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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Because I started traveling when I was young (22) I knew something about the Orient, Europe, Mexico early on. Being friendly, adaptable, adventurous about food, language, customs, mistakes, being fearless as far as transport, making friends helps. Now that I am 72, living in Uruguay, the very main MAIN thing I can share is that there is so much less stress than in the US.
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Lower cost of living, many benefits for seniors who get residency, friendly native people, quietness, stability of gov't, great public transportation, no need of a car, no need of expensive insurances, local "organic" meat and produce, slower pace of life, flourishing small businesses, hard-working honest family oriented native people, beautiful birds, great highways, wonderful beaches, simple life pleasures: people walk instead of jump in a car, women hang out clothes instead of using a dryer, families wear layers of clothes instead of turning up a thermostat, people buy small cars, use propane for cooking, have small homes so spend much of leisure time out of doors. The air here is clean, water potable throughout the country. The Solis Theater in Montevideo supports classical and innovative musical groups, both world famous and local talent. There are adjustments to make, yes. But in a nutshell, Uruguay is ideal for me.
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
I am guessing but after six months of trying to buck the bureaucracy of Argentina it seems that I missed the signals. The English speaking clerk I dealt with most of the time probably would have cleared the way for me to get my residency if I had given him money. Here in Uruguay the process is so much more clear cut. Not simple or perfectly smooth but easier. No corruption. If you have a handle on Spanish you can breeze through. I did not so my Uruguayan friends have helped me immensely. The residency process has taken over a year. I chose to go the cheap route (canje) and was told upfront that it would be a long wait for the card.
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