Picking The Right Country

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Picking The Right Country

“When you move from one country to another you have to accept that there are some things that are better and some things that are worse, and there is nothing you can do about it.”Bill Bryson

If you are planning to live abroad by choice and not by a job posting, it can be an overwhelming decision where to live. When I fall in love with a place, I often ask myself if I can live there.  A lot of times the answer is no. It’s beautiful but it gets cold in the winter and I am way too used to California weather. I love hot tropical climates – but would  I want that all the time? They are usually accompanied by rainy seasons.  Beautiful places can be too isolated, too crowded or too many  tourists in the summer. While it’s fun to use hand motions, in an emergency wouldn’t I want someone to speak English? I’m getting older so I do not want to be a day’s drive from the nearest hospital. Will not having a support system in place be too hard? 

We will definitely rent something big enough to have guests so our friends and family can come visit. Making friends in a new country without work or school will be hard.  Quarantine has prepared us for that. 

There are some places I can rule out right away. I’m allergic to smoke and pollution so Southeast Asia and China are out. 

I would definitely like to live somewhere where the cost of living is less, not more than Los Angeles. Most of the countries on that list have cold winters so they were already out. Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, France, Iceland and Japan were not a consideration. Unfortunately. Australia, New Zealand, Israel and the Bahamas are taken off here as well. 

I do need access to a city. One of the things quarantine has taught me is that I don’t have to be busy all the time. Living  in a beach town could work now. I can’t live my life without access to culture – museums, theatre, good restaurants but I don’t need so much of it now. 

It’s going to be hard to pick the right place. The “grass  is always greener” mentality plays in here. Running away from home rarely ends well so we have to research and try to make the right choice for us. Luckily, I have plenty of time now, to do this.

Stay safe,

JAZ

Countries With The Word The

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Countries With The Word The

“Man 1: Where are you from?  Man 2: From a place where we do not end sentences with prepositions.   Man 1: Okay, where are you from, jackass?” Unknown

I don’t remember all the rules of grammar.  I was doing fine until we started texting. My words are always bumping into each other. It’s hard to take someone seriously when they misspell a word (thnx) or leave out punctuation (me). If you are trying to learn something, like visiting all the countries you can, you should probably learn how to pronounce their names correctly.

In English, we use “the” if a country has a political title in its name, or if it refers to a group of islands. There are also countries, such as The Netherlands, which people commonly attach the definite article to even though it does not follow the two rules above. Just to make sure you are doing it right, here is the list.

The Bahamas

The  Falkland Islands

The Maldives

The Virgin islands

The Czech Republic

The Philippines

The United States

The Dominican Republic

The Netherlands

The United Arab Emirates.

The Ivory Coast

The Central African Republic

The United Kingdom

Since it has been in the news a lot lately, it is not “the Ukraine”.

 

Fly safe,

JAZ