Fun Poll: "If I couldn't live in the U.S., I'd want to move to ____"

Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by ryalex, May 13, 2004.


If I couldn't live in the U.S., I'd want to move to...

  1. Canada

  2. Mexico

  3. Bahamas/Jamaica/U.S.V.I./Other Carribean

  4. Costa Rica

  5. Other Central America

  6. Brasil

  7. Argentina

  8. Chile

  9. Peru

  10. Ecuador

  11. Other South America

  12. England

  13. Scotland

  14. Ireland

  15. France

  16. Portugal

  17. Spain/Canary Is.

  18. Germany

  19. Italy

  20. Monaco

  21. Switzerland

  22. Austria

  23. Denmark

  24. Holland

  25. Sweden

  26. Finland

  27. Norway

  28. Greece / Malta / Bosnia / Other Mediterranean

  29. Other Europe

  30. Israel

  31. Saudi Arabia/UAE

  32. Other Middle East

  33. South Africa

  34. Other Africa

  35. India/Sri Lanka

  36. Japan

  37. China / Hong Kong

  38. Korea

  39. Phillipines

  40. Thailand

  41. Malaysia

  42. Other Asia

  43. Australia

  44. New Zealand

  45. Tonga/Samoa/Other Polynesia

  46. Fiji / Other Micronesia

  47. Russia

  48. Czech Republic / Eastern Europe

  49. Nepal / Bhutan / Himalaya area

  50. Singapore

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  1. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    Just to see other places people like enough to live there. I've tried to list a lot of countries, but if you'd like to say why you like your country or name it if it's not listed, please do so.

    For non-residents, feel free to vote for your favorite country. Please no "I wouldn't want to live in the US anyway" comments.
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  3. PaulC

    PaulC Formula 3

    Feb 11, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
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    I would be in Milan. It has the best looking women I have seen. Great food, and everybody I met was very nice. I can't wait to go back.
  4. Zupra

    Zupra F1 Rookie

    Mar 31, 2004
    St Louis
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  5. Enzo

    Enzo F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Pat Pasqualini
    New Zealand
  6. ashsimmonds

    ashsimmonds F1 World Champ

    Feb 14, 2004
    adelaide, australia
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    Humble Narrator
    why can't i live in the U.S.? :( am i on the lam?

    well, i think i'd be more suited to scotland/ireland/england, or maybe canada, someplace it's not stupid-hot in summer, and gets plenty of rain.
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  8. Maximo_Tifoso

    Maximo_Tifoso Karting

    Jan 8, 2004
    Houston TX

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

    Nov 1, 2003
    Victory Circle
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    Argentina bcus I have family there & know the place well
    2nd choice maybe Barcelona or Genoa maybe Cannes or Paris

    Bhutan could be a great place to retire too :)
  10. bluekawala

    bluekawala Formula Junior

    Jan 22, 2004
    Ormond Beach, FL
    I voted Bahama's... but thats more if I could retire I suppose. As for a country to get a job and live normally... probably Switzerland or northern Italy somewhere.
  11. Stackhouse

    Stackhouse F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2004
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    CT.. AKA Pimp Daddy
    Hook me up with Janet Jackson and a ticket to NEVER LAND!!

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  13. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
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    Ryan Alexander
    Conan O'Brien was saying that MJ is selling Neverland, and unfortunately the buyer was the Catholic Church.
  14. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    Several places would work for me:

    New Zeland
    Northern Belgium
  15. coachi

    coachi Formula 3

    May 1, 2002
    SC USA
    I think Switzerland would be the ideal country...climate, customs,etc...but I have never been to New Zealand and those who have rave about the beautiful green countryside. I am also told South Africa is a great place to live. Never been there either.
  16. Fan512bbi

    Fan512bbi Two Time F1 World Champ

    Mar 25, 2004
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    What about WALES, it is the most beautiful part of the UK.
  17. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Apr 28, 2003
    A long time ago, I asked a Pan Am pilot (remember them?) where he would go because he routinely flew all over the world. He said New Zealand in a heart beat.

    But I have heard that they have recently started cracking down on sporty drivers.
  18. LAfun2

    LAfun2 F1 Veteran

    Oct 31, 2003
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    1. Bangladesh


    2. Brasil
  19. matkat

    matkat Formula 3

    Mar 18, 2003
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    Dave McGuire
    Ideal country,climate customs etc... I take it you have never been there then,I am also interested in the etc what is it?not disputing your selection in any way I am only curious why you say that as I lived in Basel for nearly 2 years.
  20. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    Although I put Switzerland in this poll, New Zealand was a close #2. I lived there for a year Jan-Dec 1996 and graduated high school in Hamilton on the North Island. It is an amazingly beautiful country with pleasant, down-to-earth people. Part of my life plan is to get country property there.

    For reference, the climate is the inverse of the US/Canada Pacific coast: the Northern part is like SF>Oregon, going all the way to the Southern tip which is like North BC/Alaska weather.

