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Old 09-05-2015, 19:45   #61
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Re: USA Expat-a Good Place to Go?

CHEckout Russia a much maligned country, actually much more free than the us, import duties stiff, but oppurtunities abound,can really stretch your dollars if you can think independently of the us news you would enjoy
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You might find this blog interesting. The link is to the page of their passage to Chile and there are many more entries on Chile.

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Hey... I have an idea.

All of you that see problems or dangers or hassles in finding the "perfect place" to go, well... just stay where you are and keep spreading the "dangers" and "rumours" of this place or that. It just leaves more room and fun for those of us that are already out here and doing it!

Delmarrey... get on that big, beautiful yellow boat of yours and "come on down!" We'll leave a light on for ya!!

Cheers!

Agree. Being new to the cruising "community" my personal observation, there is a bit of drama. A new cruiser friend of mine recently broke down crying one day in Samana, waiting for a window.

"I've been reading about the Mona for 6 years. I'm scared to death."

I think we all know how she got that way. Draaaaaaama.

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Old 15-05-2015, 14:26   #64
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Re: USA Expat-a Good Place to Go?

BTW: Luperon is great. The Puerto Blanco Marina is under new enthusiastic ownership. Bruce & Rosa Van Sant come to the revived Sunday BBQ every week. As do many of the expat/Gringo community most of whom still love living there.

The dollar has become even stronger.

Luperon is just getting 24/hr power and a new sewage treatment plant.

...and the difficulties checking in are way exaggerated.


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Please excuse my na´vetÚ. What is "gunk holing"?


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Basically, it's going from one anchorage to another during a pleasure cruise. IAW staying the night or a few days in different anchorages.

The San Juan Is's and the BC coast are a great place as you work your way north/south.
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Re: USA Expat-a Good Place to Go?

So...have you decided what you're planning to do yet? We're in the process of selling out in the Turks and Caicos, and moving onto the boat and I'm interested in other sailors doing similar. The Bahamas are as far north as I want to take the boat, though.
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Basically, it's going from one anchorage to another during a pleasure cruise. IAW staying the night or a few days in different anchorages.

The San Juan Is's and the BC coast are a great place as you work your way north/south.
...and usually implies shallow water...the "gunk" part.
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So...have you decided what you're planning to do yet? We're in the process of selling out in the Turks and Caicos, and moving onto the boat and I'm interested in other sailors doing similar. The Bahamas are as far north as I want to take the boat, though.
This certainly gives me lots of options. But I have some time to get going. The weather window is a coming up. Memorial Day in SF was the coldest in the nation. But I'm still upgrading the boat, basically finish work from the restoration. I do want to stay out of hurricane pockets during their season.
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[QUOTE=clifflyon;1825769]Agree. Being new to the cruising "community" my personal observation, there is a bit of drama. A new cruiser friend of mine recently broke down crying one day in Samana, waiting for a window.

"I've been reading about the Mona for 6 years. I'm scared to death."

I think we all know how she got that way. Draaaaaaama.

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Chile! Northern Chile is in the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. There is no rain and the temperature hovers at about 20 - 24 all year. Extraordinary produce, especially fruit, you name it, its there. The finest olive oil you can find, after all they've been making it for just over 2 centuries. Chilean wines, cheap and plentiful. Cost of living is very low, good medical facilities, squeaky clean police officers and respect for law. The ports of Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta have good facilities. My wife and I lived there for two years, a haven from neighboring Peru and Bolivia.
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Del,

Just read through this thread. Agree now is not the best time to head for Mexico, but, could you get behind the idea of mostly day hops to the Channel Is.? Kind of nice to just explore a bit and relax. Then finish doing up your boat in Mission Bay or San Diego.

As the hurricane season closes, then head off to Mx on your own schedule. Explore some more, and eventually decide where to spend the hurricane season. The whole future awaits.

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pontification is ok, extrapolation is good, googans are wise to stay in port
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I define the two:
Expats arrive and are living off savings and income that mostly comes from overseas. Or they are taking jobs locals cannot perform owing to lack of education and skills. There is also an understanding they can return.

Immigrants arrive and at least initially require governmental support. They usually take jobs others do not want. Small option or motivation to return.
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I define the two:
Expats arrive and are living off savings and income that mostly comes from overseas. Or they are taking jobs locals cannot perform owing to lack of education and skills. There is also an understanding they can return.

Immigrants arrive and at least initially require governmental support. They usually take jobs others do not want. Small option or motivation to return.
IMNSHO, the difference is solely one of intention.

If you intend to make your new location your permanent residence, you are an immigrant.

If you intend to move back to your country of origin or on to another country at some time in the future, you are an expatriate.

Edit: And I totally disagree with the article in Parmenter's link. It's just not true. There are plenty of SE Asian, African, Indian/Pakistani expats plus a few from the Middle East here in PNG as well as the Europeans, Australasians and Americans (of different ethnic backgrounds). That article reveals the racist biases of the reporter more than anything else.
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