Where In The World.....

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@Darkwing (21586)
April 24, 2007 8:10am CST
Given the choice, where in the World would you choose to make your permanent home? Would you stay in your natal country... are you happy there... or would you emigrate to another? I always considered making my home in Canada in my younger days, but circumstances prevented that... I regret the fact that I didn't really have the opportunity. How about you? Where in the World would you like to set up your permanent home?
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@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
25 Apr 07
I love living here in Australia. I find it a great place to live. 6 months ago we moved to the country, to a small town. I am finding my feet here slowly, but i love the lifestyle and my kids are going great here. they have a lot more freedom than they had before. It wasnt a big move, only 4 hours, but i like it here. I have never travelled outside Australia, and dont know if i ever will. There is so much to i havent seen in this country that i want to see. But i think if i ever did venture out of Australia i would probably go to England and surronds.
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
Awwww, that's nice that you enjoy living in Australia so much. You'll have to arrange, if you come to England, to travel with Cloudwatcher and whoever else is coming from Australia for this garden party get-together. I'm sure it will happen now Cloud has the bit between her teeth. :-) Thank you for your response, Kayrod and Brightest Blessings.
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@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
25 Apr 07
Hello Darkwing. Hubby and I (and our animals too) emigrated to Australia around 12 years ago from the UK. I remember the day when my hubby came home from work and said "how do you feel about living in Australia?" I looked at him and burst into tears and said yes, let's go! We hadn't been to Oz before and we were originally going to settle in Sydney, but that got changed to Melbourne. Man were we disappointed, but having visited Sydney - i'm glad we live in Melbourne! We went on a one way ticket and it's the best thing we ever did, both for ourselves and our animal friends. lol
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@Darkwing (21586)
25 Apr 07
I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, Feral, and there was a reason for you ending up in Melbourne rather than Sydney. That might not be apparent to you yet, but there IS a reason. It seems as though you are settled there now for life, and very happy. It's great to hear such a wonderful story. Thank you for your response Feral, and may your life in Melbourne be a long and happy one. Brightest Blessings my friend.
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@anonymili (3138)
24 Apr 07
I have lived in London pretty much my whole life, aside from living in Calcutta, India, for 2 years between the ages of 8-10, which I really hated back then. I don't think I've ever seriously considered living anywhere but London as I consider it home and no matter how much I gripe about how much taxes we have to pay, the state of the health service, the fact that so many people waltz into this country and claim unemployment benefit and get free housing when so many pensioners who worked hard all of their lives are struggling on a meagre pension, etc, I still can't think of anywhere else I'd rather live. My parents live very close by to me and I have a good close circle of friends who are always there if I need them and I'm there for them. My husband is happy living here too and neither of us can even consider living elsewhere, although we talk of going on a world tour when we're retired, which we plan to do when we're 50 years old! BUT we will always have our home here in London as a place to come back to as our base home :)
@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
That's just fantastic Anon. I find that Londoners do stick together on the whole and it's a fine place to live, with everything on your doorstep. I admire your love of the place. A trip around the World is sufficient to give you an insight into how other cultures live and to see the wondrous sights within them, but it's sure good to come back to your roots. Thank you for your response, for which I'm awarding a + rating, as I have most, lol. Brightest Blessings.
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@weemam (13377)
24 Apr 07
Hi there , I live in Central Scotland and I love it , I would never dream of living anywhere else , I have brilliant neighbours and my parents and my 2 married sons and their families all live within 5 miles of me , we can have all seasons in the one day but it is really beautiful , and thanks for the backup tonight , It was very much appreciated xx
@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
Firstly, you're quite welcome to the back-up... you don't need to thank me; you did nothing wrong. Secondly, I've never been to Scotland but it certainly looks to be a beautiful place. I know you have extremes in weather too, but I guess that's one of those things you get used to as something which is indicative of "home". I have the church bells ringing all the time, and the clock thereupon striking every quarter hour, but it doesn't keep me awake at night, because it's just another "homey" thing, which I've gotten used to. Thank you for your response, Brightest Blessings and I will support you wherever I see the need. Thanks my friend. x
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@weemam (13377)
24 Apr 07
Isn't it funny how you get used to things , we have a chiming clock but we never hear it and yet visitors comment on it and we are in the same room lol , thanks for accepting me as a friend xxx
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@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
No problem with the acceptance. Yes, it's been the same here... people often comment on how loud the bells are, but then they're either visitors or people who haven't lived in the village long.
