Do you have a close family member (i.e. a parent, child, sibling, 1st cousin) that lives outside the US?
All my family lives in the US but I've been in Canada for the last six months. Which is super annoying, Canada has one of the most strict immigration policies.
I would like to visit Canada again. I’ve seen Toronto and Vancouver, but I’d like to see some of the countryside.
Yeah. Toronto is a lot of fun, I wouldn't mind living here if I could find a decent taco, better weather, and some palm trees. Sadly not the place for any of that, lmao.
In laws, the relatively few left alive. No one from my immediate family at this time, although my wife and I, and one of my sisters and her husband, are actively researching moving overseas. They are thinking Switzerland, my wife and I are thinking France or New Zealand.
Awesome! Those all sound like really great places. Do you think you can get a visa or will you try to get citizenship in the new country?
I think we can get the visa, but the exit taxes are so high here I'd plan on living there with no intention of becoming a citizen. Unless some opportunity opened up for dual citizenship, of course. That’s all part of the research. Every country is different. Without planning on working it’s harder. My brother in law is a pathologist who has done a lot of teaching, so his options are essentially unlimited.
Makes sense. I wish people could freely travel and work in country to country.
The majority of my family lives in the Philippines.
Very cool. Do you get to go there much?
When I was little we’d go during my summer vacations but as an adult it’s hard to build up enough vacation time to make the trip worthwhile plus missing that much time at once from work would be hard. I last went like 7 years ago which really stinks. I keep in touch with family via Facebook but it’s not the same. I foresee going at some point in the next few years bc my 97 year old grandmother is, well, 97.
Also, it ends up being the majority of my family in part bc my father’s parents passed away over 30 years ago and we haven’t spoken to his only (and childless) brother since. There really is no family on my dad’s side. I feel like that makes my original comment misleading in some ways.
Well I hope you get to go soon. It would be hard to be that far away from family.
Currently all are stateside.
Nope, I’m the one living outside the US
Cool. Which country do you reside?
Czech Republic. I live in Prague.
Yes, I should have just looked at your tag line ;-)
My wife’s family emigrated from what is now the Czech Republic about 140 years ago. They immigrated to Texas. Some of her family recently visited their old home town, and my wife and I would love to go someday.
No, I'm the close family member outside the US
Nice. Do you get to visit the countryside much? It looks so beautiful from the pictures.
Yes, I'm in a rural region. Lots of agriculture. I'd say it's not the same as it is from the sky...
That’s really cool. I’d love to have that experience someday.
Im sure I have a cousin from Italy.(🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹)
Awesome! Or should I say, “Eccezionale!”
Most of my family lives in Mexico
Cool! Have you ever lived in Mexico? My pastor lived in Puebla for a while, and said it was really beautiful.
Awesome! Which country(s)?
My brother, uncles, and cousins in Mexico. My wife’s family also lives in Mexico.
I have an uncle in Israel.
My grandparents lived in Guatemala (but they passed away).
My Half Brother lives in Germany, he has a Vinyard and makes a local wine.....
Awesome! I would love to go to Germany. The pictures are really beautiful.
Aschaffenburg stands out in my memories, the huge rolling hills, the green of grass and the old structures and castles.....if you ever get the chance and go, definitely go tour Aschaffenburg, it will be worth the time.....
Sounds like it. I’ll remember that one. Thanks!
You are welcome.....