tribulations moving to all who will listen.

This should take several years as we plan on moving onto the continent after I gain UK citizenship. I think the plan is to take a look around from the UK for a couple of years, pick a place where we like the culture and countryside and give it a go after learning the language.

Lot of work ahead, but it should be fun and I know my daughter will have a better idea of what the world is about as a result.


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Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:26 am
Author: tflor2 Location: Zagreb, Croatia

Hey there! My name is Ticia and I will be moving to Croatia in about two weeks. Never been over seas, but looking forward to it. I'm orginally from Southern California, but lived in South Carolina for the past 3 years. I have a sweetheart waiting for me in Zagreb.
I found this site searching for gereral information about Croatia, Zagreb. Also, the culture, food, night life, day life, shopping and just about everything I can mush into my head. (That's a lot of mushing)
Hope to meet some cool people here. Wanna chat?


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Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:51 am
Author: mercurial1973 Location: italy

Hi

My name is Miranda I moved to Italy two years ago and I shall be moving back to the UK in March 2007. I shall be very pleased to go back to my own country - living in someone else's is not all it's cracked up to be. Having said that I'm glad I did it and have no regrets concerning the experience. Rolling Eyes


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Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:07 am
Author: vlmitchell Location: Alabama

Hi, I'm Vickie and we live in the USA. My husband has applied for a work permit in Grand Cayman so that's why I joined this site. Trying to learn as much as we can Exclamation


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Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:20 am
Author: OF.uk Location: Eger/Sirok, Hungary

Hi,
I'm Paul. My partner,Erika and I bought a house just outside Eger in Hungary last year. Our intention is to move there as soon as possible.
Erika has a lot of family in Eger and speaks the language well. Since buying the house we have been over about half a dozen times. It is always so hard to leave Crying or Very sad .
We are in the process of trying to get a small business off the ground helping people find and buy property in Hungary.


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Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:47 pm
Author: FrogBlogger Location: Chiang Mai Thailand

Hi from France! Best part of two decades in the 'Hexagon' so far, mainly in Provence and in the northern French Alps (the Savoie). Years since I've been back home (to the UK) - don't miss it at all.

Spent the best part of ten years doing up an old farm in the south of France, great experience... but I wouldn't want to do it again. Big change, moving up to the Savoie, but we decided to sacrifice the sun for the skiing...

That said the climate in Bourg Saint Maurice at an altitude of 2600 feet is great - cold, but dry in the winter, usually hot and sunny in the summer. Surrounded by the biggest and best ski resorts in the world Wink - Les Arcs and La Plagne (Paradiski), Tignes and Val d'Isère (Espace Killy), Courchevel and Meribel etc (Three Valleys). A snowlover's paradise!


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Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:03 pm
Author: MegsV Location: Mississippi

Hello from Mississippi!

I just graduated in May with a Business degree and for the first time in my life I have freedom to travel. I was working on getting a temporary position at MasterCard in Belgium, but it looks like it's going to fall through. So now, I am working on Plan B.

I still really want to go overseas for a while so I am looking into teaching English in either Greece or Italy.


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Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:31 pm
Author: SandraP Location: St Andrews, Scotland

Hi, my name is Sandra and I live near St Andrews in Scotland. Looking to relocate to Bulgaria this year. Been a couple of times but hoping to view down south as I havent been there yet.

Would be nice to hear from anyone with tips on moving to and living in Bulgaria.

Take care
Sandra Very Happy Laughing Very Happy


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Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:05 am
Author: therebetisa Location: United States, New Jersey

Hello. My name is Tiffany. I'm 22 years old, and will be graduating college this month with a major in Sociology and minors in history and anthropology. I'm also totally blind, and have been ever since I was two months old due to a retina detatchment. I use Hal, a program that speaks everything on the screen to me. I was born and brought up in the United States, but never felt any affinity or patriotism for that country. I've been interested in Greek things for about five years now. I own a trichordo (six string bouzouki) and a baglama and love Greek music (more specifically, rebetika from the 20's through the 50's and some old laika). I think Greek cuisine is the best in the world and I'm trying to learn how to cook it. I'm also learning the modern language through a self-study course online at kypros.org, where I'm steadily progressing, and am now taking a course (of my own design) at my college that incorperates modern Greek culture and history. I will be posting a survey invite related to it in the Can You Help forum for those interested. For four years now, I've been a Hellenic Polytheist, following the religion of ancient Greece (had nothing before that) and am very satisfied. I fly the Greek flag with pride and always stand for the national anthem. But it was only on 15 June of this year that I discovered through an old letter from my biological father that his grandmother on his father's side was half Greek. So I too have Greek blood. It was the happiest day of my life, and I love myself more for it. I'm extremely interested in visiting Greece, and if I truly like it, I want to move there and to become a Greek citizen. But for now, I'm trying to strengthen my ties with Hellas, meet up with other expatriates online and learn about the differences between Hellas and America. I'll be posting two major things. The first is the survey invite mentioned earlier. The second is a list of questions that somewhat overlap with the survey but that relate to my particular circumstances, and those will be in the Greece forum. I live in New Jersey, but am going to Pennsylvania for an independence programme for the blind on 13 August, so I have plenty of time to learn, but I think I should start now. I'm hoping I can learn alot from all of you, and maybe even share some of my own experiences as well.


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Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:47 am
Author: obiwan Location: Hinckley nr Leicester

Hi. my nickname is Obiwan. I live near Leicester at the moment and I work as a Learning Mentor at my local Further Education College. Me and my partner Sue have just returned from Bulgaria and are in the process of buying a house there.

Initially we want to use it as a holiday home but may move there in a couple of years.

I have been using the MyBulgaria Forum but came across this one while searching for info on DIY shops in Varna.

Anyone bought in a village called Bliznatsi near the Kamchia river about 20 km south of Varna?


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Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:12 pm
Author: Stesol Location: Toronto, Canada

Hi Everyone

My nickname is STESOL, Steve for Real!
I came across this site doing a google search for living in canda or something like that

My wife & I are looking to relocate lock stock & barrel to Canada and have found this site invaluable. So much so, the contacts on here have already put me in touch with a good immigration lawyer and a relocation company.

The ball is now rolling - it wil llikely take 2 years to complete the process and I wil be making regular posts to record our progress. Hopefull y our experiences wil help others follwing the same path


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Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:08 pm
Author: murthy Location: uk

Rolling Eyes
hi i am in uk and i am a libra and i am interested in moving to canada .Is it necessary to use a immigration advisor or can i do it on my own
thanks


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Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:23 pm
Author: murthy Location: uk

hi everyone,
i am a new memberand known as venkat and i am interested in moving to canada and also like travel .Travelled to s.africa ,lived in saudi and now in uk


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Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:31 am
Author: dominican Location: northampton

Good Morning to all members,
i am a bit of a newbie my name is Albert i live with my wife of 37 years,
4 children have left the nest so we are free .
we are going to our house in Villanueva de algadais in October for 3 months if we can intergrate we will move there for good .
Does anybody know of a ISP over there so i can keep in contact with family,and of course EXPAT FOCUS.
Regards
Dominican Very Happy


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Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:44 am
Author: sgfamd Location: Rome

Hi all,

My name is Giuseppe and I am italian. I'm 35, like my wife, we have a daughter and she is 4 years old. We are interested in moving in south of Spain or Gibraltar. Infos from people who live in this areas will be appreciated Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

sgfamd


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Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:42 pm
Author: Mizzdjak Location: uk

I'm sure this site will be a great help to us.
Many thanks



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Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:15 pm
Author: deep_jatt_mirza Location: Punjab

hi
I am Deep. I am from India and hope to get visa to manitoba soon.


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Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:15 pm
Author: DahnsieBoy Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Hi!

My name is Dahn. I'm not officially an ex-pat yet, but I plan to move to London from Seattle in the spring of '07. So much to do! It's great to have a site like this available.........I'll be asking lots of questions! I'm just a simple little Ohio boy who don't know nuthin' 'bout the big city! (actually I've been to the UK twice......LOVE IT!) But, Hey, it'll be fun! I'm looking forward to chatting (and picking your brains!). Thanks! Dahn


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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:37 am
Author: Nickers33 Location: Munich

Hi

My name is Nicky and I have lived in Munich with my husband Matt for 6 years. We are from Devon in the UK. I came across this site while looking for info about expat life in St Petersburg, Russia (not much out there) as we are possibly going there for 18 monhs at Christmas. I know nothing about the place and am a bit worried - but then I Was worried about moving to Munich and it's great. Anyone else in St Pete?

Good luck with all your moves Very Happy
Nicky


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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 1:10 pm
Author: juliap Location: gb

Hi my name is julia and I just wanted to introduce myself after reading your articles for a while I have decided to join.My husband and I have just started researching/going ahead with relocation to Canada.My husband is a lorry driver and I am a teaching assistant and we have 2 children aged 10 and 12.Any tips would be much appreciated as we are talking to 2 companies 1 that wants lorry drivers and 1 that helps you just to get your visas,any advice would be very helpful.


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Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:32 pm
Author: dunkerhouse Location: New Jersey

Hello All! My nickname is Dunkerhouse (real name Kerrie) and are originally from the US. My husband and I were both in the service so we've seen quite a bit of the states. We've moved 6 times in 6 years and thought that the most recent move to New Jersey was the last for awhile...wrong!

So, we're off to London (as civilians again). We'll be there in about 2 months and are soooo far behind the power curve it's unbelievably pathetic. We've got two kids: 4 and 15 months and are psyched about the move however reality has sunk in as of late and we're feeling the twinges of nervousness (not to mention sheer panic at the thought of getting our 4 y.o into school on time).

I'm sure I'll be the one asking the questions that have been asked a million times so all apologies in advance. The kids keep me on my toes and surfing the threads was a luxury I had when I was working (ha!).

Laughing
Kerrie


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Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:43 pm
Author: TinyToes Location: Hong Kong

Hello, everybody,

I'm TinyToes.
moved to Manchester, UK a month ago, lived in Russia before that.

hope to find some nice people in Manchester - to chat and spend some time here.

Kind regards,
TT


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Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:20 pm
Author: Marmik Location: Spain

Hi, i'm marmik, live in spain and came across this site by chance and thought i would take a look as it looks very informative.


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Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:55 am
Author: joanb Location: preston uk

Hi there - anyone in Croatia able to help??

My name is Joan and I'm not a expat at the moment although I have been in the past! I live in the North of England.

I will be arriving in Trogir on Sunday and am desperate to watch the Manchester United v Arsenal game on Sunday afternoon.

Does anyone know of any bars which may be showing it or if I can get it on the Sat TV in my apartment. The tourist board in Trogir wasn't very helpful!

Any info would be gratefully received.

Cheers

Joan


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Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:37 pm
Author: faithman Location: Wales, UK

Hello all

My name is Ben and I'm from Wales in the United Kingdom.

I'm planning on moving to Texas to be with my girlfriend permanently, and am hoping to start the process of application early next year. I was searching for a site exactly like this, where I could talk to other people who have already made the move/are in the process of making it and seek advice. I was impressed with the information on offer and the friendly nature of the site so joined immediately, hope y'all don't mind me picking your brains Smile

Ben


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Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:06 pm
Author: jojames Location: Whitley Bay, UK

Hi there Ben, Joan, Kerrie, TinyToes, Marmik, Julia and Nicky!

A warm welcome to Expat Focus and our forums, it's good to have you here and I hope you find answers to all your questions Smile

Kind regards,

Jo


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Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:32 pm
Author: stephendb Location: South Africa

Hi All

My Name is Stephen and i live in Gangsters Paradise in South Africa.
I am look at relocating to either Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
I have been specializing in the RFID Asset Monitoring, IT, Plant Automation and AV industry for the past 15 years. (Electronics).
can anyone assist with info on job hunting everyone says they can accommodate me once I am there but I would like to get a job offer first.

Stephen


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Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:48 am
Author: fisherwoman Location: West Yorkshire

Hi there my nick name is Fisherwoman.We are moving to Alfarnatejo in the mountains about 50mins from malaga, we will be moving in 8-10weeks the sooner the better. At the momeny I work as a care assistant looking after the elderly but as I am rapidly getting nearer the ages of the residents it is time to call it a day. The reality of moving and the logistics of it all have only really just hit me now we have sold the house!! So any useful hints on the process would be very welcome. We are retiring so the work angle does not feature in things. My hubby is also an avid angler and as there are a lot of lakes in the area he thinks hes died and gone to heaven. By the way we are English and live in West Yorkshire.


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Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:01 pm
Author: smarty Location: London

Hi my name is nick name is smarty and I am looking to relocate to Costa Rica. I am currently living in the UK in London and would like to here from anyone in the South America region. I am looking to relocate really as living in UK is just not for me, I visited Uvita and thought the mountain were just amazing and I have also traveled throughout peru. Please get in touch with me as I am looking to sell up and start a new live perferrably in Costa Rica.


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Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:41 pm
Author: whtyford65 Location: panama

Hola amigos y amigas
im bob, i moved from the USA to Panama two years ago because i just couldnt stand it anymore. The overcrowding, the pollution, the PRICES, the crime, the competition for life, space, time, etc. i am not retired or wealthy but am making my way in a much more simple life in a country that is new to the modern world (except for Panama City) . My health has improved as has my piece of mind, i might just live a little longer!!
Things are VERY different here. my biggest challenge is overcoming my own expectations and learning to take what comes and deal with it as best as i can and ADAPT. its wonderful, i love it here and my new life!
cheers- bobinpanama


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Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:02 am
Author: sadsue Location: Dubai

Sue
Currently Dubai

Hi all

I am currently living in Dubai and will be moving to Germany early next year. I went looking for expat sites that might be around the area we are moving to - Nurnberg/Erlangen - and came across this. Thought it might be interesting. Any Aussies around Nurnberg/Erlangen please respond as I am not looking forward to the move without knowing someone. But it will be challenging as I don't speak the language - yes I will take some lessons before I go.

Love to hear from someone.


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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:50 am
Author: Ponyman Location: UK

I'm currently living on a small Sottish island, but intend to relocate to Kenya as soon as I can sell my house. I have a Kenyan lady waiting for me out there who I intend to marry and she has started a little business which will hopefully provide us with enough to live on. There seems to be plenty of information for people in Kenya wanting to move to the UK but not a lot for people in the UK wanting to move to Kenya - am I missing something here ? Wink


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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:17 pm
Author: sis-x Location: serbia

Hi everybody!

My name is Ola, I'm Polish, 26 yrs old.
Currently I am an expat in Serbia (Kosovo), but I intend to make a move to India (Chennai), alony with my Indian fiance.

Best regards to everyone:)
Sis


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Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:26 pm
Author: duo_travels Location: Essex, UK

Hi im one half of duo_travels and my name is Jo. I currently live in Essex and am 4 months pregnant. My husband has a high pressure job and we came to the conclusion the other day that we live to work and not work to live. We think with a baby on the way things need to change. I have always had a dream of moving to Spain and perhaps now is the time for us to start a new life?!?! I have spent the whole day reading various bits and pieces on this site and even after reading some very honest and informative info about living in Spain with kids and Schools, I am not yet put off. Looking forward to speaking to you all and getting to know you!


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Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:52 pm
Author: FormerExpat Location: Washington, DC

Hiya - I'm from the States and actually live in the US for the time being. I grew up in Germany so I thought I would enjoy this forum. I miss living abroad actually despite some of the hassles Smile Anyways, I can't wait to get to know everyone.


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Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:59 am
Author: here_comes_pat Location: illinois

Hi - I'm an American married to a Canadian now for 18 years. For a number of reasons we're thinking hard about moving ourselves and our three kids to my spouse's hometown of Winnipeg (aka "Winterpeg"), Manitoba. I'd love to hear from other American expats in Winnipeg!!! I found this site by searching for a "Winnipeg blog". Nice to be here with you interesting folks!


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Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:37 pm
Author: flanny_2004 Location: Alvor

Hi my name is Steve and I live with my wife Ann and our children Mark, Nick and Rachel and our westie Sam in Lancashire.

We are moving to the Algarve later this year and I came across this web site when I needed help on travelling over.

We hope to start a little business and a new life for us all so I am sure that I will be an avid reader of articles on this site. Would be really pleased to hear from anyone else moving to the Portimao area. Obrigado!! Smile Smile


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Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:39 pm
Author: Zoro Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Hello Everyone: My screen name is Zoro (my real last name is Fox). I'm a retired widower who wants to expat to Mexico. I would like to contact expats in Mexico for information on housing in their regions. I would require a small house (2 BR) as I will be bringing two small dogs(Cairn Terriers) with me.

Ideally I seek a small town which has some other expats and which is located at elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet for dry moderate climate. If you live in such an area please respond.

I welcome replies from all expats. If you like where you live please tell me about it. My desires are not set in stone. I might be better off where you live than where I think I want to live.

Thank you all for your time and attention in this matter.


Good day All

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:11 am
Author: RvTonder Location: S.A.

Good Day All

My name is Renier, and currently residing in South Africa. I am bound to go to Kuwait for a position I apllied for. I will be moving in the next month or so.

As I have never travelled to the Middle East, and I indeed need your professional opinions. My 1st question is. What documentation do I need besides my passport and Visa to enter the Middle East? I spoke to the Kuwaitie Embassy in South Africa where they informed me that I need to have a medical check done,which is all in order,but It is the other documentation that i dont know about. What other restrictions to they apply for entering the country?

2nd Question - How safe is Kuwait? I went on to different websites who informs that certain areas are restricted due to previous problems.

3rd Question - Will my wife and 3 year old son adapt? As they are following me to an unknown country.

Your feedback will certainly be appreciated. As I am a person who enjoy a frostie in the evenings, where can i find places to enjoy one without being classified illegal?

Kind Regards
Renier


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Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:26 pm
Author: cfmp Location: UK

Hi,

My name is Chantal. I am French, my husband is British and we are presently living in the Midlands in the UK. Soon we are moving to Almanzora in Andalucia, Spain. We have bought a house and we intend to move there permanently in a few months time. We are both teachers, but at the moment I work at Coventry University whilst my husband has stopped work and is busy redecorating our British house before we put in on the market.

I am very excited about the move, but also quite scared and I hope to make a lot of new friends with ex-pats and get a lot of practical information to make our lives in Spain a little easier.

I look forward to hear from many of you over the next few months.

Cheers

Chantal


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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:45 pm
Author: archeanut Location: Northern Virginia, USA

Hello! My name is Irene. My husband, two little boys and I live in Northern Virginia in the States. My husband is a teacher (social studies secondary school) and we would love to live overseas. He is just finishing up his second Master's (first one was in Int'l Affairs, this one is an M.Ed.) and teaching, so I am trying to do all the legwork to find a job. I am hoping to find advice on which schools are good to work at and are family friendly. Our preference is for the Middle East or Eastern Europe.

I have already been checking out the forums for a few weeks and was very excited to find this webpage!


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Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:30 pm
Author: Ellie12 Location: Vancouver

Hi All,
My name is Elle and I live in Ireland. I have always harboured a desire to live and work abroad but work and study got in my way until now. I'll give you a brief synopsis of my situation. I have 5 years experience working in PR with companies in Dublin however I lost my last job as the company went into liquidation. To cut a long story short this unfortunate situation occured last January and since then I availed of my time off and travelled for 9 monhs around the States. I'm back now and I'm keen to get a PR job abroad asap! I was thinking of Duabi (tax free earnings and v hot weather!) and I received positive feedback from 2 agencies there so I could secure a position in the New Year. The problem is I don't hold a full Irish drivers licence (I have a provisional - half the irish population drive with provisionals here!). If I held a full Irish drivers licence I could tranfer it over and receive a UAE licence. But I am sitting my driving test in March. Does anyone out there know what the procedure is with regards to sitting the driving test in Dubai? Or can I use my provisional and tranfer it over so I can secure the UAE licence? I've been to Dubai on hols and its impossible to get around without a car.
Ok thats it for now. As I said I'm thinking of Duabi for now but I'm open to suggestions from anyone out there re countries to live and work in. I'm not sold on the UK (sorry u guys have the same weathr as us!) I think I could be waiting a while before I recieve the skilled workers visa for Canada but I'm also thinking of New Zealand! Any suggestions are welcome!
thank u!
Elle


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Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:49 pm
Author: Carlosity Location: Bournemouth UK

Hi to you all .My name is Carl my wifes name is Cheryl.My nickname is Carlosity.We have a place in the town of Kuklen,near Plovdiv in Bulgaria.We are hoping to move there for good in Feb 2007.we would like to wish you all a great christmas and new year.(a bit early i know) we are going to be spending our 1st christmas and new year there .Both cant wait. All the bet to you all. p.s This is the best site we have found for ages, great help to us. Cheers.


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Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:24 am
Author: postojnagirl Location: Australia

Hi all!
My name's Bek and i'm from Melbourne AUS. Although i love living here, I plan to move to the ~gorgeous~ Slovenia where I have my wonderful relatives. I hope to work there (but it's proving difficult to find any info on getting work in Slo). I don't know how long I will stay, i guess it depends on how everything goes, $$$ etc.. I also intend to spend a fair bit of time in Italy. I have Slo citizenship and an EU passport so that should make things easier.
I came onto this site hoping to find more info on working in Slovenia and got hooked with the wealth of info and interesting people! Smile

I'd love to hear from anyone with info for me and I am more than happy to share my knowledge of Melb and AUS. :))


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Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:43 pm
Author: Joal Location: Holland

Hi all,

my nickname is Joal. I'm currently living in the Netherlands and relocating to Dubai for work end of January.

I already got a lot of useful information from Expat Focus and thought it was about time to introduce myself!

The coming time I'll be looking for all kinds of practical information on schools, cars etc.

Cheers, Joal


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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:56 pm
Author: Buddyboy Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Hello. I am a Londoner (England) who, with my wife, moved to Ontario, Canada, in 1975 at the age of 27. I was a London bobby for seven years, then joined a large municipal service west of Toronto, Ontario. I had a great career, loving every minute. My wife mainly sold real estate over the years. We love to travel, visiting almost every part of Canada and the United States. We love Canada, period. We find Canadians and Americans, our ever present neighbours, really nice people.

Just over five years ago we retired to a tiny village in Nova Scotia. Thanks to the magic of the internet we maintain long distance relationships with friends and family alike, both in the U.K., Canada, and also other parts of the world. We still love to travel.

We had our last visit to England in the summer of 2004 when my last parent died; we have no intention of returning any time soon except, perhaps to visit friends in the north of England. People used to ask me how England was when I returned from my occasional trips there. I always told them my lips are still sore from kissing the ground when I arrived home in Canada. It's sad to see the many changes occurring to our old home country; there appears to be no end in sight to the downward spiral.

I have just discovered this site, wishing that I had found it sooner. Of great interest are the many people in the U.K. who aspire to move overseas, their hopes, fears and intentions. I strongly believe that it matters not where you think you might move to. The most important thing, in my mind, is to make the move (you can always return) or spend the rest of your life wondering "What if..." In your new location see the good in the people and the good in your new community. People in general, I have found, are good neighbours and friends provided you don't judge them and you accept them for what they are, no matter their wealth or social status. Here we socialize equally with both millionaires and those without much in the way of tangible assets. It's an approach I never saw or felt much of in England but which has rewarded us so much here. In a nutshell, look inwards to see your true circumstances in life and cherish the opportunities that abound no matter what your destination.

I'd be happy to have the odd exchange with people who have a genuine interest in my adopted country, although I'm a little nervous because we are so busy in retirement that I don't want to end up spending much more time on the computer than I already do.

Good luck to you aspiring emigrants.


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Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:12 pm
Author: cheerful Location: Sussex

Hello,

My name is Hannah and I am usually cheerful (see user name)!! BUT not that cheerful at the moment as my daughter who is 13 is VERY UNHAPPY about our impending move from the UK to Perth. We are a family of 5 my husband and the two younger boys are very happy about it but specifically my daughter is leaving behind her Dad, stepmum and 2 little brothers.

Does anyone else have experience of this, with a child leaving behind one parent? I am sure that in time, she will be fine but try telling her that!

I would love to hear of anyones similar experiences, thank you very very much.


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Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:53 pm
Author: yulia Location: Russia

Hello, everybody
I am new here.


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Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:24 am
Author: uckboo Location: marrakech

good day to all,

uckboo here. just moved from montreal canada, to marrakech morocco. enjoying the sun and surprised how quickly i have met and made new friends. but have yet to meet any other ex-pats!

work in the palmeraie and reside in gueliz.

if any of you are out here, let me know. would love to chat to other expats.

enjoy your time abroad!

u.


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Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:57 pm
Author: David7496 Location: Blue Springs Mo. USA

Hi,

I am Dave. My wife and I are considering retireing to Central America in a couple of years and are going through the learning process now. As a young man I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nigeria so living abroad is not totally new to me but it is to my wife.

Is there anyone out there with experience in Belize (English speaking) or any other of the Central American countries.


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Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:18 pm
Author: jesster Location: Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.

Hello All-

I am Jesster, and am new to Expat. I am moving to Lisbon, Portugal in May, and am trying to gain some info, and meet people. I need help in a lot of area's, because this is all new to me. I amj joining my girlfriend, who is South African, and try to get something going there. I would really appreciate any help that anyone can offer.

Thank you


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Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:48 am
Author: geoman06 Location: Sydney, Australia

Hello to all of you.

I have been a member for a while now (about a year) but have taken a while to posting anything here!

I moved to Auckland, New Zealand over 4 years ago and wished I had heard of this site before making that move. My girlfriend (whom I met over here) and myself are now looking at moving, hopefully to the San Fran area of the US or Dubai as we have found that life in NZ is not all that it is promoted to be.

I would be happy to share some of our experiences and would be glad to hear of others experiences in either area.

Cheers

Simon


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Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:50 pm
Author: trey73 Location: austin,tx-usa

hello, my name is trey and i live in austin, tx. the reason i've come to expatfocus.com is to get information on how to move to spain. last year i tried to make a go of it in the netherlands but was met with failure due to ill preparation and had to return after one short month. first, my only contact whom i was to stay with became unable to accommodate, thus leaving me at the cheapest hotel in eindhoven-there were no hostels. i never seen said "friend" again. i was left to my own devices which wasn't bad except that conversion ploughed through funds. during the last week of my stay, an atm confiscated my card. i had a friend back home western union me money so i could return home. i looked for work in cafes just by asking but no luck. i felt defeated upon returning and continue to think i can't live abroad but this site proves otherwise. i've been to europe several times and holland and spain were the two countries i would choose to live in. i want to try again but since my funds have been depleted, i have to work and save money. hopefully in a year i can return with the help of expats.com sorry the introduction is so long. any help will be appreciated. thanks-trey


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Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:14 am
Author: trey73 Location: austin,tx-usa
hello paul, trey73 here. just joined a few days ago and posted, yet can't read replies. could you help? thanks

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Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:33 am
Author: Paul-F Location: Toronto

Hello trey73,

Welcome to Expat Focus.

I am not sure I can help you on the boards, because this reply will be useless to you if you cannot see it. Confused

If you can see this reply now, but still have questions about site functionality, you can contact the site admins through the feedback form.

I will also send this info to your email address - just in case.

Best of luck, and if you have any further questions, just let me know.

Regards,

Paul-F


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Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:03 am
Author: Jamie

I have replied to trey73 - there isn't a technical issue, simply a lack of replies.

