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First of all, as one individual American, let me apologize for what we did as a country to Serbia.

As I stated, I was married to a Russian for eight years.  She was extremely critical of Serbians crying "Slavic Brotherhood" after years of defying the Soviet Union but there was still an understanding of average Serbs and their point of view.  We, the US, absoloutely ignored that.

She was also critical of the Polish side of my family calling Poles the "prostitutes of Europe".  But she was half Tartar and half Russian, so what do you expect?

Unfortunately, I no longer have home or family back in the US.  What I have is here in Europe.  If I went back, I would be there with a suitcase at the airport and then what?  On the street I imagine.

I guess if my dreams fail here in the EU, I could probably look toward Costa Rica, at least the have great surfing.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:17:18 AM EST
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"Unfortunately, I no longer have home or family back in the US.  What I have is here in Europe."

:) Unfortunately, or fortunately. I think you should just focus on that and on the consequences of it, and things will begin falling into place. Don't give up hope.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! (Martin Luther King)

by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot frança) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:44:45 AM EST
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Why don't you try Australia? You can get permanent residency up to 45 years of age. English is obviously not a problem for you. And I guess they may not have that many people that can teach here (especially languages).All my friends that were teaching found job here.
And Australia is great country for living and a very nice one.It's not perfect ...but hey there is no paradise on Earth.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 09:49:58 AM EST
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and I would be able to take up surfing again, just the great whites put a damper on it.

I'll google the Aussie embassy, I almost made the point system for New Zealand a couple of years ago due to education, only a couple of points short for that year.

But the surfing is better in Australia (though I should probably sell my x-country skies)

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:02:39 AM EST
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Even if you manage to pass point system for New Zealand you can freely come to live in Australia after becoming citizen.Have a closer look to both countries.And once you have permanent residence you are practically equal to citizens (at least after 2 years I think).In New Zealand you can even vote (which I am not so enthusiastic about any more) but here in Australia you need to be citizen to vote.
Actually when I look at it ( on the surface) Europe has/had much more of the security (pensions, health , work ) then those overseas countries but on the other hand from what I have heard they do not treat immigrants nowhere near equally to other citizens like those countries  overseas).  
As for surf the ocean is at least pretty worm here ( as opposed to New Zealand).

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat May 30th, 2009 at 10:21:00 AM EST
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Jeffersonian Democrat:
I could probably look toward Costa Rica, at least the have great surfing.

lol, stop reading my mind...

if we all end up on portu-peas level, that's a hell of a free asset few europeans even have tried.

i'll see ya out there in the surf

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 07:42:32 AM EST
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