Did you consider your tax situation? Are social security benefits taxed in France or Germany? Do those countries have traties with US to avoid double taxation? Me and my wife have Polish roots and can easly go back to Poland, but they tax your SS. I think I can balace it with Foreign Tax Credit on my tax return here in US. What your take on this?
Does anybody have real life experience how it works?
Hi--I've lived in Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles, Guyana, Argentina and France. I loved France, although my French was limited; for some peculiar reason, I seem to be wired for Spanish, but my friends and colleagues were all helpful--not at all what you hear about how unfriendly they might be.
I got along well everywhere, mostly by smiling and attempting the language and being observant in re customs (especially in small indiginous groups and most of Asia;).
If I couldn't live back in Sainte or or Haut de Cagnes in France, I'd live in Cosqo, Peru. Or maybe Uruguay--I loved Montevideo.
I can't handle the right-hand driving thing, so Japan and UK are not on my list of places to live...although I've enjoyed visiting Bath, Bristol, and Manchester (I rode around with my eyes half-closed). The best thing about Tokyo is the sign for lost luggage; way too crowded.
I've done my time living in NYC, don't like California much, Hawaii is lovely but more humid than I like, so I stick to the Caribbean. Puerto Rico es rico de veras, beautiful beaches to the east--Fajardo, around to Ponce in the south. The northcentral to northeastern part of the Dominican Republic is good for inexpensive beach life (or at least was, last I looked).
Cosqo (more familiarly, Cusco) is where my heart is--I love the little villages around, and while some of my favorites like Pisac have been discovered and lost their charm under tourist invasions, as far as I know Siquani is still a quiet little place. Urubamba is overrun so I sold my little place last year.
In the end: Go wherever your heart takes you, give it a try, relax and learn and enjoy!
I live in Larchmont, NY and consider retiring in Heidelberg, my hometown. Is there a TIAA Participant who has retired in Germany who would like to share his experiences with Taxes and health insurance that would be involved. I would appreciate hearing from you.
I too wolud love to retire in southern Germany or Austria..... What advice could you share with me?
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No vacancies listed today, might that be because they are in the middle of the school year?
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