to Michael (totally off-topic, maybe this discussion should be moved to 'Other stuff' ?):
all is matter of personal preferences and needs, French Polynesia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Thailand as a paradise ? maybe if I were a milioner looking for a vacation paradise..... but then there are many parts of the world that would suit me, Costa Rica being my last discovery.
As so far I'm not a milioner, I'm looking for the mixture of nature, climate, technology, culture and everyday convenience right for my life style (working from home and traveling a lot), so far San Francisco Bay area is closest to my ideal.
I've been couple of times to Australia (great country with a bright future IMHO), my husband was recently to New Zealand (spectacular nature, quite boring in the long run), never been to French Polynesia, Fiji or Thailand, have friends who were there on vacation or business -- none of this location however IMHO offers so many choices and convenience of living as California.
Judging a country after taking a vacation there can be misleading, as you don't have opportunity to look behind the facade, and understand their internal structure, plus being on vacation distorts perspective.
I'm sure the number of Poles in England has decreased, as Polish zloty is getting stronger against other currencies (it remains to be seen if this is a long term trend). There is enough young educated Polish people however moving permanently to other countries withing EU right now to worry about the future of the country.
I keep in touch with family and friends in Poland, watch Polish TV, and I'm not sorry I'm not there.
Maybe in another 10-20 years things get better....
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