Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4508 times:
I have come to a decision by now that I do not want to live in the United States when I grow up. It's not that I don't like my country, but I'm so interested in other countries and other cultures that I want to live in another country. There are some cities in particular that I'd like to live in though. Could you give me some info on these cities in regard to living there? Based on these cities, what cities are similar that you think I might enjoy? I have been to a few of these (only a few of the European ones) so that's how I decided on those, and on the others, I've just seen on TV and in magazines and heard about them, and was interested. Here are the cities (in no particular order):
Almaty (strange sounding, I know)
Any information on any of these cities in regards to what it is like living there would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much to those of you who respond! I really do appreciate it.
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4483 times:
Choose Warsaw! It's a great city! I've been there many times! And their airport has an observation deck that's right above the jetways! You can see all the action going on from the gates to the runways!
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4457 times:
Based on where you live, I don't blame you for wanting to leave the U.S., but you're still young and have lots of years ahead of you to make a decision...
Sydney: Never been there, but would love to go. I have heard nothing but great things about the place. I will definitely check it out sometime.
Paris: Kinda overrated and very expensive. People are somewhat rude and stubborn. Has great culture, great women, great clubs and nice restaurants and, of course, CDG.
Zurich: I found it kinda sterile.
Amsterdam: AWESOME! Great people! Great times! Sort of expensive.
Madrid: So-so...very nice people, but not as nice as Barcelona.
Singapore: I might be going there this summer. I heard it's super clean, but not much in terms of a club scene.
Bangkok: My friend's roommate said Thailand is the best country ever! Of course, he's a young single male, so there must be a reason why...
Hong Kong: Simply put, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD! I totally fell in love with that place and would love to live there for a few years. People are kind of rude, it's super crowded (I don't mind that though) and it's expensive, but it's got so much energy and vibrance. Not the shopping heaven it once was, but CLK and cute Chinese girls make up for it. Also, has the BEST expat community in the world. It seems like they look out for eachother and that you can make quite a few friends within that community...
Tokyo: If I don't stop by Singapore, I will stop in Tokyo. I've heard mixed things about it. Most people seem to complain about the pollution and crowds (it is the biggest city in the world) and that it's super expensive (most expensive city in the world). On the bright side, people love the food, culture and the women...
Moscow: I would love to go there. Nothing but the utmost respect for the Russian people. I hear it's kinda dangerous though.
Dubai: I'd like to check it out too. I heard it's a great place to make money and very clean, but guys make up 70% of the population...
Doha: Couldn't tell you.
Almaty (strange sounding, I know): Have no idea.
Prague: Beautiful city with beautiful women. Fun and affordable!
Warsaw: Don't know much about it.
Vienna: I think Austria in general is overrated. It's a beautiful city with lots of arts and culture, but not my cup of tea.
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4442 times:
Thank you very much for your responses. Rai, I guess I would rule Madrid out now if Barcelona is better than it. I was in Barcelona in June and thought it was a great city and one I would go back to, just not my kind of place for living in. I won't totally rule out Madrid though. I need to see it first. I've been to Paris twice (once on the same trip as Barcelona) and it's by far my favorite city. I've been in the ZRH airport, but that doesn't count. Those are the only 3 I've been to. I think my #1 is Hong Kong though, so I'm glad that you said such good things about it.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4888 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4422 times:
I don't know why people keep going on about how Parisians are so "rude" because I've never experienced it myself yet. If you can speak at least a little bit of French they treat you very nicely...and they are much easier to understand than the Quebecois accents over here
The public transit system in Paris is one of the best in the world, with both commuter rail (RER) and metro stations in every corner of the city. You would be crazy to want to own a car if you live there - not only for the expense but just that it would be really needless.
I didn't find that any "everyday" items there except soft drinks were signifigantly more expensive than what I normally pay in Toronto. However the rental rates a a bit higher - as are the energy cost. Groceries are cheaper however.