Jamie


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Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:16 pm
Author: shelbyuk Location: england

hi my name is shelley, don't really no what i'm doing this is the first time i've joined a forum. My husband has got a job in Edmonton and is due to fly out in the next couple of weeks. Myself and the two youngest children are coming out in July when they break up from school. I ned to find out about schooling and when they start thier new term as i don't no if they are the same as England. Hope someone can give me a bit of advice and help me out. cheers and hope to hear from you all soon
luv shelbyuk


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Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:41 am
Author: mercuryman Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hello Everyone,
My name is mercuryman and I am an American currently working in Abu Dhabi. I did one year in Afganistan and one year in Iraq before moving to the UAE. I found this site while looking for fellow expats as there seems to be a lot fewer of us here than up in Dubai.
If there is anyone who wants information about this area, or just wants to get to meet up and have an adult beverage, please drop me a line.


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Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:15 pm
Author: soloalbania Location: luanda

hi.
solomon omutsani
born and raised in Kenya, africa
Educated in dallas, Texas Usa
Teaching at the University of new York Tirana Albania
Will almost certainly relocate to the middle east at the end of my 2 yr contract, preferably saudi or dubai.
Been to Mogadishu as a lecturer and are seeing more of the world before I run out of breath, and air
Whats up with these nice Saudi colleges????????????????JIC, UCJ, YAMPO?


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Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:27 pm
Author: jonbouy Location: USA

Hello,

My nickname is jonbouy and I am currently living in South Carolina, USA. I have recently purchased a home and property in Costa Rica and plan to move there within the year. I joined the site to communicate with others who have like circumstances.


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Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:58 pm
Author: sunnydee Location: UK

Hi, My nick name is Sunnydee. I have been on this forum (just looking) for several months while we made up our minds to move from the UK.
I have been applying for jobs in Spain and we have now decided to settle somewhere on the Costa Blanca.
I'm a teacher and have 2 interviews in Spain next week. My partner wants to buy a bar.
I lived in a rural part of Spain when I was 7, for 6 months and spoke Spanish almost fluently because nobody apart from my mum spoke English so I'm hoping it will all come back to me!
We have 2 children and so have tried to find out as much info. as possible about schooling - tho' being a teacher this shouldn't be too bad for our youngest.
Anyway, we have decided to move this summer whether or not I get a job! Running a bar doesn't sound too bad to me after the stress of teaching in the UK!
Hopefully, I can get the info. I need on the correct parts of the forum.
Adios for now. Smile


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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:53 pm
Author: mrunit Location: central bulgaria/shumen

hi all

this is mrunit
we are in halifax looking to move to ivanovo(by the lake) before very long
got the bknit flip card,ltd company ,house so here goes as soon as ours here is sold


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Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:43 am
Author: swimmer Location: Canada

Hey I'm Tarek. I have just returned to Canada from living in England, miss it dreadfully. I came across this site when I typed in the words 'UK vs Canada' into google. I love them both.


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Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:23 am
Author: Naturalrider Location: USA

Hello everyone!
I just joined. I live in the USA and am looking into moving to Mexico.
This site and forum looks full of helpful information!
Have a great day everyone! Very Happy


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Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:16 am
Author: Naturalrider Location: USA

Opps! Sorry, I'd like to add to my above post, my name is Naturalrider.:)


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Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:56 pm
Author: ellenrichardson Location: England

Hi All,

My nickname is Ellenrichardson I am curently living in the UK, my husband and I are planning on moving out the the USA as soon as possible, we came accross this site, and hoped to meet some new friends who have either moved or are in the process of moving .........were welcome of any advise anyone would like to give.

Thanks


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Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:56 pm
Author: mehari Location: Sevenmountains

Morning/afternoon/evening all,

Name is ........., but they say it's either cool or unsafe to mention your real name, so call me Mehari. I'm 42 years young. Lived in Holland till I was 13, then moved to UK (mum is English and she felt homesick). Lived there for 19 years (school/mates/pubs/virginity/marriage/child), then returned back to Holland 10 years ago to a different area from my early childhood years. So am I an Expat ? Took some time to settle in and we felt a strong urge to be amongst other English speaking people. Finally, (after 1 year) my wife found an english speaking (expat) ladies club and I joined the local english drama group. 2 Other kiddies found their way into this World, so all 3 are bi-lingual, which in Holland is a trendy thing for small kiddies nowadays. Don't know the stats, but it seems a lot of expats in this World feel the need to be in contact with their own kind, so this type of media looks like a success ! (On a small scale - some of our new drama group members have been living in our area for years, but because of local council bureaucracy, red tape had not known that we existed.. Food for thought for any expat club or I-club like expat focus?)

Wishing everyone health, happiness and enough wealth


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Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:20 pm
Author: chezko Location: Virginia, USA

Hi everybody.

I'm American retiring from the military in November 2007, and is planning on moving back to Greece where I was stationed for 3 years (2003-2006)or maybe Spain..

Are there any Americans here (who do not claim any kind of European roots) living in Greece or Spain? I would love to get in touch with you and get some info ("how to" and "what to do" stuff) and personal experiences with the process.


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Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:31 pm
Author: Skat Location: Turkey

Hi All! I'm Susan, an american from California & I have been living in Turkey now going on 20 years. I came here for work and fell in love with the place & the man of my dreams. I have only gone home 3 times in that 20 years. Turkey is such a beautiful place to live & the people are wonderful. I found this site by accident but sure glad I did. I look forward to being a part of this group.

See you in the forums!!


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Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:22 pm
Author: soloalbania Location: luanda

moving to University college of jubail next week. Any old hands or newbies on site???


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Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:37 pm
Author: paulagav Location: Portugal

Hi all, my name is Paula and I moved to Lisbon, Portugal last year. I'm looking to make friends and obtain advice as I have no clue regarding the culture here. I speak English (first language), Afrikaans — am fluent in both, and, I also speak a Portuguese with a heavily accented English voice. My tongue just cannot grasp the language, although I do more than okay. I am a Graphic Designer.


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Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:01 pm
Author: Bryan Location: Belfast

Hi all,

I have just booked a villa in the new Jack Nicklaus resort in Dolna Banya in Bulgaria. I am from Northern Ireland and this is my first overseas investment, I would like to buy another in the future, near the ocean. I am really interested to find out if there are any other people who have bought a golf property overseas and to find out what their experience has been.

In the meantime i will have a browse through the many interesting threads.

Regards,
B


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Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:14 am
Author: micmc47 Location: UK and Portugal

Hello Folks, My name is Mike McC, currently living in Tyne and Wear, and just about to retire to Portugal (Algarve).
Just checked Yahoo Weather, and its going to be 19 degrees and sunny in Tavira today, whereas here on the North-east coast, beautiful though it is, 8 degrees and rain will be as good as it gets. Need I say more as regards one of the main reasons for moving? Lots of other reasons for going to the Algarve: friendly people, very low crime rate, low cost of living, easy cheap access from UK, healthy lifestyle etc. The furniture pack goes into the apartment this week, and we'll be out there on 4th April. Can't wait!


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Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:50 am
Author: mojodally Location: Saudi Arabia

Hello, I'm Mojodally,

I recently moved to Saudi from the UK and I'm finding the place a bit crazy bonkers at the moment but so far so good.

The reason for the move was my husbands job and what brought me to expat focus? well, it was to find out if anybody else is living this crazy bonkers lifestyle and yes there are lots of you!

So hello to everyone Very Happy


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Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:17 pm
Author: questgal Location: UAE

Hi, am questgal originally from Philippines and used to work in a multinational corporate bank. I moved here in UAE on a visit visa, stayed in Dubai for 2 months and currently living in Abu Dhabi, working in semi-owned government bank. So far I'm enjoying my stay here and have adjusted very well. When I first moved here in Abu Dhabi from Dubai, I really find this place totally dull and boring which made me cry on the second week of my stay, knowing only two new found friends, which I consider my guardian angel. Now whenever I visit Dubai on weekends, I find it too big for me.


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Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:56 pm
Author: texacali2003 Location: china

Hi all my name is Michelle me and my husband along with my two little boys are living in Guangzhou China...... It's nice to have a part in this forum hope to meet many many more people out they who are expats which I never knew there was a name for people like us until I moved to China.


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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:44 pm
Author: Sibs Location: UK at the mo!

Hi all

My name is Sarah and I'm from England but have recently moved to Portugal.

Currently trying to learn Portuguese!!

Cheers
Sarah


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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:20 pm
Author: nuclearnev Location: yorkshire

Hi everybody, my name is Nev and I currently live in West Yorkshire. i am hoping to move to Cyprus within the next twelve months.

TTFN

Nev


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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:14 am
Author: janezainab Location: Seattle, Washington

Hello, my name is Jane. I live in Seattle, Washington with my 15 y.o. daughter and my husband, Yusupha, who is from The Gambia, West Africa. We are presently dealing with immigration problems for him from paperwork filed before we met. We have been married for 5 years now and I have thought ever since we got together that we might wind up back in the Gambia at some point. Unfortunately, our problems with immigration may force us to an earlier decision in order to remain together.

So I have joined this forum to learn about other folks experiences in different places around the world. I'd like to find a warm and beautiful place, a slower pace of life. For me, moving out of the U.S. will mean retiring from my job, doing more fiber arts and possibly teaching english. My husband is self-employed as a trader and we have a small business selling handicrafts. He is open to the possibilities: When I say, how about Turkey, he looks at me indulgently and says, Let's go. Very Happy My daughter is 15 and has two more years of high school. Her preferences are (cute boys) Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Rolling Eyes

I've been browsing the forums and am happy to have discovered Expat Focus.


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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:13 pm
Author: Mazany Location: Chicago, USA

Hi all!
I live in Chicago, USA and my husband's company is moving us to Dubai, UAE this summer. I have lived in the States for almost all my life and am somewhat scared of moving to a foreign country with kids and all.

I have been researching many things regarding our move to dubai for example homes, schools, etc and I came across this website. I have so many questions and am hoping I will find people here with useful advice.

Btw, I am married to an awesome guy and we have 3 beautiful kids! A 12 year old girl (7th grader), a 9 year old girl (4th grader) and a 9 month old boy.


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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:42 pm
Author: MistySun Location: Algarve

Hello, I am new to the forum too. I have lived in the Algarve for about 2 and a half years. This looks like a useful forum!


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Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:39 pm
Author: VicBowman Location: Provo, Utah

Hi, my nickname is VicBowman. I am new to the site and want to introduce myself. My wife has dual citizenship UK born/USA naturalized.
We have been married 42 years, have 6 children in the US. She now wants to try to move back to Scotland for a 6 month trial. I am concerned about income taxes on US Civil Service pension and SSA pension. Also about costs and procedures for obtaining health care for both of us. We will have good insurance, Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Looking for experienced US expats to UK to advise me. Question


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Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:24 pm
Author: sandfly Location: Saudi

Hi All my nickname is Sandfly. I'm a past-middle-age (young at heart)South African, who is about to take up a managerial contract in Riyadh in Saudi. I will be leaving my wife at home in SA while I work in Saudi. If there is any expat currently resident in Riyadh who can give me some pointers about life there - info on accomodation, cars and a bunch of other stuff, I would appreciate it.
Thanks


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Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:51 am
Author: AngeluS Location: Bangkok

Hi,

I'm Kevin and am currently working in Bangkok, originally from Belgium.
I'm here to work on a project that will last a few months, after that I'll return to Belgium or to wherever they'll send me. Smile


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Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:06 pm
Author: yanchep51 Location: england

Hi my name is Lo

I currently live in Aylesbury in England, and I am planning to start the immigration process of moving to Perth Australia, with my husband Clive and 4 year old son Callum. : Smile

I will be having to leave my 22year old daughter who is getting married this september and so is settled here with her nearly to be husband, and my 25 year old son who is settled with his girlfriend. Crying or Very sad

Although I definately want to go to Australia, I would like to know how everyone else has coped if they have been in the same situation as I will be in. Rolling Eyes

Also my husband is a linesman (dealing with overhead electrical power cables) and wondered how the work situation is over there for this kind of thing. Question

Any information from how best to do the immigration thing to how life etc is over in Perth Australia would be really interesting for me. Wink

Thanks a lot for readin : this and I look forward to hearing from you all soon. love and light lo Very Happy


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Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:57 am
Author: SanDiablo Location: Sydney, NSW

SanDiablo, signing in...

I am from California, currently living and working in Sydney.

My hobbies include binge drinking in foreign countries, and some other activities that I don't remember...

Right now, I would give just about anything for a chile verde burrito.

I also miss my cat.


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Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:21 pm
Author: Ikeepforgetting Location: Izmir, Turkiye

Hi everyone! I'm new here. Sorry but I posted introducing myself in in the wrong place! Surprised But I guess I'm in the right place now! Smile I'm not really a new expat . I've been living in Turkiye for over 27 years now! eeek! The time flies.

Well I hope everyone who celebrates has a Happy Easter. In our part of the world the weather's great , perfect for a picnic.

All the best.


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Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:37 am
Author: riscy Location: Tewkesbury, UK

Hello, my name is Riscy

I live in Tewkesbury, UK which is next door to South Wales, I am professional senior electronics design engineer (including embedded /window programmer, mostly C and C#) and a specilist in equipment safety for hazardous enviornment (oil/gas). I'm seeking challange and adventure in Sofia or Varna, where I bought some land there, I hope to build good quality house.

I also plan to seek job in Bulgaria as well as investment in house building. I hear several big name company moving to Bulgaria to start up the business there.

What bought me to Varna/Sofia is very nice food, much tastier, fresher than UK which essentially bland. Also due to major building work and joining the Euro, it going to be very adventure period for us to keep busy(!), for this I'm reflecting London Dockland major rebuilding program during late 1980s, where I enjoy the experence of the change. I did considered Spain but found to be rather expensive, Bulgaria is a substiution.

I hope to submit my notice and relocate to Bulgaria during 2007. I welcome everyone to join me for a successful relocation soon and form a contacts or group so we can share idea, experience and adventure.

Riscy


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Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:56 am
Author: Nic_n_Nicole Location: mumbai

Hello, my name is Nic-F and my friend is Nicole-F.

were from UK but currently been in Mumbai, India for lats 3.5 years and will be here for another 2.

We're both from London and working here in Mumbai in Entertainment as Singers/performers.

Last 3 years have been an experience to remember, were not actaully expats, but it'll be great to chat with people who are foreigners abroad

anyway, speak soon


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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:07 pm
Author: Webdesigner Location: Vale da Telha

Hi All,
Another Newie to the forum but have been lurking for quite awhile. Many of the items have been of great benefit to us before we took the plunge and uppedstakes and left our homeland.
We have recently moved from Ireland to Portugal and are really enjoying the change in lifestyle.
Unfortunately the hard work begins with working hard to make sure we can support ourselves in this lovely place.
Best wishes to all in their moves and new ventures.
And don't forget that
The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow.!


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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:34 pm
Author: FISH Location: PORTUGAL

Hello to all expats. Very Happy
My name is Dave.
My wife Stella and I live on the South Coast of the UK and are planning to retire to a new build we have bought near to Alcobaca in Portugal. I Have been on this expat site for a couple of months now reading the interesting tips and pit falls that go with being an expat in Portugal.
I have loads of questions I could ask but I will wait until after we have been over to view building progress and snag the developement. I am sure I will need info on furniture and other fittings etc.


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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:04 pm
Author: plumbook Location: queensland australia

Hello everyone been reading this site now for a wee wile we live in queensland for the past 10 years but will soon be off to see spain and portugal for indefinet period i am learning heaps from your forms and have alot of knowledge about NZ and AUS so if you have any questions i will try and get you the correct info in return orrabest campers


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Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:45 am
Author: lorie Location: QLD Australia

Hi All, My name is Lorie and i have recently moved from the UK to Australia with my husband and my three youngest children (my oldest will join us next year). We came over on my husbands skilled workers visa as he is a Plumber and we love it hear.

hope to speak to you all soon

Kind Regards

Lorie


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Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:39 am
Author: simms Location: USA

Simms here,
I found this site useful for visa/tax issues when I moved to England form California (what was I thinking) and then back again recently. i spent just less than 2 years as a teacher/researcher at university so was able to claim back my income tax...just thought I might be able to help others in a similar situation.

I had no problems getting my new cat >^..^< back in the US but my boyfriend is having trouble. Any advise that doesnt begin with M?

Best of luck getting where your going to!
Thanks!


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Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:54 pm
Author: LillianJ Location: United Kingdom

Hi all
I am a UK citizen, thinking about moving to Florida with hubby & 2 children aged 14 &12.

I am a first year radiography student, hubby is a lighting design engineer for a big UK company.
We thought that we would be able to go over with hubby's job (if possible) and I could do my studies out there?

Not sure if that's possible, any advice.

thanks


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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:22 am
Author: raghavendrarao Location: HYDERABAD

Hi Friends,
My Name is Raghu,I am living in INDIA. I am working in a Private Company which involves a lot of travelling to different places. So i felt i could find People who can help me out with some thing,when needed.
Hoping to make many new friends here. Stay healthy and be happy.

Regards
Raghu Very Happy


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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:38 pm
Author: Sarah31 Location: London

Hello

My name is Sarah and i recently just joined the forum, i am living in London and i am seeking employment in Duabi, possibly to teach English in a foreign language. It would be nice to speak to anyone how has made this transition already or are thinking of making the move there


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Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:24 pm
Author: Sam203 Location: France

Hi I am Sam Married to Tony with 3 children aged 20, 12 & 7 months. We currently live in Northern Brittany, France (my 20 year old is still living in the UK) but are seriously considering moving to pastures new!! I found this forum while looking up info on other locations to live & thought it could be a very useful source of info.
I am a housewife (ex Sales Administrator) & my husband is a plasterboarder/ ceiling fixer & we are originally from near Sheffield in the UK


Thailand - relocating with work

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:08 am
Author: bobrus Location: England

Cool
Hello all, I am relocating to Thailand from UK within next 3 months, have job working around Asia with base in Thailand (not actually working in Thailand yet) my wife is Thai and we will be starting by renting a place in Udon Thani.
The plan is initially we will rent short term until we find an area and house to rent longer term and eventually (once I have built some funds up!) get some land and build.
any advise, contacts, offers on houses to rent in Udon greatly received.

Regards
Bob


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Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:03 pm
Author: babyg Location: Guadalajara

Hi

My name is Gabriela, babyg. I am from Switzerland, but dont live there anymore since almost 3 years. Just moved recently from Hong Kong to Guadalajara Mexico with my husband
It is really great here besides that I don't have any friends here. I am not working so it makes it even more difficult to meet people. Sad
Does somebody of you live in Guadalajara and is in the same situation?
Please contact me Smile

babyg


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Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:09 pm
Author: shelly Location: Bahrain

Just thought i would re-introduce myself, I joined this site a while ago but havnt been on here for ages. My name is Michelle (Shelly). I am originally from the UK and have been living in Bahrain for the past 5 years. So if i can help anyone out with life in the middle east drop me a line. Bye for now...


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Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 12:10 pm
Author: Icewedding Location: Canada

Hello....I'm new here, and I just wanted to introduce myself.

My name is Jen
I am from and am still living in Canada, but my fiance just recieved a job offer to work in Dubai, so I am doing lots of research on moving my family half way around the world!
And I guess I joined this forum to be able to make some good decisions about schooling for our children, a house for us to live and something for me to do all day while he is gone!!

I have SOOOO many questions, but I'll find the right area to post them in, in a little while. Laughing

Thanks

Jen


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Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:02 am
Author: Suzan0912 Location: London, UK

Hi to everyone. I'm Sue, live in South London right now but moving to Dubai for work early July 2007.

So much to do and so little time! Any hints or tips would be most welcome.

I hope I'm going to be able to find accommodation on my package. £18,000 Dhs per month all in. I have a company flat for the first four weeks but on my own from then on in. Right now I'm trying to source a rental agent for my flat in South London, which is turning into a right pain - I didn't know pirates still existed Laughing

I know only one person in Dubai and he's married with a family ... me, I'm single and travelling alone. Any questions (well decent ones) go ahead and ask, be good to meet a few people on my arrival.

Thanks

Sue


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Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:59 pm
Author: Tommyauvergne Location: Auvergne, France

Hi everyone,

I'm Tom. It's about time I introduced myself. I now live in France, having moved from the UK about 9 months ago. Found this site very informative when I first moved. Hope others will too.


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Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:58 pm
Author: Siani Location: United Kingdom

Hi I am a newbie to this. I have never joined a forum before. I have joined, so glad I did as there is so many interesting topics and advise on this forum. I am hoping to open a small hotel or B& B in a country like Malaysia. I am 58 years old and would love to fullfill this dream. I am always grateful of any advise from members who know the ropes. I am particularly concerned about visas & work permits. So pleased to have joined. Thank you!


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Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 11:55 pm
Author: Londoner Location: Canberra

Hello all,
My name's Rich. I grew up in London and have now lived in Australia for the past three years plus. Looking forward to moving back home to Mother England at the end of this year!


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Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 2:46 pm
Author: Basar Location: Istanbul, Bodrum, Adana

Hello,

My name is Basar and I am writing to you all from Turkey. I grew up on the Mediteranean coast in Adana, and now live in Istanbul and Turgutreis, Bodrum (in summers). I lived in the U.S. for 7 years, went to college at Virginia Tech (yes, where the massacre happened) and worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. for a year. I recently moved back home because I missed family & friends too much and like Turkey better for sure Smile Anyways, cheers!


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Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 8:43 am
Author: jmrivers Location: johannesburg

Hello, my name is Jacqui R

I will live in Johannesburg, South Africa in about a months time for two years.

My husband and I are on contract with a mining company for two years.

Australian we both are.

We have lived in USA and UK before and look forward to once again living the expat life. Always meeting people who are welcoming and helpful as they have all been there and done that themselves.

I would appreciate any advise on housing and security.

Cheers
Jacqui


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Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 10:50 am
Author: mandymarc Location: england

hello everyone, we are marc and mandy, we have joined this site with a view to moving to spain ( valencia, mercia, or andalucia.) we would very much like to hear from anyone who has any advice that may be of use to us. we are resident in the uk, approaching 50 (ouch) and looking to enjoy a slower pace of life.we are in the early stages of our plans so anything you may tell us would be of great value. thanks.


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Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 3:05 pm
Author: sammy2404 Location: uk

hi
my name is sammy, i currently live in uk. I am planning to relocate to dubai with my family - husband and 2 kids. Hoping to find information here about dubai..

thanx
sammy


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Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 2:51 pm
Author: tigersharkjs Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Hi: My husband and I enjoy travelling all over the world. We currently winter in Arizona, USA, and spend the warmer months in various locales. We are considering moving to Spain or France, but are a bit daunted about the minutiae involved..paperwork, moving the pets, etc So, we'd love any comments or encouraging remarks. I am a Canadian citizenm he is an American citizen We look forward to hearing from you.


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Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 12:54 pm
Author: bluebadger Location: Great Britain

Very Happy Exclamation Hello everyone. My name is Jan, and my hubby and I are hoping to relocate to Malta in the next year or so. We are so sick of the BB attitudes here, and long for some freedom. Cool We are having trouble finding info about healthcare at the moment. This is an important issue for everyone I know, but as I have an incurable liver disease that may require treatment or a donor op at a later date I/we must know where I/we stand. Be glad to hear from someone that KNOWS.[i][b]I apologise for the larger print, but this is so i can see what i have written!!![/b]


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Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:06 am
Author: druki Location: schoenefeld

hello everybody, my names druki and have moved to berlin from botswana, where i was for the past four years...originaly from australia..perth.
i dont speak any german and am living in grosszeithen, schoenefeld. luckily for me my partner is german so i do have some help. have 2 kids boys ages 6 and 4 who are driving me nuts at home at the moment.
would love to hear from english speakers around berlin.


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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:28 am
Author: Snappytom Location: Australia

Hello everyone. I am English and currently live in Australia. I came here in 1968 with my parents as a 10 pound pom. I went home after 6 years but came back because my father was ill. I stayed for 20 years living in many places in N.S.W and Queensland. I am here until next year. I have joned because I could possibly help with the areas I have lived in and would be interested in anyone that perhaps like me just likes living in England. I have traveled to many countries ans recently did another stint in the Uk (7 years) and used it as a base for european travel.


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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:27 pm
Author: betherenow Location: uk

Hello to all, I am English, retired for 4 years, married with 6 grandchildren.

We have travelled for many years, and like many love Great Britain, but have decided that we need to live in the sunshine and away from the way this country is currently run.

We are currently selling our home, and then intend to go and rent in Malta for 6 months, see how we like it, if so then buy and settle there.

Would love to hear from others who have already taken this big step, and discuss and hear how you like and coped.

I found this site through doing a search, great site and very friendly contributors.


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Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:53 pm
Author: Blue_Angel Location: Cyprus - Nicosia

Hi All,

My nickname is Blue_Angel............however, in real life, lacking the angel part Laughing

I'm 25yrs old and expecting my first baby on the 3rd of November (very nervous but excited!). I come from West London and moved out to Nicosia in Cyprus in June 2005, relocation for my then job. After finishing my contract, I decided to stay out here and have never regreted that choice.

I work in real estate now Embarassed

Hope to see you all around soon xx


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Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:17 pm
Author: colinthecamel Location: morocco

Hi My wife, Malutka and I (colinthecamel) have now settled in Meknes, Morocco after a time living in Spain. Can't remember how I got onto expat focus but hope to make contact with other expats in Morocco.


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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:16 pm
Author: Cham Location: London

Hola I'm Gareth,

Just got back from dubai, and it's changed so much since my last visit in 2004. The last time I was out there I was umming and ahhing about moving there, but now I'm set on doing it. This site has been a great help over the last couple of weeks so thank you to everyone that contributes to the articles and forums etc.


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Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:10 am
Author: djones Location: solihull

hi there every one, im have recently come back from orlando, florida from which i was talking to a girl at a bar called o'shucks on i drive maybe you know it? and she gave me this website, she moved from scotland and is working over there.which is my dream, i am seeking any brits who work over there to get in contact with me and give a bit of advice about moving there. maybe you was one of the girls there that night? there was about twenty of you with all diffrent names on their t-shirts some a bit rude. look forward to haering from you.


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Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:15 pm
Author: elizabeth_mulvey Location: Dublin South

Hi,
My name is Elizabeth.
Currently I am living in Ireland but I'll be moving to Abu Dhabi, UAE in August.

Hi everyone... Very Happy


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Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:12 am
Author: muppet Location: nottinghamshire

Hi my name is Lisa and my family and I will be moving to Canada in September of this year. It has taken nearly 3 years but well worth the wait. My inlaws have lived there about 20 years now and they love it. I found this site when looking for info on schools in the area where we will be going which is Courtice, Ontario. Am a little nervous now I know it's happening but can't wait, my kids want to go now bless em. Thought we would have trouble convincing them to go we took them last year on hols and they loved it my son made loads of friends in the space of only 2 weeks Canadians are fantastic friendly people we just can't wait Smile


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Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:00 pm
Author: karinsky Location: portugal

Hi my name ia Karin. I am Scottish (latterly living in Glasow).I am temporarily working as a chef in Portugal.I am interested in finding out more about Portugal.However I would really like to emigrate to Australia (Adelaide). I have a sister who moved there from Lancaster, about 2 years ago and she loves the place. I awould like to find ou the pros and cons about the different visas types.I am also interested in finding out about further education in Adelaide.

