AFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4909 times:
What is your favorite city/metropolitan area which you live in or you would like to live in throughout the world? For what aspects?
Mine are one, the Paris metropolitan area. Personally, Paris is the greatest city in the world and many of the suburbs I could easily see myself living in. Second, is the Randstad. I love Dutch architecture as it breaks the lines yet is also very traditional. I love the Dutch townhouses and apartments located in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague. I also love how densly populated this area is and how there is great dining, walking, shopping and a nice quality of life. Third, would be Buenos Aires. I am going there this summer for four weeks but I just love the culture and architecture. I think it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Those are some of mine. What are yours?
EvilForce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4898 times:
I have lived in many places, including central Europe. All places have their upsides and downsides. Asking me which place is my "favorite" is hard. I can say my favorite place for weather. Or my favorite place for eating out. Etc... A city or place is what you make it. I travel quite often for business, and my mental "game" I play with myself is to find 2 things I like about each city I go to. I may think El Paso is a dump (and it is) but the food there is awesome! I find Salt Lake City to be dreary and dreadful.... but I stay up in Park City when I'm there, and I must say it's one of the prettiest places on Earth.
There are only two places I have never been able to find 2 things I like about either of them. Toledo, OH and Sacramento, CA. World class dumps.
I can live just about anywhere. I love Tokyo, Sydney, the Patagonia, Costa Rica, Ljubljana Slovenia, Prague, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Toronto.
I guess if I had to pick which place I'd like to live next... I'd go with Sydney or Ljubljana.
Now, I always think of Slovenia as being a really nice country. I mean although the name sounds eastern, the country itself has a lot to offer. I mean, my family would never go to Ljubljana, but the pictures I've seen and the research I have done over the years has made it seem like a nice city. Plus, I could speak Italian there, big plus for me! But, is it a cosmopolitan place? I mean the mountains are nice as well as the architecture, but what makes it such a great city to be in?
EvilForce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4812 times:
Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 5): But, is it a cosmopolitan place? I mean the mountains are nice as well as the architecture, but what makes it such a great city to be in?
It's a very vibrant city. I was first there in 4 weeks after 9/11. Had a blast. The cafe culture had old and young alike outdoors at the various eating places on an Oct. Friday eve, laughing, and enjoying life with techno music playing from the town square. The cost of living then was amazingly cheap. I paid about $ .35 for a beer. My b/f and I got drunk for $ 5. Food was great! (Prices have gone up, but it's still a cheap place by relative standards) It's a college town with a large university. In addition to the student population there are another 300,000 in the city. It's close to lots of outdoor activity either up in Lake Bled, or heading down into Croatia. They had an art museum that we went to before grand opening. Overall, a very nice place to be.
Fantikerz From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4807 times:
I love living in Coeur d' Alene. Beautiful winters, and warm summers.
Right by the lake, resort, golf courses, and 5 ski resorts. In addition, we can head over to Spokane in case we need to go to the airport, want to go to a larger mall, or for other things.. Also, there isn't much in the way of geological risks, like earthquakes, tornados, or tsunamis..
Dc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2309 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4803 times:
Most European large cities are nice and easy to live in, albeit expensive sometimes. Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington DC fit my category as well. In the rest of the world... I'll let people that have actually seen those cities to have their say.
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4798 times:
I think that place would be the southwestern United States. This includes SoCal, Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso, and S. Utah & Colorado. The only problem is that lots of people agree and are moving here.
Plane Holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4787 times:
Sydney, Australia, by far.
Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Thread starter): Second, is the Randstad. I love Dutch architecture as it breaks the lines yet is also very traditional. I love the Dutch townhouses and apartments located in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague. I also love how densly populated this area is and how there is great dining, walking, shopping and a nice quality of life.
Well, I live there and trust me, I'm seriously busy trying to find ways to emigrate. Quality of life is going down here. Dining is good though although Sydney they sell Honey chicken and you can't find that in this country.
AFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4778 times:
Quoting Plane Holland (Reply 12): Well, I live there and trust me, I'm seriously busy trying to find ways to emigrate. Quality of life is going down here. Dining is good though although Sydney they sell Honey chicken and you can't find that in this country.
Well, although I have not been to the Randstad, I have spent much time looking at pictures of the three big cities and looking at real estate and dining guides. I mean, statistics wise, the Netherlands is one of the most open, free, economically friendly places in the world. The use the Euro and are part of the Schengen and that really appeals to me. However, although English is widely spoken, it is not official so I would rather move to a place where the language is more useful elsewhere and not as hard to learn when English is spoken. I just love the architecture and planning of the Randstad. Although there are industrial parks, for the most part, the towns, cities, roads, highways are all nice. It feels very urban and populated without feeling suburban, qualities which I like. So, I mean, could you explain why it is getting so much worse? Is it just immigration or is it just the overall mentality?
