I am originally from Northeast US and super fortunate to have resided in the Caribbean and Europe. Living abroad was rewarding personally and professionally. These experiences opened my eyes to other cultures in terms of political systems, economies, art, music, etc. Some of my closest friendships were formed while traveling around Europe.
I've been living in CA for a few years and I'm happier here than almost any place I've lived previously (Rome is the exception...it holds a special place in my heart).