What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Why did you choose to retire abroad?
I was sick and tired,tired and sick of the corruption and politics there.
All of the illegal acts taking place in Wash,and the disappearing middle class.
Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year?
All year,most of it
Why did you choose the country you retired to?
I visited here first,and prefer the Latin Cultures life.
Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad?
How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad?
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How many countries (other than your home country) have you lived in as a retiree?
What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad?
The language and the difficulty of taking care of daily business.
What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?
The weather and fresh fruits and vegetables.
What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process?
Rent before buying for more that a year.
What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings? (Is there an active expat community? Cultural Attractions? Recreation? Nightlife?)
What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country? How difficult was this process? (Please describe)
A long wait,and $1,500
Did you buy a home or apartment, or rent one? Is this a difficult process? (Please describe)
Financially, has living abroad in your host country met your expectations? Exceeded them?
Pretty much so
What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country?
Just remember,to have available funds if necessary on emergencies.
How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country?
Do you have access to quality medical care? (Please describe - is it close? Expensive?)
Yes, National Health Insurance
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Is there a lot of crime where you live? (Please describe)
Average,like everywhere else
Describe available transportation where you live. Do you need a car? Is there access to safe public transportation?
No car necessary,if you live near larger cities
Is there high-speed internet access where you live?
Do you have any other thoughts you would like to share about retiring abroad?
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