I love hearing about anyones experience of travel anywhere in the world, as travelling is my biggest hobby.

Thanks.


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Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:10 pm
Author: kiwifiona Location: athens, piraeus

hi there, im fiona from n.z. Have just moved to athens for ...well dont no how long. Came across the expat site while looking for other things about greece and thought it would be a good way to meet people in the same predicament as me. Any drinking buddies are welcome to contact me


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Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:50 am
Author: mag2char Location: Philippines

maBuhaY! My name is Charo. I am living in the Philippines and I will be joining my husband in Iceland soon. I am hoping to find information about Iceland and it's people. Thanks!!! Very Happy


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Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:40 am
Author: cormcvcr Location: scotland

Hello, Hello, I'm Cornelia, my husband is Andy and we have two lovely kids. Fingers crossed we will be relocating to Adelaide, Australia at the end of the year, we currently live in Scotland.

Any information from expats would be brilliant to help us with our move.

We visited family in Adelaide back in March/April 07 and fell in love with the place, it was bitter sweet leaving. As we knew what we were letting ourselves in for when we finally get the chance to move, but also what we are now missing everyday!

Joined the site in January 07 when we first started the emigration process and only recently started to look at it. Great work and information from all. Thanks !


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Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:13 pm
Author: jeenee Location: Amersham Bucks

Hi I am jeenee and I have just bought a pile of stones in Cyprus so that I can spend most of the winter months there and spend holidays with my husband in the spring. That/s a long way off as there's lots to do. If a builder gives me a quote for rebuilding a stone wall (end of the house) should I haggle with him?

J


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Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:39 pm
Author: PaulG Location: England

Hi my name is Paul,my wife Amanda and I have just purchased an appartment in Marina Smir in Morocco.We live in England and will try to use the appartment as much as possible.Has anybody else out there bought in Marina Smir,be nice to hear from you
Thanx.


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Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:26 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome to Expat Focus PaulG, I am sure that if you post in our Morocco forum you will find one or two of our members there. Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:10 pm
Author: neil2112 Location: sri lanka

HI EVERYONE I'M NEIL 2112, 42 YEARS OLD AND MOVING TO SRI LANKA IN 3 WEEKS TIME FROM THE UK. THIS WILL BE MY WIFE AND I'S SECOND STINT IN SL, BUT THIS TIME WE HAVE OUR 2 YEAR OLD BOY WITH US, AND ARE LOOKING FOR ANY ADVICE WE CAN GET ON ACTIVITES TO KEEP HIM OCCUPIED. I WILL BE THE HOUSEHUSBAND AND MY WIFE WILL BE WORKING.


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Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:14 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Good Luck neil2112,

I do hope that things go well for you in SL, I am sure that you will make friends in no time and become a native in no time at all.

David SR


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Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:15 pm
Author: cecily Location: Spain

I am Cecily & have lived on Costa Blanca for 24 years where I had a Kennels/Cattery etc. business.Recently retired I am thinking about buying a holiday home in France.I have spent some time in Normandy which I like but want to research Poitou Charentes area where so far I have never been.Obviously I am not too concerned about a warm climate as I will still be returning most often to my home in Spain as I have a daughter & granddaughter nearby.I would appreciate info. from anyone who has experience of these areas.I found this site by chance & am pleased to see how it is used by people from so many places as I live in a very multicultural town & enjoy hearing about different cultures.I had a brief spell back in UK 4years ago which was a mistake for me.Perhaps it is because it is a small Island but I found people so introverted.


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Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:56 pm
Author: desfrutasuvida Location: MEXICO

Hello, I am Ann and I live part of the year in Colonial Mexico...
near Guadalajara..
My other prized location is in NW Montana near Glacier National Park.
These locations chosen for climate and cultural reasons...
and year round activities and historic sites.

Am new to this EXPAT site and would enjoy corresponding
with others from any location.

Desfrutasuvida at yahoo is my interactive ID on Messenger.

meaning...Enjoy your life(disfruta su vida)

Ann


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Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:44 am
Author: Raging_Bull Location: Leeds, England

Hi all, I'm Dave T from England. I'm currently a student and will be graduating in about a years time from a PR degree. Myself and a couple of friends are looking to relocate to Dubai and find work in the Public Relations industry - a well-established consultancy would be ideal.

Does anybody know how easy/hard it is to for a graduate to find good work in PR in Dubai? I will be a graduate with 2 years PR experience by the time I move out there. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Bye for now, Dave.


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Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:37 am
Author: Inesita Location: Chile

Hello There My Name is Ines, i´m Argentinian and I´m currently living in Santiago Chile. The company I work for relocate me, you know big opportunity, great job..relocation Very Happy
I found this site, looking for an appartment to rent and thought It was fun to meet expats like myself. It´s my first time away from home.
Looking fwd to meet u all

hasta luego, Ines


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Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:10 pm
Author: Garrick Location: Algarve

Hi Guys, my name is Garrick and I also found this site by chance. My wife and i have just moved to the Algarve Portugal and are loving every day of it. We play bowls and bridge and are meeting nice people. I'm also in a bit of a quandry over the tax and MOT situation on our UK reg car and having read the posts on the subject and talked to friends I"m still looking forward to seeing some finite news from an official source Question I must admit I find this chat forum a bit hard to follow, not being very computer literate and a bit dorff into the bargain, but I guess the more I play with it the easier it will get ,Cheers for now


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Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:58 pm
Author: kazbo Location: macon

Hi My nickname is Kazbo. My husband and i have just moved to the Macon area in France. We have been expats for some years in asia. I have been also working all these years in the relocation industry and hoping to find something take up my time if no positions are available. I have also been looking to do some volunteer work with SPA unfortunately the language barrier is making it quite difficult. We are both you 40s, no children, enjoy dining out and drinks with friends, motorbiking and travelling. If anyone is in the area that can advise on any groups or places where best to meet people as far as Lyon we would be greatful. I have used these websites in asia and they are always very useful.
Thanks in advance for any useful tips.
Kazbo


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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:27 am
Author: lonpmiles Location: HCMC

Hi there folks,

I'm in HCMC, Vietnam now fro a week. I'm teaching English, living in a hitel but ooking for an apartment or house share.

" Good morn-i-n-g Vietnam! "


Well, I've been in HCMC for about 8 days. One week of classes finished. We are still in a hotel. Everyone on the street is very nice and courtious The 10th, 11th and 12th grade teenage rich kids that I'm teaching Creative writing, English grammar and American
lit., all talk and chatter iincessantly. I use every tactic I know to keep them focused on the topic- the challenge, English. The school admins have taken me to dinner 3 out of the last 4 nights. Actually a little lone time might be nice. My girl friend Chau is with me. She is enjoying seeing her mother, sisters and a vacation of sorts. after working from
8:30am to 8;30 pm M-S, for the past 3 years .There are a lot of "Hello, how are you" expressions from little boys on the street, a few young and sometimes aging ladies, and once and a while a lame toothless begger will embrace me like I'm their long lost son. Oh well, there are some interesting aromas in the air and of course millions of motor bikes on the streets. sidewalks, entry ways and presumably in their bedrooms next
to their beds. - like bats swarming almonst the taxis, trucks and buses. They go in all directions without any real pattern sometimes seemingly at direct opposition to each other, pedestrians, vehicles and bewildered tourists. At the last second they nudge over about 3 and 1/2 inches barely missing whatever they are atempting to terrorize with their
chicken driving tactics. They never really look at each other or you, just apparently feeling the other traffic around them. A sight to behold from a 2 story hotel window.


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Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:08 pm
Author: Sandbar Location: Eccles, Manchester, England

Hi Everybody

My name is Bill. Glad to have joined this site as over the last few days I have found some interesting stuff.

Although I am from UK (Manchester) we are living out in the West Indies but am currently back in the UK. We were thinking of a change and after some research have decided that we would like to try Bulgaria. Went out there in July and ended up buying a place in a village called 'Dropla'. It is situated in the NE of the country 20 km east of Dobrich and General Toshevo.

We intend knocking down the current building and rebuilding a bungalow in the early part of next year therefore any assistance re: reputable architects and builders will be much appreciated. Our intention is to move to BG permanently ASAP.

Look forward to liaising with you soon.

Regards
Bill


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Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:51 pm
Author: kendra Location: Wongulla

Gday all, I'm Kendra from Wongulla in South Australia.
Its a little town on the river Murray 1 hr from Adelaide.
I began browsing expat sites as we are selling our home due to illness, but I got hooked replying to people who wanted to know about Oz.
We are in our mid 40s with 5 grown kids (combined family) 2 boys 21, 3 girls 18 ,17 & 17.


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Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:52 pm
Author: Florrie Location: Nottingham UK

Hi Everyone from Florrie

I live in England with my partner. I have just taken early retirement after a long career in the Criminal Justice field, and now we are considering upping sticks in UK to move to Malta, to enjoy better weather and a more relaxed way of life. Originally we had considered Brazil, but the difficult language and the surfit of bureauocracy has made us think again, and we now consider Malta might be an easier option. I know that they are two extremes of country, but there is something reassuring about staying in the EU.

Since retiring (2months) I have been using the information from expat sites to investigate all the implications of moving away from family and friends, and found them really helpful, hence I have signed up.

We are planning a trip to Malta in October to house hunt, but as yet no fixed idea about where in Malta we would like to live. Any views or advice from any members would be helpful. Looking forward to posting on this site in the future regarding our progress.

Regards Smile


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Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:28 pm
Author: Maryam-Kim Location: Cairo/Middle East

Marhaba/Greetings/as salam alaikum.

I'm maryam. im british living in the middle east now for 20 years of my short 24 yrs of life. I have lived in several countries around khaleej/gulf area such as U.A.E, Qatar, Bahrain & Oman. Soon inshAllah (Allah be willing,) ill be on my next stop in the book over the waters to Egypt to marry & settle inshAllah.

I've travelled as far as Thailand and Malaysia to Spain and the mother land U.K once every couple of years, the time btwn visits is definitly increasing, havent touched those waters in 7 years.

I came across this site as i was searching for info about marriage in egypt. This place is definitly a positive vibe to my day, am pleased to have met so many nice and warm hearted people from all over. Thumbs up to the mods.

Take care all.
tata/ma salama.


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Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:56 am
Author: nc74 Location: Maritzburg

Good morning everyone

My name is nc74. I joined yesterday and live in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. My husband and I are in the process of immigrating to Australia!!! We are writing our IELTS on the 6th October Shocked .
Hopefully that'll go well and then we will apply for PR!!!!! We are so excited as we have never been out of Africa........ Embarassed

We have 3 children, 1 daughter, she is 9 and 2 sons they are 3 and 2!!! I've enjoyed reading the posts here and decided to join up. Hope to gleam some useful information to make the whole process a lot less stressful!!!!


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Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:09 pm
Author: consumerofculture Location: United States

Hello everyone, my name is Bruce. I currently reside in the United States. Traveling to Croatia sometime in October for a "discovery trip." I'm a bit of an entrepreneur and considering starting a company there geared towards the tourism industry, maybe a foreign language school, purchase some real estate, etc.

Would love to hear from any people here in the forums currently living, working, or playing in Croatia. I'm extremely fun, well traveled, and easy-going and look forward to meeting other like-minded individuals here in the forum AND of course, in Croatia as well.

Look forward to hearing from you all!

Regards, Bruce


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Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:35 am
Author: alison777 Location: rotherham

Hi
My name is Alison from South Yorkshire England i am grateful to find a site where information is given from all freely and friendly, mu husband and I are hoping to take a long term rental in Cyprus finding the site really helpful
Thanks Alison


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Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:09 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

- alison777

Hi
My name is Alison from South Yorkshire England i am grateful to find a site where information is given from all freely and friendly, mu husband and I are hoping to take a long term rental in Cyprus finding the site really helpful
Thanks Alison



Hi Alison777,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy Cyprus, my mother in law lives there and my wife and I visit often. Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:23 am
Author: wendymcder Location: France

Hello

My Name is Wendy and I am new to Expat focus. I am from England, but moved to France about 2 years ago with my husband.

So far it has been pretty good and I am thoroughly enjoying the new way of life.

I belong to a few expat websites, which I find is an informative and interesting way to get in touch with other expats.

I hope to make new contacts and friends through the site, as well as add my input with new topics.

best wishes

Wendy

www.lerendezvousanglais.co.uk


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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:33 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Wendy,
Welcome, I am sure that you will be made very welcome by our members, dont forget to visit our French forum's to give and get advice about France.

David SR


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Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:13 am
Author: Mr.Chips Location: London, England

Hello everyone!

My name's Mike, retired (early) Primary School teacher currently living in North London.

I'm intending moving to Belgium next year with my Belgian partner.
He's been living and working in the UK for 30 years or so and is a bit out-of-touch with things over there but his family all live betweem Antwerp and the coast.

I'm on the hunt for some information (you guessed!) and am hoping to find the answers to my questions from the wealth of information here.
I've received a useful book from the British Embassy in Brussels but there are some gaps.

Rather than ask questions directly - I've been on a maxiscooter forum for the last 4½ years so know how irritating it can be when noobies don't bother to look for answers first - but crave your indulgence if I can't find them.
Needless to say they are to do with Tax, Pensions, Medical arrangements and so on.

I shall go and dig around. Very Happy

Best wishes,
Mike.


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Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:23 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Mike I do hope that you find all the answers to your questions on our forums, you will find us a helpful bunch here and if we dontr know we will find out for you. In the meantime look on our forums.

Good Luck with the move.

David SR


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Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:51 am
Author: Mr.Chips Location: London, England

Hello David.

Thank you for your warm welcome!

I've already read much of the 'Country Guide' for Belgium; most informative but inevitably missing a few bits of a more personal nature!

I'll frame a few questions and bend an ear or two here.

Thanks.

Mike.


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Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:01 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Mike try looking in our Belgium forum, I am sure that you will get some responce there.

David SR


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Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:25 pm
Author: trixie2 Location: South Africa

hi all, Im currently in South Africa and moving with my husband and kids to the UK next year. Really nervous , so doing as much research as I can


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Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:42 am
Author: zynaidashiers Location: Philippines

My name is Zynaida sheers, a real estate broker in our place.


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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:39 pm
Author: Webzu Location: USA

Hello everyone, my name is Alan. I'm an expat from Costa Rica living in the USA. I came to the USA for college, I married a local girl and here I am still. Very Happy

I have a podcast about Costa Rica in which I provide information for expats moving to Costa Rica. I love doing that podcast since it helps me share my beautiful country with others!

See you around the forums.


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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:49 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Nice of you to drop in, Thanks for the information, look forward to seeing your podcast.

David SR


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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:34 pm
Author: wbhogg Location: USA

Thanks. I am wbhogg and will be relocating to Morocco in December. I am a musician and professor. I am here to network and get additional information about being an expat in another country. All the best, wbhogg


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Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:33 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi wbhogg,
Welcome to the forums dont forget to visit our Morocco forum for meeting other Expats, good luck with the move.

David SR


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Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:30 pm
Author: rosie72 Location: quatameya

hi my name is rosie i am currently living in katameya in cairo, egypt with my partner , i do not owrk i am a stay at home housewife. just joined this site to see if i could make freinds from similar area.


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Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:18 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Rosie,
Glad you could meake it here, please feel free to join in the forums whenever you want, I am suer that you will find some like minded people to chat with. Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:27 am
Author: 1WMN Location: US - Ohio

Hi - I'm Tracey.. American and just desiring to live and work overseas for a little while. Smile


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Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:22 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Tracey,
Welcome aboard, I am sure that you will find plenty of oppertunity here for working overseas, and advice on how to do so, Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:22 pm
Author: leandro Location: USA

Hi I am Leandro Smith. I am an IT Consultant(SAP BI) based in Florida,USA. I have just joined this community. Very Happy

Hope we can help each other through exchanging ideas on matters regarding immigration / relocation.

Hope to hear from you guys soon! Thanks for having me here!


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Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:26 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi leandro,
Welcome to the forums, I am sure that you will make some friends here, and be able to exchange comments and find out all about relocating.

Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:05 am
Author: Erick Location: Philippines

Hello there!

My name is Erick, 28y.o. an Re and Aircon Technician, from Philippines,,, finding my luck to work abroad once again!!!

It's been a while that i was just a kid playing with my friends and neighbors,,, now I am the one who having my own daughter... sooner or later she'll gonna get her first step alone...anyway, I've just realized life seems so short! eventhough, I've just wanna share some highlights of my life!!! so where do you want me to start??? Sorry for asking!!!

Since my aim to have a new job over abroad, I guess, I shoud have to start at school, well I'm just an average student from preliminary until college level... but only difference when I am in college was having two medal of Most Proficiency Award in my course Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major Refrigeration and Air Conditioning...and achieved for the first time of my life to be a candidate in honor soceity!!!
Then at the age of 18 y.o. I had started to dig my own money by means of driving tricycle for hire before and after I go to school... That was the time i was able to give a financial support to my family at the same time I could saved money for schooling, buying my stuff, and even tools and equipments needed in reparing Refrigerator and Aircon, as my chosen field of specialization...

Time goes on, I prefered to work in manufacturing company named Concepcion Carrier as Qa/Qc, but due to low salary and high expenses I'd left them after five months inspite of hearing Im the only one in the batch candidate for being regular employee or to be absorb by this company,,, FYI most or all company here in Phils. has their respective agencies... Things that mades filipino workers less in rights and benefits...

After that, I tried to stablished my own business, that is a serviced center of refrigeration and air conditioning units, and general repairs for domestic equipments!!! But due to isolated/rural area and having limited capital, apparently had a limited clients and a limited income... In short, I wouldn't able to support my financial needs!!! so it was a failure!!!

Luckily, I've heard a good news from my cousin that there was an agency in Manila, (90 kilometers from my town) sending filipino workers going to Iraq, then hurriedly I would proceeded in that agency and after a month, I flew as HVAC tecnician in Baghdad, that time I was so scared, thinking should i able to come back home, because I'd heard a lot of bombing near in my station...

to be continue!!!
sorry i dont have a lot of time to pursue!!! Very Happy


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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:24 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Erick,
I do hope that you enjoy joining Expat Focus and get the chance to seek some sort of employment somewhere in the World. I am sure that you will make many fiends here in the forums.

Good Luck.

David SR.


There's a time for everything!

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:10 pm
Author: Erick Location: Philippines

Hello there!

My name is Erick, 28y.o. an Ref and Aircon Technician, from Philippines,,, finding my luck to work abroad once again!!!

It's been a while that i was just a kid playing with my friends and neighbors,,, now I am the one who having my own daughter... sooner or later she'll gonna get her first step alone...anyway, I've just realized life seems so short! eventhough, I've just wanna share some highlights of my life!!! so where do you want me to start??? Sorry for asking!!!

Since my aim to have a new job over abroad, I guess, I shoud have to start at school, well I'm just an average student from preliminary until college level... but only difference when I am in college was having two medal of Most Proficiency Award in my course Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major Refrigeration and Air Conditioning...and achieved for the first time of my life to be a candidate in honor soceity!!!
Then at the age of 18 y.o. I had started to dig my own money by means of driving tricycle for hire before and after I go to school... That was the time i was able to give a financial support to my family at the same time I could saved money for schooling, buying my stuff, and even tools and equipments needed in reparing Refrigerator and Aircon, as my chosen field of specialization...

Time goes on, I prefered to work in manufacturing company named Concepcion Carrier as Qa/Qc, but due to low salary and high expenses I'd left them after five months inspite of hearing Im the only one in the batch candidate for being regular employee or to be absorb by this company,,, FYI most or all company here in Phils. has their respective agencies... Things that mades filipino workers less in rights and benefits...

After that, I tried to stablished my own business, that is a serviced center of refrigeration and air conditioning units, and general repairs for domestic equipments!!! But due to isolated/rural area and having limited capital, apparently had a limited clients and a limited income... In short, I wouldn't able to support my financial needs!!! so it was a failure!!!

Luckily, I've heard a good news from my cousin that there was an agency in Manila, (90 kilometers from my town) sending filipino workers going to Iraq, then hurriedly I would proceeded in that agency and after a month, I flew as HVAC tecnician going to Baghdad, that time I was so scared, thinking should i able to come back home safely, because I'd heard a lot of bombing near in my station... in just few days I'd overcome my fear and faced life in field of war and risky zone!!!! My first six months was in team preventive maitenance of various type of aircon, and exhaust fans... Thru all my perseverance, sincerity, knowledge and technique,,, my boss appreciate it so much, thats why before he went back to Texas, he assigned me as troubleshooter technician with own to drive service vehicle!!! Also a promised that he would get me whenever his business established over Texas... I'd earned just US$700/mo., more or less Php35,000/mo. which is a big help in my family to renovate house and buy a piece of land tittle and support my brother in seminary... Time goes by, I should have to go back here in Phils. for the visa processing... while on these proceeding, texas was devastated with huricane Katrina and my prospect employer slighty affected... in my thought, there will be a difficulties to get with him in US, besides my financial status dropping and dropping in trying to get in touch with him, calling him were so really expensive...Also I felt that he is not that so eager to help me anymore, "i dont know"!!!

I have been tried to find my luck in Hong Kong, staying with my sister... While up there as tourist, I'd worked as partimer in doing lot of things like gardening, cleaning swimming pools, house and furniture repainting, electrical rewiring and fixing some managable trouble of household equipment, whenever there is a call from friends of my sister... it sounds so crazy and peculiar, but yes it is!!! that's all I did!!! just to earned money!!!

At this time, I am curently employed here in RCBC Plaza Makati (High rise twin tower) as an Aircon technician, also accoutable in repairing electrical faults, lightings, pumps, etc!!! And takes side line job during off period at my home to keep my own family survive and alive!!!Thanks to GOD!!!

Well, thank you very much for reading!!! I really appreciate it,,,and sorry for giving you confusion in some wrong grammar!!! Hope anyone could help me to have good job and good salary over abroad!!!

Have a nice one and God Bless us all!!!


Thanks a lot!!!

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:42 pm
Author: Erick Location: Philippines

Here i go again!!! Erick is my name and RAC is my game!!!

I've just want to thank you Mr. Moderator, Countryboy...

I'm really glad Very Happy I've found this site!!!

Wishing you all the best and may God always keep you safe Sir!!!


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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:04 am
Author: RossM Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Hi Paul,

Didn't realise this thread was here so I've posted an into in the general forum too.

I'm an Australian male who's been working in Jakarta for the past 5 months.

I'm divorced with 3 sons who live with their mother just south of Sydney.

I'm enjoying my time over here despite the traffic, pollution & corruption, the people are mostly pretty good & there are a few expats around I've managed to make contact with.

Asia's where my future lies but I do miss home, so any expats in Jakarta please drop me a line.


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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:57 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello RossM
Welcome to the forums, I am sure that you will be made very welcome by all our members, Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:21 pm
Author: JonathanTaylor Location: Sevlievo

A big hello from me Jonathan and Nicola

We bought a gorgous house near Sevlievo over a year ago - love it! Looking forward to catching up on all the exciting threads here.

Still UK based but hoping to re-locate full time very soon


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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:24 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Jonathan and Nicola,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, we are a friendly bunch and look forward to answering your questions, whatever they might be. Good Luck with your move over as and when it happens.

David SR


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Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:09 pm
Author: jpandriesse Location: Deventer, Netherlands

Hello all,

My name is Joris Andriesse and I'm from Deventer, the Netherlands.
I studied International Agricultural Trade and will start my new job in December. I'm going to China (Jiangmen) for a Dutch company which produces stainless steel products.
My main goal will be communication (Have to learn Chinees Rolling Eyes Shocked ) and quality control.
For anyone who has tips about making such a big step, please feel free to contact me Wink .


With kind regards,

Joris Andriesse


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Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:45 pm
Author: dmraw Location: Veneto Region Italy

Hi everyone! My name is Michele and I am originally from California, but living in Northern Italy right now. I moved here a year and a half ago with my husband, who is currently working here in the aerospace business. This is our 3rd Country we have lived in and I do have to say it has been the most different. I love playing poker, laughing, music, cooking, traveling, animals, and pretty much anything with my family and friends.

I'm looking forward to talking to other people on the site. Feel free to email anytime.

Ciao!!


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Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:45 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Joris Andriesse,
Welcome to expat focus, I am sure that you will find someone to assist you in your new job/country. Have you tried posting in our Japan/Aisa forums?

Good Luck.

David SR


Re: Hie Everyone. I am Twin Two

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:15 am
Author: violama Location: Zimbabwe

Hie Guys,

My nickname is Twin Two because i'm the second twin. I live and work in Zimbabwe. I joined this forum because me and my twin are looking for work abroad. I hope to find someone who can help me with sponsorship to move to Canada or Australia (anywhere but here).

I am an accountant in a treasury department. Can anybody help me get a job abroad? How do i make my job search easier? How do i link with a sponsor? job opportunities are there but they want someon on the ground in Australia. Getting a visa to Australia is easier if one has employer sponsorship. It feels like the chicken and egg situation for me.

my other email address is Edit mail addres. Please PM this poster. For detailsKeep them coming.

Thank you for a great forum!


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Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:01 am
Author: Ant3109 Location: South of Sweden

Been a memeber of this great site for about a week now and I thought I would say Hi from Sweden to everyone. (Couldn't say Hi sooner, my net went down after I signed up!!) I am originally from the UK (near Manchester) but after a really bad last 12 months decided to see what its like in Sweden. I am not working at the moment, I am just "chilling out" but, if I like it here I will be looking at staying and working.

Anyway, hello to everyone here

Anthony


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Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:06 pm
Author: coralqueen007 Location: svishtov

hi my name is sarah. i have been in bulgaria about 2 months. i live near svishtov with my boyfriend and our sons. i am missing english food and good clothes. hope to hear from you soon. Smile


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Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:14 am
Author: Randagal Location: South Australia

Hello, my nickname is Randagal and I am originally from the U.S. Am now living with family in South Australia and have learned that there are not very many Americans in my area. Have been in Australia for a little over a year and am glad I found this web site to see if there are any other Americans in Australia? I can help anyone who is interested in going to the states with some advise. I lived and worked in California for many years. My husband had to go thru the red tape of getting a "green card" or permanent resident status there. Now it is my turn. It took me a year to get my permanent residence to live in Australia. Thanks for reading this.


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Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:27 pm
Author: truson Location: London

Hi Everyone, My name is Elias and I presently live in London England but relocating to Abu Dhabi in January. I stumbled on to this site while looking for information on AD and I must say I am very impressed with the information I have been able to gain over the last few weeks....
So thanks to all the guys that live out there and I hope you have space for a new friend in January..
Ciao Ciao


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Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:16 am
Author: coralqueen007 Location: svishtov

hi, my name is sarah, i now live in a village near svistov. we moved from england two months ago. anybody live near us?


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Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:06 pm
Author: pearlb Location: England

Hi my name is Pearl

I live in England and last year I went to Panama to purchase property for my retirement in 5-6 years time. I ended up deciding to have a house built in Boquete which will be completed end of December 2007.

I was in Panama/Boquete July 2007 to see the progress of the property and will be going in January 2008 to see the completed property which I hope to rent out for a few years.

