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Old 02-09-2006, 06:42 AM   #21
 
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catherine, to add to what you have said, i taught my Kids that a plane is nothing more than a Big Bus, they travelled extensivly when they were young, some Summers were spent in Sweden, Holidays were to the States, the Caribbean,a nd to Europe.

My oldest Son left for China at 23,afte graduating from Mc Master, 7 years ago, now fluent in Mandarin he is in no hurry to return.

The youngest, has no desire to travel, has ideal job working from his apartment in the same downtown neighbourhood he grew up in, but at least he is trying Thai food.

Offers to pay for him to travel, no desire.

Intolerance may be traced to lack of exposure to to others who don't talk and think like you, but then I speak French and I still don't understand their logic? :

Kids, you just can never tell.

More pics would be appreciated, gotta snow blow the driveay, the Skiiers are happy.
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Re: Retired early and moved to the Mediterranean
Old 02-10-2006, 04:59 PM   #22
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RF-4WAD here: The photos you posted were great. I have been several places in Europe; but never thought about Malta or even it's location. It looks like a place my wife and I would enjoy visiting.
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Catherine, I have a friend I met on the internet that lives in Malta, he loves it there. Sounds like you've found your paradise.
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Hey Catherine--
Thanks for sharing the photos and highlights....does look like a captivating place. I've always considered Latin America because of it's affordability among other reasons but this sounds pretty damn affordable and the idea of being close to Europe and all that it has to offer is a very captivating idea.

Is it cheap and fast to get to the continent from there?

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Catherine and Howard - I appreciate your comments!*

You both have similar views to Billy and me...* * Sometimes we get 'dinged' because we retired and we don't have children...* we maintain that exposure to cultures, languages, and needing to be self reliant and flexible are very valuable skills for children to learn.* 8)

Happy to find out we weren't so off base!

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Old 02-12-2006, 09:28 AM   #26
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I Catherine!

I'm new to the board (and a Katherine as well).

Malta looks like Greece only greener. I'm of Greek descent and even managed to obtain a Greek passport. Thank God for dual citizenship!

A few girlfriends of mine, who are childless, joke that we should buy condos in the same area in Greece and take care of each other in our old age. Maybe I should suggest Malta!

Did you ever consider the island of Crete? It's absolutely gorgeous and fun!
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We feel that giving the kids the chance to live within another culture or cultures will really broaden their experience and we hope open some doors for them as they get older.* Our daughters have an adventurous streak and were very happy with the proposition from the start.* Our son, on the other hand, does not like change as much and so had mixed feelings.* His adjustment to school here was difficult at first.* However, we can see that the experience is challenging him to become more self-reliant, assertive, flexible, and tolerant and he is starting to really shine and find his strengths at school so it seems to be working out for him.
Catherine,

What a wonderful education you are providing for your children. IMHO, travel is also a form of education. Maybe your son will suprise you and adopt a nomadic lifestyle at some point. In any case, at least he has been exposed to another culture.

I enjoy living abroad and your writings on Malta have inticed me to research the Mediteranean...

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Somehow I missed this thread, likely because it started while I was on vacation.

DW and I actually spent a week on Gozo a few years ago. It is a beautiful place. Peaceful, pleasant, nice people, stable country, many interesting sights, and (IMO) pretty good food. It also has a unique culture, after having been controlled by Phoenicians, Ararbs, Siculo-Normans, Spanish, Italian, British and Gawd knows who else over the millenia. I can't imagine being able to learn the language, but that's OK because everyone speaks English and many/most have at least a passing familiarity with Arabic. Damn good beer, too. And the climate... 300+ days a year of sun! Only real issue is a lack of water.

I agree with you about the main island. Overpopulated, in a word.

I am somewhat surprised that it isn't harder to get long term residency in Malta, given all the political stuff around foreigners crowding out the Nnaties and the large diaspora that everyone seems to think will come back to the islands in their old age.

One caveat: Malta is a VERY Catholic country, with something like 98% of the population being Catholic. I would imagine that a lot of daily life revolves around the Church, and the mark of the Church is pretty much everywhere (like the daily newspaper column that was written by a Jesuit when we were there). That was fine by me (being a practcing Catholic), but might be a slight negative for some.
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You are correct Brewer about the religion on Malta. My friend is a minister there and it pretty much comsumes his life. Everything there revolves around the church or at least most things. But he does love it there and I can't say I blame him coming from cold and rainy Scotland.
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You are correct Brewer about the religion on Malta. My friend is a minister there and it pretty much comsumes his life.* Everything there revolves around the church or at least most things.* But he does love it there and I can't say I blame him coming from cold and rainy Scotland.
Heheh, that reminds me of something funny that happend about 5 years ago. I was at Mass in April and the priest was someone I had never seen before. He absolutely raced through Mass, completing the bare minimum of what had to be done to actually consecrate the host and technically make it a legitimate Mass. I think we were done in 20 minutes (about an hour, typically). After ther service was over and all the parishioners were standing around with their mouths open in amazement, the priest apologized but said that he was from Scotland and when you got a rare sunny day with temps in the 60s you didn't waste any more of it indoors than absolutely necessary, so go enjoy the weather.
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Heheh, that reminds me of something funny that happend about 5 years ago.* I was at Mass in April and the priest was someone I had never seen before.* He absolutely raced through Mass, completing the bare minimum of what had to be done to actually consecrate the host and technically make it a legitimate Mass.* I think we were done in 20 minutes (about an hour, typically).* After ther service was over and all the parishioners were standing around with their mouths open in amazement, the priest apologized but said that he was from Scotland and when you got a rare sunny day with temps in the 60s you didn't waste any more of it indoors than absolutely necessary, so go enjoy the weather.
Lutherans too... that's been happening in Pittsburgh since the 1970s on Sundays when the Steelers are playing good football. It takes a lot of time to drive down to the stadium and crack open a frosty beverage before kickoff!
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Catharine! Thanks for sharing your photos and I am glad you are enjoying your beautiful new life! Annie 8)
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Catherine,

Thank you for sharing your Great Escape story! It is inspiring.

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Please tell us about health care there.
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I recalled this thread about Malta...doesn't sound like the place to be these days:

Malta offers a way station to nowhere - Frontier: Europe - MSNBC.com
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Catherine, thank you for sharing . . . I perused the site you listed and was very interested after reading a quote regarding SCUBA diving, "Xlendi is a rocky inlet on the south coast of Gozo. It's a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers but has good facilities for recreational swimmers and sunbathers as well." Are there other SCUBA diving areas in Gozo? What is the water like, tropical, sub-tropical, etc.? Water clarity, good, fair, poor? Reef formation? Sea life - abundant, mediocre, poor? I plan on being a snow bird and have limited my search to Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico and a few Caribbean islands. However, Gozo sounds interesting, especially if you are a renter. I went to another site (which may be of interest to other snow birds) . . . Global Property Guide Home In any event, specifically regarding Malta/Gozo, the synopsis is:

Positives
1. Pro-landlord rental market
2. Moderate yields in Valetta
3. Low to moderate transaction costs
Negatives
1. Significant ownership limits
2. High rental income tax
3. Weak economic performance

I was particularly struck by this quote, "Tenant Eviction: Maltese law operates extremely slowly. Hugh Peralta & Associates estimate that a contested eviction could take between 690 and 1,915 days, and the enforcement of a judgment to collect rent could take even longer." Consequently, it seems that you have made the correct choice in renting versus owning (especially, if you plan on subletting/renting your property). Again, thanks for the info . . . Steve
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