    For me the kicker that made me pick Schweiz over Aotearoa was the economic opportunities - although New Zealand has taken large strides to de-socialize economically over the past decade with great results, its location and resource base make it inconvenient for many industries (and dairy and meat is still the bulk of the economy).

    If you're a retiring American, however, the USD goes VERY far down there and RE is affordable.

    However, Dr. Tax is right - they have installed photo radar *everywhere,* including the countryside, unfortunately. Which is a shame because their twisty roads are a lot of fun.

    Click through these posters from this famous NZ photographer:


    For me the downside to Switzerland is the social custom... very polite but not overly friendly (a typical "Northern vs. Southern" mentality argument). A good friend of mine there misses America because of the congenial and talkative people. I noticed the difference - in Switzerland if you confront them they will tell you directions, etc. and that's that... at every restaurant we went to in Italy people would lean over and start conversations with us.
  21. mike

    mike Formula Junior

    Nov 2, 2003
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    I vote for Bonaire or Belize.
    Bonaire has great climate, restaurants, and clear water of SCUBA.
  22. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
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    Ryan Alexander
    Why would you go back to Bangladesh after your story?

    Is it because with your education you could be at 'the top' of the local economy (meaning you're the guy with the S600 ;-)?
  23. sjb509

    sjb509 Guest

    I picked New Zealand, but have never been there. My graduate advisor was a professor there and loved it.

    Maybe the best option would be to have a few residences if you had the $$$:
    Canada in the summer (July-Sept)
    Greece in the fall (Oct-Dec)
    Bahamas in the winter (Jan-Mar)
    Monaco in the spring (April-June)
  24. Hubert888

    Hubert888 F1 Veteran

    May 14, 2003
    Manhattan & LA
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    Korea --- the women there are unbelievable!
  25. Bertus

    Bertus Formula 3

    Mar 1, 2004
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    Bert S
    Yeah, i was wondering why it wasn't on the list
    But good choice !! :)

    I live in Belgium and i like it but Italy or Switserland would do it for me also
  26. LAfun2

    LAfun2 F1 Veteran

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Ryan, yes I would. Not becuase I would be the guy with the S600. In reality there are no places to drive there. Sure the rich have the Range Rovers and Benzes and stuff, but there are no places to drive. I would probably just have a 92 corolla and drive that. There are too many rickshaws and scooters that hit your car, and roads are too narrow anyways.

    Reason I would go back probably is not logical. When I used to live there, I would always wanted to move to Brasil. I saw this one post card, where you could see the white sand and the beautiful ocean. Thus I always wanted to have a nice yatch, at retire there at like 50, and enjoy life. However, as I have gotten older, my priorities have changed and my wants have changed.

    I now think that once I am about 40-45ish (and have some savings), I could go back and do some good. Third world countries are rather corrupt as you know, and foreign investments (I saw the thread on Business section, but didn't comment, as it is useless to comment, because that gentleman seems rather naive and idealistic about his goals) don't really help the country. What these countries need is inside out fixing. Meaning, the people that leave the country, if they came back and gave back, there are possibilities of the country to improve over time.

    I am not idealistic enough to think that in 15 years Bangladesh will be a place where everyone can eat and live peacefully. However, I think if people like me give back, another child like me could get the opportunity and make something of themselves. Education abroad is the fad among the rich there, but it is draining the brains and leaving the country in a much worse shape than it truly is. Thus if you can go back and build the necessary infrastructure, people won't leave, and thus you can build the country block by block. My goal is not for everyone to be able to get a Ph.D. there, but so that people don't have to suffer what me or my family had to go through.

    I am certainly not here to lecture on "how many hungry people a Ferrari can feed." I think Tim88 did that on some thread a while back and I feel everyone should be able to spend whatever they want to spend on. I am certainly not the moral police, and this post is not a judgement on others, but rather my personal reasoning. However, personally to me instead of buying the yatch that would only possibly help me, building a school, and teaching this kids something so that they can earn a living and buy food on their own, would satisfy me more. These people in Bangladesh shouldn't have to wait for foreign handouts, they should have resources that allow them to maintain some kind of a life standard.

    What I had to go through, as you know, I would not wish upon my worst enemy. However, there is a different kind of satisfaction, knowing your hard work has helped them somehow. If I can help 10 kids not repeat my own story, I would consider my life a success, and that is why I would want to go back to Bangladesh.

    As usual, I can't say anything in a few words, my advanced apologies. ;)
  27. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Aug 6, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Ryan Alexander
    I agree - I once wrote a paper on Indian Brain Drain, and how that diaspora of wealthy Indians in the US is now pouring hundreds of millions of $ into India now businesses and other donations. Microsoft wouldn't have gone to Hyderabad had it not been for ITT grads who came to the US and successful Indian MS employees.

    I personally believe that if your #1 goal is to raise the money to build the school and help the needy, it can happen and you could still be blessed with a yacht afterward.
  28. Stackhouse

    Stackhouse F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2004
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    CT.. AKA Pimp Daddy
    DAAMMMMNNN SIK.. OK... I officially revoke my request!


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