In this age of information sharing and a globally-connected community that can connect around food, hobbies and any other shared interests, it is easy to find and connect with people in other countries. I studied Japanese in university and then went over to visit Japan after graduation, staying with my former language exchange partner while I explored Kyoto and Osaka.
Being curious about the language and culture of a country can help with working and living in that country over the long-term as there are always going to be things to learn about. Choosing to work overseas for a specific opportunity or motivated by a friend living there can be great as long as those conditions continue. If those original conditions change, however, your perspective on living overseas can change so it is good to be prepared for change just as you would be in your home country.
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