gosimeon From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 663 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3596 times:
I noticed a few posters on the thread about the worst place in the world listed their home towns!
So, lets get a thread started on the things you actually like about your current town.
I'm living in Frankfurt right now and love living in an urban area (I come from rural-ish Ireland). I like the entertainment options and have found the people here to be pretty friendly and accommodating. Of course, one bonus here, is the massive airport! So some Sundays have been spent watching planes from all around the world come and go from the observation area in the airport.
One other thing I like is how liberal it is here. I'm gay and, whilst Ireland is certainly not a bad place to be for gays, I'd never feel like I'm turning heads here if on a date or whatever. I like that aspect big time. I guess it's a sign of German culture.
Finally, the transport. Man, they have it right here. Trains, trams, underground system, buses. You are never far from where you want to get to with the system here and I love it.
thegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3587 times:
Traffic is not that bad here there's hardly any at all....
Lot's of colleges/universities so when I'm in the mood to party I can hit up my friends
When we had Midway Airlines hub(JI) those were the days I too would go to the airport and watch the sea of yellow....
This area known as the Triangle, it keeps growing......
Severnaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1403 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3496 times:
I actually live in two places, Amsterdam, the Netherlands & St Petersburg, Russia.
What I love about Amsterdam and the Netherlands in general is the vivid liberal atmosphere hanging around here, the tiny size of the country in general (heck, you can't travel for more than 4 hours maximum without crossing the border ). Having AMS close is from aviation-perspective very nice. I love the weather here, it's never too hot, or too cold (except for maybe a few days). We've got here also a great powerful economy for the small size of the country with enough opportunities for everyone to find a job. What I don't like is that some neighborhoods (West & South-East) are becoming (and are already) dangerous for certain types of beliefs/sexual preferences. Oh and about night-life, nothing to complain with a bar/restaurant/cinema/theater located on every corner of the streets. Did you know that there is no city in the world with more different nationalities living on its territory than Amsterdam?
Petersburg has actually 5 million citizens, so nothing to complain culture/nightlife wise. I however hate the cold weather during the long winters. The metro (subway) is an extremely good way of transporting yourself if you live close to one of the many stations and the ring road (KAD) opened some years ago around the city has relieved the center from some of its congestion. The city center is simply one of the most beautiful centers of the world and it still sometimes makes me stand still at one of the buildings.
The summers are very nice in Petersburg, the Neva river which floats through the city is a large river with beautiful bridges that are all opened in the nights (so be sure to be on the good side) and together with the long midsummer white-nights it is simply B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L to go out in summer and enjoy the city. Also it's very nice to have the Karelia peninsula close with splendid nature and lakes.
Well... Sheffield here as well. What do I like about it?
When they're working, the transport links can be very good... I can go North, South, East and West from Sheffield by train, bus, car etc. It's very well placed.
The city is small, but has everything you need (especially when you take into consideration Meadowhell down the road) so it doesn't feel like some big cities can - lacking a certain friendliness.
The people. Honestly, some of the people I've met/worked with here are great! Great sense of humour... and they get on with everything.
It's a pretty green city around the centre, although mainly on the outskirts - the peak district is a mile or two away (and less than a mile from where I live) so you can just go out whenever you want and find somewhere to walk or do whatever.
Having said that the peak district is less than a mile from where I live, similarly the city centre is only a 30 minute walk. So it's nice to be able to go in whenever I want for no cost at all.
All in all... not a bad little city, given it's my home away from home!
MasterBean From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3480 times:
Cricklade and surrounding area. Um, there's some prettyful countryside. Swindon is far enough away so you can say you're not from there but close enough so you can buy stuff and go clubbing. There's the Cotswold waterpark which is great in the summer and there's the proximity to RAF Fairford and Kemble which is good for flying displays.
The weather's good, there's good rail links to Bristol and London, and there's a nice pub in Cricklade which has 9 different beers on pump each week. So basically, everything is good.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25202 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3450 times:
Absolutely love the general sunshine and warm/mild temperatures we enjoy here. Quite meaningful when I have colleagues in Midwest and East Coast sitting in snow storms, and I’m down at the beach.
Love the fact we have an incredibly diverse ethnic base which results in a very varied food and restaurant market. You name it you can eat it.
Love the variety of and access to lots outdoor actives. From riding bikes, hiking mountains, swimming at the beach or diving in the Pacific, to skiing in the winters a couple hours away. This is much thanks to a diverse geography with ocean on one side, desert on the other with various mountains in between.
Being a relative young city compared to East Coast, much of the infrastructure and community set up it modern and clean. Things are not falling apart much, nor as dirty or grimey as what I see in many older and Eastern cities.
Love the uniqueness that with a metro area of over 4,000sq miles which contains over 100 local municipalities, virtually each one has its own character and diversity.
Lots of entertainment options, from local sports teams, world class museums, all the theme parks, movies, night clubs.
Lots and lots of shopping options.
Areas certain wealth and affluence being a major global center for commerce and home for many global shakers and movers from business leaders, educators, inventors and science to off course entertainment industry.
Oh and did I say the weather was great
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3447 times:
Before: S. Suburbs of Athens. Quiet, close to the beach, not very crowded or densely built, 20' drive from the city center.
Now: W. Los Angeles, CA: I am very close to the beach (S.Monica & Venice), good access to freeways - I can be downtown for work in 15-30', supermarkets and bars within walking distance from my house. The weather is also great in general.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2882 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3447 times:
Long Island, NY
I was born and raised here and I couldn't have asked for a better place to be brought up. As a kid I had a good size house with a yard and pool, safe streets to ride my bike on, and very good schools.
Weather is something nice. Hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and lovely in the spring and fall. Four seasons, that's not something I'm NOT willing to give up very easily!
