Originally Posted by FIREdreamer
You could write the same thing about small American towns and probably most of the world's small towns. Heck, last time I visited a small Appalachian town, I was greeted with shot guns.
True, and I think that small town folk (the world over) treat "feriners" with more suspicion.
However, being an outsider is not all bad. Its not like you are an untouchable or anything. In some ways, local folks give you a pass. They don't expect you to know all of the little social niceties, and forgive you when you commit a faux pas
I think living somewhere like France or Italy would be a great way to spend a couple of years, but I would want a plan to return to the U.S. The thought of being old and infirm in a distant country is kinda scary. If one emigrates while still young enough to fully assimilate and form a network of friends, then OK; but doing it later in life, not for me.