I love Panama and have been there 3 times in the last year and really looking forward to retiring and living there.

Are there other people who have been or thinking of buying in Panama from England I would love to know.

My nickname is Pearlb


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Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 5:23 pm
Author: fergusc Location: Dundee Scotland

Hi we are Fergus and Doreen, we live in Dundee in Scotland. We will be in Cognac in France early Jan 2008 looking for a house initially as a holiday home until we retire in 2012. We would be grateful to hear from anyone already living in France who could give us any tips on how to aviod any pitfalls. Or anyonewho lives in the Cognac area who would like to meet up and give us the benefit of their experiance.
Many Thanks, Fergus.


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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:30 pm
Author: Mick9172 Location: Near Salir

Hi, My Wife Chris and I have just moved to Portugal living nerar Salir in the Algarve. Happy New Year.
Mick.


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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:51 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi All newbies, thanks for joining the Expat Focus site, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, please pull up a chair and enjoy the chat.

Happy New Year to all.

David SR


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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:57 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

- pearlb

Hi my name is Pearl

I live in England and last year I went to Panama to purchase property for my retirement in 5-6 years time. I ended up deciding to have a house built in Boquete which will be completed end of December 2007.

I was in Panama/Boquete July 2007 to see the progress of the property and will be going in January 2008 to see the completed property which I hope to rent out for a few years.

I love Panama and have been there 3 times in the last year and really looking forward to retiring and living there.

Are there other people who have been or thinking of buying in Panama from England I would love to know.

My nickname is Pearlb



Hi Pearlb,
Going to Panama is a big step and I wish you all the very best of luck with the move, my wife and I are hoping to move over to Brazil this year 2008 we have visited there a few times now and have got the moving bug again, this will be our 9th move in the 15 years into different countries, we are at present in Spain.

Good Luck.

David SR


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Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:58 pm
Author: pzchiwas Location: harare, zimbabwe

Hi
My name is Peter. I joined this forum coz i am about to move to the UAE and i wanted to find others already there who can tell me more about the country so I can have a picture of where i am going. If anybody has anything to tell me pliz do. I will be based in Abu Dhabi, so more of that will be fine. I have already decided i'm going.


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Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:01 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Peter,
Welcome to the forums, I do hope that all goes well for you, dont forget to post in the Middle East forums as you will get all your questions answered there.

David SR


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Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:26 am
Author: 96degrees Location: Far North

Hi all...
I am 96degrees from cape town south africa now living & working in new zealand. Still getting to know the place and people. NZ?...Its better than where I came from but not all sweet smelling of roses as projected to would be migrants in over seas presentations. Beware the NZ employers and check your job offer very carefully re-remuneration.Its a very safe place to live and I think very affordable too. Great to rear kids here. I have 4 girls & we are all very happy here.Most nz people are friendly towards foreigners and helpful. I would recommend nz as a destination as an alternative to canada. I plan to visit canada in the future as this was on my list of possible migration destinations.

Greetings to all of you and all the best for 2008! Very Happy


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Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:50 pm
Author: janner Location: southampton

Hi, I am Bill, my home is in Southampton, England. I am interested in retiring to Malta, but there seems to be so many financial obstacles in the way.
Has anyone any information on their experiences in moving, and renting on a long term basis in Malta ?

A Happy New Year to everyone.


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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:42 pm
Author: georgyz Location: lancashire

Hello I would like to introduce myself: My name is georgyz my father was born in Warsaw but now lives here in England, that is why I have a close feeling for Poland.
Visited my Auntie and cousins in Warsaw 2006 and 2007 hope to visit again this year.
Find the country really beautiful.
Can anyone tell me when it is the best weeks to see the snow.


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Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:21 am
Author: pearlb Location: England

Thank You David for your message you and your wife are brave with all those moves. Good Luck with Brazil.

I am currently in Panama inspecting my house which has just finished being built.

Even though there are some things which have not been finished yet I love it. I am so happy that I made the choice the people are nice and friendly, nice weather it is their dry season and where I am in Boquete it is not too hot.

My lawyer, and agent have been so good and trustworthy as you always hear of things that can go wrong but they have been helping me all the way.


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Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:14 pm
Author: soskamama Location: Southampton/ UK

Hello

I have just realised that I needed to introduce myself in this section. Well, I am Sawsan and originally come from Egypt. However, I have been living away for little over 20 years now. Nearly half of my lifetime!! I live in the UK at the moment with my husband Nick and son Adam, 11. I have just completed a teacher training degree and have been waiting around for a job for a while. Just as we have decided to relocate to Cairo, I was offered an interview/ job. Typical, as it was just what I wanted, part time and round the corner from where we live!
I am not sure if I can consider myself as an expat anywhere. At the same time, nowhere feels like home anymore!
Anyway, I joined the forum, Egypt area and posted few messages. So, I hope to hear from you soon.
Bye now


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Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:45 pm
Author: supa Location: Yorkshire

Hello Everyone!

My name is Susan currently researching where to live next. Would love to try Mexico but its a bit too far from my grandkids so it will probably be in the EU. I'd just like to say thankyou to everyone that takes the time to post replies it has been very helpful reading Laughing

Susan


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Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:32 am
Author: H4nn4h Location: Kent, England

hi im hannah,
im from england
just got engaged to my lovely american man in california, and decided to relocate to be with him.
im here for advice on how to make it possible! in particular the legal side, it seems so confussing!
if anyone has any would be great! thanks


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Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:21 pm
Author: Deirdre Location: Swakopmund, Namibia

Hi

My name is Deirdre. We are in the process of relocating to NZ from Namibia, Africa. We are waiting, patiently, for all the paperwork to be completed by our agent. Is there anybody who is in the same boat of not yet being an expat but soon to be one? This anxiety is driving us bonkers! Smile


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Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:38 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome to all the latest members to Expat Focus, I do hope that you enjoy your stay here and that we can give you the answers that you are looking for in the respective countries that you are moving to.

Please visit the forum that covers the country that you are thinking of moving to and ask your questions, I do wish you all the very best of luck in your move.

David SR


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Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:42 pm
Author: Appalachian.Lady Location: Scotland

Hello, my name is Brenda. I am an American from Kentucky married to a Scotsman and now living in Scotland. I recently found this site and thought I would say hello and see how everyone else that has made the move is coping and hopefully I can make a few new friends. Good Luck to Everyone!


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Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:22 pm
Author: elizabete Location: Torres Vedras

Hi Paul,
I'm portuguese. I recently arrived from USA, (Texas). I just moved to Torres Vedras(Central Portugal), used to live in Beja (Inner Southern part of Portgual). Have two great little boys!
Hope to chat with you all!


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Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:25 pm
Author: elizabete Location: Torres Vedras

Hi Paul,
I'm portuguese. I recently arrived from USA, (Texas). I just moved to Torres Vedras(Central Portugal), used to live in Beja (Inner Southern part of Portgual). Have two great little boys!
Hope to chat with you all!


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Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:57 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome elizabete, to Expat Focus, I am sure that your move to Portugal will be a happy one, and with the two boy's you wont get board. Keep popping in and post, as I am sure that there will be loads of advice that you can give/receive.

Thanks For Joining.

David SR


Newbie from South Africa

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:28 pm
Author: At-Your-Service Location: South Africa

Hi all! What an awesome site. Look forward to getting to know you all!

Bit about me: South African through and through, love this country, would not want to leave! It is tooooo beautiful!

I keep myself busy by offering personal, business, concierge services to South African's living abroad. So many of them need things attended to in their home country.

I look forward to meeting all of you! Very Happy


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Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:47 pm
Author: Juliesam1 Location: South Yorkshire

Hi I'm Julie, single mother of 4 living in South Yorkshire, seriously considering moving to Holland to live with my partner. Looking for any advice from anyonen with experience of living, working, schools in southern Holland, Limburg area.

Thanks


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Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:38 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Guy's
Welcome to expat focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, keep popping back to see what we have to offer, as we are promoting a lot of exciting things on the forums this year.

David SR


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Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:23 pm
Author: Dana Location: Peoria, Arizona

Hi,
My name is Dana and I am currently working with an agency to find work abroad. I live in Peoria, Arizona. I don't have a destination yet but am very open to all posibilities.

I was recently laid off from a job of 8 years in the construction industy. I was very succesful in this field and find now that there are literally thousands of managers like me out of work. I don't forsee a change in the economic situation for homebuilding in the near future. I've been told that the skills I posess are wanted and needed numerous places abroad. Sooo...here I go.

I just started my job search yesterday and I'm full of high hopes for a great offer abroad.


Thanks for the chance to introduce myself and hope to hear from other expata and to join your ranks.

Dana


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Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:57 pm
Author: Jamie

Welcome aboard, Dana, nice to have you here and best of luck with your job search.


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Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:25 pm
Author: just_jeni Location: benidorm

Hi there my name is Jeni..

I have just moved to spain (benidorm) from cyprus im unemployed at the moment but hoping that i will soon be working here.
I dont know anyone in this area but if there ar others i would love to hear from you and hopefully make some friends.

if anyone knows of any jobs in this area would love to hear from you too.
x


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Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:02 pm
Author: Jamie

Hi Jeni,

Welcome to the site and thanks for introducing yourself! You might want to try posting another message in the Spain forum too.

Best of luck with the job hunt, if you do post to the Spain forum let us know what kind of work you're looking for.

Cheers,

Jamie


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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:37 pm
Author: ArtyMorecambe Location: Morecambe,lancs

Hi to Everyone

Would like to introduce myself. Mt name is Arthur (prefer Arty) and I am currently in Morecambe UK. Soon to be moving to South Tenerife where I am a regular visitor with quite a few friends there. Hope to chat to as many members as would like to get in touch, Thanks for sharing
ttfn


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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:23 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome Arty, I have posted in the Spanish forums as well so you get two welcomes for the price on one, ha, ha. Good Luck with the move.

David SR.


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Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:31 pm
Author: biggy Location: Equatorial Guinea

hello everyone, my name is Adrian and I am Trinidadian working in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. I have 11 years experience in downstream gas production facility operations, and have commissioned two 1850MT/day KAAP ammonia plants back home. Currently a Shift Supervisor on a 3100 MT/day methanol plant.

Found the site by accident, but glad I did....look forward to getting familiar with other expat professionals

Cheers!


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Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:42 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello biggy,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am glad that you Found us, and I am sure that you will enjoy your time here. The membership is friendly and as always full of information for those who are expats.

Good Luck.
David SR.


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Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:41 pm
Author: hotpot Location: Hungary

hi nice to see you all.

why did someone not tell me about this site before.

i am british but live in hungary and have been for over 3 years now.
hubby and i are not in budapest but SW on the shores of lake balaton.

i am looking forward to my stay here and hope i can help other people esp the ones living in hungary


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Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:04 pm
Author: Jamie

Hi hotpot,

Welcome to Expat Focus.

Nice to see you posting in the Hungary forum already!


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Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:55 pm
Author: hotpot Location: Hungary

jamie



for my welcome to the board. i am finding it very interesting and so much info to work through.

just hope i can be of help to other people.


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Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:09 am
Author: beerhunter Location: Exeter

Hi
Sean, expat all my life although gone foreign and living and working in the UK. Lived and worked in Far East, Midd East and Europe. Love it and love the experiences it throws up. Work in banking/finance and trying to get abroad again.

this really is a fantastic sight that I wish i had found earlier in my career.


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Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:49 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Beerhunter,
Nice of you to pop in and tell us a bit about your adventures, We are glad that you have found us now, and look forward to your postings. Good Luck with looking for more work abroad.

David SR


Let us introduce ourselves

Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 12:14 am
Author: ripet503 Location: Vancouver Washington USA
We are Richard and Karen. We live in Vancouver, USA in Washington State on the west coast of the USA.

We are retired in our early and late 70s. We are starting to plan for a new adventure. The last one we did took us to Italy for 1 1/2 years. It was a fantastic experience. We are ready to try again before we lose most of our cognitive and physical health. However, this time we are only looking at about 3 to 6 months.

We started to do some minor research about Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. We are leaning to New Zealand, however, it looks like the best value for our US$ is Argentina, so that would be our second choice. From New Zealand we could take side trips to Aus (More expensive). Oh! I have also did some search on Uraguay.

We are not looking to go cheap. We do have good financial resources (but not wealthy by any means) and want to be comfortable in a nice apartment or condo. We live in a gated-community condo and may consider swapping homes with someone for the same period of time.

Our interests are to experience the culture of the host country. and also the history and points of interest. We are social, so we would like to meet as many friendly people as we can. In Italy, we made many friends who we still correspond with. A relatively stable political environement and minimal crime is also a consideration.

Sooooo......If someone would communicate with us we would appreciate help in making a decision. Where would be the best cities to live in New Zealand or Argentia? Where can we go to find apartments or condos for rent for a 3 to 6 month term? We would be willing to communicate on a one-to-one basis. Is there a place in this forum to do private communications?

We look forward to hearing from someone.

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Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 1:34 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome to the Expat Focus Forums, I am sure that you will feel at home once you have made contact with some of our members in the countries that you are hoping to visit.

You can post in the relevant forums that you would like more information about. You can also PM other members on a one to one basis once they ask you to get in touch with them.

Feel free to ask any questions or doubts about travel in the country that you wish to move to.

If someone would communicate with us we would appreciate help in making a decision. Where would be the best cities to live in New Zealand or Argentia? Where can we go to find apartments or condos for rent for a 3 to 6 month term? We would be willing to communicate on a one-to-one basis. Is there a place in this forum to do private communications?



But most of all welcome to the fastest growing forums on the internet.

Good Luck.

David SR.


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Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 4:51 pm
Author: shalee Location: Netherlands

Hello to everyone,
We(my boyfriend and I) are in the Netherlands for now nearly 1 year. We are originally from Mauritius and we are very glad here. We would be very happy if we can be of any assistance to others or if we can have some help from you as well.


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Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 6:09 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome shalee,
Nice to see that you found us, we hope that you enjoy your time with us. We are a friendly group and look forward to your posts. Thanks for joining.

David SR.


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Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 6:43 pm
Author: Jamie

Yes indeed, I've missed a few newcomers over the past few weeks but just to echo David's words...welcome!

Jamie


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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:04 am
Author: joeEA Location: koh samui

hello, new to the forums here. american living in Koh Samui Thailand for the last two years. thanks for providing a forum, i'm sure we all appreciate it whether we post or not.


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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:01 pm
Author: anothen Location: Texas, USA

Greetings Expat Focus and thank you for accepting my request for membership.

Most all of my online friends know me as Anothen.
I live in Austin Texas USA the Music Capitol of the World.

I have been tasked to research expatriatism for several of my online friends seeking to relocate away from the U.S.

The following is a form letter post that I will be using as I search for Expatriate forums:

Greetings fellow Expatriates.
I have recently been tasked to research U.S. Expatriatism.
My goal is to research which countries would be best to expatriate to.
I have a growing number of acquaintances, some of which are felons but mostly their families seeking to escape the jeopardy of the increasing development of the politically charged laws and legislation. Some of them are currently on parole or probation and not able to leave until discharged.
Over the past decade, many of the States in the U.S. have undergone a radical crackdown on crime. Consequently, it has had an adverse effect. Because of the modern day of information technology, it has become next to impossible for a U.S. Citizen with a felony record to survive.
As a result, many of them are tossing around the idea of moving to a different country.
I am hoping to find others which have successfully Expatriated or that has experience in Expatriation.
None of them have any interest in doing anything illegal or is a fugitive, all of them however, do have the desire to live free from tyranny, oppression and persecution.
Thank you.



I would appreciate any information that would be helpful. There are several of my friends that are becoming desperate with their situation.


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Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 9:29 pm
Author: mmgalligher Location: Breezy Point, Minnesota

Hi, My name is Melanie, I live in Minnesota in the US. I need to sell my home and move somewhere, options open. The selling part could be dicy as the economy isn't great at this point but I want a warm climate but not very humid and I have animals...2 parrots and 2 dogs. Any suggestions? I would love Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, but the Dollar is worthless, I hear Costa Rica is becoming expensive. I've heard Ecquador is affordable but remote. Any body moved with animals? My birds lived in Michigan and then Florida...too humid for me.

I'm excited to be in contact with people out of the US. I am European at heart.


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Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:57 pm
Author: soskamama Location: Southampton/ UK

Hi MM

Welcome to EF. It is really getting bad everywhere re properties. I think your best bet will be in eastern Europ, I hear they are cheap-er, most definitely than UK, etc. I also know that Serbia has very hot summers. Poland is also nice place. I know people here who go there every year for their holiday. The people are friendly. I hope this may help.

Sawsan


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Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:48 pm
Author: DonDeano Location: England

Hi everyone,
My name's DonDeano and i live with my wife of 5 1/2 yrs and our 7 mth old boy here in south-west England.

I came across this site by pure chance after searching the web for sites that could give me as much info as possible regarding emmigrating!!

We're at the the moment going through the process of applying for permanent residency nr Windsor, Ontario, Canada since Oct 07.

At the time we're also waiting for the HRSDC to get back in touch regarding getting an earlier move with a temporary work permit since i was over in March/April 08 to take an exam for a license in my profession which i passed!!

We're stuck in limbo at the moment cos we've not put our home or business on the market as yet since we want definate confirmation dates of a move to Canada.

DonDeano.


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Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:15 pm
Author: soskamama Location: Southampton/ UK

Hello DonDeano

Welcome to Expat Focus. It is great news to know that our site can be of help for people looking for info. I know how it feels to be in limbo, I have been there before but for different reasons. It feels fantastic though when situations finally resolve. I wish you the best of luck and hope the process does not take long.

sawsan


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Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:35 pm
Author: DonDeano Location: England

Thanks for the welcome aboard the boards Soskamama, I'll keep you informed on our situation.
We're in a great situation when we get over cos we can move into my in-laws until we decide which house to buy,my wife already has it narrowed down to 2 on the same street!!!!
Deano.


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Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:02 am
Author: soskamama Location: Southampton/ UK

Wow Deano, your wife is very organised. I hear Canada is a very beautiful country, particularly Vancouver. I have a friend who lives there and says it is a beautiful coastline but very expensive! I do not know about Toronto, I get confused which is the French speaking one, I guess it is Montreal, isn't it. Woluld love to to take the great western train voyage and travel around Canada and visit the Niagra Falls. Oh well, I just have to wait a little bit longer.
Good luck and will be interested to know how you get on.

Sawsan


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Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:03 pm
Author: redtree999 Location: Denmark

Hi all, I'm Paul and originally from Nottingham, but I am now into my 4th year living in Denmark.
My girlfriend is Danish, and of course that made things far easier in terms of dealing with officials and general language problems than it would for people without a personal "Danish mentor".
Having said that though, the vast majority of Danes are quite happy to switch to chatting in English once they realise someone is struggling to speak Danish.
I met my girlfriend online - Whilst playing an internet space game, of all things!
We got into friendly chatting and phone calls, then I came to Denmark to visit a couple of times, then finally I moved here permanently.
My first job here was working for a Danish transport company, so I got all my furniture and stuff delivered for free.
Currently, I'm studying Danish full time - I took a break from work (an industrial landscaping company) to improve my language skills, it's also nice to spend time with other foreigners coming to terms with life in Denmark.


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Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:46 am
Author: soskamama Location: Southampton/ UK

Hello redtree and welcome to Expat Focus. I know the merits of having a partner who speaks the language of the foreign country you live in. My husband depended on me in that sense when we lived in Cairo. I even had to translate to him the wedding ceremony! The poor guy signed on the dotted line without having a clue what he was singning for Laughing !!! Just as well we are still together 13 years on. Good luck with your language learning, it makes life so much easier. Here I am live in the UK and deal with all sorts of issues without having to rely on anyone. It is fantastic. Smile

sawsan


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:03 am
Author: lastchance Location: Spain

Hi just joined this site after many tries lordy it is hard when you keep getting 'invalid username' every time. Never mind I am here now and off to have a good look around.

I have been in Spain for 4 years now, still struggling to learn the language but enjoying the area very much, lots to see and do.


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:59 am
Author: Jamie

Hello and a warm welcome to the site!

With regard to the username issue you experienced, could that have been because the names you tried earlier had already been taken?


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:19 pm
Author: lastchance Location: Spain

Hello Jamie, thanks for the warm welcome. Most of the names I tried came back as invalid only one came back as already in use.


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:40 pm
Author: yorkieman Location: Yorkshire

apologise for not introducing myself earlier i love travelling inparticular spanish speaking countries especially spain i am fluent in the spanish language so very much interested in living in spain but i wish to do a massive amount of research to cover myself from the pitfalls i live in yorkshire on my own so no problems with family


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:29 pm
Author: Jamie

@yorkieman - a very warm welcome to you! Having lived in Yorkshire in the past I suspect you're one of only very few who speak fluent Spanish Wink How did that come about?

@lastchance - thanks for the info, maybe you could PM me with some of the names you tried and I can try to work out what the problem was.


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:32 pm
Author: jackwozniak Location: Costa Rica

Moving from Costa Rica to France!
We are a gay retired couple (55, 44), originally from the US, but have residency in Costa Rica. We are seeking advice regarding moving to France. My partner had residency in France when he was in high school in the early 80s. We would appreciate any information regarding long term residency, renting vs buying, etc., in France. We would like to move into the Paris area.
Thank you!
Jack and Don


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Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:17 pm
Author: Jamie

Hi Jack and Don,

Welcome to Expat Focus! With regard to specific questions you might be better off posting to the France forum too.

Good luck with your plans for Paris - I've just finished reading "A Year in the Merde" so I feel I know it well Wink


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Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:42 pm
Author: jackwozniak Location: Costa Rica

Jamie,
Thank you for the welcome!
Clarke also has 'Merde Actually' and 'Talk to the Snail'. Both are very good also.
I'll try the France chat.
Jack


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Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:18 am
Author: Twofilas Location: Bahia, Brazil

Just like Clint or John Wayne pushing the swing doors of the wild-west saloon, walking into a forum like this should, at the very least, require that the piano player stop playing while the whisky drinking card players squint suspiciously through the cigar smoke. Yet judging by my echoing footsteps, the place is empty! Early closing? Is there anyone lurking in the shadows? Well if there’s anyone here I’d like to say hi, I’m a new member.

It’s winter here, in subtropical northern Brazil, and it’s a relief to switch off the air-conditioning. Having lived here for some two and a half years I do believe that I prefer winter. Mind you, it’s still shorts & T shirt weather – a cold day here drops to about twenty-two degrees C. But I digress, I just popped in to say hello.
Twofilas


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Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:06 pm
Author: utahute77 Location: Massachusetts USA

A warm hello to everyone on this site.

I wish you health and happiness in whatever life throws into your path. Like the saying goes, "when life throws you a lemon, make lemonade." I like to spell it "lemon-aide".

My nickname is "utahute77". My real name is "Christopher". I have a short introduction below, and I have a real problem, probably brought about because I am naive, and try to play the game by the posted rules. Please bear with the length of this first post.

This is absolutely my first post on Expat Focus even though I have been reading it "off and on" for over one year. But I am at a point where I need help and advice from someone in Portugal who can offer it.

I NEED HELP ON HOW TO BECOME A TRUE, PERMANENT EXPATRIATE TO PORTUGAL. I AM SINCERE AND AFTER VISITING SEVERAL COUNTRIES, PORTUGAL IS MY FINAL CHOICE.

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET THE AVERAGE PEOPLE IN PORTUGAL AND ASSIMILATE THE CULTURE AS BEST AS I CAN, AND NOT BE ISOLATED INTO A SMALL EXPAT GROUP LIVING THERE.

I am told by the U.S. State Department that you have to apply for a permanent visa to Portugal BEFORE you leave the US. I am told that you cannot go over on a 90-day tourist visa and then apply to stay once you are in the country. Is this really true??

My efforts to meet with the Portuguese Embassy in the USA have met with no results so far. I have been trying for one month now. I cannot get anyone to send me application forms or a list of requirements needed like birth certificate, etc. I am routed around from person to person and no one will return a phone call. I am told that one must apply in person at the embassy in the US. Is this really necessary? Can I go to Portugal and apply over there?

I live in the United States of America and am a citizen for "better or for worse of this country". I am single, retired last year, but active and do not play golf or watch TV, and I wish to leave the US permanently and live in Portugal. My health is fine for now, at least.

I am familiar with climate from mountains to coastal areas to deserts having lived in Florida, the Rockies, and the SW high deserts. I am very adaptable. I also can communicate with persons between the ages of 7 to 70 over a large range of social and living conditions with few problems that would totally upset me or bias me against that person.

In other words, I am a very tolerant man. I most like to talk and to discuss things that could possibly make a difference to our future generations. I do not really enjoy discussing things such as "who won last night's football game", or "who is on the latest Reality TV series", and "do you prefer the new Lexus to the new Land Rover?", although if pressed, I can discuss such things.

I am not rich but I am honest and hardworking and my mostly technical career has taught me many things to where I feel that I could do something constructive, or at least be helpful, to some of the problems I will undoubtably encounter while living there. I am not and never have been caught up in the capitalistic structured society of the USA. "You can't take it with you to the grave", besides, family structure and interaction is really the most important gift we are given.

SO, SORRY FOR ALL OF THE RHETORIC, BUT HOW DOES ONE EVER REALLY BECOME AN EXPAT TO PORTUGAL? WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY STEPS?

Thanks ahead of time for any and all posts received in response... Razz


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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:20 am
Author: sinking_ship Location: Portugal

Hi,
Moved to the Algarve with my wife about a year ago, and lovin' it! We're not new to the expat thing, we lived in Spain for several years, but now fancied a change.


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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:45 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome one and all to the Expat experaince, please pull up a chair and sit down amoung us. We try to help as best we can. So decide what country you want to live or are living in and join the Forums.

Most of all Enjoy the Expat Feeling.

David.


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Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:43 am
Author: restlessiniowa Location: Iowa, USA

Hello everyone!

I'm on here to find out more information about becoming an expat with intentions of moving (whether temporarily or permanently) to South America. Ecuador is the most appealing destination at this time, though I'm also looking into TEFL and Spanish Language courses in Peru.

In October of 2008 I hope to finally graduate with a B.S. in Social Science and will be free to travel abroad in the months following.

Thanks and I look forward to chatting with other folks on this forum!

~A


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Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:37 am
Author: Jamie

restlessiniowa - thanks for the introduction and welcome to Expat Focus!


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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:24 pm
Author: babooshka Location: forfar scotland

Hi there,
We have just joined this web site as we are seriously wanting to move to spain. The first thing we need to do though, is to decide on an area in which we want to move to. We would like to move to the south of Spain and be among expats! to begin with anyway. We have a daughter who will be starting primary school next year so feel that this is the time to go for it. My partner is fortunate enough to be in a job which gives us more freedom in deciding where we want to settle down. We will be renting property to begin with. Any ideas, areas to move to would be much appreciated.


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Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:45 am
Author: irishgirl279 Location: america

my name is courtney, i'm from philadelphia, and am interested in moving to europe for a year or 2 within the next couple of months.
what brought me here? well, i recently ended a serious relationship, and want to finally do something for myself, that i've always wanted to do. which is to live in europe...i'm thinking paris.
i'm open to any tips/feedback anyone might have for me as to what's a good starting point. would paris be a good place to go alone?


