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posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 07:11 PM
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Hi ATS, I want to direct a few questions to members who live in Texas and or the Southwest US. Why this area? Well, it's kind of pertinent for my job as an EFL/ESL teacher as I'm quite fluent in Spanish. I wish I could stay in Peru, return to Mexico or stay in another Spanish speaking country, but I want to keep my distance from certain people for a while. I also would like to keep to a warm area for my health.

As I currently lack a car for the moment, I'm looking for a place that has fairly reliable public transportation until I make enough to get a used car/insurance.

Fairly affordable housing or rent in safe-ish neighborhoods? I wouldn't know if I qualify for any type of benefits.

LGBT tolerant or people who don't give a # if i'm an effeminate homosexual....don't worry, I'm not annoyingly flamboyant

I just want to get a good scope before I dig into Indeed, Couchsurfing or whatever.

Thanks guys




posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 07:17 PM
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You are pretty well confined to cities, even f they are small ones if you are dependent on public transport. I would suggest Albuquerque myself. If not there, then San Antonio. Stay away from Dallas or Phoenix. IMHO



posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 07:24 PM
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Santa Fe may fit the bill. a reply to: schuyler



posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 07:25 PM
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originally posted by: schuyler
You are pretty well confined to cities, even f they are small ones if you are dependent on public transport. I would suggest Albuquerque myself. If not there, then San Antonio. Stay away from Dallas or Phoenix. IMHO


Why stay away from Phoenix? It's the second fastest growing city in the country? It's also growing more liberal by the day.



posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 09:11 PM
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a reply to: TheToastmanCometh

so here is the thing, what can you do besides speak spanish? You said you are a teacher basically right? do you have a bachelor/masters degree, teaching cert? if not, your not getting a job in education. You may be able to get a job as a tutor, but why would anyone in a spanish speaking area pay for a spanish tutor when there are so many free options? As far as best places to live, it really comes down to where you can find a job honestly. Look most areas really don't care if your gay. The only places that would are in the ghettos, and trailer parks. As far as good places to live, pretty much cost is standard, 650-850 US for a 1 bedroom. You want a nice area, 800-1500. Before you look to relocate, find a job, or a market for your skills. Once you have that, go to rent.com and check out places and reviews, and something close to your job so you can walk, vs paying 1-200 for public transport. Save the money up, and get yourself a scooter or something.

Camain



posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 09:14 PM
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a reply to: TheToastmanCometh
Houston is going to be out of the question then as you need a car to go anywhere despite the traffic being so bad that getting anywhere is a challenge. Public transportation here is a joke. You may find more affordable housing outside of Houston but zero chance of getting anywhere without a car.

City Data Forums Texas
This site may be of better use answering some of your questions on where to live in Texas.

Best wishes.


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posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 10:36 PM
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a reply to: Lucidparadox

I'd rather stray away from liberal cities, seeing the rise of Marxist-Socialist policies



posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 10:40 PM
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a reply to: camain

I have a teaching certificate yes...

Frankly the only other work I do is hotels, but I might be overqualified now. I can sing, do voiceover, draw...all quite useless talents tbh :T



posted on Nov, 4 2020 @ 11:50 PM
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Spanish in TX is not considered a strong skill to survive on. Lots of people speak it. Probably more so than any state lb for lb. TX is also turning left fairly swiftly. Sucks but that is reality.

Maybe South Dakota, ND or Wyoming. Blacks Hills area in SD is kinda neat. Cheap, cool Indian culture. Probably need some Spanish speakers for around those parts for fracking.



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 12:08 AM
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a reply to: Stupidsecrets


I love Native American culture , but I need a fairly warm climate for my health, unfortunately



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 12:42 AM
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When was the last time you were living in the US?

People in the LGBTQ community don't get treated very well outside Liberal cities. Life is alot harder.



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 08:07 AM
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originally posted by: TheToastmanCometh
Hi ATS, I want to direct a few questions to members who live in Texas and or the Southwest US. Why this area? Well, it's kind of pertinent for my job as an EFL/ESL teacher as I'm quite fluent in Spanish. I wish I could stay in Peru, return to Mexico or stay in another Spanish speaking country, but I want to keep my distance from certain people for a while. I also would like to keep to a warm area for my health.

