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Just thought I would drop in and say hi. I finally made my move from the great white north to Virginia Beach on Saturday.

I have learned one thing already though: my previous notion that living in Virginia would be just like a warm Canada ain't true.
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Just thought I would drop in and say hi. I finally made my move from the great white north to Virginia Beach on Saturday.

I have learned one thing already though: my previous notion that living in Virginia would be just like a warm Canada ain't true.
Another Canadian in Virginia!! My hubby is Canadian. We're in Alexandria.

A warm Canada? More like...a flame-broiled Canada in the summers hehe

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Thanks for the welcome Princess.

Juliet: I'm actually a Brit. My wife (North Carolina born and raised) and I have spent the last five years in Canada. It's not just the heat...its the 12 lane highways and other craziness I haven't quite got used to yet!
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Thanks for the welcome Princess.

Juliet: I'm actually a Brit. My wife (North Carolina born and raised) and I have spent the last five years in Canada. It's not just the heat...its the 12 lane highways and other craziness I haven't quite got used to yet!

Darn it! Well, welcome anyway I've visited VA Beach a few times, it's a cool place. The last time I went there though, I left looking like a human/lobster hybrid (I fell asleep on the beach...with no sunblock )
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Originally posted by CalgaryAMC
Just thought I would drop in and say hi. I finally made my move from the great white north to Virginia Beach on Saturday.

I have learned one thing already though: my previous notion that living in Virginia would be just like a warm Canada ain't true.
I think you missed the annual Canadian invasion. In early spring, Virginia Beach is swarming with Canadians, especially Quebecois (which is why the city has welcoming signs in French).
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Welcome to britishexpats AMC

Your going to love Virginia Beach... You'll probably be surprised at how many Brits there are in NC (it is in NC isn't it?)

If you stick around they'll be saying hello to you soon (still asuming MB is in NC)

I'm off for the weekend ... see you all Monday'ish!
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I think you missed the annual Canadian invasion. In early spring, Virginia Beach is swarming with Canadians, especially Quebecois (which is why the city has welcoming signs in French).
That explains it. I have been spotting Je me souviens (Quebec) license plates left and right.

Bridgie: when my Canadian friends asked me where Virginia Beach is, my response was "in Virginia, by the beach." It is right on the border with North Carolina though, which is not an entirely good thing since my inlaws are now very excited about visiting regularly.

My initial impressions of Virginia Beach are mixed. Where we live is very nice, but I can't help but feel as though we're somewhat in a wealthy oasis surrounded by poverty on all sides. Reminds me of Jo'burg.
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My initial impressions of Virginia Beach are mixed. Where we live is very nice, but I can't help but feel as though we're somewhat in a wealthy oasis surrounded by poverty on all sides. Reminds me of Jo'burg.
My sister used to live in Virginia Beach, VA and my brother currently still does. I'm sure it is a lovely town in the summer, but the times I have visited, it seemed pretty dead as it is hugely a tourist town. Apparently many of the shops and restaurants close entirely during the winter months. I would miss having a proper downtown area that stays active all year round. Shopping malls can be useful but they have absolutely no charm.

The other thing I would have a problem with is the very loud military jets flying overhead frequently thanks to the Norfolk military base. That is one thing my husband and I are considering when looking for a place to relocate to... making sure there are no military airbases nearby.

On the up side, you are very near Washington DC which is a very interesting place to visit. I still haven't gotten to see nearly as much as I would like to see there. I barely made it through the art museum this last time I visited. Also, places like NYC and Boston should be very accessible and affordable (affordable meaning you don't have to pay steep airfares) for you to visit given your location.
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My big struggle at the moment is furniture. My place is still nearly bare and the reason is that I cannot find anywhere around here that sells anything designed after 1972.

I did find a Scandinavian place, but thought $3,000 for an IKEA-esque coffee table was a bit much; but it did get me thinking about IKEA...and wow, how few of those there are in this country!

If anyone has a furniture store recommendation in the Hampton roads (ish) area, I'd love to hear it.
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My big struggle at the moment is furniture. My place is still nearly bare and the reason is that I cannot find anywhere around here that sells anything designed after 1972.

I did find a Scandinavian place, but thought $3,000 for an IKEA-esque coffee table was a bit much; but it did get me thinking about IKEA...and wow, how few of those there are in this country!

If anyone has a furniture store recommendation in the Hampton roads (ish) area, I'd love to hear it.
If IKEA type furniture is to your taste, there is an IKEA in Virginia, just outside of DC.

Go to the IKEA website and there'll be details about its exact location. It could be as little as a 2 hour drive there.
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If IKEA type furniture is to your taste, there is an IKEA in Virginia, just outside of DC.

Go to the IKEA website and there'll be details about its exact location. It could be as little as a 2 hour drive there.
I found it and did an online stock check. Of course, everything I want is out of stock...

...it seems as though as far as furniture is concerned, the Gods are against me!

Considering a trip to Highpoint, NC.
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We recently visited some Brit Expats in VB. Someone must've warned the locals I was coming ...we found this:
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