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Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:20 am
Author: Jamie

babooshka, irishgirl279 - welcome both to Expat Focus!

Jamie


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Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:45 pm
Author: shirley23 Location: dunbar

Hi jst a note to say hello to everyone
I've just joined and am looking forward
to chatting with you all

Laughing


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Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:37 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

welcome shirley23, I think that you will make a lot of new friends here, feel free to post on the forums and enjoy.

David.


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Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:03 pm
Author: paulplasterer Location: england/bulgaria

Hi my name is Paul.

I currently live in the uk with my partner Tracey, we are visiting Bulgaria in october with a view to buying a property and relocating there.

I currently work in the uk as a plasterer and have done for the last 20 yrs.

I undertake all plastering works, and are hoping to continue with this line of work in BG.

I have read many posts of english people being ripped off with their renovation work which i find very sad and frustrating.

If anyone requires any help or advice, then i will only be too willing to help.

Regards

Paul/tracey


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Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:16 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Paul,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, Remember that BG has its own forum and I am sure if you post there you will get a lot of responce to your questions. Good Luck with you move.

David SR.


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Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:50 pm
Author: reynolds Location: spain

I have retired to Spain and have been here about 18 mths, and love every minute. Big step for me, my dog and my horse, but we are very settled. Can't believe how fast the time has gone. Trying hard with learning Spanish and am at last begining to understand and be understood, albeit still in the present tense! It is so beautiful here and the Spanish have made me very welcome, I've also made some good ex pat friends. A thoroughly good move and I would reccomend it to everyone. R


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Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:34 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello reynolds,
Nice to have you here, I have been in Spain for six years but worked here before I move over here perminatly. I do hope that you get along to the Spanish Forums and make more posts. See you in there.

David SR.


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Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:22 pm
Author: ladyqx Location: istanbul

hi everyone!
I'm Erlin,from İstanbul.It is very nice to meet new people.Im physics teacher and want to go australia to begin my new life.I speak,turkish,armenian ,english,also want to learn many languages,german,french,spanish,italian.
I enjoy watching movies,reading,travelling,swimming.
I want to make new friends from expat.

Erlin


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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:37 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Erlin,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will be welcomed by other Expats that are here, Just pick a forum and post your Comments, Questions, or Requests, but most of all enjoy your time with us.

David SR.


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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:57 pm
Author: saaya007 Location: Lisboa

Hello I am Saaya. Basically from India but right now in Lisbon , Portugal. I thinking to get back to work here. Not sure where to start from. Also would love to meet any Indians over here. Please feel free to touch base.


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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:09 pm
Author: KLEVA Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Hi All

The name is Kevin, I am a South African who is working in Nigeria. Happy to provide any info needed to anyone who is thinking about coming here for work... So many things that you don't get told before you get here that it can be a nightmare if you are not prepared...

Cheers


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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:15 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and Welcome saaya007, I do hope that you enjoy your time with us, be sure to post on the Portugal Forum as you will meet a lot of interesting people who are willing to help you out.

David SR.


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Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:54 am
Author: gillz Location: edinburgh

Hi everyone,

My name is Gillian i live and work in Edinburgh, im 30 years old and have a 10 year old girl called Rebecca, we are hoping to move out to fethiye (Turkey) but im not sure how to go about things i am open minded where in Turkey to go as schools for my daughter will determine my location. I have had nothing but negative points from friends and family saying that its impossible for me to do and its only people that have lots of money that can do this. I need advice on how to get a job and find schools everything really so please it would be great to hear your stories and get your feed back.


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Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:49 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Gillian,
Welcome to Expat Focus, you can ask all the questions you like about Turkey, but first take a look at our own page of Country Guides here,
Turkey And dont forget that we have a forums for you to post your questions Turkey Forum

Good Luck

David SR.


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Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:10 am
Author: suncatcher1969 Location: usa

Hi,
i am suncatcher1969, born in germany and living in texas for over 30 years now.
i am planing on moving to Alexandria Egypt in 2009

wishing all a happy day Smile


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Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:16 am
Author: Jamie

Welcome aboard!

Don't hesitate to pop over to the Egypt forum if you need any help planning your move, they're a very friendly bunch Smile

Jamie


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Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:32 pm
Author: tilton1875 Location: Birmingham

Hi,

I'm new to here. I have a burning desire to relocate my family and if I gain employment then it could just happen.

I may have a chance for employment in Gibraltar and would probably have to live on the mainland quite close to the border as I dont drive!!

Can anyone advise what the costs of living are:

Renting 3 bedroom places with communal pool or private if lucky.

Energy bills

Council Tax (spanish version??)

Weekly Grocery shopping (in comparison to uk)

What is an ideal income for a family of 4 (who like to go to the pub at least twice a week!!)

Education costs?? Can anybody advise if the child is nearly 14 years old are they allowed to continue with their UK GCSE's and at what cost.

Nurseries as I have a toddler too.

Please help.


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Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:16 am
Author: luthien_NZ Location: here

Hi I'm Luthien, lived in New Zealand for a number of years with my family and have now moved on.


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Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:25 pm
Author: ricecake38 Location: uk

Hi everyone

My name is Mandy and Im from Birmingham UK, soon to become expats to Abu Dhabi through my husbands work and we have to small children in tow .. and might I say I have many a question to post on here! A few of which may be a bit silly Smile

I look forward to many a reply if possible
Cheers
Mandy


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Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:52 pm
Author: pasha Location: england

Cool Hi My name is Paul and have joined recently after looking at the site for some time.I am a Brit currently in the UK and moving to Middle East in January .Family looking forward to it although somewhat nervous.Have enjoyed reading info which has answered even simple questions to do with moving. It will be nice to have some warm weather


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Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:26 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello all you new members sorry not to have welcomed you before now but I have been away for a day or two, anyway Welcome to Expat foeus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us and that you will contribute to your chosen country forums, dont be shy if you want to ask any questions about any country I am sure that we have some if not all the answers.

David SR.


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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:43 pm
Author: wsminkapila Location: New Delhi

Hi All,

My name is Kapil & I stay in New Delhi, India. Been checking out this site for a while & kind of really liked it. Thanks.


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Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:48 pm
Author: Billee Location: Vail, Colorado

Hi Everyone,

My name is Bill and I am an Australian, currently doing seasonal work in the ski fields of Colorado.

My wife and I are considering moving up to Canada for work at the end of the winter, and we would appreciate any info on how to get in touch with possible employers.


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Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:06 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello wsminkapila,
Nice of you to drop by and say hello, I do hope that you become a regular poster in the forums, I am sure that you will meet a lot of new people.

Thank You.

David SR.


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Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:09 pm
Author: mousoo Location: Pretoria

Hi there

I am mousoo

I am originally from the UK and now live in South Africa.I emigrated here 14 years ago, went back to UK in 2006 and returned to South Africa in 2008.

I would like to converse with other people from the UK living in south africa but also other expats.I also would like to help anybody that needs any information about south africa,


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Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:52 pm
Author: vasquez Location: London

HI - vasquez here.

Am a UK citizen, have been in London for 15 years. I own a flat in LOndon (60% of mortgage paid off) Have been thinking seriously about emigrating - sick of unfriendly London!

Countries I am interested in moving to are: South FRance, Denmark (an odd one but had a great time there.)

Spain s always a consideration. I work as a web consultant, speak french and am UK citizen...

The main problem is the weakness of the pound at the moment - the exchange rate is terrible as well and the property market in the UK is awful...
So not sure about the timing but am here to see what other experiences people ar ehaving.

Smile


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Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:40 pm
Author: GinLyn Location: Ontario, Canada

My name is GinLyn and I have been looking for helpful sites since my husband accepted a job in the Netherlands a couple of weeks ago. We have two children, ages 5 and 8, and will be moving from Kingston, Ontario, Canada to the Maastricht area at the end of January. We are all really excited, but also have lots of questions!

I have lived abroad before -- in Heidelberg, Germany -- as a pre-teen, but that was on an Army base (my father is retired US military), so this will definitely be a different experience.

GinLyn


hallo there I am a new member hoping to emmigrate to USA

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:49 pm
Author: maymay14 Location: scotland

[quote="GinLyn"]My name is GinLyn and I have been looking for helpful sites since my husband accepted a job in the Netherlands a couple of weeks ago. We have two children, ages 5 and 8, and will be moving from Kingston, Ontario, Canada to the Maastricht area at the end of January. We are all really excited, but also have lots of questions!

I have lived abroad before -- in Heidelberg, Germany -- as a pre-teen, but that was on an Army base (my father is retired US military), so this will definitely be a different experience.

GinLyn[/quote Razz


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Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:01 am
Author: maymay14 Location: scotland

Hallo there, Im MAYMAY, a new member. I hope to make some new friends. I hope to emmigrate to USA in the near future. Any helpfull information, tips from any expats would be appreciated Im also taking my 2 rescue dogs. Hope to hear from you....Best Regards Maymay


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Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:48 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello maymay14,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, just point your cursor to the USA forums and ask away any questions that you may have. Thank you for taking time to join us.

David SR


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Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:24 pm
Author: maymay14 Location: scotland

Thank you for your welcome. I hope some expats can give me some advice about moving to USA with 2 dogs and any tips would be appreciated...Maymay


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Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:00 pm
Author: leonardo666 Location: isla redonda

Hi i'm Caz ( Leonardo), currently living in Inland Andalucia with my partner 2 dogs and 4 cats. We run a small friendly Bed and Breakfast. We are hoping to sell or swap soon as we want to return to the UK.


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Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:48 pm
Author: annap Location: st. petersburg

Hi! Nice to realise that I am not alone as I am also lost in Russia, do you possibly know any expat comunities in this country?

- lostinrussia

Hi everyone!

My name is Shelley I am from Australia and live in Russia. This is the first time I have ever joined a forum or chat room so I dont really understand it all.
I joined expatfocus by chance while I was looking for visa help - my Russian visa is messy to say the least and as for trying to move me and my husband back to Oz together (hes Russian)... well.
Ive been in Russia for - it feels like forever, and am feeling a little disconnected/alienated.
So this place looks pretty cool and I look forward to chatting with other people (in English!) about anything!
Im especially interested to hear from any other Aussies (or anyone) also living in Moscow. What do you all think of this city?
Let me know!


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Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:43 pm
Author: VWPowered Location: Charente, France

hello expatfocus Very Happy

my names john, 33, living in sud ouest france, looking for work ANYWHERE.. really open to suggestions, have lived here for 5 years and now ready to try somewhere new as ive only ever been here and greece in the past for 2 weeks (bold move moving abroad eh) would NEVER EVERE EVER NEVER return to the UK onwards and upwards, not the other way round..

love classic cars, old buildings, ruins, scrapyards...

i have 2 girls aged 19months and 4 months and in a stable relationship

have made a post in the jobs section feel free to have a look...

so again hello Twisted Evil


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Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:02 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will make new and interesting friends here, dont be shy now, more posts and you will get more responces. Good Luck.

David SR.


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Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:26 am
Author: panamajoe Location: panama

Hi,My name is Joe.

I'm an expat from the states living in Panama. I haven't had a drink for over 20 hours. I'm moving from the city to Bocas del Toro, where I belong...on an island! I lived in Key West for many years and this place is just like it, only 30 years ago. I look forward to chatting with my new best friends here on this site. come to Panama, and I'll buy you a Balboa beer!


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Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:44 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Joe,
Sounds a very interesting offer for the Beer, anyhoo, Welcome to Expat Focus I am sure that you will meet some very interesting people here. So pull up a chair and settle down, and have a few beers.

David.


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Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:03 pm
Author: jack/mo Location: yorkshire

hi all,
im jackie and i found this site by looking for info about moving abroad to live,myself and my husband are moving to turkey this november,cant wait my husband is turkish so hoping it will be easier for me to settle into the turkish lifestyle and advice or info would still be appreciated tho thanx everyone x


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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:03 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello jack/mo,
welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, Please fee free to post and ask your questions in our Turkish Forum.

David SR.


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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:49 pm
Author: goispro Location: Góis Portugal

Hello everybody! My name is Patricia, and I have been living in Central Portugal for the last 18 months. I moved here with my husband and two daughters from Orkney, an island group off the north coast of Scotland, and the contrast between the two places has been huge! The climate here is certainly an improvement - but in some respects it has been a difficult learning curve, adjusting to the bureaucracy of a foreign culture. We have been busy building our property company - our LEGAL and Licensed property company (unlike most) - while our daughters have been busy grappling with the school system. Now we are crossing our fingers and holding our breath as the credit crunch sweeps over us all... hopefully we'll survive it! Confused


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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:10 pm
Author: Jamie

Welcome, Patricia (and all other members I haven't had a chance to say hi to recently) - glad to have you aboard! You're right, 2009 looks certain to be a rocky year for many of us but hopefully we'll get through it together.

Cheers,

Jamie


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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:25 pm
Author: Peconet0050 Location: Oulu. Finland.

My nickname is peconet0050.
I am living in Finland now.
I work in the computer business. Also i am a photographer of which i have taken a lot of photo's of and around Finland. I am enjoying it over here. Very nice in summer but very cold in the winter months.
Welcome and hello to all.


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Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:36 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and Welcome peconet0050., I am glad that you have joined us here at Expat Focus, pull up a chair and sit down for a nice cup of Tea. (Warm you up a bit)


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Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:19 pm
Author: tonymoses1 Location: Seattle, WA (USA)

Hello everyone,

My name is Tony and I currently live in Seattle, WA (USA). I found this site as I am planning on relocating to Spain later this year and wanted to have a venue to ask questions from those that have done what I am planning to do. Also, it would be great to make connections with people either in Spain or all over the world as one never knows which way the wind will blow. Any advice that can be given will be greatly appreciated. At this point I'm working on getting certified to teach English as a second language and am studying Spanish.


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Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:49 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Tony,I am sure that you will be made most welcome in our Spanish Forum. I live in Spain and have done for some time now, on the Costa Blanca, not far from Alicante.

So when you come to the forums you may have a lot of reading to do to get up to speed.

See you in there.

David.


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Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:06 am
Author: musty Location: egypt

hello eveyone am musty live in egypt in the capitl city cairo 20 mins to pyramids iam 33 years old working as a driver right now got B.A in law living with family hope to meet new friends here thanx for ur time


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Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:43 am
Author: Jamie

Hi musty, welcome to Expat Focus. Our Egypt forum has quite a few regulars and I'm sure you'll be very welcome!

Cheers,

Jamie


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Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:14 pm
Author: hotyacht Location: West Palm Beach, FL

Hello Expats!

I'm hotyacht and I just joined this forum. I am an American presently living in South Florida and I came to Expat Focus because I am accepting a new job offer in Freeport, Bahamas and thought I'd make an effort to network with other expats.

I have travelled extensively in the US, Central America, and Europe and have over ten years of experience living in the Caribbean. I have also worked short stints as a consultant or watchstander in Australia and the United Arab Emirates. When I become more familiar with the forum, I hope to be able to contribute something to it!

Best regards,


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Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:05 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and Welcome to the forums, I am sure that you will make contact with a host of new expats here. Thanks for joining enjoy your time with us.


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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:22 am
Author: Squishymama Location: Hertfordshire

Hello everyone.

I joined the forum yesterday, but have had problems with my internet since, so only just got round to introducing myself- lol!

My name is Charlotte, and I currently live in the UK with my husband and young daughter.

My husband is from Zimbabwe, and that is where we are looking to move to.

Having never moved Country myself, I don't have the first clue where to start, so will probably be after lots of help and advice- lol!

I look forward to chatting with many of you. Smile


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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:35 am
Author: Natali Location: Altinkum, Turkey

Hi All,

I am a newbie. My name is Natalie and i cam currently living in Turkey having married a turkish man. Any one else from Turkey.

Charlotte, did I read your post right when you said you are planning to move to Zimbabwe?!!

I too am from Zimbabwe but definetely would not set foot back there.


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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:36 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello, Charlotte & Natali,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, please feel free to ask any questions in the country topic section, or take a look at our Country Guides section.

Good Luck.


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Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:59 pm
Author: Squishymama Location: Hertfordshire

- Natali

Hi All,

I am a newbie. My name is Natalie and i cam currently living in Turkey having married a turkish man. Any one else from Turkey.

Charlotte, did I read your post right when you said you are planning to move to Zimbabwe?!!

I too am from Zimbabwe but definetely would not set foot back there.



Hi Natalie,

You did indeed read my post correctly- lol! The number of people that say I am mad is very high I must say- lol!

My husband is from Zimbabwe, and would love to go back home. It wouldn't be for a good few years yet though, so I think he is hoping things will have settled a little more by the time we are ready to leave.

Charlotte Smile


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Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:03 am
Author: Natali Location: Altinkum, Turkey

- Squishymama

- Natali

Hi All,

I am a newbie. My name is Natalie and i cam currently living in Turkey having married a turkish man. Any one else from Turkey.

Charlotte, did I read your post right when you said you are planning to move to Zimbabwe?!!

I too am from Zimbabwe but definetely would not set foot back there.



Hi Natalie,

You did indeed read my post correctly- lol! The number of people that say I am mad is very high I must say- lol!

My husband is from Zimbabwe, and would love to go back home. It wouldn't be for a good few years yet though, so I think he is hoping things will have settled a little more by the time we are ready to leave.

Charlotte Smile



Laughing Laughing Well at least you said it would not be for a good few years yet.

My mum and dad would love to go back, but definetely not when Mugabe is in power or in fact anyway in the country. LOL.


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Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:28 pm
Author: literain2009 Location: Manila

hi All,

Im new to this forum. Thank you for accepting me and more power to this community. I'm from manila philippines and hope to contribute to this site.

Lite


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Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:40 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Lite,
Please feel at home, in fact pull up a chair, take off your shoes and relax, your more than welcome here..

David. SR.


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Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:30 am
Author: 112inky Location: chennai

Hi friends... i am mark!!
i heard about this site through a friend of mine.. was interested and hence joined... please brief me about his site procedures and discussions...


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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:33 pm
Author: Inourhands Location: Messines, Algarve

Hi to Everyone,

Sorry, missed this site of introduction! My name is Lynn and live in the Algarve, Portugal. A nice quiet area not far from Albufeira. Got married over here in 2006. Was meant to retire early, but have ended up working as you can only do so much sunbathing and shopping!! Very Happy Enjoy reading all the comments and is good to read that there are loads of you out there with a great sense of humor!!! keep it coming!


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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:51 pm
Author: shoefad Location: spain

hi this is shoefad never been on a forum before avent got a clue i found your site while looking for info on pensions abroad i moved from england three years ago to live on the costa del sol would never move back to england need to understand ow the site works before i can start postin cheers Smile


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Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:13 pm
Author: callan Location: West Yorkshire, Sigulda Latvia

Been here for a little while and i think the introduction post slipped through the net for me !

Well i guess you could call me Half an Expat because in my mind I'm living in Latvia but in reality I'm still living in England.

Well as you figured out already i intend to move to Latvia, a beautiful Eastern European country, Or even a beautiful Baltic country Smile

Thanks

Callan


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Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:06 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome to the forums Callan, I do hope you enjoy your time with us and become a regular poster. Pull up a chair and a beer and stay a while.

Good Luck with your move to Latvia.

Daviod SR.


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Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:23 pm
Author: tampabound Location: London

Hi All!

I'm "TampaBound" - can anyone guess where I'm headed? Laughing

Still in London for now but I'm applying for a green card through my "Mom" but have a long wait ahead (approx 4-5 yrs) due to the Immigration backlog (sigh).

It's very frustrating as now that I've made the big decision to move I want to be there NOW! Hope I still feel the same in 5 years!!

Hope to make some friends through this forum!


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Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:53 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi tampabound,
Welcome to the forums, I am sure that you will make a lot of friends here and I can understand how you feel about your impending move to the States. We look forward to seeing your posts in our USA forum.

Good Luck.

David SR.


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Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 4:13 pm
Author: Fezza Location: Walsall

Hi My Name is Fezza which is my nick name from School i live in Walsall in the west Midlands and have 3 Beatiful Children and a Charming wife of 24 years

What brought me here is that we have started a project i have just purchased a property in Opaka In the rouse Area of Bulgaria so i am a newbie at this hoping to use the property as a second home and enjoy the beatifull weather and countryside in bulgaria looking to install a new kitchen and bathroom in a few weeks could anybody recommend a builder who is reasonable and does quality workmanship
How much should i be paying to have it installed and what price guide would you give for the kitchen
Bathrooms again how much should i be willing to pay without being taken for a ride
Looking also to install a swimming pool in the garden
Agaiin any one recommend a biulder who as done this type of work
What problems pit falls to look out for
Price for a new biuld concrete pool with all installation working size 30 m2
Alternatively a prefab pool are they any good how much should i expect to pay . Cheap flights any suggestions
Timber Barn conversion has it worked for anybody out there if so how did you go about doing it and organizing it


Thanks for your help if you reply

Fezza Very Happy


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Posted: Sat May 02, 2009 2:27 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome Fezza to the Expat Focus Forums, no doubt you will have a lot more questions to ask, and I hope that you will become a regular poster in the Bulgaria forum.

Good Luck with your project and may you finish the work with very little problems.

David.


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Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:12 pm
Author: bikerchicspain Location: Alicante

Hi my nickname is bikerchicspain, I am English and have lived in Spain for well over 20 years, My partner told me about this forum so here i am..


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Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:20 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello bikerchicspain, and welcome to Expat Focus, make yourself at home and visit us in the Spanish forums.


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Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 11:36 pm
Author: sparti1000 Location: glasgow

hi folks im from glasgow and not really happy with the style and life at the city at the moment ..and would move anywhere to open new avenues ..any ideas ..lol thanks ..


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Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 10:01 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello sparti1000,
Welcome to Expat Forums, you have the whole world to visit all you have to do is point your finger on the globe and go. Good Luck wherever you choose to go.


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Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:04 am
Author: clevereply Location: Milpitas

if this is the introduction section then i might have landed at the right slot. well, i am here to talk all about fund and retirement benefits.

(Edited by Countryboy)


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Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:40 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello cleverreply,
Welcome to Expat Focus, please remember to read the Terms of service when you signed up, these forums are for exchanging information making friends and support. They are not for self-promotion, if you must have a linkto your service please place it in your signature.

Use mine as a template, this way you will not upset anyone and you are comforming to the rules laid down in the TOS.

Thank you for joining, good luck.


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Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 4:54 am
Author: davymac Location: ohio usa

hi to everyone
my name is david ,i come from belfast n. ireland,lived in glasgow for 20 years,then movedto shrewsbury in england,moved here to ohio usa ,my wife is from here,to look after her dad


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Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:03 am
Author: Carole

Hi Davymac...and welcome to the forum...how are you finding the USA compared to the UK?

All the best
Pilget


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Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:29 pm
Author: davymac Location: ohio usa

- piglet

Hi Davymac...and welcome to the forum...how are you finding the USA compared to the UK?

All the best
Pilget

got here in october ,boy what a long winter,but settling in well


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Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:01 am
Author: mejulie Location: Stony Plain, Ab

Hi Everyone, i'm julie from Devon now residing in Edmonton Alberta. I also a member of another forum and places like this are a good source of help. support, knowledge and friendship. So i hope to give and get any advice anything about Canada.
All the best


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Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:25 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Julie, nice to see you, please pull up a chair and stay a while I am sure there is something here that will interest you.

David.


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Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:45 am
Author: anita.patt Location: UK

Hi everybody!!

I am Anita. I am easy-going, fun-loving but committed to my work. I look forward to having a nice and enjoyable time here while enriching myself and the others.

Regards
Anita


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Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:34 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Anita,
Welcome to Expt Focus, I do hope that you enjoy your time with us, please feel free to search the forums and ask any questions that you like. Or just make friends this is what we are all about.


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Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:10 pm
Author: modgirl66 Location: Arrochar Argyll & Bute Scotland

Hi Paul my name is Linda & I live in Arrochar Scotland. My family are hoping to moved to Turkey soon as the weather has now beaten us. We hate not having any sunshine. Found the site by accident in a site engine reading all about moving to another land and I am so glad that I found you's so many answer to so many questions happy surfing.
Modgirl.


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Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:44 pm
Author: Jamie

Welcome aboard, Linda, nice to see you here!

Jamie


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Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:02 pm
Author: gentarik Location: Angola

Hi there, I am Gentarik,

I was born in Brazil and my profession brought me to Angola. I believe I must spend two years more here, and after that I would like to live in my particular paradise.

That's why I've joined this community. To look for good advice before choose where I want to settle down, and have a nice life with my family. Nothing more than most of you want, I think. A place nearby the sea, where I can feel we are welcome.

If somebody has a good tip, pls feel free to give me!

Good to be here,

Kind Regards to all,

Gentarik


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Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:37 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Gentarick and a big welcome from sunny Portugal. Cool

We moved here 4 years ago and love it...you mention your family. Do you have children? What type of work would you be looking for?

All the best
Piglet


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Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:13 am
Author: g0lden0rb Location: USA

Hi All,

I've been checking out the site on and off for a few years. Life of course gets in the way and honestly I think I've given up my dream of living abroad. As much as I would like to see the rest of the world it feels like a daunting pretty much impossible task for an American unless married to a citizen of the country or a company sends you for work. The current state of the economy here in the States is dismal and how far would an American with a limited income be able to stretch their dollar elsewhere. It's nice to see others realizing their dreams though!!!
Laughing


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Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:25 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello g0lden0rb,
Nice of you to get involvrd in Expat Focus, I am sure that in a year or two your dream of living abroad might come true. I really hope it does.

Good Luck.

David SR.


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Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:01 pm
Author: SpanishNick Location: Andalucia

My name si Nick and I came here to Andalucia in 2002 and I love the place and the people so much so that you would have to drag me kickking and screaaming from this place.

Andalucian people are the most wondeful people in the world, you notice how friendly they are when you visit other places of Spain like Valencia, Murcia and the truly stuck up Mallorcans. Obviously that is my personal experience.

I founded our business in 2007 and have recently achieved our goal of getting our webiste into the top 10 for Spanish property in Google. If I wasnt doiing what I do now Id happily work for the Andalucian tourist board.

Best wishes to everyone,


Nick


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Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:51 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello SpanishNick,
Welcome to the forums, Take a look around our Spain forum, I am sure that there is something of intrest there for you.

David SR.


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Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:39 pm
Author: Sirra Location: Varna

Hi all,

I've just registered to this site and I am happy to find all these interesting topics here! It's very useful actually!

I'm Silvia and I would be very happy to hear from anyone living in Varna, Bulgaria.

Regards,
Silvia


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Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:13 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Silvia and welcome Very Happy

Yes there are lots of different topics and countries! Feel free to ask questions or post information that may be of interest

HAve you checked out the Country guide for Bugaria?
www.expatfocus.com/exp...e-bulgaria

All the best
Piglet


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Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:46 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Silvia,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, and no doubt you will gleen a lot of information and friends in the Bulgaria forums.

David SR.


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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:03 pm
Author: cypriotsid Location: Uk

My real name is frank but all my friends call me cypriotsid.Own a place in cyprus for last 7 years and still reside UK.Looking at moving to cy in next 4-5 years.Great looking site.


