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Buying a computer in the U.S.

I live in an EU country and will be visiting the States soon. I also need a new laptop (I'm a Mac user). Given the favorable exchange rate, does it make sense to buy it while I'm there? What kind of hardware or other issues will I face (charger, keyboard, etc.), and is it worth the hassle?
posted by Paris Elk on Feb 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Can I see text messages that were sent to me while I was abroad

I was out of the country from December 19th until January 8th. I'm not able to see any text messages which would have been sent to me during that time. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Jan 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Packing light

I've always packed light by taking a backpack on all trips and going carry-on only. But I'm going to be extensive international travel with a 35-liter backpack and want to know how to pack even lighter. Usually I only go on 1-week trips, and thus pack a shirt for every day, etc. How can I pack lighter? I've heard that Merino wool is a good material for shirts that can be worn a couple times before needing a wash. What are your tips and tricks?
posted by signondiego on Dec 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Academia and travel/living abroad

I would like to become a professor but I'm a little worried about picking a spot in the U.S. to live for the rest of my life... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Advice on really appreciating/taking advantage of living abroad?

How I can make the most out of a few months living in a foreign country? If you've spent time living abroad, what kinds of things were you most glad you did (and/or most regret not doing)?  What helped you feel like you were really experiencing/appreciating a different culture?  (Definitely interested in general advice, but FYI I'm in Buenos Aires if you have specific thoughts.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Sep 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Why Doesn't My Smartphone Stay Unlocked Abroad?

I live in Spain and travel regularly to London. I have a Sony Xperia Arc S which I unlocked when I changed mobile companies. It works fine here in Spain for voice and data. HOWEVER, when I go to London, voice works fine but I cannot get data to work. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I buy a Nexus 4 to get phone/data service when I travel abroad?

I'm thinking of getting a Nexus 4 for whenever we travel abroad, and just getting a SIM card in the airport. I'd like to use both voice and data when I'm away. Will this work, or is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Sep 5, 2013 - 14 answers

I just want to send money to France from the USA without hassle

I'm trying to send money (less than 100 USD) to a friend who lives in France. He/She does not have any American bank accounts. I've tried to do it through paypal (they have a paypal acount as well) but i'm receiving an error "We're sorry, but we can't send your payment right now." This appears to be a very common problem without a clear solution. My Paypal account is verified and I've just used my paypal account to purchase other things within the month, so I know all of my info is current and correct. [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Jul 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Is there something else out there? Help me dream up an alternative plan

Mefites please provide all the wonderful or interesting or a life changing alternative if my current plans of obtaining regular employment fail. Are their programs that allow a couple to go as a unit and also match our skill set? [more inside]
posted by mariecheri on Jul 6, 2013 - 9 answers

International Freelance Taxes -Canadian in Berlin /w US clients?

Calling all internationally mobile, 'creative-class' freelancers- how do you determine who taxes you, if your design clients are in one country (for me, USA) you live in another country (Germany) but are a citizen of yet somewhere else (Canadian)? Does everyone get a piece of my income? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Ship a laptop from US to Poland

I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target on May 3, 2013 - 8 answers

I have some questions about studying abroad

Has anyone ever studied abroad before? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Apr 24, 2013 - 26 answers

Best way to send flowers abroad?

I have a dear friend whose father passed in Novi Sad, Serbia. I'm trying to figure out the best way to send flowers but am having a difficult time finding reviews on sites offering the service. Anyone have any experience/recommendations?
posted by dig_duggler on Apr 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Safety issues in Quito, Ecuador

My son is applying to a Junior Semester Abroad program in Ecuador for next fall semester. I am reading that Quito has become more dangerous than it was when we went there on a family vacation 6 years ago, and I am nervous for his safety. I'm looking for first-hand information and advice about how to stay as safe as possible. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 26, 2012 - 4 answers

The world is one big oyster

7 months to spare before starting med school – help me plan an adventure somewhere abroad. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Dec 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Children and foreign languages/cultures - inform me!

If a child is immersed in a particular language on a medium-term basis (say, a year of preschool, or maybe two or three), and becomes fluent in it, but then the exposure is taken away, how much does this language stick? Can the child still understand the basics of the language a decade later? Or does it make the language easier to relearn later in life? ALSO: What does early exposure to a foreign culture do for a child, if anything? Is cultural uprooting and rerooting of this nature disorienting and/or destructive for a child? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Dec 11, 2012 - 31 answers

Finding work in Asia from abroad

I'm a young Australian, and I want to work in Asia. How do I make that happen? [more inside]
posted by mxc on Sep 22, 2012 - 8 answers

talking to strangers waaaahaa

Studying abroad for a semester. I'm rather shy, so any advice for getting out of my shell and making the most of my time in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Aug 24, 2012 - 9 answers

countries that value living life?

Which countries value free time, low working hours, and vacations? Which value living life and not just working? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Jul 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?

Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter [more inside]
posted by citands on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Have you ever studied in a foreign country, in the local language?

Getting a 2nd Bachelor's in a European country "as a local" - no courses in English. Please share any and all of your experiences! More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on Jun 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it better to get an MBA in the U.S. than elsewhere?

Is it better to earn an MBA at a 2nd or 3rd tier b-school in the U.S. or a top 5 b-school at a developing country? Especially if the student is planning on eventually returning to the U.S., will that MBA be accepted in the U.S. in terms of a job offer, considering it’s globally accredited? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Jun 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for places to travel to to learn, volunteer, study, or challenge myself.

