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[QUOTE] Stay away from Europe. At the very least, don't get close to England, France and Germany before end of 2017. Spain and Portugal may be OK for a bit more time... But who knows. [/QUOTE] Having moved from Portugal to the Netherlands for work, I wonder if I'm far enough from Germany - it's kinda disturbing when you hear about Geert Wilders here more than you do about any other politician actually in power right now. Then again, I still have a lot of problems parsing Dutch as it is, and probably miss a lot. You can mostly get by over here with English, but stuff like tax forms end up requiring Google Translate - no matter how much the narrative of a European Union is pushed, some things never really accommodate for the variety of languages that would imply. If the economy and job prospects were better in Portugal I'd still be there. As a country that's far away from everyone else in Europe, a factor of near-irrelevance that helped it dodge a couple of world wars in the continent, it also suffers from an international sense of "nobody cares" that makes it an easy target of economic sanctions to serve as an example to everyone else while affecting almost nobody else directly. Comparing both countries, Portugal always wins in terms of food and weather, and it's little wonder that it's becoming Europe's Florida in the sense that a lot of people from other countries nowadays choose to retire there, or at least pick it as a frequent vacations spot - with a less regular economic situation, it can be a tricky place to live in. In terms of similarities, both countries have a weird common history including colonial baggage and conflicts with Spain - but despite the fact that the Netherlands seems to have done a lot better economically after those heydays, they still seem to have some latent complex regarding their size and relevance. Both seems a bit lacking when it comes to geek culture events, with one or two major events per year - over here, the Red Fight District fighting game tournament basically didn't even happen last year, and the year when it had KoF XIII, basically only players from abroad play that, to put things into perspective. Europe being Europe, major football events will always trump that sort of thing in the public eye. Every time I go back to Portugal for vacation the place just feels a bit more degraded and cheap, perhaps due to the comparison with the Netherlands, but it's still home... I have quite a few friends currently living in the UK, mostly near London, and it's pretty tempting to look for something there. since I miss that gang, most of which left Portugal because the economy's been in the shitter, but the prospect of Brexit complicates things, even if some claim that'll amount to nothing - I'm not so sure about that...
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