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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:20 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Frank

Welcome to the forum....as you can see we cover lots of different countries and topics....
Hope to see an entry from you in the photo competition of a "sunse" perhaps from cyprus or UK ??

www.expatfocus.com/ind...orum&f=171

all the best
Piglet
PS any questions please dont hesitate to ask



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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:58 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Frank,
Welcome to the forums, I kow that you will enjoy your time with us and am sure that you will make a lot of friends in our Cyprus forum. Good Luck with the move.

David SR.


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Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:48 am
Author: MonkeyM Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Hi....new to the forum.

My name is MonkeyM currently living in North Yorkshire, England....we spent 5 months last year in Central Portugal and really loved the area. We would love to split our time between England and Portugal when our children are older.

Having a keen interest in travel myself and my hubby run a holiday lettings website so get the chance to travel quite abit.

Looking forward to reading other peoples experiences of moving abroad and those that simply holiday there!


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Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:25 am
Author: Carole

Hi MonkeyM

...and welcome to Expat Focus. I think you have already spotted the Portugal forum which as you can see is very active. Please feel free to ask questions, take part in our recipe exchange, post topics for debate etc etc etc

Look forward to seeing more of you on the forum...
Kind regards
Piglet


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Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:29 am
Author: gringoloid

Hi, I'm an expat American living in Medellin, Colombia. (looks like there is no Colombia guide, how come?)


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Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:42 am
Author: Jamie

- gringoloid

looks like there is no Colombia guide



Simply a question of prioritization based on expat numbers. Are there many expats in Colombia? If so I'll be happy to add it to our guide development list.

Jamie


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Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:14 am
Author: RayDavao Location: Davao City Philippines

Hi Everyone,
I am Ray Phillimore, ex RN, ex HK and now living in Davao southern Philippines where I have been for the past 16 years. I am the owner and manager of Red Knight Gardens which is a Suite complex of bar/restaurant pool and 23 Suites. Business is good, but looking for an easier life now as retirement is fast coming up. I play a lot of golf, or I should say I try to play golf. Drink a few beers and generaly have a good time. Davao is a great place, very low cost of living, everyone speaks English and just about everything is available. If anyone wants any information on the Philippines or on Davao in particular please drop me an email. Immigration rules here make it easy on expats, a tourist visa allows you to stay for a year, and the retirement visa is yours for just a $10,000 investment in the bank (returnable) which gives an indefinite stay. We are outside of the typhoon belt and enjoy year round good weather with no wet season. The city is clean and safe with near by beaches, 3 golf courses, 6 malls etc etc.


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Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:31 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Ray,
Welcome to Expat Focus, I am sure that you will be in demand from some of our members by the discription you give of your area of the Philippines, I wish you good luck as well as the welcome.

David.


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Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:40 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Ray....and welcome.

Have you had a look at the Expatfocus forum for the Phillipines?

Phillipines Forum

Kind Regards
Piglet


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Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:42 am
Author: steveh

Hi, I am Steve and I live in southern Spain in a small mountain village near Malaga with my wife, Mags.
Mags has lived here for 4.5 years and I moved out here from the UK once I had found a job.
The sun shines most of the time and we love it here. The people are SOOO freindly and have welcomed us into the community with open arms.
We have a small piece of land and have a horse, 4 chickens, a dog and a cat.
Laughing Laughing
Regards
Steve


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Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:48 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Steve,
Welcome to the Expat Forums, Please take time out to visit our Spanish forum. I have lived in Spain now for seven years, and still find it interesting to be a part of the Spanish life. Caht to you soon.

David SR.


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Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:10 am
Author: RestlessinNewYork

Hi!
I am a 45 year old psychotherapist in New York City. I hate the US government, our food, our clothes, and the popular culture other than movies (still love American movies). I'm not sure I'm ready to move abroad but have pondered it. The issues are work and total relocation...it would be easier if I were married I think...


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Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:29 am
Author: Twofilas Location: Bahia, Brazil

Hi there,
Well at least you have opted for an appropriate name. Okay, let's take a look at this; You don't like the government. I think that this may ring true for 50% of the global population regardless of the country in which they live.

You don't like the food. A New Yorker saying this is a shock. The Big Apple [no pun intended] must be one of best places to enjoy international cuisine.

You don't like the clothes. Here I'm stumped. We either have a budding nudist, an admirer of the Tonga island grass skirt or a desire to wear the flowing garb of an Arab - somewhat like O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia [a British movie].

You don't like the popular culture. What a pity that you don't like your government, otherwise you could move from New York and join Sarah up there in Alaska - you betcha!

You think that life would be easier if married. Dear friend, I can hear the howls of laughter from all honest men. Marriage makes life easier? Marriage certainly make life different and much, much better in certain ways, but easier - gimme a break!

You're the psychotherapist and so I resist the temptation to say, physician heal thyself [gosh, I just did, didn't I] profound apologies. Incidentally, do you think that the long months of the Obama election campaign has had a subliminal effect on you? The message, Hope & Change, yes we can has penetrated the subconscious and has unsettled you? "Must change, yes I can." Perhaps not. No, I feel you need a break. Get out of the city and perhaps ride a horse in Montana by way of contrast. Life will 'happen' to you once you make a break.

Upping sticks and moving to a new country is a serious decision and, once embarked upon, the issues of government, food and clothing and popular culture become secondary to the exciting traumas that are likely to distract you for years to come; visas, housing, work permits, language, making a living. Take that break and then decide.


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Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:06 am
Author: Carole

- Twofilas


Upping sticks and moving to a new country is a serious decision and, once embarked upon, the issues of government, food and clothing and popular culture become secondary to the exciting traumas that are likely to distract you for years to come; visas, housing, work permits, language, making a living. Take that break and then decide.



Hi there restlessinnewyork....welcome!

Twofilas has it pretty much summed up (Except the bit about a wife). Our soul purpose in life is to keep men busy with DIY. Laughing Laughing so think carefully on that one....the job list is endless Laughing Laughing

Anyway, perhaps its not so much about moving country but simply changing your job...it must be so depressing. Shocked

Take a year out, travel the world live your life...
there you go and Twofilhas and I given you some free therapy...our bill is in the post! Laughing Laughing

Cheers
Piglet


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Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:15 am
Author: alimx0d

Hello everybody
I am alimx0d, it is really wonderful place to get introduced with everybody on this site, i am professional advisor, presently working at saudi aramco, but ready to take new and challenging managerial taks if any or any where there is no restriction, but i can be helpful.


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Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:37 am
Author: Carole

Hi alimx0d...


Welcome to the forum and hope you will become an active member Very Happy

Please take a look at the Saudi Forum
Do you have any information you can share or perhaps any questions ? The more the merrier Very Happy

We also have a Monthly Photo competition with entries from all over the world....plus we have just started our Expat Book Club

All the best
Piglet


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Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:05 am
Author: getitdone1 Location: Alexandria, Egypt

Hello,
I am Jill living in Alexandria, Egypt with my Egyptian husband and I have 2 children. I am here since July, 09.
My husband homeplace is here we are here to be near his family.
I am trying to keep open, positive mind! I want to meet some ladies in Alex. for get together's or book swap, cooking local foods class, ?? open for many ideas.


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Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:18 am
Author: Dreadnought Location: Swindon/Poland soon

Hi All

My name is Dorota and Stephen Cooper. I am Polish/British (I live in UK for 29 years) and my husband is British. We would like to move very soon to Poland to live.

We have just started to buy nice house and some land in Poland. I belive we have lots to do before we move and propably we will need lots of help and advise. We have found this site very useful.


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Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:04 am
Author: Carole

Hello Jill,

Welcome to Expat Focus. You must feel both excited and apprehensive.
I hope you settle in quickly and adapt to your your new life.

You mention an interest in books. We have just started a book club on expat focus if you have details of any books you would like to share with us or discuss any of the books already listed.
Please see link below.

www.expatfocus.com/ind...orum&f=172

Please keep in touch with us, and let us know how you settle in.

Kind Regards
Piglet


HI .....

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:14 am
Author: JEUEL Location: MUMBAI INDIA

Hi,

My name is Jeuel Traynor from Mumbai India. I am no expat, but joined this forum to read and understand what expats go thru when they relocate for various reasons. As I work for a relocation company in India, I felt this forum would give me exposure to various hardships expats face, and in turn would help me fine tune our services to expat needs.

Cheers
Jeuel


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Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:21 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Jeuel,
Nice to see that you take an interest in our expat community, I do hope it helps your company to find out what expats feel about moving into new countries.

David.


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Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:53 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Dorota and Stephen

Welcome to Expat Focus. Certainly an exciting time with lots to do...which part of Poland are you moving to?

Kind Regards
Piglet


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Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:34 pm
Author: danprescher Location: Ecuador, Mexico

Howdy all. I'm Dan, and my wife, Suzan, and I have lived throughout Latin America for the past nine years, currently splitting our time between Merida, Mexico and Cotacachi, Ecuador. We both write for a magazine called International Living and are constantly trying to keep up on how expats are handling health care, cost of living, and cultural issues in their chosen countries. Love Expat Focus so far and looking forward to helping and being helped.


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Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:54 am
Author: fantastic1 Location: Thailand

Hi Everyone

We are fantastic 1. Brits living in Thailand but considering moving to Bulgaria.
Will need so much information as we will be taking our dogs with us. They have already travelled to other countries with us and have their European passports.
Having never been to Bulgaria although travelled the world and lived in three different countries its going to be a challenge moving from SE Asia.


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Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:48 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome danprescher & fantastic1, I am sure that you will get all the help you need, here in the forums. Good Luck with your move fantastic1 and I hope the dog's travel well.

David.


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Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:12 pm
Author: Marginal39

Hello everyone.
My nickname is Marginal39 (Vladimir is my real name), we (me and my wife Alina) are living presently in L'Ile Perrot (very close to Montreal, Quebec, Canada), but we are planning to move somewhere away from here (most probably Asia, let's say Vietnam).
We have a very beautiful, renovated and quiet house. The lower floor is for rent, but we might think of selling it too.
Thanks a lot to the moderators, administrator and owners of this forum.
I am ready to exchange opinions and experience of living in Canada versus other places (like Vietnam, Thailand and the like).
Hope to hear from you and thanks again :-).


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Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:45 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome Vladimir I hope you enjoy your time with us, I am sure that a lot of members would be interested in hearing more from you and your life in Canada.

Good Luck with your move to Vietnam.

David SR.


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Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:34 pm
Author: dnawasari

Hello hellouwwww,

My name is Dee and I am Indonesian, currently living in London since July, was living in Brighton the previous 2 years.
I was living in US before. Went to uni there, got a job straight after, sponsored for visa, and got denied. The company I worked for just acquired a new company in the UK, so I saw the opportunity and asked my manager if by any chance, I could be transferred to UK instead.
Fortunately, I could! And now I am happily living in London, but am still in search of hangout buddies and places to visit. I came accross this website when I was looking for information and thought that this website would be perfect for asking different sort of information I need and everyone seem to be quite helpful and cheerful!

I am looking forward to making new friends and getting more knowledge out of everyone here!

Kind Regards,


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Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:00 am
Author: RestlessinNewYork

- Twofilas


You don't like the food. A New Yorker saying this is a shock. The Big Apple [no pun intended] must be one of best places to enjoy international cuisine. The expensive restaurants are ok if you can afford them...the groceries are another story...but maybe that will change with the Slow Food movement..

You don't like the clothes. Here I'm stumped. We either have a budding nudist, an admirer of the Tonga island grass skirt or a desire to wear the flowing garb of an Arab - somewhat like O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia [a British movie]. Have you ever shopped for women's clothes? Or is it that you think I'm a man? Women's clothing in the US is degrading garbage for the most part...that's why "vintage" has become so popular...
You don't like the popular culture. What a pity that you don't like your government, otherwise you could move from New York and join Sarah up there in Alaska - you betcha! Sadly the government doesn't change when the president does...it's the same corporatocracy...

You think that life would be easier if married. Dear friend, I can hear the howls of laughter from all honest men. Marriage makes life easier? Marriage certainly make life different and much, much better in certain ways, but easier - gimme a break!


[/i]Have you been a single woman in her 40s? [i]

You're the psychotherapist and so I resist the temptation to say, physician heal thyself [gosh, I just did, didn't I] profound apologies. Incidentally, do you think that the long months of the Obama election campaign has had a subliminal effect on you? The message, Hope & Change, yes we can has penetrated the subconscious and has unsettled you? "Must change, yes I can." Perhaps not. No, I feel you need a break. Get out of the city and perhaps ride a horse in Montana by way of contrast. Life will 'happen' to you once you make a break.

Upping sticks and moving to a new country is a serious decision and, once embarked upon, the issues of government, food and clothing and popular culture become secondary to the exciting traumas that are likely to distract you for years to come; visas, housing, work permits, language, making a living. Take that break and then decide.


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Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:24 am
Author: Twofilas Location: Bahia, Brazil

- RestlessinNewYork

- Twofilas


You don't like the food. A New Yorker saying this is a shock. The Big Apple [no pun intended] must be one of best places to enjoy international cuisine. The expensive restaurants are ok if you can afford them...the groceries are another story...but maybe that will change with the Slow Food movement.. Then again one has to consider what passes for food in other parts of the world.

You don't like the clothes. Here I'm stumped. We either have a budding nudist, an admirer of the Tonga island grass skirt or a desire to wear the flowing garb of an Arab - somewhat like O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia [a British movie]. Have you ever shopped for women's clothes? Or is it that you think I'm a man? Yep – assumption is the mother of all Faux Pas. Women's clothing in the US is degrading garbage for the most part...that's why "vintage" has become so popular... Vintage? Would that include anything pre late fifties
You don't like the popular culture. What a pity that you don't like your government, otherwise you could move from New York and join Sarah up there in Alaska - you betcha! Sadly the government doesn't change when the president does...it's the same corporatocracy... Pick any country where you don’t understand the language so you can’t understand the news or listen to political debate - problem solved! Politics suck – everywhere.

You think that life would be easier if married. Dear friend, I can hear the howls of laughter from all honest men. Marriage makes life easier? Marriage certainly make life different and much, much better in certain ways, but easier - gimme a break!


[/i]Have you been a single woman in her 40s? [i] Twice married and in between also experienced women of that age. Remember, fifty is the new forty – so life at forty still allows for lots of fun time – trust me [why the hell should you do that!] My advice, for what it’s worth, still stands. Break out of that mould, however painful and I guarantee that life will change – let’s hope it’ll be for the better, but whatever it’ll be it will be different. The clock’s a tickin’ Wink

You're the psychotherapist and so I resist the temptation to say, physician heal thyself [gosh, I just did, didn't I] profound apologies. Incidentally, do you think that the long months of the Obama election campaign has had a subliminal effect on you? The message, Hope & Change, yes we can has penetrated the subconscious and has unsettled you? "Must change, yes I can." Perhaps not. No, I feel you need a break. Get out of the city and perhaps ride a horse in Montana by way of contrast. Life will 'happen' to you once you make a break.

Upping sticks and moving to a new country is a serious decision and, once embarked upon, the issues of government, food and clothing and popular culture become secondary to the exciting traumas that are likely to distract you for years to come; visas, housing, work permits, language, making a living. Take that break and then decide.


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Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:27 pm
Author: jeanco

Hi everyone my name is jean ,
myself and my family are moving in three weeks to Cairo to live for a year or two. I have two children aged 12 and six. We are currently living in ireland and to say that this will be a change is an understatement! but we are looking forward to it. Looking to talking to you!
jean


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Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:34 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Jean,
Welcome to the forums I am sure that you will have a lot of questions when you get to Cairo, as its a totally different place than Ireland. Good Luck on your move.


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Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:17 pm
Author: Twofilas Location: Bahia, Brazil

Hi Jean,
Coming from Ireland you’ll be familiar with black pudding – delicious! This put me in mind of my time in Cairo some years back. Walking the streets in idle curiosity I happened upon a butcher’s shop and was amazed to see black meat hanging outside the premises. On closer inspection I inadvertently disturbed the swarm of hundreds of thousands black flies that were feasting on what instantly became red meat. Within seconds the meat turned black again. My pace quickened as did my change of diet.


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Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:03 pm
Author: katieemma

Hi i am new hear i live in England my name is Emma i am 25years old.
my dad lived in Holland for 12years but sadly he died on the 1 September 09.
Does anyone know the dutch law because his wife is after my birth certificate (she is my stepmother) i don't think my dad left a will.
Hope someone out there can help.


I look forward to hearing from you...


Regards,

katieemma.xx


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Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:17 pm
Author: allyglenn

Hello everybody,
Just introdusing myself.I live with my partner in North Yorkshire UK.We are looking to emigrate to the USA.Ihave a son still at home who is 22 and a daughter who lives with her partner and son.Having a few problems with finding out about visas.Looking forward to chatting to you all.
Aly Very Happy


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Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:38 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello katieemma,
I am sorry that you lost your father just a short while ago, If you want to contact Jamie, he lives in Holland he might be able to help you with your question. Welcome on board.

David.


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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:48 pm
Author: carpenter

hr]

Please use this Topic to introduce yourself to the rest of the group.


Format Example:

- Nickname or Name
- Country of Origin/Destination
- Description of your Circumstances (what brought you here)


We are a friendly and supportive member group, and enjoy providing a valuable experience while we participate in this online Expat community.

Introductions also give the Staff and Moderators a chance to know a bit about what has brought you here, and therefore how we may be of the most assistance possible.

My Introduction to Start Things Off...

Hello, my name is Paul-F.

I live in Toronto, Canada and I am actually not an Expat - so there is no destination country to speak of! However, my profession has me assisting hundreds of expatriates with settling in Canada every year.

I am also a Forum Moderator here at ExpatFocus.com, which entails monitoring specific Forum Topics and assisting Members/Visitors from around the Globe with advice, experience and support.

What brought me to ExpatFocus.com is, the opportunity to interact with people from all over the World and to assist with relocation to Canada.

What kept me here was discovering the overwhelming quality of people (starting at the top with Rod and Jo), who end up populating this site.


Please Reply to Add Your Introduction.


We look forward to hearing from you...


Regards,

Paul-F[/quote] hi everybody my names dave im new to the forum ,myself and my wife jane and our two children are hoping to move to France the Dordogne area soon .
I stumbled upon this forum had a read of it and it looked helpful so i joined .
At present we live in the Yorkshire area .Im a carpenter and will be looking for work in the Dordogne when we eventually get there .
Will post a message soon .


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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:18 pm
Author: TheGrocer Location: Messinias, Greece

Hi there,

I'm The Grocer (bet you guess that's what my job was!). Retired from work and now living in Greece (used to live in Wales UK). Anyone thinking of moving to Greece are welcome to contact me for any info I can help with


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Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:54 am
Author: Mallen

Hi All, my name is Mark I am from the UK and am currently living and working in KSA.
I was asked to come out to Riyadh last year to take up a position in IT for a leading Retail Company. I have travelled and seen quite a bit of the world but this is the first time I have taken a position and worked abroad. My wife Coralie is also here and working. We were lucky to have good support when we moved here and have made some good friends from all parts of the community and world.
Originally we came here for one year but now plan to stay for a few years longer, employment and health permitting.

Regards
Mark


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Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:24 am
Author: gw4khq Location: District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hi All,
I'm originally from Wales, UK, retired from work and will be living in Dreamland, Cairo, Egypt from early October 2009.
I've just spent 3 years living in Shanghai, China and will be joining my wife, who has already started her new job, in Egypt.
Another language to learn now. Maybe Arabic is easier than Mandarin.


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Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:40 am
Author: Carole

Hi GW4Khq....welcome to Expat Focus...

Have you looked at the forum for Egypt...? it may also be worth you introducing yourself there as well.

www.expatfocus.com/ind...forum&f=39

Kind regards
Piglet


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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:52 am
Author: ht6string

Howdy all!
My name is Howell. I'm from the US and currently living in Jinan, PRC teaching English to college students. Is there anyone else on this board in Jinan?
Best to all,
Howell Cool


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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:23 am
Author: Carole

Hi HT6String...welcome to Expat Focus

We also have a forum for China
www.expatfocus.com/ind...forum&f=44

It may also be worth making a post to introduce yourself there as well.

Piglet Cool


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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:08 pm
Author: ht6string

Thanks! I tried to get there but there's some technical problems....

How's everyone here? What are some of your solutions for adapting to new environs?

Best,
HT


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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:30 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Howell, glad to see you in the forums and looking forward to reading some comments in the China forum, good luck with all that you do.

David.


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Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:00 pm
Author: krupa.master

Hello All,

I am Krupa, from Switzerland, not an expat myself but manage expatriates as a part of my job role.

My objective of being a part of this forum is to share knowledge, from those who can share first-hand experiences (expats), experts and others who would be able to share their valuable thoughts and experiences.

Look forward to reading interesting articles and share inputs in the near future.

Many thanks,


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Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:56 am
Author: nashgs

Hi There
As a new member not sure what to say/ do.
But in brief..we bought a place on the Sth Costa Blanca May 2008 and as we have now both retired are gardually spending more time there...we try to go for a couple of months at a time.
We usually drive down with our dog Scooby, who loves the sea and the sand
We have still alot to learn and hope to something to give back
Geraldine


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Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:09 pm
Author: Jamie

A warm welcome to you, Geraldine! Perhaps you'd like to head over to the Spain forum and introduce yourself there as well - they're a very friendly bunch and I'm sure they'd like to meet you.

Welcome once again to Expat Focus!

Jamie


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Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:39 pm
Author: Carole

Hi krupa.master and welcome to the Expat Focus forum.

I notice you have made a couple of posts in the Forum for China, is theis your main country of interest?

Kind REgards
Piglet


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Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:45 pm
Author: Carole

- nashgs

Hi There
We have still alot to learn and hope to something to give back
Geraldine



Hi Geraldine and welcome to Expats Focus Very Happy I love your comment above it is so nice when people want to share the knowledge and experiences they have gained on the journey to their new life abroad. Cool

Look forward to seeing you in the Spain forum

Kind regards
Piglet


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Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:13 pm
Author: RoKtf

Hi All

Romana is writing from Barcelona, Spain. I am Italian and moved to Barcelona 4 years ago, bored of grey and stressed life in Milan.
So here I am.
I started work inmediately when I arrived here but now I am looking for a new opportunity ... actually workless Rolling Eyes .
Hope also this forum may help me in get in contact with some company looking for a buyer, purchaser with a quite good English level. I also need to practice as, despite they ask you fluent English, you really don't need/use it ...so I am loosing it !
thanks a lot and have a nice day !
Ro


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Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:14 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello & Welcome Ro, I am sure that you will enjoy your time here in Expat Focus, and that you can give very good advice about Milan and Barcelona. So take your time and have a look around, there is bound to be siomething of interest for you here.

Good Luck.

David.


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Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:31 pm
Author: Kaz58

Moving out with hubby for 3 months, Malaga area try before we buy sort of thing. Just like to say the info I have read on this forum has been fantastic & I am sure I will be using it a lot in the next few months. Karen


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Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:09 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Karen, to EF I do hope that you have a lot of questions about Spain, as I have seen that you have posted there. Looking forward to assisting you with the move over to Spain.

David.


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Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:35 am
Author: UNDL Location: Jakarta

Hi David,
Hi Everyone,

Guess it's time for me to introduce myself to this general forum, officially.
Friends call me Darwan, but for those who serve UN-DPKO, I've known as Loei [ sounds like Louis but without pronouncing the "s" letter]. I am a Civil/Construction Engineer.

My contract will be expired tomorrow, though being offered for another 6 months extension, but I guess it's time for me to stay home for a while with my family in Jakarta.

The other purpose of writing this letter is, to offer my assistances to any New Arrivals who's been assigned or just want to know Indonesia especially Jakarta better. I would be more than happy to accompany you for city sight-seeing or learning bahasa. Free of charge.
Cause I believe, in days to come, when I am a foreigner in a strange land, somebody like me will also sincerely assist me there. " You'll reap what you sow", that's what I believe, what's my Master say.

Do not hesitate, please feel free to call me at +62 856 8857516.

Sincerely Yours,
Darwan


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Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:40 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Darwan, thank you for introducing yourself to us, I am sure that you will be an asset to the Indonesia forums. Make yourself at home here and dont forget to keep visiting the forums just to see what is going on.

David.


hi we are new to the forum just moved to gozo

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:40 pm
Author: neilandkim

- Paul-F

** A Warm Welcome to All New Members of ExpatFocus.com **




Please use this Topic to introduce yourself to the rest of the group.


Format Example:

- Nickname or Name
- Country of Origin/Destination
- Description of your Circumstances (what brought you here)


We are a friendly and supportive member group, and enjoy providing a valuable experience while we participate in this online Expat community.

Introductions also give the Staff and Moderators a chance to know a bit about what has brought you here, and therefore how we may be of the most assistance possible.

My Introduction to Start Things Off...

Hello, my name is Paul-F.

I live in Toronto, Canada and I am actually not an Expat - so there is no destination country to speak of! However, my profession has me assisting hundreds of expatriates with settling in Canada every year.

I am also a Forum Moderator here at ExpatFocus.com, which entails monitoring specific Forum Topics and assisting Members/Visitors from around the Globe with advice, experience and support.

What brought me to ExpatFocus.com is, the opportunity to interact with people from all over the World and to assist with relocation to Canada.

What kept me here was discovering the overwhelming quality of people (starting at the top with Rod and Jo), who end up populating this site.


Please Reply to Add Your Introduction.


We look forward to hearing from you...


Regards,

Paul-F


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Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:42 pm
Author: neilandkim

hi my name is kim and i have just moved to gozo malta with my partner neil and three children. likeing it although have come up agaisnt a few problems which we expected.


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Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:48 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome neilandkim, to the forums, I do hope that you enjoy your time with us. Looking forward to your postings.

David.


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Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:07 pm
Author: swiff

Hi My Name is Swiff
Currently live in the Canaries (Tenerife) but will be moving to mainland Spain in the new year all going well.


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Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:46 pm
Author: sumana

Hi everyone,

I'm sumana siri, and I live in malaysia.

I was an expat based in Mumbai, India and due some domestic concerns had to return home.

This site was introduced by a friend of mine based in Hong Kong. I'm just glad to get acquainted with the site.

I currently am on the lookout for senior regional HR roles in Asia. Anyone who knows of any such roles ,I would like to hear from them.

Speak to you soon,

sumana siri Very Happy


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Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:18 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Swiff,

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool Sounds like you have a busy time coming up , which area of Spain are you moving to?

Have you visited the Spanish forum?

www.expatfocus.com/ind...forum&f=54

All the best
Piglet


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Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:15 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

- sumana

Hi everyone,

I'm sumana siri, and I live in malaysia.

I was an expat based in Mumbai, India and due some domestic concerns had to return home.

This site was introduced by a friend of mine based in Hong Kong. I'm just glad to get acquainted with the site.

I currently am on the lookout for senior regional HR roles in Asia. Anyone who knows of any such roles ,I would like to hear from them.

Speak to you soon,

sumana siri Very Happy



A warm Hello Sumana, I am glad that you found us, I am sure that you will become a welcome friend in the Expat community. Meanwhile take a look round the forums and when you know your way around join in the fun.

David.


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Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:14 am
Author: Dr.Chris

Hi everyone.

I am Chris and I originally am from the Philippines. I am a medical doctor working for Uncle Sam and is stationed now in Florida.

I have several businesses that require me to interact with several nationalities and since I have foreigner-relation skills, I want to extend what I know here at expatfocus.com. I want to help out those who want help most.