I'm looking for ideas for anywhere in the world where I can travel to for periods of between 2 weeks to 2 months and do things like volunteer, study, learn, or challenge myself. [more inside]
posted by anawesomeguy on Jun 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Resuming the expat lifestyle: should I stay or should I go?

I've recently returned to my home country after 12 years overseas. Just as I'm slowly starting to feel settled again after 6 months at home, an unexpected and very attractive job opportunity offers to take me abroad again. Should I resume the expat lifestyle? Of course it's not that simple... [more inside]
posted by aussie_in_NY on Apr 28, 2012 - 6 answers

a bit more complex than study abroad

Can I collect a salary from abroad before my work permit is issued? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Feb 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Where can a US Citizen living abroad get short-term health insurance for trips to the US?

Short-term Health Insurance in the US for US citizen living abroad? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Feb 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there long distance therapists?

Is there such a thing as a long distance or online therapist (or whatever it is I need)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Do I choose financial security over liking the country I live in, if I can't have both? [more inside]
posted by Foggy Notion on Jan 15, 2012 - 27 answers

something rockin' in the state of Denmark?

Is Denmark (specifically Copenhagen) a terrible or awesome place to live as an expat? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me buy this French anti-perspirant.

Where can I buy this French anti-perspirant? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

another confused college kid

Help me figure out possible career choices if I want to move away from software development to making use of foreign language skills? [more inside]
posted by movicont on Oct 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Where Should I Study Abroad?

I'm a junior, and I have until tomorrow (!) to figure out where I want to study in the spring. I'd like to be somewhere in Europe - I study medieval European history in school - but I can't chose the right place. I want to go somewhere beautiful and culturally rich, continually stimulating and well located. I don't care about the language, and I grew up overseas so I don't need to choose a place that will expand my 'comfort zone'. Give me suggestions? I'm open to anything!
posted by howgenerica on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Production abroad to sell in USA

Looking to get a product produced overseas? Need suggestions [more inside]
posted by femmme on Aug 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Attending University in Spain - Can I join a program in the second half/semester of the year?

I'm trying to attend an undergrad program for psychology in Spain. I plan to apply directly to the school, not through a U.S. study abroad program. I'm thinking Seville or Madrid. My problem is that I have missed many deadlines for the coming semester in beginning in September. This would be the introductory semester. From what I can find on the websites it appears that the years/semesters are programed pretty specifically unlike U.S. colleges. Does anyone have experience jumping into a Spanish university without starting from the exact beginning of a program? I suppose this may be similar in other European countries. Please feel free to chime in if you have experience in other countries as well. Thanks all!
posted by 4Lnqvv on Aug 9, 2011 - 3 answers

I want to make a list of things I need to do before I move abroad

I'm moving to another country at the end of the week and I want to make a list of things I need to do before I go. Obvious is good. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Aug 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Want to teac elementary abroad-no certification.

I want out of America--and I want to teach elementary school abroad, but I don't have any certification. [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Aug 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Cast iron - did I ruin a pot?

Cast iron pan question - did I ruin something at my host's house that I'm going to have to replace? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Jul 24, 2011 - 35 answers

What is a good non-USA based online bank account that offers visa debit card?

What is a good non-USA based online bank account that offers visa debit card? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo on Jul 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Yes, it's for a boy.

My little sister spent a semester last year in France as a college student. She met a nice boy. She wants to improve her French. How can she do it? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jul 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Need advice on finding a job in Asia.

Need advice on finding a job in Asia. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Stuck at the fork in my career road, need directions. Please.

December (graduation) is coming soon, and I'm terrified. I have two things I want to do, and I can't decide which way to go, or where I'm even qualified to go. Um, help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jun 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Better health insurance options for someone living abroad?

Should I switch health care plans? To what? I'm living in Europe and am using the extremely cheap, works-more-or-less-fine, Austrian health insurance. But I have an insurance policy in the USA that is costing a fortune and is basically useless... [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jun 2, 2011 - 7 answers

How to manage emotions in super-long-distance relationship?

How do I deal with an extended period of time abroad without my significant other? [more inside]
posted by barbudo on May 29, 2011 - 9 answers

In what warm foreign country can I take Organic Chemistry for pre-med?

In what warm foreign country can I take organic chemistry for pre-med? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on May 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Recent Grad Help! What to do next.

Recent graduate: What is going on with me!? Advice, suggestions, feedback welcome! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 8, 2011 - 5 answers

casting a broad net

Looking for work in June and July. Somewhere other than the US. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Apr 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Tips for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship interview?

Anyone have any experience with the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship? I'm applying (this week!) and it was indicated to me that almost all applicants go through an interview process. Any tips, suggestions, ideas on how to sell myself? (Additional info: I'm a doctoral candidate in English, focusing on contemporary world literature from places of long term conflict. I've heard that literature folks are not as well received because they don't "Focus on humanitarian projects.")
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 13, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I have my cake abroad and eat it, too?

In a few years once I've finished college, I'd like to travel the world and pay for that travel, at the same time. How feasible is this? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 31, 2011 - 14 answers

How do you satisfy financial travel visa requirements when you're a poor college student?

UK Travel VisaFilter: There is a possibility that I might leave the US and attempt to get a post-graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.... [more inside]
posted by donquixote on Jan 13, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I prepare t move abroad?

A follow up to this: How do prepare myself to live in the developing world for extended period? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Jan 11, 2011 - 14 answers

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