DC10extender From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4745 times:
Anywhere in the good old USA! Although with the winters up here, a Caribbean island would be great too. As for Paris, it is too crowded and the people are too rude for a good Minnesota boy like me. I love the Bay area but I also just love the US in general.
Did you ever read on your birth certificate that life is fair? Thats cause its not there.
ArniePie From Belgium, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4740 times:
The grass is always greener on the other side.....
I've heard many times about people wanting to move to a different and better place in the world but I've also heard somewhere , and correct me if I'm wrong , that as many as 1/3 to half the people come back more or less disillusioned after about 3 years.
I think that for many people in the second or third world countries it is indeed a real dream to go to countries where its better and for those people it usually turns out to be true but even then they suffer from homesickness and severe adjusting problems.
For us first worldners (is that even a word?) it is hard to appreciate the things we have until we part from them, only then we start appreciating our home countries better and we start truly understanding how good it really is.
Personally I've spend a fair amount abroad in all parts of the world and while I wouldn't mind moving to other places for good (Netherlands, US-east/west coast or the Chicago area , Canada, ...) I still believe I can also be perfectly happy staying in our little spot on the world.
Our weather is not the best and it might look terribly unorganized and messy to the untrained eye it still gives a lot back like, the best taverns bars and restaurants in the world (IMHO), overall nice and sometimes weird people, an excellent social security and healthcare system, not too exuberantly expensive pricing, good central location in the EU, Lots of personal freedom and even some very pretty places like Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and even some places in the Brussels area, nice wide (and topless!!!) beaches and the lovely Ardennes.
In time I will be moving back to Antwerp, a not too big but truly international city (after AMS the city with the most nationalities in the world) with tons of things to do and lots of nice areas to live.
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4703 times:
Given the chance, I'd move to New hampshire in a heartbeat. I've spent a lot of time there over the years, so it wouldn't be too much of a culture shock.
Second choicee would have to be Mikonos......possible one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, and the food & hospitality is amazing.
'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6452 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4662 times:
While I've lived both in Namibia and the USA, and plan to spend the bulk of my life in Namibia, I'd say the place I could most see myself living in OUTSIDE OF those two would be Australia. I love the people, lifestyle, and just about everything. What a great place.
SeansasLCY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 944 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4641 times:
for me the best place to live would be Hong Kong- I love everything about HK, how friendly people are and just how well everything blends together. Otherwise I would say Copenhagen or Amsterdam. I don't really know why but just really enjoyed my time there and loved the atmosphere and the more liberal and tolerant attitude towards life they have.
Confuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3941 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4623 times:
Hayward, CA. It's located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay area and only minutes away from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. It's an all american city with a state college, a bedroom community comprising of subdivisions, condos and trailer homes, and plenty of industrial businesses such as auto auction, salvage yards and chop shops. Also, there's a large immigrant population readily available for day employment.
AFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4616 times:
Quoting Confuscius (Reply 23): Hayward, CA. It's located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay area and only minutes away from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. It's an all american city with a state college, a bedroom community comprising of subdivisions, condos and trailer homes, and plenty of industrial businesses such as auto auction, salvage yards and chop shops. Also, there's a large immigrant population readily available for day employment.
: Sydney comes in first, I just love the whole place, people are friendly, weather is nice, not too cold but can get a bit hot. Second would be Singapor
: that is a really hard one! I would have to say....Hong Kong, Paris, Sydney or Melbourne.
: Actually, Hayward is one of the most boring places in the entire Bay Area. Just my opinion, of course.
: I was of course being sarcastic. I think he on purposely described it that way because maybe he read other posts on how I don't like things about tra
: Boring? Hayward is not, Atherton and Woodside are. Hayward is a multicultural city with social clubs aligning themselves along racial groups and dema
: Sounds like paradise. You might also want to try Hazleton, PA; dreary, dead ex-coal mining town in a charmingly gray mountainous and frequently snowy
: IN the US, my second home New York City. In fact I find it hard to find a comparable city anywhere else. In Mexico, I like Guadalajara, Aguascalientes
: Well, that just leaves Britain and Ireland (and Malta) to go to....I think Plane Holland is being quite pessimistic as there are many places in the R
: Like my canal front town house in The Hague? Why? Steenwijk is hardly the Randstad. Not in my experience. You can still buy a very nice apartment for