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@whyaskq (7530)
• Singapore
25 Apr 07
I would like to be in a place where everyone lives in abundance, is happy and satisfied with life. There is no worries, no sorrows, no quarrels and no fights. People do not have to work and slog but there is still room for survival. Is there such a place? Where is this place? it does not matter. It can be in any country, any island or any part of the universe.
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
Well, if you find that place, Why, please give me a shout because I'm looking for a place which sounds quite similar. Just a roof over my head and the ability to be self-sufficient is all one needs to be happy. No money, no greed, no wars and everybody living in harmony. What bliss!!! Thank you for your response, my friend and Brightest Blessings. Keep wishing!!!
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
28 Apr 07
I hate to burst your bubbles, peeps, but if I am not mistaken the Garden of Eden was closed for repairs eons ago.
@Darkwing (21586)
28 Apr 07
LOL... I would prefer a little island in the pacific, with white beaches and nothing much to do. Self sufficiency would be nice, and no requirement for money. I guess it would have to be a deserted island apart from my pal and I. lol
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• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I'm very much satisfied living here in my country the Philippines. I don't like to migrate to stay in any other country but of course I should like to visit other countries like the USA.
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
The Philippines seems a nice country in which to live, but a little hot for me. However, when you've spent your whole life there, I would imagine it a lovely place to stay, forever. Travelling is always an option if you can afford to do it, and I've been to the western side of America and can recommend it as a place to visit. I can't speak for the east side yet, or the central States but it's a beautiful country. I hope you get there some day. Thank you for your response and Brightest Blessings.
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@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
26 Apr 07
I have a feeling that going back and living where I was born will be where my roots are. Its just a feeling I have, but it may never happen so I'll just have to let life go on its merry way.
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
Deeeky, I think I know you well enough now to know your determination and if you have the "feeling" you will be going back to your roots, I'm sure that's where you will end up. Our paths might cross yet, because my soul longs for the freedom and space of one of two places... either the Dartmoor/Exmoor area of the West Country, or the North Yorkshire Moors... I would be happy there. Life is so much slower, you can make tons of space for yourself and there are communities of like-people in the close vacinity. I did look at making my home in Hebden Bridge at one time, but it was a little hilly, and I changed my mind, but I know I have roots there somewhere. Time will tell. Now look what you've done! ha ha ha. You've got me dreaming again! :-) Thank you for your response my dear frined, and Brightest Blessings.
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@thediesel (287)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
I would still stay here in the Philippines. Eventhough there are so many bad things about our country, I still love it here. The economy is not good, but we can still make ends meet. I like the weather even though our summer time is scorching hot. I love the people here. They are warm and very friendly. There is no place like home.
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
Very true... there is no place like home. It really doesn't matter too much about the economy as long as you have the wherewithall to survive and be happy with your life and surroundings. I don't know that I could survive your heat for too long but you certainly have a beautiful country there. I wouldn't have any qualms about visiting there, that's for sure. Thank you for your response Diesel, and Brightest Blessings.
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• Australia
25 Apr 07
Although I so very often complain about the heat (or more so the humidity) here, I am quite happy to live here. We have everything we need. Having said that, I don't believe it is WHERE you live that is the most important factor. I could be happy living anywhere if that was where I was meant to be and my husband was with me. I would love to have my five sons and their families living closer, but since they are spread in all directions, my moving wouldn't really help. Two are only a four hour drive away, one is a two day drive and the other two are long and very long flights. I'm happy to stay where I am, but I would like to travel the Australian outback and I'd also like to see Scandinavia - and of course I'm planning on a garden party in England!
