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Thread: Have you ever lived outside of the US?

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    Senior Member thelondonzoo's Avatar
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    I lived in England for six months and it was such a fantastic experience. Not only did it open my eyes to the fact that just because a country speaks English doesn't mean they're just like the US but it also made me more aware of global events and how decisions made in the US affect the rest of the world.

    Where did you live and what did you learn from that experience?

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    Lived in japan and Okinawa.

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    yes...when I was 7-9 lived in Eluethera Bahamas...what an experience..I can remember so much of that time like it happened just yesterday...it was an amazing place with wonderful people...

    I can remember telling Santa it was too hot for him to be there, walking miles of beaches, picking fresh pineapple and papaya, coconuts, flamenco dancers, glass bottom boats, catching lobsters by hand, learning to snorkel with Pierre Cousteau (their boat was there to study FIRE reef coral), learning to skeet shoot at the age of 8, learning about sharks, barracuda's, jelly fish, eating conch fritters, chicken dolphin and yellow fin tuna...welcoming the Astronauts that splashed down there, going to the OUTDOOR theater, being in a class that taught grades 1-5 at the same time! SOOOOO many memories..and I am not 50!

    Than from 92 thru 94 I lived in Naples, Italy..and toured Europe with my two boys via train! Tons more memories for sure!

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    Not me, have always lived in Illinois. But I have a house in England courtesy of my English husband - he has lived in: England of course, Canada, Israel, China, Turkey, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Guatamala ... and a few other places I can't remember.

    When people here hear his accent and ask where he's from, he tells them Tennessee (the last place he lived before Illinois), then works backwards :)

    He's been in the states so long now that his accent is middle Atlantic - people in shops in England don't believe he was born there.

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    Lived in Berlin for almost 3 years.

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    born and raised in germany.

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    no, always have live in Indiana, was raised on a farm about 8 miles from where I live now

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL
    Lived in Berlin for almost 3 years.
    oh lucky you..my mom is from Berlin..I only got to visit there 3 or 4 times for a week or so...

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    Was born in Germany and lived there till I was 6 years old. While husband was in the Army spent 3 years in Germany and 3 years in Italy. Really made me appreciate all the things we take for granted here in the good old USA.

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    I started school in Bermuda. Dad was stationed there for 3 years. What did I learn there...mm.... You pick up the accent and folks back home do not understand you when you talk. Kinda like living in the south and visiting Pennsylvania. We wore uniforms to school and it was no big deal. and Rain makes good drinking water with a gallon of bleach every so often. (They catch the rain in cisiterns for fresh water.) An the police are call "bobbies"

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    Lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from 1972 to 1975. Couldn't go off base into the rest of Cuba so we made the Navy/Marine community HOME.
    The best thing that happened to me while there is NO ONE knew I had an identical twin. Not one person asked me "Which one are you?". For the first time in 28 years, I was Ellen. I like to think I was reborn in Cuba. I can imagine this sounds kinda weird to any who hasn't been in that situation but believe me.....it was like a Julie Andrews moment at the top of that mountain.
    I went to Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Haiti for R & R when the station aircraft was headed that way. Got to fly in a C-54 that was in the Berlin Airlift until we changed to C-118s...both aircraft were pretty kewl. I thought Van Johnson would come out of the cockpit anytime when I was in the C-54 with the sling seats on the side.
    Other than that, we pretty much did stuff like you would in any American town. Speed limit was 25 and we didn't have any fast food places (they now have a traffic light and a McDonald's) and pretty much shopped out of the Sears catalogue. Oh, almost forgot.....called the dump Sears and Roedump. You never knew what you'd find there. And for an old hand dump picker from Maine...it was fertile ground.
    The best part of living there is meeting my bestest man friend there in 1972....he and his wife and my dh and I ran together...best friends. They retired to AL in '74 and we retired in '81 to FL. My DH passed in '89 and I was widowed for 6 years when his wife decided she wanted to be on her own. He waited one year (he was really in mourning) before he contacted me.........we've now been married almost 15 years. We would go back to Gitmo in a heartbeat if we could.

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    Canada (born & raised), Venezuela (first marriage. In US Oil camp), Australia (2nd marriage). I'd live in Canada again, but all family, except DC, is here now.

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    Yep....lived out of the US all my life ;)

    Born and raised and live in Australia

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    Not really outside the US as Guam is a US Territory, but definitely a different world than stateside. We were stationed there for 2 years and I loved it. Had to learn to get used to all the meat being frozen when you purchased it. While we were there a stateside dock workers strike kept the BX/commissary from getting in any paper products for what seemed like a really long time. Didn't realize how much paper we use all the time until then. Discovered that typhoons give you lots more advance notice than tornadoes. Actually it was only considered a tropical storm when it went over us, but it did continue to gain strength before hitting the Philippines as a full blown typhoon. By the way, typhoon preparedness includes knocking all the coconuts down out of your trees.
    A few amusing incidents - #1 - DH and I were driving around the south end of the island where many locals lived. As we came around a curve we saw a water buffalo tied to a fence, then as we got only a little farther down the road there was a house with a Corvette in the driveway...the juxtaposition of such diverse cultural sights so close together was really striking.
    #2 - Driving down the road and having to slow down for the Nissan pickup being used as a gravel truck.
    #3 - I decided I'd been on island too long when I was driving back to Andy South (our housing area) from Big Navy (the base at the other end of the island that had the larger BX & commissary) and saw a cop downtown with not yet tanned skin and thought 'that's just wrong'!

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    Seven years in Kaiserlautern and Frankfurt, Germany, as civilians, not military, in the 1970s. My older daughter was born in the Kaiserlautern Stadtische Krankenhaus (Community Hospital.)

    Jan in VA

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    I've never been outside the US, but this is oh so interesting!

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    Lived in Germany, Turkey and now Japan. I love to explore and experience different cultures. Both my kids are born in Germany.

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    As a child in Germany and England.
    Then again Dad getting stationed from Ga to NJ way back when (60's). was almost like different countries. LOL

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