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An Expat Talks about Moving to
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
My favorite deodorant, an extra pair of shoes (I've got big feet), a decent pizza
I packed pretty light.
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
It can be difficult for a new expat, but I would recommend driving around and looking at several houses and complexes before making a decision, so you get an idea of what to expect.
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, driveway, not much of a yard. This is pretty typical for the area, and a lot of expats live in this area.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
I looked around and used local housing agents for my first house, which I overpaid on significantly. The next house was a much better deal, though still had to pay 1 year in advance.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Much lower. 3 bedroom house for around USD $3500 per year.
Moving to Indonesia
Expats discuss what they wish they had known before moving to Indonesia. Locals say "yes" even when they really mean to say "no" and traffic can be a nightmare. But, there are many of positives, too.
Expats discuss what they wish they had known before moving to Indonesia. Locals say "yes" even when they really mean to say "no" and traffic can be a nightmare. But, there are many of positives, too....
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