I live in Southampton, the only reason people know this place is because it is where the Titanic sailed from. Unfortunately, Southampton didn't sink with it. The place is lifeless and without soul. There, i've said it. For those thinking of coming to England there is absolutely no need to visit this city. The only tourists that ever come here get straight on a cruise ship and go somewhere decent. For saying this i will be driven out of my home by enraged locals, and banished from this boring city forever, but i can live with that. Apparantly the people on the Titanic where given a choice of swimming for the States or getting a nice, warm ride back to Southampton and they all chose the 1000 miles of breast stroke in a westerly direction option.
Hahaha, we certainly appreciate the honesty Dave, I'll be sure to never come to your town then...
I was basically raised in two places. My birth town is Lima, Peru. Putting aside that Peru is still a developing country, life was great over there, being raised there is a privilege to me. The conservative attitude most people had when I grew up shielded me from growing up too fast. I can appreciate that now.
Summers meant beach camping starting on New Years and ending on Easter. My family and I would go every other week and I can tell there is nothing like waking up listening to the ocean waves or watching the sunset in the afternoon. There is nothing better than that. The city was (or still is) a bit chaotic, but there is so much to see, so much culture, flora and fauna. We have the coast with beautiful beaches, the Andes only one hour away by plane and the Amazon two aways away by plane.
My second home in New York City...yes, another city. What can I possibly say about New York, there isnt a place like it in the world. It is just the best. If I were giving the option to spend the rest of my life in one of those places I couldnt choose one over the other. I hope I am never in that position but knowing me, I will probably end up in some country most people have never heard of...spending the rest of my years...
Kent, it's the county but nobody would know where my hometown is.
It's not great, but it had everything i needed.
It makes you appreciate travel, but its always nice to visit your old haunt. It'll probably be my hometown forever, i'll just be elsewhere around the world but need my little crappy town to come home to.
I miss the accent and commoness
I gotta say something for San Francisco. There's a reason people write songs about it ! Awesome weather, not too mild, not to cold, hot, etc. EVERYTHING you could ever want! Santa Cruz and Montery are a drive away. Yosemite isn't too far neither is skiing at Mammoth. You get the beach, the redwoods and the cool bars. Great old buildings, great streets. The BEST people and by far the best music. Ahh I feel better already.
Just north of inverness in Scotland.
Having moved when I was 17, and only going back to visit relatives I can now say it is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. OK the weather can be a bit crap but the views are amazing. I once heard that Inverness has more pubs per head of population than anywhere else in the UK (dont know if it is true) but it might explain the many sightings of the Loch Ness monster over the years!!
..where the "Spaghetti Bolognese" are supposed to come from... but we would never have them there! Let's just say that the sauce is from there, but we normally use it with maccheroni or with tagliatelle.
Anyway, Bologna is a medioval city and the main characteristics are the hundreds of arcades along most of the streets. Very handy for rainy weather in winter!
Bologna has many different nicknames: Bologna the erudit, because of the oldest University in Europe; Bologna the fat, because of the rich gastronomy; Bologna the red because of the red rooves; Bologna the city of the 100 towers as in ancient time there were about that amount of towers in the center town.
Singapore / Lion City / Claustrophobic Nation / Sin-Kah-Po
Ah yes... So much of the advertisement about Visit Singapore and emphasis on being No. 1 in Best Airport, Seaport, Education Hub, Medical Hub, Entertainment Hub.
Being a local, life is hectic and the cost of living in Singapore is high, and is getting higher. Living here is safe and you can come home at 3am or 5am walking without really feeling suspicious.
Local neighbourhood areas are places where you all should drop by and see the otherside... The nice-ness and ugly-ness..
The media shows too much of the high end living here. Propaganda & Exploitation! Condominium, fast cars... Drive me NUTS!!!
Actually, on the other side, most places are laid back. And it cost definitely much lesser than those you can find in Orchard Area/Jotels(City).
You can get everything here, especially, 10th, 14th to 25th storey pigeon holes, except Chewing gums, Koolaid(in some groceries), Disneyland, JellyBelly!
And those who smoke, cigarettes cost you S$11.80.
That's about US$6... I say QUIT!!!
A great place for anyone to earn money, but to grow holistically, for children or retirement, its not the place.
Anyone into this hectic city-life... Its specially suited for you.
Transport.. You don't need a car! A car will cost you taxes even for the road... I'm not kidding!
You can take the public bus or even the MRT. Everywhere is accessible... Just 45 mins to the other end via public transport. And could even take you to Johore Bahru, Malaysia.
Singapore ain't that huge... hehe...
Fooood and Entertainment.. There's lotsa.. Its everywhere! You just have to try everything out. You'll put on weight...
Those who had been to, or read about, Clarke Quay or Boat Quay,
I know you will love drinking there because of its rows of bars and some clubs.
You can actually find much cheaper drinking places. There are many local coffee-shops, scattered outside and in local neigbourhood, selling alcoholic bevarage much cheaper than those places. $5 to $8 dollars for a big bottle...
Whatever is it, its a great place to visit for about a week. Best stopover destinations, cuz it gets you everywhere in Asia for half the cost. All depends on your exchange rates...
That's all for my city-state=island-country!
yes thats the name of it.
a little beach city in northern san diego, california. friendly people, laidback, beautiful beaches, beach fairs, sandy feet, sunsets, a lagoon for great bird watching, surfing, a state beach..a great place to just kick back and be local
i didnt appreciate it very much until i moved away.
now im in san francisco, which is also a great city...but i miss the warmth!
This will just sound sooo stupid-but nearly everything i say does so i'll just say it! isn't Southampton where Craig david grew up?
Matt-Kent is a nice lil place-shopping isnt bad! i have soke family there and used to go and stay over! but as you say when you've grown up in places like that it really makes you appreciate travel more-ok does that make sense!