Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Poll #2

6 comments
Please participate in these two polls! It's anonymous (and if you want to leave comments, you can make them anonymously also). Thanks!!

6 comments:

  1. I am no longer living abroad, so I did not vote, but the reason I am back in the US is work related. I prefer Europe, and I would live there forever if I could, but my work is in the US...for now.

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  2. I just returned to the U.S. from a 2+ year stay in Germany (Heidelberg :)). Our return was with mixed emotions but generally I'll say that I'm happy to be back. The main reason being language. I think that if I could speak the language and be self-sufficient and actively particpate in the community then I would have been very sad to leave. But my German skills were crap, so life was isolating and lonely. And I'm kind of self-conscious so even though people could speak to me in English I felt bad about it so I just generally became a quiet/shy person. Not good. So it's nice to back where I can be myself again and feel connected to the world.

    Enjoy the summer for me! I LOVED summertime over there!!

    Jen

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  3. Since I am not an American I didn't vote. Reasons for me staying though are work for both of us. Also the language aspect - it's so much easier for me here than for my hubby in Austria.

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  4. Thanks to everyone who has responded to the two polls so far! If your answer is "other" or "some aspect of culture", care to explain? I know I didn't come close to covering all the possible reasons in the poll - I thought of another big possibility yesterday that I missed in the poll - vacation time!

    Maria & Bek: I think that people who have had to make the decision to move or not move back are qualified to respond to the poll. :)

    Jen: Even with mediocre German skill it's hard to feel completely involved....but I think it depends on the person's comfort level. Some just aren't going to feel a part of the team until they're totally fluent. Some are totally fine with just getting by!

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  5. I really prefer it here in Europe, being close to my family is not even a pull anymore. If I lived more than a couple hours from them in the US (which would be likely), I'd probably see them less than I do now anyways.

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  6. I would only go back for the PERFECT job, which I won't get because I am not a Harvard MBA.

    www.expat-chronicles.com

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