@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
I don't think I could stand the heat either, Cloud. I wouldn't last 2 minutes in a hot country. However, it's good that you're happy living where you are. Travelling is fun, even if it takes a long time to get from A-B. The added glory of a garden party in England is that, it would be in our summer and your winter which isn't a lot different, I know, but would make the travelling more enjoyable. Thank you for your response, Cloud and Brightest Blessings.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
24 Apr 07
If i could choose anywhere in the world to live. I would live in Arizona. i was born and raised there. I miss the sunshine. here in Oregon it rains so dang much. I get depressed. I think if i could go back to Arizona I would. I think i would be much healthier there than here. Whats stopping/? not enough money to go. I am trying to save but its not easy. Hopefully i can make it there by fall.
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@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
Hmmmmmmm, yes, I was in Oregon for the Fall, in 2004. When it rained, it sure as heck, rained. lol. I have a couple of friends in Arizona, and they're always telling me how hot it is. I don't know whether I could take the heat but if you were born and raised there, then you'll be used to it. I'm quite accustomed to the rain, living in England and I even quite like it. I find it refreshing and invigorating. In fact I started a discussion on dancing in the rain. :-) Each to his own, huh. Arizona is a very nice looking place too, with its national parks and such interesting mountains and such. Thank you for your response. I hope you manage to get back next Fall.
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 07
I am quite happy here Darkwing as you know I have settled well here and you know I love it here very much so This is where I want to stay Well I might be on the Move next year again a bit further up lol but I will see
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@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
Well, if you do move next year, it won't be far and the countryside will be much the same, Gabs. I don't know if you could get such a nice flat as you have now though. I love your big kitchen. Thank you for your response my dear friend. Love and hugggs.
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@s_accent (208)
• India
24 Apr 07
i like to make tajmahal as my home that was a wonderfull sigth which give us a love feeling and make us to wonder how the building was build in that olden days with out any advanced machines
@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
Wow... ambitious!!! I've never been to India but I would imagine the Tajmahal is the last word in luxurious inside. It's indeed a beautiful sight from the outside. Thank you for your response, Accent, and Brightest Blessings.
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
28 Apr 07
I have already made my choice and it is not in my native homeland (Maine, USA). After my retirement from government service I took a job out of Paris being a rep in Spain and Portugal. I had lived in Barcelona and spoke Spanish so naturally I thought I would live in Madrid. However, on my first trip to Portugal I met up with Cascais on the Atlantic Ocean and I fell in love. I chose to live in Portugal. The job did not work out because the Portuguese industries were not prepared for a jump into the computer world...it was just a year and a half after the Carnation Revolution and Portugal was just in the crawling stages to catch up with the rest of the world after so many years of living under a totalitarian government. So I resigned and decided to return to the States...Before I left a Portuguese family extended an invitation to live with them if I ever decided to return to Portugal. After only three months in Maine I took them up on their offer and have been here ever since 29 years. However, I bought my own apartment after selling my house in the states so I am an independent soul once again. Portugal is great...the people are pleasant, the food is great, the climate is good, and Portugal is the door to the rest of Europe and the Orient. The only drawback I have today is the monetary exchange rate...but that is not the fault of the Portuguese. I lose about 35% of my pension. But what the heck....it's only money.
@Darkwing (21586)
28 Apr 07
What a lovely story. I'm glad to see you've found your ideal place in the World. Agreed, the loss of money doesn't really matter if you're happy, and can manage on what you get. Thank you for such a great response, Gifana, and Brightest Blessings. + rating
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
28 Apr 07
I forgot to add that I have made an enormous number of friends and although many do not know me in person they know who I am. That is why so many people who pass me on the street will always wish me a good morning, etc. It really makes me feel at home. Where I live is on the Tagus river statuary with a view of the river and the Atlantic ocean. As an acquarius I couldn't dream of a better place to live.
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
28 Apr 07
Thanks for + rating.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
28 Apr 07
I will stay with my own country. There is no place like home. The culture is very different from other countries. Even though the places are very lovely you need a lot of adjustment to live there. Homesickness will always be your enemy.
