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[QUOTE] Since Ishmael brought it up, I thought I'd start a thread about living outside the country where you currently live. Here on the Cafe we're an international crowd, and I know for a fact that there are quite a few folks here who also left the country of their origin to live someplace else. So yeah. Now that a Disappointing Series of Events has overtaken the US, I think folks are considering making the jump to live someplace else, myself included. Do any of our expatriate comrades here have any suggestions? [/QUOTE] Hey, why don't you come to Japan? You already know the place and all that has to offer, and the Cafe community here would make great neighbors! Now, I'm only half joking. Japan is not exactly the cheapest place in Asia, so that could be a hurdle, but coming from the States I don't think you are new to high price tags everywhere. And, as you also know first hand, Japan is expensive only if you want it to be expensive. If you don't mind to move, live and eat like the locals, even Tokyo can be super affordable to live. Granted, to be truly happy in Japan you would have to learn the language, so I'd say that Japanese classes are a must. But the good news is that it's OK if you can't read the complete works of Mishima Yukio in Japanese; you don't have to be super proficient to be able to enjoy your way around and mingle with the locals. With some effort and interest, if you commit yourself to it, you can totally achieve a decent level in about one year. Specially if you are living in the country, since you'll have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice. And, for a subculture and videogame lover such as you, being proficient in Japanese would be a nice skill to have even when/if you return to the States! It's a win-win situation, ha ha. Getting a visa can be a tricky thing, but somebody with good programming skills should not have too much trouble landing a job here, no matter his/her Japanese level. And I think working holidays visas are available for US citizens as well? That seems like an awesome way to spend a year in Japan I think. I keep hearing good things about Thailand as well. A a lot of people from Europe have found a real home there, and I can totally see why. Awesome food, super affordable prices, nice people, great climate, a lot of cultural stuff to enjoy, an amazing bar and club scene for party animals... I don't know Chiang Mai first hand (plan to go there soon, though!), but pretty much anywhere in Thailand seems like a great place to retire for a while, until the storm is over. Singapore is also awesome and very English-friendly, but perhaps it's a bit less authentic than other places in SE Asia, and the prices can be even higher than Tokyo or Hong Kong. In any case you'll find lots of amazing street food for dirty cheap prices, and probably lots of job opportunities on the programming field as well. I've heard that the government there does a lot to promote entrepreneurs and bolster small-medium sized companies on the IT sector, which includes videogames as well. As for Europe, I would avoid it for the time being. Like, for the next 200 years or so. (And yeah, I'm European myself.)
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