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An Expat Talks about Retiring in Jacumá, Conde, Paraiba, Brazil

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Jacumá, Conde, Paraiba

Why did you choose to retire abroad?

Cost of living and life style

Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year?

All year - 32 years

Why did you choose the country you retired to?

Cost of living and life style

Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad?

Yes ... years and years

How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad?

32 years

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How many countries (other than your home country) have you lived in as a retiree?

5

What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad?

Challenging - nothing

What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?

Cost of living and life style

What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process?

Do it earlier

What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings? (Is there an active expat community? Cultural Attractions? Recreation? Nightlife?)

Great ...yes ... lots of expats here. Cultural ... mostly music shows ... recreation, the beaches, parties, clubs ... night life, same

What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country? How difficult was this process? (Please describe)

Permanent visa ... bit complicated unless you are married and have a Brazilian child

Did you buy a home or apartment, or rent one? Is this a difficult process? (Please describe)

Renting ... house with a huge lot (garden)... US$ 340 per month

Financially, has living abroad in your host country met your expectations? Exceeded them?

Yes ... met ... maybe not exceeded

What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country?

Cost of living and life style ... but the devalued dollar has caused problems

How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country?

US$ 800 - 1,100 +/-

Do you have access to quality medical care? (Please describe - is it close? Expensive?)

Government health care is fine

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Is there a lot of crime where you live? (Please describe)

Not here if you take care ... rural. Only in the big cities

Describe available transportation where you live. Do you need a car? Is there access to safe public transportation?

Old folks ... seniors ride the buses for free ... fairly decent system. I do have a car but ride the bus mostly.

Is there high-speed internet access where you live?

Yes

Do you have any other thoughts you would like to share about retiring abroad?

Just do it ... quit wasting time ... I'm happy.

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guest
Aug 30, 2011 05:19

Cultural Attractions? Recreation? Nightlife? - There are no 'CLUBS' in Conde. MUSIC SHOWS? Well, yes, when your interest is limited to loud music EVERYWHERE. Be prepared to wake up at 5am by some lunatic with the specially made music boxes in his car on full blast. A pathetic macho thing. Admittedly, it is not very different from the Latin countries in Europe 40 years ago, but where this kind of air Pollution has been finally curtailed. ----- Access to Government health plan? Sure, when you're willing to wait for days to see a specialist, along with hundreds and hundreds of others. Google for info - you'll find plenty of info on this subject. ----- Financial consideration? USD 800-1100 might work when you already have a car, computer, TV and all other domestic appliances, as these tend to be 100-150% more expensive than in your home country. ----- CRIME only in the big cities? Do I hear denial? Conde is one of the most dangerous areas to live, with very little police available. Google for MURDER and CONDE or PARAIBA. Or check this link: http://paraibaparadise.com/index.php/paraiba-paradise/search-results/?cx=004359798337418915620%3A5mcblzqfcze&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=murder&sa=Search&siteurl=paraibaparadise.com%2Findex.php%2FJoao-Pessoa%2Fcategory%2Flocal-news%2Fpage%2F7%2F#952 ----- Yes, Conde may be fine for some, but stop kidding yourself. Brazil has become a very expensive country to live!

guest
Aug 30, 2011 12:05

More details about where he's living...seems really low cost profile.

guest
Jan 18, 2012 12:52

i would like to be in touch with you more and find out some more information. I am thinking of moving in the future to Recife. I just came back and I am in love with the country...HELP ME? Ken Wortley Spokane Washington

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