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I like to fantasize about what I would do with my life if I weren't a slave to the system.

It's a tough decision, there's a lot of wonderful things to go do in this world.

Researching different places, I was thinking about what would be important to me tonight.

I would need to live somewhere marijuana friendly. That would be a must. I would want beaches, I've always dreamed of living in a small but modern looking beach villa. So I started looking at those two factors, and stumbled across what looks like this little gem of a nation. Expensive, but perfect as far as what I'm looking for lifestyle wise. That nation is Uruguay.

I would want somewhere advanced enough that modern conveniences, and the internet is in the plurality, but I miss the simplicity of the nineties. Uruguay seems like the perfect blend for that. Alot of stores only take cash, they have these markets set up in the mornings where you can buy plenty of fresh produce, and their beef is supposed to be the best in the world-- which is something that really appealed to me because my step-grandpa used to raise his own beef, and after eating steaks with him I honestly don't really care for the store bought stuff in my homeland of Ohio any more, I really miss that. I've also always wanted to try living somewhere where it's not absolutely mandatory that one must drive to get to where they are going. At a quick glance Punta del Este looks like the perfect place for me to settle down. It's small, but still party-ish. But I'm sure there are many other options.

I would want to live somewhere scenic and there seems to be plenty of that there. I would want a liberal government that aligns itself with my politics, and Uruguay seems to be that way. I would also want options for smaller cities. I grew up in a tiny village and didn't care for it because if you don't fit into the culture, you have no other real options-- too much lack of diversity. I moved to a big city for quite some time, and it was perhaps a bit too fast paced for me. So I like that the average city's population down there is about 30,000. A good cross between small and cozy, but not stifling. In spite of not caring for the culture of my homeland, I have fallen in love with the ability to escape way out into the country, and there's plenty of spaces in Uruguay where that's still possible.

I like the fact that the seasons still change, I wouldn't want to sacrifice winter all together, but winters sound less harsh down there. I prefer nice blistering hot summers.

I also want to try some mate, their national drink which is apparently a Uruguayan answer to coffee, but completely different. It's served in a friggin gourd.

If there are any Uruguayans (is that the correct word?) on this forum, I have definitely taken an interest in your country. Just browsing articles like this, this, this, and this I've already half fallen in love with the place.

Now I ask you, bitsharestalk community, if money were a non-issue where in the world would you choose to live, and why?




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I purchased some of my first bitcoins a few years ago from a miner in Uruguay.

You will be happy there!

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just read this comment in an article

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Everyone hangs out outside, says hi to each other on the streets, and they all greet one another with a kiss on the cheek. People stop and actually talk to each other and have real conversations. I am the kind of person that hates small talk, so it was heavenly to discover that people here actually hold meaningful and deep conversations about stuff that really matters. When I did that in America, I was usually met with the "crazy eyes" or a swift change of subject.

omg I hate fake conversations so much! to live in a place where people actually take an interest in each other sounds heavenly.

anyway yea people, tell me where you would go and live if money weren't an object.

or, are there any other hidden secrets like this that I should research?
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I'm in Thailand for a few weeks now and people are very kind and gentle!! I like it!

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just read this comment in an article

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Everyone hangs out outside, says hi to each other on the streets, and they all greet one another with a kiss on the cheek. People stop and actually talk to each other and have real conversations. I am the kind of person that hates small talk, so it was heavenly to discover that people here actually hold meaningful and deep conversations about stuff that really matters. When I did that in America, I was usually met with the "crazy eyes" or a swift change of subject.

omg I hate fake conversations so much! to live in a place where people actually take an interest in each other sounds heavenly.

anyway yea people, tell me where you would go and live if money weren't an object.

or, are there any other hidden secrets like this that I should research?

I think most of Latin America is like that.
It seems to me like their goal in life is to be happy and hold meaningful relationships as opposed to here in the United States the focus is always on making money and having a dream car and house.
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Slower pace, more focus on community, everybody isn't as materialistic. I've been reading more about it and somebody made a comparison to America circa-1950s. I've kind of always dreamed about living in the fifties, except with the Internet.

Oh, and did I mention a dollar a gram legally sanctioned marijuana? And beach parties.

New life goal.

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I'm in Thailand for a few weeks now and people are very kind and gentle!! I like it!

 +5% Lucky you!

I make most of my income from online poker which I could theoretically do from anywhere. Yet I choose to live near London, which is expensive, unfriendly and the weather is terrible.

For me, a big aspect is crime, I grew up in South Africa, where we had electric fencing, guard dogs, firearms, and panic buttons. If you wanted to come into the neighbourhood you had to go through a security checkpoint and if you wanted to come onto the estate you'd have to go through another...

So I appreciate the low levels of crime. I like the amount of options a big city provides, there's always something new to discover.  Going forward though the Western economies are in for one huge collapse, I think crime and violence are going to sky-rocket. I think Thailand is a good choice (even though they just had a coup) or any fairly peaceful third world country where the majority are not used to living on entitlements, (As they are in the West).

So I would choose Thailand & probably live not in but near a fairly busy area, on the island of Phuket maybe.

« Last Edit: June 28, 2014, 04:13:38 PM by Empirical1 »

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I can tell you that Thailand is pretty safe. More safe than an average European capital...


