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Offline dbneeley

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2010, 07:46:49 AM »
One expense that may come into play, though, might be annual or more frequent trips back to "show the flag" and to make direct contacts with potential new contract firms or agencies.

Which is in line with what I said: successfully self-employed people rely on networks and it is hard to maintain these networks when you live overseas. I would wager that the longer you live overseas, the the more frequent the trips to "show the flag" will have to become tiphat

Normally, we would not think of a company we worked for as a "network" but if you do, then I'd agree with you. As for "more frequent trips back the longer you live overseas"--I'd wager that is by far a distinctly individual matter.

I'll be heading back to the U.S. in a couple months for perhaps five or six weeks; if I didn't have quite a bit of business outstanding with various government offices, I'd probably not be heading back then...and this will be my first trip back after being here right at two years. It is likely that it'll be another two if not more before I return again.

I know others for whom it isn't a big deal to go back and forth, including a few who have been expats for many years. In fact, at my age it seems there are fewer reasons to want to go back as time passes.

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2010, 08:18:28 AM »
Normally, we would not think of a company we worked for as a "network" but if you do, then I'd agree with you.

Eventually, the company you worked for will have new managers, new people and they will have their own people, their own contacts. They will start asking "David who?" If they never worked with you directly, then they may start giving other people contracts, people that they knew when working... It is pretty normal human behavior. You trust people you know. Sure, the first few years, little is likely to change, but what about in 5, 10 or 15 years?
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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2010, 09:50:09 AM »
@db
The router supplied was, let's say, with Chinese markings all over, and a confirmed POS.  Add to that the lack of filters on the line, and the phone ringing would often drop the DSL connection, old wiring, and you start to get the picture.  I have no doubts at all that you can get good service in many areas, and in this case, it honestly was "mostly good enough," with more upstream bandwidth than here in the US on residential capped lines, but it should be something people look at before making that jump to work from Siberia or some locales. As it was "mostly good enough," I didn't look too deeply into other options.

I'll be going back with a DSL filter, cable and a Linksys in the not too distant future. :)


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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2010, 04:27:32 PM »
I'm just wondering what are Ukrainian rules for foreigners buying real property... Any "special tax" applied (e.g. in Spain a foreigner purchasing property pays additional 7% - Andrew please correct me if I'm wrong?)

7.5% for new build, 6 to 7% for resale's. This tax is for anyone purchasing a Spanish property and nothing to do with their nationality.

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2010, 04:43:14 PM »
Thanks, saved me looking in Google. ;)
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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2010, 10:45:46 PM »
Must have things I bring. I buy a trunk anytime I am back in the US.

Having an addiction to mac + cheese I buy up about 50 boxes and toss all but the sauce mix. It can last a year or two. I take about 6 cake mixes and creamy icing, keep them locked away. only bake for special occasions and then lie about making it from scratch. I bring up to 10 boxes of Whitman's chocolate and keep half for myself. Spices and packet mixes especially for spaghetti though with all the fresh herbs I am doing fine adding just a little for taste.

I cannot stand R/U munchkin shoes or the pantywaist socks so I bring 3 pairs shoes and two dozen heavy socks. Any more shoes can be bought in other foreign countries. Two pairs of long johns usually lasts a few years and come in handy with the winters. I am now thinking of a good snowmobile suit.

What I like best.

My second half does not understand this but I try to say that in U/R there can be a great degree of difference between $300 and $700 a month. Outside of that you need to make a big jump to the upper class. I am very content with about $700 and that includes renting. She only thinks that how you live does not matter when outside and surrounding you is such crap.

I like corruption. In all truth I have run across many officials who would not be bribed but often when you need something now or need to bypass a law it can make things happen that would not.

I really like camping and while I have never gone camping there, I look at general life there as camping. It can be dirty, smelly, a little pile of shit on the stairway, no hot water for two weeks...

In general I like to be in the same stew (or slightly better) as everyone else rather than the bottom of the barrel.

Most of all I like that you can get on a bus or train and be in another country for about a hundred dollars. Romania, Poland, Latvia, Lietuva, etc. Hostels are getting expensive though.

But I must admit that I also love being around the women.

Oh, and one final thing that is a real blessing. When the little lady is on her period I kick her back to her mothers apartment. Actually, she has learned to judge her own temperament these days so it is usually only every two months now and I don't need to kick.

Biggest downside.

Those times when I must return home. I am helping a friend at the moment in (can you spell the armpit of the universe?) Ohio.

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #36 on: July 26, 2010, 12:55:27 PM »
For those who think being an expat is life on easy street.....

