Maybe the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is #19

When it comes to global best-of lists, I gravitate toward ones that point to something cheap (like “10 Fast Food Items You Can’t Have“), rather than pricey (like “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants“). I think that “The 18 Best Places to Retire Overseas” (Kathleen Peddicord, US News & World Report, March 19, 2012) falls closer to that second category, even though the author promises that these locations are places where “an interesting, adventure-filled lifestyle is available for a better-than-reasonable cost.” But I’m printing the list here anyway, if for no other reason than to show that Jaipur, India, didn’t make the cut.

  1. Panama
  2. Belize
  3. Colombia
  4. Uruguay
  5. Ecuador
  6. Nicaragua
  7. Roatan, Honduras
  8. Argentina
  9. Mexico
  10. Chile
  11. France
  12. Italy
  13. Ireland
  14. Spain
  15. Croatia
  16. Thailand
  17. Vietnam
  18. Malaysia

So what’s so special about Jaipur? That’s the destination of the seven British retirees in the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opened in US theaters this past weekend. Maybe if the film does well, the “Pink City” (as Jaipur is called), or Udaipur, where much of the movie was shot, will find a place on future lists.

Good movie? I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. One person who saw it and liked it is an adult TCK who grew up in a place not too far culturally from Jaipur. Read her review at Communicating Across Boundaries.

[photo: “Jaipur Lake Palace,” by jkuba!, used under a Creative Commons license]


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