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If I could afford to live anywhere, I could also afford to live no where!
I'd pay off the rest of my mortgage and use it as a homebase (storage facility) and use my riches to travel around the world living in different places for a span of months and move to the next place.  8)

I'd love to checkout New Zealand, Thailand, Greece, Malta, Holland,... everywhere really
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If I could afford to live anywhere, I could also afford to live no where!
I'd pay off the rest of my mortgage and use it as a homebase (storage facility) and use my riches to travel around the world living in different places for a span of months and move to the next place.  8)

I'd love to checkout New Zealand, Thailand, Greece, Malta, Holland,... everywhere really

I hear that! but I think I could only travel for six months or so at a time just long enough to get a decent grasp on a language before I'd need to go back to homebase for some stability and consistency, and to see friends and stuff.

I also think I'd need to keep a house in Ohio though, but I'd spend most of my time in Uruguay (if I had to pick now, surmising based on online pictures and what i read on the internet). I don't fit in here but I would miss my family quite a bit. In spite of how fucked the culture is (in my mind- some folks love it here-- maybe I'm just biased from growing up here) it is gorgeous in certain places. I tried to pick you guys out a few pictures that are quintessentially ohio:

http://karenchandler.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/old_shedweb.jpg - this place is littered with old barns that look alot like this. there was one right behind the house i grew up in, in the middle of a village (the one pictured seems to be more country than that) that recently got torn down and I had no idea how much it made an impression on me until it disappeared.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_LH9ZK8yRQdM/THBdnUM8arI/AAAAAAAABEI/e8QTzGtGkAo/s1600/IMG_2389.JPG - most of the state looks like this, with the exception of cities and few hilly, heavily wooded areas here and there

http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/images/fscases3.jpg - I don't know if this is ohio or not but its close enough to remind of the wooded areas we have around here. the northeast and western part of the state is unbelievably flat. but east-southeastern ohio/amish country is hilly as hell! this doesn't even quite capture that.

its also especially gorgeous here in the fall: http://www.davidroyko.com/photos/undefined/Autumn-Ohio-Fairmount.JPG

I wish I could go take my own pictures for you guys but I have no ride at the moment. I know some really great places for looking at.

Bulgaria looks beautiful! Seems very mountainous, and it looks like it might rain in some of those pictures. Ohio doesn't really have any true mountains so that's something I have yet to really experience much of. I like the way that town at the bottom of the mountain looks architecturally as well. What's Bulgarian culture like? I had one of those spontaneous week long friendships with a dude from Bulgaria before he moved on, can't even remember his name now but we got on pretty good. He always talked about it like it seemed a place worth visiting, so now I think of that guy every-time somebody mentions Bulgaria. I know a greek dude that I can't help but think about everytime somebody mentions greece as well.

I noticed several votes for Thailand. It looks very pretty but I don't know if I would do very well in a more conservative asian culture, I've never been too talented at tact, and I do love my weed. Seems like it might be a nice place for me to visit though. Why does Thailand stand out for you guys?

Empirical, how much poker did you have to play online to get THAT good? any good resources you would recommend for somebody interested in going that route? I play on sealwithclubs sometimes and usually get my ass handed to me, which I find strange because I wasn't that bad for a beginner when I used to play for money on PokerStars (before the U.S. banned financial institutions from making deposits for gambling sites)

thanks for feeding my daydreams guys. lol!
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Empirical, how much poker did you have to play online to get THAT good? any good resources you would recommend for somebody interested in going that route? I play on sealwithclubs sometimes and usually get my ass handed to me, which I find strange because I wasn't that bad for a beginner when I used to play for money on PokerStars (before the U.S. banned financial institutions from making deposits for gambling sites)

thanks for feeding my daydreams guys. lol!

Um I played a lot for about a year and a half before I went full time and even when I did go full time it was probably too early.
I wouldn't recommend it, it's quite challenging, very few players make a consistent profit, the hours are also unsociable, because you tend to play at night and weekends when weaker recreational players are online.

I only started playing in about 2007/8 which was after the US passed that law. Apparently the games were incredibly easy back then. Right now they are slowly passing new legislation and PokerStars is trying to get into California. If they do that will be great!! (Regards making money before  the ban, the games were easier then and also as a casual player your sample size was probably very small and the variance in poker is quite big. I think you would probably need to log 50 000 hands +, which is a lot, to get any idea of your win-rate or skill level at a particular stake.)

If you were going to look into it more I would just google TAG strategy (Which is tight aggressive) and learn the basics of that.
After that I would join a forum where you can ask questions etc & maybe try watch some free tutorial videos on the web.

After that, the next step would be to download poker tracking software like Holdem Manager 2, I think they do a 30 day free trial after that the low stakes version is $60.  (It will be a necessity if you want to make any money, so you can analyse your play, they also come with a HUD, which means the basic stats of the players at you table will pop up as an overlay)

But yeah essentially poker is about making money from people that are worse than you plus enough to cover the rake.
So as long as you make the effort to find and sit with position on really bad players (the simplest stat is if they play more than 40% of their hands at 6max they're definitely bad) & you just play a basic tightish aggressive strategy then you're likely to be able to make a profit.



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i'm in beijing(china).i like European scenery good place

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i'm in beijing(china).i like European scenery good place

Do you like China?
Disregarding the need to be near friends and loved ones, would you leave if you could?

EDIT: Rereading this, I sure you hope you don't take this the wrong way. Nothing against China, I just could see myself emigrating from my own country someday, so I'm wondering how other people feel about their own homelands.
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