Likewise, I always enjoy your perspective as a fellow expat, was just commenting on the lack of reciprocity being a related issue. But yeah, I'm in no hurry to see the thread detour to Sunwing/Transat/TFW squabbling, there are plenty of those already.
I don't think you'd find anything in San Francisco cheaper than in Canada, the Bay area has some of the highest-priced real estate in the world. But I take your point, there is far better value for money in the US in general as far as cost of living.
I used to be all about "gotta get back home" but the older I get the more I realize there are so many options out there and from a quality of life perspective it would be a huge benefit to live in the USA while making more money with a much lower cost of living.
Funny you should say that, I'm of exactly the same mindset. When I expatriated I slowly went from missing Canada terribly and doing everything I could to try and return, to tolerating the situation, to enjoying it, to where I no longer have any desire to return other than to see the only things about Canada I love: my extended family, my friends, and the natural beauty. None of which has anything to do with flags and nationalism. So frequent visits are more than enough to satisfy any desire to retain ties. As far as the quality of life on a daily, practical level, there are almost too many options to choose from besides Canada.
I am the opposite. The older I get the less I would even consider living in the US. We have even stopped visiting there since Trump was elected. Where I work and live is about so much more than money.
I'm sorry but that is a fundamentally flawed statement, because it assumes that the quality of life in the US is uniformly inferior to Canada, and vice versa. It's foolish to generalize a vast, geographically diverse nation of over 300,000,000 people. Of course it's about more than money. There are places I wouldn't live in the US, but there are far more in Canada. I do know that my many family members and friends who repatriated to the US are not returning. Some do, of course. One place that works for one person doesn't for another. But that's the point: when you stop "even considering" something, you're only limiting yourself. I'm sure Trump hasn't noticed or cared you stopped coming. The "virtue signalling" of such statements is one of my pet peeves of present-day Canada.
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Lived in Canada all my 68yrs, so can't make any comparisons but I suppose I can say I have a hell of a lot more to be thankful for than pissed about.
Old fella, I love your statement, because it sums up the whole key to being content - enjoying what you have instead of complaining about what you don't. Are you sure you're really Canadian?