You'll have to forgive my incoherent and rambling posts..I'm a little brainfried today...just got back from MetalCamp. Everything you said is 100% true. I do miss, however, the employment of the US. Here is a bloody mess. I'm having to sue my former employer for not wanting to pay me the money he owes me, the money I have a signed contract for. They'll do anything here to fuck you. Of course I'll get my money, but I have to break my balls all over the place to get it. In the US, it was more like, "You work here now. You work these hours. You do this job. You get paid." End of story. You have project contracts and full time contracts here. Basically, you work for someone for a specific amount of time, say, 6 months. No benefits, just taxes paid. After that, he can decide to re-hire you or let you go. If you are a lucky SOB who actually can get a full time tempo indeterminato contract, you better hold on with both hands because it's like the holy grail here. That means 14 paychecks a year, 30 days vacation, and you cannot be fired. It's kinda like tenure. However, it costs companies a fortune for each person and that's why it's so rare. Annalisa has that contract working in a computer graphics company and she has great benefits. Also, when you leave those jobs, you will have accrued about 5000 euros every 4-5 years or so, and you can roll it over in your next job if you wanted. Sweet. Other than that, work hours, environment, etc. is about the same. And now I have no idea what I was talking about.