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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    Spending 30 days in the Netherlands with family at age 18, I have been forever grateful for space. The space in our home (1650sf), the space in our small yard-gigantic compared to my Uncle's who loved to garden, the spread out here in the West in general. 40y later, I still appreciate space.
    I think that experience is interesting! I can see how a small country with small crowded city street and houses lined up to each other is a big contrast to the wide open spaces of our West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    I think that experience is interesting! I can see how a small country with small crowded city street and houses lined up to each other is a big contrast to the wide open spaces of our West.
    1 of Dad's sister's along w/husband, raised 3 kids in 400sf 3rd floor walkup. They had a murphy bed in the dining room and a curtain they drew across after moving the table/chairs into the Living Room at bedtime. I believe they were in that apartment until my uncle died last decade. Their kitchen was a 1 sided galley perhaps 12f long. 4cf fridge, 2 burner stove.

    We are indeed spoiled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    1 of Dad's sister's along w/husband, raised 3 kids in 400sf 3rd floor walkup. They had a murphy bed in the dining room and a curtain they drew across after moving the table/chairs into the Living Room at bedtime. I believe they were in that apartment until my uncle died last decade. Their kitchen was a 1 sided galley perhaps 12f long. 4cf fridge, 2 burner stove.

    We are indeed spoiled.
    Our Swiss relatives have big houses. I was surprised about how big the old houses are. They are many stories and I think they are weirdly designed, but there is a lot of square footage. And low ceilings. They are not the English style of houses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    What happened?
    It's very hard for me to discuss, Bae. Let's just say I saw the dark side of Austria beyond the wonderful social welfare and the higher than US standard of living, especially for the working class - I saw the dark side up close and personal. And to this day have major issues with it. Rob

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    Yes, I like to think travel has changed me in positive ways.

    I was an exchange student at 17 and the experience definitely had an impact - the sights, sounds, people, living day-to-day, etc. But I believe I have changed even more from that experience as I have aged. I was young and more "un-thinking" back then, and as I've aged, I realize how much I would like to have done different. (But - at the same time, having things happen as they did - I've learned.)

    Traveling as an adult, I think I am more adventurous then when I was younger, and it makes a difference in how I perceive things and, hopefully, how I am perceived (again, positively, I hope.)
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    We had a friend come over last night that’s from Scotland. She had great tips on what to see there and in Ireland. She also warned us that if we rode in a black taxi in Northern Ireland to not answer any questions relating to politics or religion. She said if they ask don’t answer or they may find your bodies in a field. Lots of tensions leftover from the war.

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    When I was a young woman, I lived in interior Mexico for a while and learned a whole other way of life. Even this many years later, those experiences stuck with me about how tight hispanic families and communities can be. It was pretty wonderful by comparison.

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