This is a waaaaaay late welcome, but welcome anyway!!
You sound like you would have a lot of interesting things to talk about, being from another country and having traveled alot!!! Hope to get to hear some of your stories, and see your pictures.
Here is my standard greeting even though it's late!
You will find lots of gardening and houseplant help on here; lots of fun places in Banter Hall and Gardeners Chat!!! There's many talented people in various crafts, here; and of course we invite you to come chat with us in the Coffeehouse!!! Because of workers, retirees etc. we seem to have a morning group of people, a daytime group, and evening group. Once in awhile on Friday and Saturday nights we even get to partying in the Coffeehouse!!
So search the forum, find things of interest to you, and please, talk to us so we can get to know one another! Shirls