I am in a Facebook group that is filled with people who are interested in living in diverse communities where they will be treated fairly. It seems like some marginalized people feel like moving outside of the US is a great decision. I have never really thought about it too hard until I started talking to a woman who moved her entire family from New York City to Italy.
As an African-American woman, I always thought that moving someplace that did not have a lot of people who look like me could be quite challenging, but as far as this woman tells it, people there are really friendly, accepting and nice. She says that she does not even speak the language, but there are so many people there who know English that she never really feels out of place.
Now that she has been telling me about this, I have decided to take a trip there to see how I feel about it. I want to act as the locals do and stay away from some of the common things that tourists usually do. I think that this will give me a better understanding of what it would be like to live there than heading to landmarks and things of that nature.
If everything goes well, I may consider moving there. The idea of living someplace other than the US is really intimidating, in a good way. While I think that it will be challenging, it is something that will really feed my sense of adventure. In the event that I actually move there and I end up being unsatisfied with the experience, I guess I will have to make another move. This may sound extreme, but I will never really know if it is worth it unless I give it a try.