As I currently lack a car for the moment, I'm looking for a place that has fairly reliable public transportation until I make enough to get a used car/insurance.

Fairly affordable housing or rent in safe-ish neighborhoods? I wouldn't know if I qualify for any type of benefits.

LGBT tolerant or people who don't give a # if i'm an effeminate homosexual....don't worry, I'm not annoyingly flamboyant

I just want to get a good scope before I dig into Indeed, Couchsurfing or whatever.

Thanks guys



You need to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Almost half of the population is not from there. There is a huge gay community. No black people, a bunch of Californians. You can speak Spanish there because it's a sanctuary city. You can tell the difference between illegals and New Mexicans. The minimum wage there is higher than the rest of the state.

It's like a vacation every day.

But if you are Spanish, you are not allowed to celebrate your culture. They banned the Spanish festivals. Because Native Americans.
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posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 08:11 AM
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originally posted by: schuyler
You are pretty well confined to cities, even f they are small ones if you are dependent on public transport. I would suggest Albuquerque myself. If not there, then San Antonio. Stay away from Dallas or Phoenix. IMHO


Do not come to Albuquerque. Its violent AF.



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 12:28 PM
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originally posted by: Lucidparadox

originally posted by: schuyler
You are pretty well confined to cities, even f they are small ones if you are dependent on public transport. I would suggest Albuquerque myself. If not there, then San Antonio. Stay away from Dallas or Phoenix. IMHO


Why stay away from Phoenix? It's the second fastest growing city in the country? It's also growing more liberal by the day.


IMO Phoenix is not a good place to live. The fact that it is a "fast growing city" is one reason. IMO it has no charm. It's just a big city. May as well pick Chicago or Detroit. Besides, it's just my opinion to the OP.



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 02:29 PM
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Last time I was in US was....december of 2018?

a reply to: Lucidparadox



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 02:34 PM
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a reply to: galaga

I'm not Spanish...i'm mostly German descent, my home state was Wisconsin

I just love Spanish/Latin American culture and love helping people, so not celebrating isn't that big of a downer for me...

Funny, I'm also trying to learn Navajo too and debating on picking up Arabic to help LGBT MENA people.



posted on Nov, 5 2020 @ 03:12 PM
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originally posted by: TheToastmanCometh
a reply to: galaga

I'm not Spanish...i'm mostly German descent, my home state was Wisconsin

I just love Spanish/Latin American culture and love helping people, so not celebrating isn't that big of a downer for me...

Funny, I'm also trying to learn Navajo too and debating on picking up Arabic to help LGBT MENA people.



Oh, you can celebrate Latino Culture. Just not Spanish culture. We have shops dedicated to Dia De Los Muertos. Plenty of Mexican and Mexican American art. In Santa Fe, they have the National Folk Art Museum. Its fantastic. We have legit Native American artists here. My gosh, they can do anything. The scenery is like no other. The sunsets look like they are on another planet. The lighting storms during the monsoon season will put any artificial light show to shame.

The weather is almost perfect depending on what you are looking for. I have lived in Albuquerque almost my entire life with the exception of 2 years in Arizona. I travel monthly to Santa Fe for business. The 2 citys are completely different. Albuquerque is a little faster, and hell of a lot scarier. Santa Fe actually does have "good neighborhoods". Places where it feels safe. Albuquerque does not. I think Albuquerque is at its 65th homicide this year. It could be more today. Lol.

There are no "good neighborhoods" in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque is also different entirely from other Mid to Large size cities. We dont have a Police vs Black issue. Because our black population is about 3%. We have a Police issue. They kill everybody. They do not care what color you are. The police force is reflective of our general population. Its pretty much white/latino. Latino cops will kill a white person just as fast as a brown person and vice versa.

Our police department is so corrupt, it had to be taken over by the DOJ.

Dont get me wrong, you can still be murdered in Santa Fe. But in Albuquerque, the police are suspect too.
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