House Hunters on HGTV is a good show.
House Hunters International is right up my alley. As I've mentioned before, I love reading, seeing, learning how other people choose to live their life.
And I learned a few important things from the show.
I'd never be able to buy a home. Oh, I could rent or lease a place for a while...(a very short while)...but I don't think I could actually afford to buy a home/apartment/condo. Most homes on the show, (even the "ratty" ones) are 3-4 times what we paid for our house (or more)!
And the space! America is s p r e a d out. I like the country, I like the burbs. I like the quiet.
I'd want to live in a city. (Big contradiction here) Even though I'm not big on people living one on top of another, I'd suck it up if I lived overseas to have public transportation and accessibility to everything you need. Wouldn't it be nice not to have a car? To be able to bike or walk or use a bus/train to where you need to be?
The trade off of course is the loss of privacy.
I'd have to eat out more often, shop more often. I guess we take food storage seriously here in the states. Tiny little fridges over there. No cabinets for storage. Where would I put my 5 lb bag of egg noodles I just bought at Sam's Club? What! No Sam's Club?
What's with the bathrooms? Gosh, I never thought I'd see the "Spa" bathrooms that so many McMansions in America have these days. I mean, it does need to be functional, but ewww, some of them need really need to be brought up to speed.
I need space. I need air to breathe, a big sky to sit under. I need elbow room. I get the feeling that it's congested over there. Heck, it's getting congested over here!
Whenever I watch HHI... I get the feeling that living overseas is like being on vacation. I've lived 40+ years in the states, this is my reality.
So to live in another country would be like living on a vacation. It's so different it would be like a fantasy.
Would I miss this? Maybe eventually, but it would be so cool to have the chance to live that life.