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When we asked people living abroad what life is like in their areas and how people spend their time, they said...

"Living as an expat in the area can be a great experience. There is a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the cities, with a variety of cultures, different cuisines, and plenty of entertainment and things to do. English is widely spoken and most people are welcoming to visitors, so it is easy to get around and make friends. The area has a big expat community, with many expats who have already been living there for a long time. Housing can be difficult to find and expensive, but there are a few expat-focused websites and agencies which can help, and the area is generally quite affordable. Generally speaking, the standard of living is good, with excellent healthcare and educational facilities, but the climate can be extreme at times," said another expat in India.

"Bangalore is a large city which today is heralded as the IT capital of India, its a nice place to live, friendly people, a vibrant cultural environment. As with any city of this size you will find somewhere a supportive group of people with interests similar to your own. I am an avid nature photographer and I have quickly gathered around me people with information and interests willing to share their experiences. Indians are often willing to include ex-pats in their lives with a shared interest in food or other things. Getting invited to Indian Weddings, Engagement parties etc is common and you are feted as special," wrote a member who made the move to Bangalore, India.

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