Lifestyle. Talk about a mixed bag!! From the ultra-rich in places like the Hamptons or even along the north shore, to the hard working blue collar folks, Long Island has it all, and things for everyone to do. Some of the highest rated beaches in the country (http://www.drbeach.org/top10beaches.htm), vineyards, quaint harbor towns and villages, tons of parks, easy to get on a train to head into NYC to do everything there, festivals for each season, strong sense of community, and for folks here on airliners.net...a very rich history in aviation. As much as NYC people hate to admit it, Queens and Brooklyn IS part of Long Island (there is no river or canal that runs down the border of Nassau/Queens...get over it) so you can add the rich cultural history of many of the communities in those two counties too.
Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3420 times:
Hometown - Adelaide. Don't like anything about it. So backward, populated with equally backward thinking people. Guess the only good thing about it is there are some facilities available (like an international airport) and we don't have traffic jams like Melbourne or Sydney and its quite easy to get from one place to another.
Currently living in Geelong, Victoria: only thing good about it is that its close to Melbourne - the most awesome city in this country (though I think a few Sydneysiders would disagree!)
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8137 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3410 times:
Weather, weather, and oh, did I say, weather??
Aside from the fantastic weather, the place is the living definition of melting pot. Even in the Bay Area or LA, you don't have to look far to find neighborhoods that are pretty heavily identified with one ethnicity or income level. Within the city limits of Honolulu, things are just all over the map and it certainly makes things interesting. There are visiting German college professors, new immigrants from Sri Lanka, the Samoan owner of a local fishing company, and a retired Japanese couple in my building - just for starters.
Farmers' markets all over town every day of the week, several great beaches within city limits, a decent bus system, and plenty of decent dining options - though the lack of authentic Mexican is a big problem. I also love that the office I work in overlooks the airport and harbor simultaneously.
There's the usual complaints that come with any American city, but the low violent crime rate, constant sunshine, and changing cloudscapes looking mauka every day are just wonderful - not to mention the rainbows.
Oops, think I just mentioned the weather again.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
midcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3388 times:
Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 14): Weather is something nice. Hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and lovely in the spring and fall. Four seasons, that's not something I'm NOT willing to give up very easily!
Same here in Pennsylvania. Four wonderful seasons to enjoy, lots of open spaces, mountains, farms, and everything in between. Farmer's markets for the best produce and baked goods you could ever have, good PA Dutch cooking, just a beautiful area with easy access to the cities such as NYC, Baltimore, Philly, and DC within a few hours drive, as well as easy access also to the Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland beaches.
Also, for me, it's the benefit of family as I've lived here all my life and so has most of my family.
And although it's not that big a deal for me, Hershey has the big draw of being the home of a large candy manufacturer.
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
-The weather is pretty mild throughout the year (I say this with an inch of snow outside right now)
-It's really easy to get around town.
-Family is nearby.
-Plenty of activities if you know where to look.
-Non-stop flights to most of the US major cities.
noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
I live in a small village near to Mansfield. We love it here, there is a real small community spirit, it is so peaceful and quiet, and within a 5 minute walk we are in beautiful countryside. Our bedroom overlooks open countryside with cows and horses a regular fixture. If I open my front door I hear nothing but silence - bliss!
We are a 10 minute drive from the bright lights of Mansfield, and within 45 minutes of both Sheffield and Nottingham, so we are always able to get to shops. I am a 20 minute drive, or 40 minute cycle, from work. The M1 motorway is less than 10 minutes away, and Chesterfield railway station just 20 minutes, so we can be anywhere in the country relatively easily.
When the weather is bad like we had recently, the whole village was snowed in under 3ft of snow for 3 days. Not a problem, we all pulled together, cleared the roads, helped our neighbours etc. For 3 days we enjoyed each other's company.
The only downside is that out here the weather is always worse than everywhere else, but it is still nice and in the summer it is beautiful.
Quoting skidmarks (Reply 3): One big downer - I have to live apart from my wife, leaving her in England in order to try and earn a living.
ER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3363 times:
Seattle area -
Proximity to the mountains - I can drive less than an hour and be on a hiking trail into pristine wilderness. The Alpine Lakes area is filled with crystal clear lakes surrounded by great big old trees and snow-capped peaks. It's a designated wilderness so no dirt bikes, ORV's etc and in lots of places no cell phone coverage, so true solitude can be had if you go to some of the lesser-known destinations. Yeah, Snow Lake is about as crowded as Yosemite Valley but there are literally hundreds of others to choose from. Mt. Rainier is only about 60 miles away and it doesn't get any better than that if you're a climber or back country camper.
I had been to Frankfurt for a job interview recently, so perhaps I'm actually going to move there. At the same time ... I don't mean to offend you, but I while I generally like cities, I still think Frankfurt sucks. It must be one of the most expensive *and* one of the ugliest cities in Germany. Sorry.
I have another account open in Berlin so to speak, and really hope they are going to accept me.
If not, I am just going to stay here for a litle longer. What I like here, being a little south of Munich, is nature. I was born in north-west Germany and basically grew up with dunes, North Sea and playing sagulls. But seeing Isartal (Isar Valley) or Walchensee (just google for some pics), makes you think you're in Norway.
In winter, you actually have 10 or more inches of fluffy white snow, not this gray mud that sticks to shoes. I think I saw my first really beautiful winter here, and I am above 40 now.
Then there is Munich, and while I still prefer Berlin, it is a pretty city that has a lot to offer.
AM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3326 times:
Lots of services. Health, education, sports, concerts...
Public transport can be improved but I can go by subway mostly wherever I need to go.
Direct flights to anywhere I have needed or plan to go. (Except for Anytown, USA for work reasons)