Thanks Susanna! New Zealand is somewhere that's been on my "must see someday" list, so I think I should look at it in more detail. And I'd be able to get a reasonable salary there, too (money is running a bit low!).
China is also a consideration, Ev, although I wonder how the language barrier will be there. In India, knowing only English was fine, but I know that it's very hard in Japan without Japanese and I wondered if it's the same in China. What have your experiences been? Tell me more about Beijing! Also, do you know anything about Shanghai? Those are the only two cities I've really thought about, but I'm sure there are many others I'd enjoy too.
In Jaipur I worked in an NGO, developing education projects.
I haven't been to Beijing yet but I've been doing a lot of research into living and working there, which I'm hoping to do in the next two years. (I'm working in NZ first). There seems to be a healthy English-speaking ex-pat community in Beijing and they all have similar haunts around the city. The language barrier might a bit of a challenge, its true..
Something to think about though.
Isadora, why did you question my intent, when I can't see anything to question? I would have thought that deleting the two nuisance messages from MASSAGEUK would have been your first step as a moderator, rather than adding to the tension by questioning the author about a perfectly normal message. What a strange forum - I now feel quite unwelcome here, and I'm certain that I've done nothing wrong.
I think I need to clarify what happened here so everyone understands it more clearly. I am sorry that it has happened within your thread.
As a Moderator, I have no problem with the content of your thread. I believed your request for information to be sincere. I still do. When I saw your post for the first time, another member had flagged it as spam so only Moderators and Administrators could read it. I did not feel the assessment was correct and returned the thread to active status so everyone could view and reply. But, please realize that, because of TP's size, many, many people who are not sincere post promotional threads disquised to look innocent. TP members are very good at spotting those and sometimes they are incorrect - like here.
We also try not to delete any posts in a thread. That is why I made comments to Massageuk rather than delete his posts. We try to be fair and treat everyone equally. Deleting comments, unless they are truly offensive, is not necessarily fair play.
As far as the thread in the Asia forum - it still played to the double-posting rule. It isn't allowed. I do not moderate that forum, so I can not decide what stays and what goes. I felt you should be informed of the possibility of that thread's deletion. That was all - and that this thread was going to stay in place.
I do apologize for any "hostile" feeelings. That was not my intent. But, there you have it in a long nutshell. I am happy to see others are posting and offering you the information you seek. Welcome to TP and I hope you feel a bit more welcomed now than earlier. If you want further discussion on this - please PM me and I will try to help.
Thanks Susanna! New Zealand is somewhere that's been ............China is also a consideration, ...............
Your original question seems extremely broad, Samantha. There's A LOT of nice places to see in this world. As some other board members will tell you, I've galantly volunteered to visit every city in the world to see if "they're all the same"...... .....For purely scientific reasons of course. I guess to help you answer your question, maybe a few preliminary questions should first be asked of you:
Broad generalities: Were you more interested in mostly westernized countries, or something more exotic?
Opporotunities: This might be your biggest deciding factor if you only want to or can go places where you can work for some time. What working opporotunities are open to you?
Time: 10-11 weeks is sufficient time for most areas, but how much of that time do you need to be working? This will determine how far you can travel.
Expenses: How far can you afford to travel?
Safety: Do you feel confident in travelling alone? Will you be travelling with friends?
In terms of places already suggested, everybody who's been to New Zealand I've ever talked to absolutely raves about it. So that's definitely a good destination. But since I've never been there myself, I can't say much more.
I know more about China. Yes, you will run into language problems, but probably no more so than in India. Obviously sticking to the big cities like Beijing and Shanghai will make life easier and safer (if all else fails you can find a KFC and an english speaking hotel conceirge). The people are friendly and helpful. They don't gawk at foreigners in the big cities much anymore. Generally speaking the same rules of travel apply for China as India, so you're well prepared.
Beijing is the capital and like all capitals it's full of monuments, history, and cosmopolitian people. Shanghai has undergone a massive transformation in recent years. It's arguably the most modern Chinese city. So expect more shopping malls and Gucci bags. Having said that, it is still very much Chinese. Since you're going south anyway, you can also stop in Guangzhou. Guangzhou (or Canton) is the birthplace of southern Chinese food. That's the stuff most westerners are familiar with, but this is the real deal. In Beijing you'll find more noodles and dumplings. Guangzhou is more rice, veggies and meats (but there's mixing of styles of course). From Guangzhou it's a short train or bus ride to Hong Kong. The trains are clean but the buses are cheaper (pretty safe and clean as well).
Other places in China include Guilin (take the river cruise, and find the elephant rock in town), hiking in the Yellow mountains, and Lhasa.
You also mentioned Romania. I've heard it is extremely poor and not a safe place for outsiders. I don't know much more than that. However, eastern europe has quite a few nice destinations (might be where I'm headed next). You should consider the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Budapest, Warsaw and the Ukraine as well.
There's A LOT of nice places to see in this world. As some other board members will tell you, I've galantly volunteered to visit every city in the world to see if "they're all the same"...... .....For purely scientific reasons of course.
How's that working out for you Q? Left home yet?
Yup. Toronto = different.....
I'll inform my Dad immediately!