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Is the language barrier in Romania a problem?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 08:32
Destination: Romania
Hi- I'm moving to Romania with my Romanian husband (mind you, he's been living in the States for the last 25 years) and I'm worried that the language barrier will be too much for me to handle. We're going to take care of his sick mother, and though the greater purpose of our journey is a noble one, I'm concerned that I'll be living a life of isolation, consumed by too much sadness. Is it very difficult to communicate with local Romanians if you don't speak the language at all. Do they speak English at all here?

What's the job market like in Russia?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 07:47
Destination: Russia
My husband's a lawyer and we will be relocated by his firm later this year. I'm an editor, and my work is equally important to me, but I'm worried i won't be able to find work in the country. What's the job market like in Russia? What kind of oppportunities are available to foreigners?

Moving to Riyadh vs. Jeddah

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:49
Destination: Saudi Arabia
I'm due to move with my wife to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia over the course of the next few months. That said, I have been doing research and I'm wondering if we should consider basing ourselves in Riyadh rather? There seems to be a more relaxed atmosphere in Jeddah, and it's by the beach - which is nice. But, Riyadh seems to have a larger expat community and more events put on by emabassies and foreign organisations. I'm also an avid golfer and Riyadh seems to have more courses available, can anyone comment?

Women's Groups in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 09:46
Destination: Riyadh
Hi All- I moved with my husband to Riyadh about two weeks ago. We are renting an apartment, so we are not surrounded by other expats in compound life. I'm looking for ways to meet people or get involved in activities in the city. Does anyone know if there are any women's groups in Riyadh, or how to go about joining a worthwhile social network?

IB Schools in Cape Town

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 08:56
Destination: Cape Town
I'll be moving with my husband and two kids from the UAE (though we're American) for at least 3 to 5 years come this July. Can anyone recommend a reputable international school with an IB curriculum and an suburb close by that's safe and convenient. We don't mind living in an apartment if the city centre is a viable option. Thanks.

Waiting for Residency Permit in South Africa

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 08:52
Destination: South Africa
Hi All- I submitted my application for Permanent Residency in South Africa on an exceptional skills basis in June 2010 and I have yet to receive. I know all applications now go to the "hub" in Pretoria - which seems akin to throwing them into the depths of Mordar and waiting for the God of Horror to spit them back up either approved or lost completely. Can anyone give advice on how to track progress. Any other expats applying for their residency permit in South Africa who can share their experience. I guess misery loves company and I'm looking for any advice I can find.

Best South African Bank for Expats?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 08:45
Destination: South Africa
Hi All- I've been an expat in South Africa for just over four years and pretty much decided to open a bank account with Standard Bank for the obvious reason that it was the branch closest to my house and I was too lazy to walk elsewhere or research more extensively. Now, finally, I'm considering settling more permanently and suddenly my South African bank becomes important because, hey, I need a loan! Just wondering if any expats have been through this process and can recommend which bank is the most conciliatory toward offering foreigners a bit of cash to play with.

What's the cost of living in Spain?

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Submitted by tompitman on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 11:54
Destination: Spain

Hi - we are planning a move to Spain (Mallorca) and would be interested to know the cost of living compared to London. I imagine it is much cheaper, particulalry now, but I am sure there are some items that cost more. How do you reckon living costs compare to London - which items are cheaper and which cost more. Many thanks.

How do I get English TV in Spain?

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Submitted by tompitman on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 11:48
Destination: Spain
hello. we have recently bought a house in Mallorca, Spain, and will be spending six months a year there from now. We want to be able to get English TV and are hoping we can take our Sky box from the UK to Spain. Will we be able to get English TV in Spain via Sky? And if this doesnt work, what are the other options for getting English TV in Spain? I know there are thousands of English expats in Mallorca, so I guess it must be possible, and look forward to your help!! 

Is Madrid kid-friendly?

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/21/2011 - 08:27
Destination: Madrid
I've lived my whole live in slow, suburbia and now we're leaving the periphery of Philly (Philadelphia, USA) for the big, bustling metropolis of Madrid. As much as I'm worried about my own adjustment I'm more concerned for my kids (Kale is 7 and David is 9). Can anyone expats advise if Madrid is kid-friendly, and recommend some good activities?

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