Thanks and God bless you all.


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Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:33 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Dr.Chris I am sure that you willl be an asset for the forums, good luck.

David.


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Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:17 pm
Author: Dr.Chris

- Countryboy

Welcome Dr.Chris I am sure that you willl be an asset for the forums, good luck.

David.



Thanks so muh David! Much appreciated. Are you based in Spain. I would love to go there for a vacation with my wife. What places would you recommend that I go to and visit? How much is a room in a 5-star hotel there and what hotel would you recommend?

Thanks!


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Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:34 am
Author: Livedmanyplaces Location: Delhi,India

Hi, my name is Reena. I live in Delhi and am Indian. I have lived in several countries earlier, and I now work with ex-pats. I found this forum while looking up another forum and it looked interesting. I like to share views and information. Smile


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Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:55 am
Author: Carole

Hi Reena

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool

I think it would be a good idea if you could please also introduce yourself in the India Forum

Forum for India...please click here

We would certainly welcome your contribution to the forum , especially any information you feel may be of interest to Expats looking to move to India.

We look forward to reading your posts.

Kind regards
Carole



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Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:11 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Reena,
Welcome to EF I am sure that you will become an asset to the India forum, and the members would welcome your input and thoughts of the country.

David.


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Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:42 pm
Author: Medina11 Location: Dubai

Hi everyone,
My name is Beth, am British, home is New Zealand, been around the Gulf area for 20+years, in Dubai past 6 years and moving on to Riyadh in the New Year. Like a lot of you, I'm an industrial gypsy!
I have lots of questions about how KSA has changed since the last time I lived there, so will be popping over to the Middle East forums to ask for help.
I have been looking around at the forums and I must say that there is a wealth of knowledge between you all and from what have I seen are a very helpful bunch of expats. Congrats on the site!


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Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:31 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Medina11,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus and thankyou for the positive feedback reference the site. Very Happy
Talking about positive feedbackI love your Avatar it's really cute!

We look forward to greeting you on the Middle East forum in the future

All the best
Carole


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Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:47 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Beth, Welcome to the forums, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, and I think that you will be an asset to the Middle East forums when you get settled down in your nomadic life.

Good Luck.

David.


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Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:46 pm
Author: stevefloyd Location: England

Hi I am currently undergoing a seperation with my wife and am trying to go off to USA with my son..had enough of this country now (England) trying to get a mortgage to buy a property in Kentucky but I need to be a resident alien to get one over there and in England it has to be a hoilday home...can't win either way


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Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:41 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello stevefloyd,
Welcome to the Forums I am sorry to hear about your situation, and I wish you luck with your resettlment in the U.S.A. I have made a post in the General forum for you to take a look at.

Good Luck mate.
David.


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Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:33 pm
Author: chrisange Location: France

Hi,

I'm Christine and am planning to live permanently in France one day.

I am half way there as I have a house in the Languedoc - Roussillon area.

I live in France for a few months each year and just adore it of course. {What's not to like?}

I joined the site to collect and maybe also pass on useful information and to make new friends.

So pop in and say hello.


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Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:40 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hi Christine, welcome to the forums, I am sure that you will be an asset to the French forums and gain a lot of useful information and perhaps impart some as well.

Seasons greeting to you and your family.

David.


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Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:27 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Christine

A warm welcome to Expat Focus Cool

We look forward to greeting you on the French forum. Please click here


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Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:50 am
Author: labychka Location: seatlle, wa

Hello All,

I am Anna. I live in Seattle, considering Jeddah employment. I don't know too much about life in the KSA and will appreciate any little detail before i decide whether stay or go. I like adventures and Middle East culture always fascinates me.

Thanks


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Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:16 am
Author: Carole

Hello Anna,

Welcome to Expat Focus.

There is a topic on the Saudi Arabia forum which may be of interest

possible move to Jeddah
There are also a couple of links which you may find useful.

Please keep in touch, and if you come across any useful information please share with others on the Saudi forum. The more feedback we recieve the more we can help others like yourself.

Good luck with the move
Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:01 am
Author: rlmslo Location: Los Osos, Calif

Hello, Everyone

My name is Richard, although here I will go by rlmslo. My wife and I are not expats, just long time visitors to Europe, and we are especially fond of all things French. We go at least once a year. This year, in May, we'll be in Paris, Toulouse/Albi, and back to Paris. If you'd like to get together for a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee, please let me know.


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Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:42 pm
Author: elainenaraine Location: Arabian ranches

Hi My name is Elaine
Born in london England
Moved to Canada 29 years ago
Spent the last three years in Switzerland
Now just moved to Dubai.
I leave in Canada two sons 24 and 26 one has been unemployed for 1 year he is very talented and went to school for Graphic design so if anyone knows anyone hirng in Toronto PLEASE let me know.
I have a Daughter here in Dubai just started university last week.
And myself well i am looking to meet some people i am 48,living at Arabian ranches and would love to meet some people around my age to meet up and have a coffee with.


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Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:18 am
Author: mitu Location: Mumbai

Hi, I am Anushka. I am working in an IT company as Link Builder. I have been born and brought up Kolkata. I live at Garia with my parents. I have two elder sisters. They are married and well settled. Music, Cooking and Story books are my hobbies. I am positive minded and always believe in success.


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Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:23 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome Anushka, we are pleased that you have joined our cyber community and hope to read a lot of your posts. Enjoy your time with us.

David.


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Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:32 pm
Author: Romeo0310

Hi everyone,

I'm new here. I'm a seasoned expat who lives in the Philippines.

I run an expat blog with lessons and insights on world living, relationships and cultural understanding at expatriateobservations.blogspot.com

Thanks,
Romeo


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Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:48 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Well come Romeo0310, I am sure that you will be an asset in our Philippines Forum Why not pop along there to see what's going on.

David.


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Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:00 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Romeo...and welcome Cool I hope you will share some of your experiences in the Philippines forum Very Happy

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 1:15 pm
Author: hojex Location: lagos

i am segun ojemuyiwa. lawyer in lagos nigeria .im seriously concerned about the negative image nigerians has earned for the country and in my own little way has decided to help launder the image of the country by providing expatriates community in nigeria and those wishing to come to nigeria ,a most reliable information about nigeria and a most affordable legal representation .i could be easily reached via mobile on +234 0 8033043242.thank you


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Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:42 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome hojex, to the Expat Focus Forums, please make yourself at home.
David.


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Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 7:43 pm
Author: Sophieana Location: Spain

Hello everyone,
My name is Sophieana. I have moved from the UK to Spain. I live with my husband, 2 dogs, and a rabbit. We have lived in Spain just over 4 yrs. We absolutely love it. It was the best thing that we ever did. We love everything about Spain, the culture, the Spanish people are lovely, and of course the weather.


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Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:34 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and Welcome Sophieana, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us, I also live and work in Spain and have been here now for almost 8 years. Our children went to school here but have moved back to the UK.

Have you visited our SPANISH Forums Yet?

You will be made welcome there and you can get a lot of useful information from the members that live in Spain.

David.


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Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 3:40 pm
Author: Linzi

Hi,

My name is Lynne, I joined a couple of weeks ago I recently moved back to Luton in the UK having spent 18 months in Saudi Arabia working for a Saudi airline.

Before I moved to Riyadh expat websites such as this one were a lifeline; so having experienced how bewildering the process of moving to and living in the 'Magic Kingdom' can be, I thought I would see if I coud be of assistance to anyone going there for the first time.

I am in contact with friends who are still there and like most expat communities they are always ready with the help and advise, so if I can't answer your question I can try and find someone who can.

Lynne


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Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 6:03 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Lynne

A warm welcome to Expat Focus. Your offer to help and share your experiences of living in Saudi will be of such help to others looking to make the move.

If there is any general info you think will be of help, please feel free to add to the Saudi forum.

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 7:29 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Lynne, to expat focus, I am sure that you will be an asset to the team here, thank you for your kind offer.

David.


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Posted: Sun May 23, 2010 5:31 pm
Author: handyal Location: UK

Hi All. My name is Alan, and I reside in the UK near Manchester.

Some years ago I travelled to Nanning in China and fell in love with this beautiful 'Green City', as it is known. I later met and married a Chinese woman, Ling, who now lives by my side in the UK.

I have visited China a number of times, and have many ex pat friends, whom one day I wish to join. I belong to two other forums, which are dedicated to giving help and advice about Chinese customs, cultures, and traditions, all of which have a deep history going back centuries.

I specialise in Visa's, and marriage procedures in China, and Visa's and Immigration regulations for the UK.

I have dedicated my spare time in the last few years to help others who may walk along the same paths I have already taken. The long and winding road to China, is easy if you follow the rules, and are prepaired to respect the Chinese and their culture.

Thanks.


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Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:51 am
Author: CCinWI Location: Wisconsin

Hello, My name is CC and I currently live in the U.S. I'm planning a move to Cabo San Lucas at the end of November. I spent 4 months there in 09 and love everything about it. I'm a Realtor and with the current economy I feel semi-retired. I'd like to give real estate a try in Mexico. I would really appreciate any help or advice or info anyone could offer to get me started there. I know the economy has affected Cabo as well but I figure it's worth a try. I have nothing to lose seeing as there's not much going on here in Wisconsin. Any help? Thanks, CC


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Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:34 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello CC,
Welcome to the forums, I am sure that you can be an asset in the Mexico forum and I wish you luck in your move over there.

David.


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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:38 pm
Author: PauletteNembhard Location: South Africa

Hello Everyone,

I'm Paulette, I have been living in South Africa for the past seventeen years. I am originally form the United Kingdom, of Jamaican Heritage.

I came across this website today as I was sourcing info for my son and daughter who are currently studying in Asia - glad I found it.

I run my own Sponsorship Agency and have been a Head Hunter for over eighteen years.

I would be intererested in hearing from any expats in South Africa and anyone coming to the beautiful continent.....

Chat soon...;


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Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:12 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Paulette and a warm welcome to Expat Focus!

I love your signature! Quote: You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind....

You sound like a kindred spirit! Laughing Laughing

Look forward to reading your posts on the South Africa forum

Kind regards
Carole Cool


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Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:35 pm
Author: smschares1 Location: US

Hi Everyone,

My name is Steve-S and I currently live in the United States. I may accept a position in Saudi Arabia.

In the US, web sites commonly exist that rate companies from an employee perspective - how well employees like their jobs and how they are treated.

Does anyone know of a similar web site for Middle Eastern firms?

Thank you,

Steve


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Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:24 am
Author: Carole

Hi Steve and Welcome! Cool

We also have a forum for Saudi Arabia I think it may also be worth posting your question there.

I would also be interested in the response.

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:10 pm
Author: smschares1 Location: US

Thanks piglet! I will post on the Saudi Arabia forum and see what happens.


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Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:23 pm
Author: Jeanniemac Location: Sengabay

Hi All,

I am Jean Macleod...expat South African and the first woman in the history of Malawi to have won a bid under the privatisation drive...! I lived in a rainforest for a number of years and then sold my concession and now live in Leopard Bay which is just next to Senga Bay, a tourist hot-spot in the the Salima district.

Now at the age of 62 it is time to retire and move back to SA and leave it all to the younger generation to experience the fantastic lifestyle I have enjoyed, living safely, securely and happily in Malawi since 1999...!

I am available on facebook if anyone would like to know more about Malawi, the Lake of Stars and/or my small business centre and beach chalets up for grabs.

Keeping it Green...Jean...!


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Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:44 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Jean, what an interesting taste of life that you portray od Malawi, But welcome to the forums, you make yourself at home put your feet up and relax. Keep popping into the forums, and add your little bit here and there and we look forward to hearing more from you.

David.


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Posted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:20 am
Author: BrianL Location: London

Hi all

I am Brian, a Scot now living in London. My wife and I have recently set up a travel website based around Home Exchange for the overs 50s, the concept being swap your home with another for a great holiday.

Look forward to much fun and chat on this site.

Brian


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Posted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:31 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Brian to the forums, I also have a ahouse Swap/Exchange website So we have a little something in common. Enjoy your stay with us and hope to hear from you soon.

David.


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Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:26 am
Author: ohmissusgee Location: Pembroke, West Wales

Good morning everyone!

My name's Julia and my partner is named Gareth. We live in West Wales with our ten year old lad, and four dogs. We're both keen motorbikers and campers.

Before we met, we both lived abroad (Majorca, Holland, Madeira) and now we are planning to do so together in next few years. We would love to move to Majorca or mainland Spain, but we're keeping our options open - the world is our oyster, as they say.

Gareth is semi-retired, but I've got 20 odd years to left to work, so we're currently developing a three year plan for the move - researching into loads of stuff like - what jobs are available in Spain? what training can we do now to take best advantage of those job opportunities? What schools are available? what property is available, what are the legal considerations for moving? what should we do with our property here in Wales? and a billion and one other questions!!

Wow - what an exciting future we have in store for us!


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Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:53 am
Author: Carole

Good morning

Julia and Gareth Cool Welcome to Expat Focus.

Sounds like exciting times ahead!! We have lots of useful information in the Expat Focus Expatriate Guide for Spain plus there is also the Spain forum. We have many knowledgeable members who may be able to help with any further questions. Please pop in and say "Hi" Very Happy

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:24 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Julia and Gareth, the Expat Forums, I am sure that you will be doing a lot of research into Working and Living in Spain. Good Luck.


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Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:00 pm
Author: texasjim12

Hi yall,
I am texasjim12 and I live in the great state of Texas USA. I am very interested in this expat thing and hope to meet a lot of friends here.
I am a retired high school teacher and looking to possibly moving or at least visiting several South American countrys
I am very interested in computer security and encryption. I use Ubuntu on my laptop at the moment. Seems to be much more secure than Windows whatever!.
I have been overseas quite a bit and visit Panama in Central America quite often as my wife is originally from there and has family there. It is a very beautiful and interesting country.
I would love to here from anyone as I am trying to broaden my horizon with expat information
Cheers everyone,
Texasjim12


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Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:34 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello & Welcome Texasjim12, I am sure that you will meet pleant of expats in our South America forums Al you gotta do is pay them a visit and say hello.

Glad that your on board and feel at home.

David.


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Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:12 am
Author: BrianL Location: London

Hi Julia & Gareth

Sounds like you are looking forward to moving away from Wales!! As an ex estate agent I would always try and avoid selling the existing home if you can, especially if moving abroad. Prices will in the long term rise and you never know you may miss Wales. We went to Palma and Puerto Soller last year for the first time and loved it, so it is on our list of places to return to.

You could always try a home exchange as a holiday to get to know an area before moving there permanently.

Good luck

Brian L


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Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:19 pm
Author: mrssting Location: Maine

Hello! My name is Nancy and I live in Connecticut and Maine throughout the year. I am looking to buy and settle in Cotacachi, Ecuador. If anyone has any information and/or experiences in the area please share with me. It appears to be a little bit of heaven in Cotacachi, friendly people, healthy living and #1 on the list of places to retire. Thanks ahead of time!

Best to all!


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Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:09 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome Nancy, its nice of you to drop in and say hello, have you ventured into our Ecuador forum you can get a lot of advice in there, also you could take a look at our Ecuador Country Guide to get a little more information.

Good Luck on your move.

David


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Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:42 pm
Author: meclisi Location: San Antonio

Hello everyone,

My name is Ron, I am living in San Antonio, TX and working in home health as a physical therapist assistant. I am looking to get away for 6-12 months on or around 30 Oct 10 and to live in South America (Argentina) somewhere near the water. I don't care to be in the hustle and bustle of the big city, Id like to be close enough to the water that I could rid a bicycle should I desire.

I've travelled to other countries but never to South America so I know nothing about Argentina, except for what I'm told: it's beautiful and the cost of living is great. I'll be traveling with my lady and living on a fixed income of approximately $650 a month. I can't find up to date information on the current cost of living so I'm a bit apprehensive with that part of my plan.

My lady who will be coming from Russia tells me she is required to show proof of bank statement, travelers checks as financial proof of her ability to stay in country if greater that 90 days.

Lastly, does anyone know the likelihood of renting a place to stay in
Argentina a couple or miles from the water (without going broke) for approximately 3 months at a time? There is a good chance I'd relocate to one of the neighboring countries so a longer lease might not be ideal. Most of what I read is for lodging for a minimum of one year.

Thanks in advance.

Ron


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Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:47 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Ron, and welcome to the forums, I am sure that you have a bucket load of questions about moving to and living in Argentina. The one place to start asking those questions is in our Argentina Forum then perhaps you could take a look at our Argentina Country Guide the information is as up to date as we can possible make it.

You can always ask in the forum if you want to.

All the very best of luck on your intended move.

David.


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Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:48 pm
Author: davmo Location: belgium

onhi my name is maureen i lived in uk until april of this year when with my partner i moved to belgium.i like living here but have probs trying to find friends here because we dont speak the language.my hobbies are dancing sewiing & my children & grandchildren .my partner is interested in old classic cars & would like to find a club in the area that he could go to.if anyone has any ideas as to how we can get into the community we would appreciate your info.i am learning dutch to make things easier but for the moment we onlt really speak english ..kind regards maureen im not sure if ive put this in the wrong place.


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Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:41 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcome to Expat Focus Maureen, you are very welcome to browse our forums and hook up with our Belgium Members here you can ask as many questions as you like as we have all been in the same situation as you at some time in our lives.

Also you can take a look at our Belgium country guide here So please make yourself at home and melt into the country you have chosen to live in, Good Luck.

David.


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Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:26 am
Author: Monica41

Hi: My name is Monica and I live in America, New York. My husband and I plan on retiring to Panama within three years. I have been researching Panama for over 4 years and finally in 2009, we went to visit, and fell in love. Anyone who have relocated to Panama, I welcome information on sharing your experience with me. Cool


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Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:29 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Monica41, glad that you found us here in Cyberspace please pull up a chair sit down and enjoy the forums. We look forward to your posts in our Panama forum.

David.


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Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:37 pm
Author: boop669 Location: England

Hi Newbie here,
Mmmm what can I say, I Have a good friend in Rabat Morocco, I visit often and I am always interested in finding out new things, especially
places to stay they are expensive on net and I am constantly told "ooohhh don't pay that I know someone with an apartment" but I never seem to find these people, so if anyone knows of any apartments for rent for the month at a reasonable cost then Id be eternally grateful, so any information about the place, the people, the food, and also can I work in Morocco a British citizen or do I have to live there permanently. All information will be received with a smile thanks.


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Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:33 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello boop669, welcome to the forums glad that you found us, have you tried looking in our Morocco Forum and ask a few questions there? Or you could try looking in our Morocco Country Guide for some more information about the place that you would like to live in.

Good Luck with your search.

David.


Yeah...

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:35 pm
Author: Dewiq Location: Bali

Very Happy
Me Dewiq, from bali - indonesia, work as freelance sales for some property and terrazzo product and iam new in this web..so bit confusing...and my english so bad...that's it!
G'day and gbu...


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Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:34 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Dewiq,
It does not matter that your English is bad, so long as you enjoy your time with us, that's all that matters, so please make yourself at home here.

David.


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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:25 pm
Author: dmjdhab6 Location: Houston

Hello, my name is Dan Meché. I am from Texas. I am being considered for a position in Al-Khobar and living in the Dhahran Community. Can anyone give me some insight on the living conditions as a bachelor? I am on Facebook for info feedback. Thank you for any information giving. Smile

Dan Meché


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Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:14 pm
Author: nightingale Location: Cadiz

Hi

I have arrived in jerez de la frontera near cadiz and looking for an International ladies group to join, but so far been unsuccessful. If you live near the town and want to learn english, in return for spanish, or belong to another ladies group please let me know.

Nightingale


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Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:56 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and Welcome Nightingale, nie of you to join us here on the forums, and already being helpful with exchanging languages. Hope you find a Ladies group soon.

David.


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Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:51 pm
Author: laurag2010

Hello, My name is Laura. My husband & I are American & considering a move to the Caymans. He is a SBO - oil & gas service. Struggling to find more information on what the tax implications of a move are & what we would need to do to satisfy any requirements. Specific questions - 1) if we purchase a home, do we also need to rent office space? 2) can we collect rental income on a home purchased for residency? 3) private schooling costs in CI - we have a 5 year old & a baby 4) expat lifestyle on CI versus the tourist experience 5) if company is registered in Caymans & we live there, what are US tax liabilities? 6) how much of the year would we need to spend in CI versus US? 7) If company revenues are < $600k is a move like this financially advantageous considering upfront investment & higher cost of living?

I've also heard great things about Cyprus. Is residency far more difficult for Americans vs. EU members?

Would really appreciate any perspective on the above questions, or referrals to professional advisors.

Best! Laura


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Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:13 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello and welcomne Laura, nice to see that you have found us I am sure that you will have lots more questions, so stick around and enjoy the company.

David.


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Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:47 am
Author: carolyny476 Location: carolyny476

Hi, I am a new member of forum. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guys!!! Very Happy


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Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:28 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello carolyny476, welcome to the forums, we are pleased that you have found us and am sure that you would be made very welcome no matter which forum you decided to enter.

So please pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink and enjoy your time with us.

David.


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Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:03 pm
Author: KevBallard Location: Isle of Man

Hello everyone. My name is Kev I'm 31 and I am the latest member I suppose. I and from the Isle of Man but moved to Mexico City in 2004 to work in offshore finance for a well known financial advisor netwok. I was in Mexico for 5 years and returned to UK in 2009 to start a family.

I suppose I can offer alot of advice on Mexico and expat life but I am also here to assist anyone that needs help with their banking needs as I now work for a major Offshore bank. Dont worry I am not on here to hard sell just for advice really.

My wife is Mexican and we aim to retire back to Mexico once my son has finished school (18 years to go lol).

Hope I can prove to be useful.

Kev


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Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:38 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello Kev, so noce of you to join us here at Expat Focus, and for the offer of advice in the banking field, I am sure that some of the members would contact you as time goes on.

In the meantime, pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink and enjoy the delights of the Expat community.

David.


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Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:43 am
Author: kathleenp980 Location: kathleenp980

- June

Hi
I am June, living in England and I am shortly hoping to settle in Bavaria with my husband. We are fortunate in that we already have a lot of friends in the area where we want to live and have been visiting the area for some years now. Very Happy


Hello !
I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !


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Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:22 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

- kathleenp980


Hello !
I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !



Hello and welcome kathleenp980, of course you are welcome here on the forums, remember to select the country that you live in and to take part in the banter and I am sure that you will make friends to exchange information.

David.


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Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:49 am
Author: transontung90

hello everyone , my name is Tung , im 20
Currently im the student of RMIT . Gonna be good if hanging around the foreign forum and improve my english

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Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:55 am
Author: 01Sam Location: Ireland

Hi All,
I am Peter Woods and I have recently joined this forum. Hope you all enjoy my stay.

Thanks.


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Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:59 pm
Author: lalatine Location: united states

Hi all, my name is Jessica. I am currently living in the United States but looking to relocate with my husband and 15 year old daughter. It has always been a dream of mine and I am researching at this point to make it my reality.


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Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:58 pm
Author: Carole

- lalatine

Hi all, my name is Jessica. I am currently living in the United States but looking to relocate with my husband and 15 year old daughter. It has always been a dream of mine and I am researching at this point to make it my reality.



Hi lalatine

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool Which country are you looking to relocate to?

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:00 am
Author: ferbctg Location: hanoi

Hi All,

I am new here and it is really great to be a part of this community, as i found this forum very much informative & innovative, my name is Ferb and i am keen interested in Internet Surfing & Traveling.
As well i thought forum posting is one of the best way to enhance knowledge and grab new things, that is the reason me joined this forum, hope to learn a lot from here.

Thanks & Any reply would be greatly appreciated!


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Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:30 am
Author: anoushka Location: bulgaria

Hi my name is anoushka and i am from uk but also reside in bulgaria new to forum like to say hello to all thanks


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Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:53 am
Author: Carole

- anoushka

Hi my name is anoushka and i am from uk but also reside in bulgaria new to forum like to say hello to all thanks



Hi anoushka

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool We also have a forum for Bulgaria which can be found at www.expatfocus.com/exp...s-bulgaria

It's a great way to exchange information with those looking to move to or already living in Bulgaria full or part time like yourself... Very Happy

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:06 pm
Author: BobfromtheUS Location: Batu Caves

Hello-
I'm Bob from the United States and have been living in Malaysia for almost 2 years. I am currently unemployed and am having a heck of a time finding work. I wonder if anyone knows of anything or could possibly point me in the right direction, anything would be a great help at this point.

Thanks everyone
Bob Shanklin
shnklrp @ aol.com


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Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:23 pm
Author: hendrika Location: Spain from 8/11/10

- piglet

- lalatine

Hi all, my name is Jessica. I am currently living in the United States but looking to relocate with my husband and 15 year old daughter. It has always been a dream of mine and I am researching at this point to make it my reality.



Hi lalatine

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool Which country are you looking to relocate to?

Kind regards
Carole



Hi I am Hendrika.I come from holland but am living in goa/India till next weekend.
We are moving to spain then, due to visa problems in India.


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Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:12 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

- ferbctg

Hi All,

I am new here and it is really great to be a part of this community, as i found this forum very much informative & innovative, my name is Ferb and i am keen interested in Internet Surfing & Traveling.
As well i thought forum posting is one of the best way to enhance knowledge and grab new things, that is the reason me joined this forum, hope to learn a lot from here.

Thanks & Any reply would be greatly appreciated!



Welcome ferbctg, I am sure that you will enjoy your time with us on the forums, take a long look around then settle into a forum and aask all the questions that you want. Most of all have fun.

David.


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Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:19 pm
Author: lifeisgoodpanama Location: Panama

Hola from Panama
My husband and I are expats living in Panama. I came to the site for the investment advice and also to market our property either for sale of investment. I am a semi retired real estate agent from Florida and we moved to Panama for good in Jan of 2008. We are actively working on our project in Rambala, Bocas Del Toro Panama and live part time (for internet and contacts) in Boquete in the Chiriqui Highlands. Both places are wonderful and completely different. I love helping people find their dream property and learn their way around this beautiful country. In a foreign country your contacts are golden. I cannot even imagine how we would have survived without the help of others who had come before us. Can't figure out how to post a photo instead of an avatar. ?#


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Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:38 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello & Welcome to Expat Focus lifeisgoodpanama, I am sure that you will settle in to the foums with no bother, good luck.

David.


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Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:07 am
Author: kez28 Location: e

Good evening all, i'm kez28 and am currently living in England, saving money to move to Gibraltar in the Spring!!

I can't wait to get back to Gib as i lived there as a kid but could really use some friendly advice regarding jobs etc.

Look forward to hearing from some of you.

xx


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Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:15 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Kez28, so glad that you found us, I am sure that you will enjoy your time here with us. I once lived in Gibraltar for two years, and the boarder was closed at the time, so it gives you an idea of how long ago that was.

Please make yourself at home and visit our Spanish Forum where you will be welcomed there.

David.


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Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:37 am
Author: lualpa Location: Buenos Aires

Hello, everyone

I am Lualpa.

I am from Argentina with dual (Italian) citizenship.

I may shortly become an expat in Oslo, Norway since I am considering a position at a local software-related company.

The number of questions boiling these little gray cells is mounting but after reading what I am sure I will find in these threads I will feel better. Just by reading as little as I have I feel there is lots of ggod will and desire to help.

