“Kathleen, my wife and I went to see a movie last night that I must recommend to you and all your readers. It was entitled ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’ Seven retirees from Britain end up in India at a hotel that doesn’t look at all like the brochure.
“We were at your recent Retire Overseas event in Scottsdale, and I think that everyone, to a man (woman), who joined us there for the conference would thoroughly enjoy this film.
“Just like your readers, every one of the seven went to India for different reasons. Insufficient retirement funds, deep life disappointments, medical tourism, returning home after 40 years. In each case, it was reason enough to take the plunge and leave England for a new life in India. We have traveled extensively, and, although we have never been to India, we found ourselves reliving moments in Lubumbashi, DRC, Africa, Tokyo, Japan, and even, most recently, Panama City, Panama.
“We laughed our way through this movie, in part because we related completely to what these people were going through and also because sometimes in a foreign culture all you can do is laugh just to cope. Our only regret was that we could not smell the smells or feel the warm afternoon breeze over cocktails on the veranda. The trash, traffic, and terror of the Indian marketplace made every one of the seven react in a different way. Some embraced the culture, and some rejected it.
“I really think that everyone considering a cultural change should see this film. We would recommend it to our traveling allergic friends just so they could either relate to our desire to see the world or else confirm for themselves that we are, in fact, crazy for leaving these peaceful shores just as often as we get the chance.
“I trust this film will be in Panama soon. Don’t miss it.”
–Roger C., United States
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