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If You Have A Chance To Live Abroad, Take It

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Living abroad (not just taking a vacation in another country) is a great experience. One learns about another country, its customs, culture, & language. One learns to see one's own country from a different point of view. One sees that people are much the same everywhere, with similar concerns. One finds that other places are not better or worse than home, just different. And upon returning home, one appreciates one's native country all the more. (click title for more info)

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After spending several years in South America, I learned to love the culture there, made wonderful friends, learned a new language. Living without electricity or running water certainly made me appreciate home, yet it made me see that people can be happy with so much less than one would expect.
- Submitted by STORMY724 10/25/2010 in Everything Else | 4 Comments
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RD03875 10/25/2010 5:17:00 PM

    I"m an American, married to an American and we've lived in SAudi Arabia for 26 years.
Yes, you DO learn to appreciate everything Americans take for granted. I can't say the culture is all that great especially for women.
JAMBUTTER 10/25/2010 9:36:00 AM

    Oh I love travelling! It's so adventurous.Also it is so knowledgeable because you learn so many new things n also you r moving all the time.Only sometimes your diet is the thing you cannot take care of!
LOLEMA 10/25/2010 8:37:00 AM

    That is so true. We lived in the Netherlands and at first it was a shock and then it was awesome once we got settled in. We would go back in a heartbeat. Life is simple,
less materialistic, better quality food, family is still a priority.
DANIELA2767 10/25/2010 8:28:00 AM

    I totally agree!!! The only addition I have is, don't just live there, actually be there and be a part of the culture. I have lived in Spain for a year, loved it, but some of the other girls just complained because things were not like they are here. Embrace the experience, really be there to learn and not just compare....different lifestyles don't mean that they are "primitive" or "backward", they are just that - different! It can be an awesome experience you will never forget! emoticon

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