Thank you in advance
Lp


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Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:37 am
Author: Carole

Hi Lualpa,

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool

Norway seems to be a popular destination for working Expats! We have an Expatriate guide and forum for Norway which can be found here

Good luck with the move and please let us know how it goes!

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:18 pm
Author: lualpa Location: Buenos Aires

Thank you Carole. i certainly will.
Just to let you know that the Oslo city guide hyperlink is not working www.expatfocus.com/exp...orway-oslo


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Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:59 am
Author: kez28 Location: e

David, i also lived there as a kid when the border was closed, mid 1980's! We may have even crossed paths!


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Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:33 am
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

- kez28

David, i also lived there as a kid when the border was closed, mid 1980's! We may have even crossed paths!



I was in the Army R.M.P. stationed at lathbury Bks on the tip near the Med side of the rock. Went to see the sights The tunnels, St Michaels Cave, The airstrip, then on to North Africa and Southern Spain Malaga etc.

Did not like the rock too much as I was stuck on there until my leave came about then toured North Africa and southern Spain, that was way back in the early 70's.


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Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:42 am
Author: kez28 Location: e

Ahh. Then i would have missed you by 10 years. I was over there as my dad was M.O.D. Great place to grow up. I'm just hoping i like it as much when i return next year!!


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Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:52 am
Author: bungamas Location: malaysia

- Nickname or Name: bungamas
- Country of Origin/Destination: malaysia
- Description of your Circumstances (what brought you here): looking for business textile and kaftan distributor all over country.


visit my blog: queenmayo.blogspot.com


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Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:52 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome bungamas, I am sure that you will find these forums very friendly once you start posting your questions.

David.


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Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:21 pm
Author: sudatay Location: peyia (cyprus)

hi my name is dave and i live in peyia in cyprus i moved here to live 4 years ago.i work as a hotel maintenance man


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Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:44 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Welcome Dave, Welcome to the forums, have you looked in our Cyprus Forum? I am sure there may be some of our member in there that you might know.

David.


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Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:35 am
Author: cyprusgardener Location: cyprus

Hi all

We are Joe and Kath and we moved from London to Cyprus about a year ago. We moved onto a smallholding and are trying to grow our own food. Hopefully, animals will follow later. We had our first olive harvest this year and now have our own olive oil. Sounds romantic but it was hard work.

In the UK we had an allotment for many years but growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in the Mediterranean climate is completely different.

We had difficulty in finding much information about planting times and growing care. so we after hours of research. we have started our own website which may be of use to other ex-pats who have moved from a Northern to a Southern climate

The address is sites.google.com/site/...usgardener

Let us know what you think


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Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:28 am
Author: Carole

Hi Joe and Kath and welcome to Expat Focus.

Gardening can prove quite a challenge when you move to a different climate. I found the seasons totally different and the biggest problems were watering and the intense heat.

We also have a forum for Cyprus:
http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-forums-cyprus
if you would be willing to share further information with our members.

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:49 pm
Author: millwallbri Location: england

hi all im new here hope to meet some nice people regards bri


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Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:51 pm
Author: Countryboy Location: Sax, Alicante. Spain

Hello & Welcome millwallbri, nice to see you have found us, pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink and relax with us. Don't forget to look around the country forums and ask any questions you like.

David.


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Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:11 am
Author: searching Location: Buffalo, New York

Hi , my name is Paul Kelwaski i am currently living in the Buffalo , NY area.
I am new to these forums i hope i am doing this correctly . I am currently employed but due to cut backs i will be getting laid off soon. I am a single male and i have always wanted to go to Bucharest, Romania so i am currently seeking employment but im not sure if im doing this in a correct manner if any one has advice on this i would greatly appreciate it.


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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:47 am
Author: ursinho Location: Japan

** A Warm Welcome to All New Members of ExpatFocus.com **


Dear Paul and all,

It's a pleasure to meet you. My name is ursinho.
I live in Tokyo, Japan right now and am headed to Vitoria, Espirito Santo in Brazil next month (march) I'm very excited to make this journey but don't really know anyone, and haven't had much luck trying to contact universities or other institutions that might have people i could meet up with. Smile


This stie seemed just what i was looking for so i regsiterd. If there is anyone who has any suggestions for me, then i am all ears.

I've been issued a 10-year visa as well, so plan on settleing (seasonally) at first, if there were an opportunity.

Thanks. In warmth,
ursinho





Hello, my name is Paul-F.

I live in Toronto, Canada and I am actually not an Expat - so there is no destination country to speak of! However, my profession has me assisting hundreds of expatriates with settling in Canada every year.

I am also a Forum Moderator here at ExpatFocus.com, which entails monitoring specific Forum Topics and assisting Members/Visitors from around the Globe with advice, experience and support.

What brought me to ExpatFocus.com is, the opportunity to interact with people from all over the World and to assist with relocation to Canada.

What kept me here was discovering the overwhelming quality of people (starting at the top with Rod and Jo), who end up populating this site.


Please Reply to Add Your Introduction.


We look forward to hearing from you...


Regards,

Paul-F


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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:05 am
Author: Carole

Hi Urshino,

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool You must be feeling very excited about your impending move to Brazil . We have a forum for Brazil, pop in and say hi and ask the same question. Here is the link...
http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-forums-brazil

Kind regards,

Carole


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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:01 am
Author: weebarra Location: Bulgaria

Good morning to everyone in Spain. Let me introduce myself, I am married with two grown up daughters and one (needless to say lovely grandson) they are still in Scotland. We moved to Bulgaria in 1997 and on the whole enjoy our lives here. The life style for us is very easy although the red tape is sometimes unbelievable!!

You might be wondering why I have joined your forum, well, while we enjoy the spring, summer and autumn the winters are very cold and we are thinking of coming down to Spain for 3 months in the winter just to escape the snow. So if anyone can give me some tips, cost of living, we have'nt been to Spain since it joined the Euro, or what area's to go to I would be grateful.

Looking forward to reading more of the posts, as the site seems to be full of info.
Cheers
Weebarra Smile


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Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:02 am
Author: hemiltonfleming Location: California

I am also new to forums thanks for accepting me to these forums as I am trying for some good posts to make these forums better.


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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:02 pm
Author: Carole

Hi weebarra

Welcome to Expat Focus Smile
Apologies I seemed to have missed your post Sad If you are looking for information on Spain, it may be worth introducing yourself and asking questions on the Spain forum
http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-forums-spain
Hope the above helps?
Kind regards,
Carole


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Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:59 pm
Author: harleybabe699 Location: leeds uk

Hi Im steph from leeds
ive joined for help with problems i have in wanting to marry someone from a different country and hope i can get help
I found this site using google search for marriage and fiance visas etc


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Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:57 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Harleybabe and welcome to Expat Focus.

Which country are you from or want visas to? It may be worth posting a note to that forum.

Kind regards
Carole


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Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:40 am
Author: swadams Location: USA

I live in Texas, USA. I've become extremely concerned that this country may ruin itself with debt and this has caused me to consider moving to another country, though I don't know where yet. My sister introduced me to this site to help me figure out the answer to that question.


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Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:45 am
Author: Haresh Location: Hong Kong

Dear All Members

Hi My name is Haresh ( Harry) & I am new to Expat Focus I am from Hong Kong .
CEO @ Datar Consultants & Services Ltd (www.datar.hk)

I am glad to be a member of Expat Focus looking forward to know you all & make new friends

Thanks you all


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Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:43 pm
Author: storm59 Location: Turkey

Just stopped by to say hello
Storm59 is the nickname and I am British but living in Turkey. Bought an apartment offplan in 2002 and everything is great.
Googled expats and found this site and looks good...


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Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 7:59 pm
Author: Carole

Hi Storm and welcome...i notice you live in Turkey. We also ahve a forum for Turkey if you want to drop by and introduce yourself
http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-forums-turkey
Cool
Carole


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Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:27 pm
Author: GoingKamping Location: Halifax Nova Scotia

Hi everyone,

I am GoingKamping and we have recently moved to Nova Scotia from the UK. Myself, my chap, our 6 year old and the cat are happily settling in to our new lives and so far so good. We wanted more space, less pollution and less people which is how we ended up at Canada.

I am happy to answer any questions people might have about the process and how we're settling in. I'm also writing a blog about our experiences so if anyone is interested then let me know and I'll give you the link.

I hope everyone is having a good day Smile


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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:12 pm
Author: PeterInSpace

Hi,

I am Peter from Hungary, I am looking to travel a bit, and maybe settle abroad - don't know yet where or when, haven't made up my mind yet. I'm hoping to find some information and tips about different (mainly European) countries.

Cheers!


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Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:37 pm
Author: jmdrPH Location: Philippines

hi.im jeff from philippines. im new in this forum. i just google it and found expat focus by typing jobs abroad. i want to find job in albuquerque,new mexico. my tita live there but my question is there any company or agency that will help me to go there? any work that can apply. thanks.


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Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:44 am
Author: baldyboy482 Location: Norfolk, England

Hi all,

I am an ex military man looking to relocate to the States. Can anybody recommend any companies who hire ex pats regularly? I am looking to move to florida hopefully. I am a qualified engineer, post compulsory education teacher and have an NVQ level 4 in management. any help greatfully received!!!


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Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:34 pm
Author: tk338 Location: UK, Kent

Hey all, I'm Joel, 20 from the UK, have worked and lived here all my life.

I've joined this forum to read and ask questions from people with experience with moving abroad as its something I hope to do in the future.

I have no degree, A-Level education, but a dream to one day live in America.

Short of that I'd love to live elsewhere in the world but I'm struggling to find places that would even consider someone like me.

Thanks! See you all around!


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Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:31 pm
Author: Audreyrose Location: Salem

Smile Looking for a bilingual person to help me with relocating to Cozumel and willing to do domestic/driving/companionship on a weekly basis. Also need help finding a small house in good location with air conditioning and 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, in good condition, preferably furnished. Lease is preferred. Please contact me at audreyrose2011 @ hotmail.com if you are interested or can direct someone to email me who would be. Also advise how much the services would be. Muchas gracias. Audrey


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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:02 pm
Author: cateboz Location: Philippines

Hi, Im Catherine. I'm from the U.S. and currently resides in the Philippines.

How did i find this site? I was looking for suggestions about living arrangements and adjustments away my home country and found this site in the google. Im Glad I found this.

Excited to learn and share more about a lot of things about the expat way of living Smile


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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:40 pm
Author: Carole

- Audreyrose

Smile Looking for a bilingual person to help me with relocating to Cozumel and willing to do domestic/driving/companionship on a weekly basis. Also need help finding a small house in good location with air conditioning and 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, in good condition, preferably furnished. Lease is preferred. Please contact me at audreyrose2011 @ hotmail.com if you are interested or can direct someone to email me who would be. Also advise how much the services would be. Muchas gracias. Audrey



Hi AudreyRose,

Welcome to Expat Focus Cool

It may be worth also posting your message on our Facebook country group page for Mexico here

and on our forum for Mexico here

Hope all goes well with the move.

Carole


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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:56 pm
Author: Carole

- cateboz

Hi, Im Catherine. I'm from the U.S. and currently resides in the Philippines.

How did i find this site? I was looking for suggestions about living arrangements and adjustments away my home country and found this site in the google. Im Glad I found this.

Excited to learn and share more about a lot of things about the expat way of living Smile



Hi Catherine and welcome!

We also have a forum for the Philippines here

and a Facebook country group for the Philippines here


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Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:03 am
Author: SILVERTHORN Location: usa

Hello everyone, my name is Don. I live in USA Ilinois. I am retired Navy. I spent most of my time in the pacific. I have visited kuwait, dubai, bahrain. I notice some live in those places. I have been in most oriental countries. I have not been to Europe. I would love to go there.
I have always been mesmerised my Brittish and English accents, I can and often have listen for long periods of time. Had no idea what they were talking about, just liked the way they talked. This happened generally in Hong Kong and Bahrain in bars. This is in large part why I was clueless as to what the brits were saying as I was usually loosing a drinking contest with the person I was listening too. It was fun.


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Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:29 pm
Author: nellechaney Location: USA

Hello,

My name is Linda and I live in Washington State. My husband and I are interested in Puerto Rico as a retirement location. We look forward to hearing from anyone who had retired in Puerto Rico and what the pros/cons are.

Thanks!


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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:53 pm
Author: buzz7774 Location: saudi Arabia

Hi, I'm Buzz.

I'm from the Uk and currently in Saudi Arabia, 85km southwest of Riyadh. I've also lived in South Africa for 6 yrs, Nigeria for 5 yrs Australia for 3yrs and obviously the UK.

I found this website while trying to find tax advice for all things.

So currently trying to find someone or somewhere in Riyadh where I can go dirtbiking or play squash!! I've been here 6 weeks and trying to find somewhere that I can play squash has been a nightmare, there was me thinking it would be easy!! So if you know anyone who does dirtbiking or plays squash give me a shout.

All the best

Buzz


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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:06 pm
Author: Jamie

Welcome aboard, Buzz! I think it's worth posting to our Saudi forum too, you're probably more likely to get a response to a such a specific local question.

Jamie


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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:23 pm
Author: HappyHolly Location: australia

G'day, I'm Holly.

I am dreaming of moving my small family to New Zealand (Auckland) for 6 months. We went there for 2 days last year and fell in love with it.

My question: I'm Australian and I was wondering if I can send my kids to primary school in New Zealand for free. Like, can I just turn up and enroll them, like I can anywhere in Australia.

I have searched this site for about 2 hours and I can't find anything specific. (My computer is having an attack of 'the slows' so it is my impatience that has mostly prompted this question...apologies!!

Thanks for any helpful information you can point me towards. Smile Holly.


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Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:31 am
Author: anto Location: bahamas

Hey Mon, Smile

Hi everyone my name is Anto. I live in the beautiful island of the Bahamas. I am in the sales and marketing industry and I plan to start a business in the very near future.

I am here because I love to travel and meet people from different countries maybe we can do business also if anyone needs to know anything about the Bahamas just ask.

I have been to a few countries and love Canada. Hopefully I would love to be able to move there.


I also hope and would love to make lots of friends on this site. Can't wait to here from everyone. Very Happy

Bahama mama Wink


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Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:35 pm
Author: bgbazz Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Very Happy Hi everyone.

My name is Barry [Bazz] and I'm an Australian and have been living in Bulgaria for the last five years or so.

I have travelled to many countries over the years, the last one being the UK, where I lived and worked for about three years. Whilst there, I worked as an instructor/examiner helping people qualify for their heavy equipment tickets and licences. I am now retired and living with my Bulgarian wife and our two children in the central city of Plovdiv. We also have a lovely country property which I have just finished modernising...it's 200 years old on the outside, but very much new and modern inside.

I hope to meet up with some interesting people on here.


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Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:38 pm
Author: Sirra Location: Varna

Hi Anto,

Welcome to the forum, I am sure you will find lots of useful info here and will make a lot of friends!

I have sent you a PM.

Best regards,
Silvia


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Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:45 pm
Author: koawole Location: Nigerian

my name is kolawole sanmson aluko. I'm from Nigeria and I wish to come and work in Bahrain, I need help and assistant of anybody or agents that can be of help on how to get visa, resident permit and work in Bahrain. here is my email address and mobile number. koawole @ gmail.com , +2347066661632. thank you.


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Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:36 pm
Author: ireti Location: nigeria/uk

Hello my name is ireti and my nickname is opiororo.I am a nigerian but a bulgaria born,d circumstance that has brought me to this group is I would like to travel to bulgaria in april this year to see if I can get a residence permit and mayb over time get my citizenship.I have my birth certificate and all othr supporting document.I havnt been to bulgaria since after 1984.anyone with uselful tips?here is my email seyideh @ yahoo.com


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Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:47 pm
Author: suziefinnie Location: scotland

Hi everyone,
I'm a new member of this site, I'm a student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Doing my dissertation this year on the challenges of repatriation, if anyone can help out and take 5 mins to fill in my survey that would be great.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/GX8GCXV

Thanks Suzanne Smile


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Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:12 am
Author: w33zer Location: Malaysia

Hello Everyone!


Name : Calvin Fong ( Nick w33zer "name given by my sister " )

Country : Malaysia

Description : What bring me here? of cos Expat bring me here Very Happy . i Smell the friendliness Expat group is gathering here so i move myself here to join the Group if you all don't mine Twisted Evil .

Ok Well let me intro myself a little bit not more but not less too....


I'm from Malaysia Born in KL and have been working to many industrial Example like ( Automotive car industrial , Direct selling company , IT company , Building materials , and Lastly i joined Real Estate Investment company. and well i hope one day i can be one of the well-know person in market. but this take time for sure but for all the support and guidance from people around here i'm really appreciated.

Well. What i wanted to do here is to know more people around the world and of cos we are into business as well. trying to help some of the Expat out to find their Property Investment, Holiday home, Retirement home MM2H and others. And also learn more by exchanging Experience for sure.

I'm Happy to be in here to have a chance to share out some of my info here. As i will be was running own business soon. You can also look in to my website cocfproperty.com for more information. Anyway i think that all for now. Thank for given chance to share.



Best Regards,

Calvin Fong
+60172235599
www.cocfproperty.com


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Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 2:56 pm
Author: hairyhaggis Location: Edinburgh Scotland

Hi all from Bonie Scotland Very Happy

My name is Carolyn,
I live in Edinburgh Scotland.
I have been married 16 months, but apart from my husband 2 years Crying or Very sad

I might move to pakistan to be with my husband.
I was hoping to find information on visa's etc here but there does not seam to be any. even in the guide or countrys.
I work in a craft store, which is my dream job Very Happy
Edinburgh is a great place to visit as in 3 months time we will have the Edinburgh Millitery Tattoo.


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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:29 pm
Author: carolanne Location: england

hello everyone,

My name is Carolynne and I live in England at the moment. I am moving to France soon.
At the moment I spend most of my time on the computer but I really enjoy walking my little dog (a jack-doodle), knitting and gardening. Sounds like I am old - my granddaughter says I am!
I desperately need somewhere to live when I come over until I settle in.
I anyone knows of a small house etc in the St Antoine area of Charente, please, let me know.
Looking forward to getting to know you,
Carolynne


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Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:30 am
Author: TJ56 Location: Ireland

Hi all,
Just joined the site and all a little confusing at the moment
my wife and i will be moving in Oct, 2012 to Bulgaria where we have a small house as i have retired for health reasons able to walk and enjoy golf wife likes to swim and grow veg ect in the garden ,
Any useful info welcome as we will be driving over to the Dobrich area . Confused Confused Confused


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Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:06 am
Author: Baggy Location: England

Hi , baggy here , new to site , living in England , visited Philippines last month fell in love with the place , visited olongapo and stayed at baloy beach , meet girl friend who is Philippines , had lush time


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Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:36 pm
Author: thiago Location: São Paulo

Hi,

My nickname is thiago. We are here in Brazil for last 1.5 yrs. Earlier we were Brit civilians. Two of my friends (from Brazil) suggested me to join their business which is a Retail store and we are here now. I love challenges and migrating to a new country is one of the challenges, I am living with. I loved this thread of introductions. I like to know people here and in England. Looking forward to get advice on any issues I face.

-Thiago


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Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:56 pm
Author: inquisitivebird Location: New Zealand

Hey everyone!!

I'm Inquisitive Bird and am new here.

I'm from Michigan, and am about to move to New Zealand as a teacher. It's my first year teaching. I'm so excited and just wanted to share my experiences with you. You can check out my blog here:

www.inquisitivebird.wordpress.com

Hooray for expats! Smile


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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:06 am
Author: entschuldigan Location: Dubai

Hi Paul,

I am Mustafa from Karachi. You said u are assisting people settle in Canada. Thats good and thats the reason I am writing you. my son applied in skilled workers category some time in 2007/2008 but after such a long wait, I understand that Canadian govt is discarding those application of that time and not processing them.

After such a long time of waiting, I think this is quite unfair for those applicants. Please let me know what you can do in such a case or what is the possibility of taking up the matter with appropriate athourities in Canada

You can contact me at: target9 @ myway.com

Tks & bye
mustafa

Hello, my name is Paul-F.

I live in Toronto, Canada and I am actually not an Expat - so there is no destination country to speak of! However, my profession has me assisting hundreds of expatriates with settling in Canada every year.

I am also a Forum Moderator here at ExpatFocus.com, which entails monitoring specific Forum Topics and assisting Members/Visitors from around the Globe with advice, experience and support.

What brought me to ExpatFocus.com is, the opportunity to interact with people from all over the World and to assist with relocation to Canada.

What kept me here was discovering the overwhelming quality of people (starting at the top with Rod and Jo), who end up populating this site.


Please Reply to Add Your Introduction.


We look forward to hearing from you...


Regards,

Paul-F[/quote]


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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:40 pm
Author: Nonnamags Location: UK

Hi, NonnaMags here....

Living in Southern Spain (not tourist area) and looking to set up an English language school for the local school population.

Understand that the autonomous tax is hellish, and, as I haven't actually got a student enrolled yet, wondering if I can actually teach privately then build up to registered business once established.

Any ideas besides going to a Gestor and paying a load of money I haven't earned yet?

Anyone else been in the same situation?

Grateful for any help or advice.

Cheers!


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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:03 pm
Author: Carole

- Nonnamags

Hi, NonnaMags here....

Living in Southern Spain (not tourist area) and looking to set up an English language school for the local school population.

Understand that the autonomous tax is hellish, and, as I haven't actually got a student enrolled yet, wondering if I can actually teach privately then build up to registered business once established.

Any ideas besides going to a Gestor and paying a load of money I haven't earned yet?

Anyone else been in the same situation?

Grateful for any help or advice.

Cheers!



Hi,

If you post this question in the Spain forum someone may be able to help. Good luck with your new venture!


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Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:13 am
Author: TexasTeacher Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Hi,
I am Andrea, an American, currently living in Saudi Arabia for the past 4 months. I am disappointed in the education system here-that my 3 children are enduring (even though we are paying $6000 USD per year, per child!). I love working as a Curriculum Specialist here, but desiring a good advanced education system, that is not available here. Therefore, I am open to teaching in the far east like China or South Korea. Any advice or suggestions for finding a teaching job that will provide tuition for my children and family housing as well as airfare? Thanks for your help and nice to meet you all!


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Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:49 pm
Author: davids856 Location: Scotland

Hi, I'm Dave currently living in Scotland but moving to Mallorca (majorca) Spain in April 2013. I am fully retired and in reciept of a state pension, however I am going to be employed in Majorca.

My problem is that I am on medication for a heart problem that needs to continue in Spain, I get free monthly prescriptions here in UK and would like to know if this can be cotinued in Spain, I think I am right in saying that I must de-register from my medical practitioner here in UK.

I will have private medical cover whilst in Spain but would like to know if the prescriptions can be got free on the reciprical arrangements that exist within the EU.
Any help would be appreciated
Thanks, Dave


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Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:57 pm
Author: biker49 Location: saudi arabia

Hi my name is biker,i'm Irish and working in Saudi Arabia at the moment,i am suffering panic attacks brought on by the pressures of my job,i brought back a letter from my family doctor which i gave to the HR department,they sent me to a doctor who i suspect was told in advance of my visit,he sent a report to the company saying there was nothing wrong with me,now the company says i have to work 3 months notice or pay 3 months salary as liquidated damages before they will give me my passport to leave,they said if i don't fulfill my duties they will not pay me and evict me from my accommodation and put me on the street,can anybody help,its a Saudi owned company with an expat CEO.


rEGARDS.


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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:11 pm
Author: cocoloco Location: Canada

I'm Manuel from the Philippines and presently living in Edmonton, Alberta. I think I will be an expat for life because after establishing myself in Canada for more than 15 years, I am preparing to move again to another country - Colombia. I happened to chance by this site while searching for information about what to write about living in Colombia, so here I am. It's good to know that the moderator Paul is Canadian. Thanks for approving my registration.


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Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:41 pm
Author: davids856 Location: Scotland

- cocoloco

I'm Manuel from the Philippines and presently living in Edmonton, Alberta. I think I will be an expat for life because after establishing myself in Canada for more than 15 years, I am preparing to move again to another country - Colombia. I happened to chance by this site while searching for information about what to write about living in Colombia, so here I am. It's good to know that the moderator Paul is Canadian. Thanks for approving my registration.


Why introduce yourself on my page ?


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Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:47 pm
Author: wattsnew Location: UK

Hi everyone,

my name is Helen. I have set up a new business coaching people who have returned from a time overseas - helping clients to work through the upheaval of transition and reverse culture shock and plan the way forward. This can also include those moving to another new culture for the first time.

I spent 10 years in Central Asia with a young family, so have experience of relocating and returning (I'm in the UK now).

I would love to hear your experiences - if you had a coach during your transition to another culture or to your home culture, what issues would you be bringing up, what parts of transition do you find the most challenging?

www.WattsYourPathway.co.uk


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Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:21 am
Author: TeaG76 Location: Serbia

Hi there!

My name is Teodora I live in Serbia at the moment and I would like,together with my family,to move to Netherland. My husband have EU passport and I am waiting to get it. We just want to move and live in Netherland for ever. Since my husband been traveling with his work in Netherland,he is in love with that country and from his stories I am to. At the moment we are looking for jobs so we can start with something. I am nurse but I do not work like nurse for 10 years. I would like to work again but don`t know if that is acceptable for employer in Netherland. Also we have problem how to look for jobs that is not our profession? My husband is car electrician but he worked here as waiter for 16 year and now he would like to stop working as waiter but would accept to work as support staff in horse stable,for example. How to look for that kind of jobs? Every search site asking you to be specific and ask for skilled worker. How can you find job that is not your profession? Since my English is not perfect it`s hard for me to explain as I would like to. Hope you will understand me and help me with information. I have many different skills. For last 10 year I worked as personal trainer in local gym and have international licence but don`t have that specific education so I don`t know if I can apply for that kind of job. Also I am artisan. I crochet unique bikinis and sew anything that your brain can imagine. I have had my tailor shop here but it`s hard here to sell. I still have all industrial machine and everything that is necessary to sew. What is your suggestion? We are ready to do anything that can feed our family. Please,any advise would be helpful.

Hope someone will have some solution for us.


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Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:47 am
Author: Im_Shenavy Location: Golden Paradise

Hi people of the world! My name is Shenavy from Singapore. I was already living in Mexico until me and my adventurous friend have decided to make a move again. We are in the middle of planning everything out. We have a long list of prospective countries to visit and I am oh so excited.
However I don't plan to be an expat for life though. But I just want to enjoy what more the world has to offer. So I travel. Smile


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Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:34 am
Author: deckd19 Location: uk

Hello friends i am Daniel.i am from Paris.


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Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:22 am
Author: 313to???? Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Hi my name is Ben Detroit, Michigan,USA and I am very Interested in learning how to work abroad in a number of countries. As I only have a smart phone this website proves tricky so I'll leave a email address I'm just starting school I'm curious what course of study is a safe bet to be able to find work just about anywhere airplane mechanics don't make enough I don't think idk I guess I need some suggestions some of the country's I'm curious in traveling to are Jordan Egypt and Morocco as I'm interested in Islam and Thailand for a lot of reasons as well any in put would be very much appreciated thank you and have a wonderful day
Email: 3132305 @ gmail.com


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