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@Darkwing (21586)
28 Apr 07
What you say is quite true. I lived in Germany for three years. It was my first time on a plane and my first time away from home. I hated going, but strangely enough, I grew accustomed to the place and when it came to the time to come home, I was really upset at having to leave Germany. Strange... but then Germany is only a short hop from England. Thank you for your response and Brightest Blessings.
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@mlgb_24 (638)
26 Apr 07
i always wanted to live in the philippines, in the countryside, baguio or tagaytay, as it's cold there most of the times, not as cold as in england though. but sometimes i'm thinking of staying here in england as well. still haven't made up my mind though, hehehe!!
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
Sounds good... would you like a companion? lol.
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@saujanya (34)
• India
26 Apr 07
i guess itsthe same for most of them.."home sweet home!" i wud luv to stay here permanently...but then raoming around the world for hols is a gud idea..to explorenew places..but nothn siuts u the best...my home country for me! INDIA....
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@Darkwing (21586)
28 Apr 07
The beauty of travelling around the World is that you always come back to the place you love, and after travelling it only seems all that much better to be home. Thank you for your response Saujanya, happy travelling and Brightest Blessings.
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@aissha (2036)
• India
26 Apr 07
for some 10-15 yrs i can live in u.s though i hv never been to but heard a lot about it. but permanent home i'd like to be in india only.i guess because i am an indian and don't wanna miss the indianness.
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@Darkwing (21586)
26 Apr 07
Perhaps just a holiday in the United States would be nice. I stayed for four weeks and I loved it. Then you can go back to India with the knowledge of what it's like to be in the States, and appreciate your Indian surroundings again. Thank you for your response, Aissha and Brightest Blessings.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Right where I am been here going on 8 years now. Never ever thought about living in another country but would like to visit some like there and Ireland
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@Darkwing (21586)
24 Apr 07
Oh yes, Lakota. I like to visit other countries as well. You'll have to try to get here for the little garden party we're trying to cook up. It will be nice if it does come off and a whole group of us get together! Southern Ireland is a lovely place, green and lush and the people are quite friendly. I'm sure you would like it there. It's great that you want to stay right where you've been for the past eight years. This means you've found happiness. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your response.
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• India
28 Apr 07
I don't know much about the world or cities but really I have dreamt about it. I have dreamet about it a lot. I have seen that I want to live in a place where there is peace and more than that friendliness. I want to stay in a place where people don't bother each other but stillcare for each other. People don't get jealous. I know that's not possible and such a place can only be in dreams but if not this no other place is much of any use and no amenities of any help. Ireally want to stay in a plce where people respect each other. Any ways Take Care MAy GOD Bless YOU And I hope someday what I wish for comes out of my dream to reality.
@Darkwing (21586)
28 Apr 07
Let's hope it isn't a dream Raphael, and that you can find such a place someday. I know it's a bit of a tall order but yes, I agree with you that it would be a wonderful place to be. Thank you for your response and Brightest Blessings.
28 Apr 07
What a lovely discussion this was to read. Such wonderful replies. I would have started by saying that I would love to live in Canada. I even asked my husband about it but he was right about us being a long way from our friends and relations. I expect we will stay in Britain although might move to Wales rather than England as my husband was born there. I would like to live more in the country than we do at the moment but it would need to be near facilities now as we grow older. Perhaps I will just have to carry on day-dreaming. My daughter wants to start a horse-riding stables in New Zealand and me to help her!!! Perhaps that may still happen. LOL
@Darkwing (21586)
28 Apr 07
Now, New Zealand with your daughter would be very nice, huh? I always liked the thought of Canada too, although it can be very cold and some places are quite remote. It always held a charm for me though. Still, here I am in quaint olde England, in the countryside as you'd like to be. I live in a little village about 14 miles north of Brighton on the coast and 35 miles south of London. I love it here. There are some nice places in Wales too. I think life might be a little slower there as you get older. Thank you for your response and Brightest Blessings. P.S. Your namesake was Welsh! lol.
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