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What to do in Tallahassee

Hi Everyone,

So my husband is currently in Tallahassee to see if it's viable for us to move there. He is struggling for things to do and says it's really really quiet. Are there any good nightlife areas or things to do?

The job itself is in Thomasville GA which I believe is even quieter. We would live somewhere near there to save commuting time. Is there anything cool to do? What do people do in there spare time as he says all the bars seem empty.

At the moment I think the move is looking as too much of a culture shock to us. We live in Staffordshire, England at the mo.

Any advice much appreciated
Lindsey  :)

Lindsey,
Neither Tallahassee nor Thomasville, GA are cool places for young people. If your husband's job offer in GA isn't too good to pass up, I would advice against making the move. There are much better places to consider. Also American Healthcare is a challenge to say the least.
Best of luck!
Stephan

Hi Stephen,

Thank you for the info. Do people socialise in other ways then or is it pretty much nothing to do? The job is for a company he works for here you see and it's based in Thomasville so no other options.The offer is an amazing one.  Oh no. Decisions! I believe healthcare would be part of the package but I don't suppose it would be like the NHS. Hadn't considered that before. Thank you.

Kind Regards
Lindsey

Hi Lindsey,
It seems the decision is already made.
If you like, I can give you my view on what to expect in the southeastern US from an European perspective.
There are many good reasons to move to the US, one of them are good economic opportunities. The other is more freedom to pursue your own aspirations.
I came to this country in the tender age of 33 in 1991. The beginning was rough, but all in all it turned out well in the long run.
If someone has an open mind and is willing to take some risks, the US is still a good destination for some immigrants and life here can be rewarding.
However, Northern and Western Europeans may find Small Town USA tough to get accustomed to, especially the conservative South. In comparison attitudes in New England and the West Coast are quite different.
Social interaction outside of work is generally limited, many Americans try to find social contacts through religious organizations. The bar scene is predominantly for hooking up, not necessarily just a place to hang out. Trying to find like minded people isn't always easy, because people work longer hours than most Europeans do. Also extended vacations are not common, you can expect 2 weeks per year in the US.   
For the climate, the summers in GA are stifling hot and long. It may take some getting used to living in a small, landlocked southern town with little to do.
The healthcare system is very different from the British NHS. A typical healthcare plan here gives you access to providers within a specific network. In case of a medical emergency where you have been taken to an out of network provider, it can get very tricky with what you may end up paying yourself. Also expect bills to be obscenely high even for the most ordinary of procedures. Even in a best case scenario, expect to battle it out financially with your health insurance and all individual providers involved with your treatment. So focusing on getting well isn't the only thing to deal with.
Lindsey, I hope this is helpful to you and your husband and not too discouraging! I wanted to point out some issues to be aware of.
I wish both of you the best of luck with your adventure and please feel free to contact me again if you think my advice may be of help.
Cheerio,
Stephan

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