Serial killer in Philippines targets expats, their gadgets

Dizon, a computer technician and reflexologist, is suspected of killing retired U.S. Air Force serviceman Albert Mitchell, 70, his wife, Janet Andrenada, 53, and their three domestic helpers last Thursday, the newspaper reported.

He is also suspected in the killing of Briton James Porter, 51, and his 22-year-old Filipina girlfriend in their home a few days earlier. Police also suspect Dizon killed Canadian passport-holder Geoffrey Bennun, 60, and his 20-year-old Filipina girlfriend on July 12.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/26/serial-killer-in-philippines-targeted-expats-and-their-gadgets/?hpt=T2

Still another reason to stay realistic about those age gaps......

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2010, 02:01:07 PM »
Same comment as on the other forum. You should IMHO split up the answer maybe for the right woman or job. I would consider it if a good job was offered, but would not move for a woman not matter who she was  :biggrin:
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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #38 on: July 26, 2010, 02:46:58 PM »
I am in Estonia now. We only tend to do a series of short breaks across the year here, so I don't fall into the "expat" category really. To stay here over a year might be a stretch, but doable if there was a good reason. It wouldn't be such a hardship. Life is OK here.

Russia would be another matter. It would need to be a lot of money to make me live there.

Living anywhere in the FSU on local money would be a hardship I think. If you have enough money, you can smooth the bumps out pretty much anywhere. Even in Russia. It takes a lot more money than people imagine to do that though.

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #39 on: July 26, 2010, 03:06:39 PM »
Yes, there's good and bad everywhere. Most of it involves adaptability of the individual to radical differences as to what is considered "acceptable, "normal" or "standard".

This may have been part of the intent of the infamous thread on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly which sidetracked off into such a bitter personality war. 

So, you may enjoy reading and deciding which pieces of information fit best into those categories:

VISA Challenges are Constant (but maybe improving)

New visa rules confuse expats
Nov 7, 2007
Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/27769/#ixzz0uoyoIjZr

Expats face tough rules after WTO
Apr 24 2008
http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/28902/

Easy Guide - Requirements for Foreigners to Enter and Exit Ukraine
http://www.chamber.ua/enter-exit-ukraine/

Working in Ukraine

Ukraine expat survey 2010
http://bunews.com.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=349:ukraine-expat-survey-2010-&catid=25:industry-&Itemid=34

Expat doctor stands up to misconduct charges
http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/24511/

Moms confront child molester
http://www.theeagle.com/local/Moms-confront-child-molester

Simple Living

Doing my walkabout a little later in life.
http://www.canuckabroad.com/forums/expats-living-in-ukraine-and-russia-vt1730.html

Sadness and splendor in Kiev, Ukraine's capital

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2012191278_trukraine27.html?syndication=rss

One of our own:

. . The Mendeleyev Journal . .
Life, art, culture, language and music in Russia
http://russianreport.wordpress.com/

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #40 on: July 27, 2010, 08:04:41 AM »
I have considered living in both Finland and Estonia.  Would be easier for me since I have family in both places and the support network both would offer.  Also I have my Estonian passport available to me as well.  So with visa issues non-existant and local help on the ground I could do it easily.  No opportunities or circumstances have come about to make me seriously look at it though. 

With Mila and Kirill settled here, I doubt I would ever consider a move like that now. 
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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #41 on: July 27, 2010, 09:16:15 PM »
Recent reports of the worlds top 10 highest quality of life cities lists no less than 5 in Canada.  Only Norway and France offer comparably high quality of life scenarios across the board with Denmark, Austria and Switzerland rounding out the top 10.

I am seriously considering a Canada office for one of our business projects.  Perhaps Nova Scotia or Montreal.

It is one thing to do business in the RU UA and Stans but expatriating when Canada is right next door seems to be fairly radical option.

Seconds on my list for winter would be the lovely warm weather and friendly business climates of Antigua, Belize (Former British Honduras), Costa Rica and Panama.

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #42 on: July 27, 2010, 09:28:13 PM »
Estonia I'd consider part of the FSU but Finland I always lump into Europe proper.

I'd have done Riga, Tallinn or Vilnius if they'd have had any decent job ads but working in the EU is/was more of a challenge at the time.

Now the visa hassles have grown in the FSU so I'm not sure what my choices would be now. I had thought I'd head to China by now which is still fairly easy to visit for extended periods.


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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #43 on: July 27, 2010, 09:37:30 PM »
I worked a few weeks in Canada once, the paperwork was horrendous. In truth it was easier to work in Ukraine than Canada.

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Re: Resources and about Expatriate Life
« Reply #44 on: July 28, 2010, 01:42:37 AM »
I worked a few weeks in Canada once, the paperwork was horrendous.

Yeah, it's no picnic going the other way either.  :'(