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« on: March 03, 2012, 06:58:18 PM »

There is an American TV show called "House Hunters International". As the title suggests, its about people looking for houses in other countries. The format of the show is that we follow the "hunters", along with a local realtor, as they look at 3 different houses, chosen according to the people's wishes and budget limitations. At the end of the show, we get to see them weighing the pros and cons, then making a choice. Finally, we get to see how they have done with the purchase after a period of time (sometimes a few weeks, other times, a few months).

Most of the time, it is Americans, but there are also often people from other parts of the world making a move. Also, not all hunts are for full-time houses and moving.. many are just for vacation homes. Each show is just half an hour.

The show is interesting for many reasons. First, there is a always several views of the hunters interacting with natives of the country they are looking in, so you get to see something of a different culture. From a language interest view, we get to see the hunters talking to locals.. or trying to.

As an American, what I am always a bit surprised and ashamed of is how often the Americans complain about the lack of space, lack of appliances (dishwashers, air conditioning, etc), or just flat out show a direct conflict with their stated intentions. For example, one show was an American couple wanting to get a house in Morocco, claiming to love the Moroccan style of houses, yet each house they viewed, they complained about size and layout and style. In the end, they bought a plot of land and built an American style house on it.

While watching the show, I am always struck by the differences, sometimes small, sometimes large, between styles of living around the world. What are some "odd", to your thinking, things that you have seen in the housing of other countries? For example, many of the bathrooms had toilets in separate rooms.. literally a "bath room" and a "water closet". To Americans, that is very odd: a bathroom has a toilet, period. Even rooms with toilets that don't have bath tubs or showers are still called "bathrooms".

Also, if anyone has seen the show, what are some things you've seen on it that you like or don't like?

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 01:11:30 AM »

I love this show!!! I watch it like every friday  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 07:30:51 AM »

Oh God, last Friday there was this girl moving to a real historical part of Italy. She had a low budget and wanted a real old building. And she complained about everything in every house. Even the relater basically rolled her eyes at her. She wasn't even willing to do renovations or anything. She was just ridiculous. Oh and there was this one Army couple who had to move to Azores and they seemed nice but they were absolutely shocked at how different it was. Tongue I also saw the Cannes episode which I aboustly loved! Cannes was beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2012, 06:59:47 PM »

Anyone watch the Irish mrarathon last night? It was AWESOME. :glasses1:
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012, 03:29:04 PM »

I missed the Irish Marathon. When was it on? Was it all with people moving to Ireland?

I saw one last night with a woman moving from Iowa, USA (big fields) to an apartment in the heart of Amsterdam. She wanted to bring her two boxers, so needed space and outdoor area, but still wanted to be in the center of town. Why do people never seem to make that connection... center of town = little space, high prices? Or center of town = busy streets and lots of noise.

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 01:56:17 AM »


I missed the Irish Marathon. When was it on? Was it all with people moving to Ireland?

I saw one last night with a woman moving from Iowa, USA (big fields) to an apartment in the heart of Amsterdam. She wanted to bring her two boxers, so needed space and outdoor area, but still wanted to be in the center of town. Why do people never seem to make that connection... center of town = little space, high prices? Or center of town = busy streets and lots of noise.

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It was on st.Patricks day :D lol It was Ireland/Scotland though.

Yeah I don't get it either, if you want space move out to the country. I hate when people say they want to be in the middle of town and then complain about how close their neighbors are.
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