I'm from Montreal, just got my British passport (father born in Sheffeild). I want to move to the UK come January after I graduate University. I'm thinking about four cities: Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasglow and London. Being that I come from Montreal I'm spoiled; our women are gorgeous & very liberal, rent is cheap, food is good & cheap, the city is clean, nightlife is great, people are friendly and the summer is full of festivals. Nevertheless, I want to get out and explore the world. In terms of women, nightlife, weather, cleanliness, theater and arts (I have a Marketing degree but my passion is writing plays), which of these four cities is the best?
Any and all input would be most appreciated.
Remember Dublin isnt part of the UK! But l think with a British passport you will be fine in that its part of the EU and l know if l wanted l could move to Dublin!
Now which city... I think each city will tick all your boxes as regards the arts, weather well London is the furtherest South and most likely to get the best weather - but it WILL rain A LOT!! You will find beautiful woman in every city you go to and there is a fantastic night life in each city.
Jobs should be available it each city simply sign up with a recruitment agency and see what offers come your way!
The city l know the best is Dublin and it is a friendly but rather expensive city which l really love; great atmosphere and great people. Edinburgh too is a great city and l personally prefer it to Glasgow. London will be the most expensive.
This really has not answered your question l suppose! but good luck with your move!
I'd say edinburgh is best for theatre and arts if you're going to be here over the summer for the festival. edinburgh rules!
There's nothing quite like Montreal. I think if you're looking for a European version of the city, you may be disappointed. Dublin and London are both very expensive, and both are prediminently unilingual so the nightlife and people are very different from here at home. But they're also beautiful, original and unique cities. I'd suggest you try not to find a new Montreal, but discover something altogether different. Personally, I'd pick Dublin, although it's not in the UK, as Purdy mentioned. There's something about Ireland that's simply wonderful - although I admit I'm biased...
Most of my friends that have visited Europe tell me to move to Edinbirgh or Dublin. I'm going to visit all four cities but I feel I really can't get a sense of a place by only being there a few days b/c chances are most of the people I will meet will be fellow tourists.
Anyways, thanks for all the insite.
I travelled in Scotland this summer and I reckon that Edinburgh was rocking!Loved it!So from those options I'd recommend Edinburgh!
the choice would definetly be between Edinburgh or Dublin
Both areas are doing well economically in the sense that you could get work, well as long as you are not too fussy, you could test the water by checking the job sites on line to see what was available (check out sites likes - loadzajobs / monster / etc)...
Price wise Dublin is the more expensive city but I don't think the difference is too great...it will depend on your job / income how expensive you find it.... if you decide on Dublin check out daft.ie for accomodation prices....
Dublin wise :
Food - its getting better all the time, with a growing multicultural society the choice and quality has been forced to grow and develop over the years, price wise - as with anywhere you go it depends on what you are looking for and where you are, ie its cheaper in the suburbs,
Drink - well this plentiful, in pubs an average pint in the city €4-6 / suburbs €3-6, in the off license a bottle of beer is around €2-3, the supermarket normally undercuts the off license anything from 10 cent to a euro per bottle.......
Girls - well as before its growing multiculurally so they're varied, with a good economy and a large international shared service industry a lot of cultures , looks and fashion are well represented, so basically theres a 'type' to suit everyone
nightlife - like most cities its plentiful and can be varied, at the weekend - late night bars / clubs are open till 3 / 3.30am, most places average 2.30am, wine bars are open later, 6am sometimes, club entry costs are between €5-20, averaging around €12, most of the nightlife is centralised around bars or disco type pubs were entry is free,
festivals - in the summer months there are many fastivals, from jazz, dance, rock, classic, house, pop, etc......the scene is growing every year and attracting big names every year, tickets can range from €45-150 per day....
Theatre - i think the theatre life here is fantastic and though its biased in my opinion its second to none, for ideas on good shows check out 'The Gate' - a small intimate theatr, my favourite in Dublin, 'The Abbey' - world famous for the acting history and playwrights, 'The Peacock' - its beside the abbey and houses a lot of talent, ' The Gaeity' - for plays, pantos, shows, concerts.....
The arts - between theatre, writers , painters, photographers, sculpters - it would be hard pressed not to find something that would take your fancy.......
one of the few bad things about Dublin is that its not the cleanest city, it is improving but as the some says ' dirty ol' dublin'...... saying that though there are some very scenic areas from the parks, beaches, cliff walks, castles it would be easy to fall under its bewitching charm.....
if i've left anything out or you want more info then ask away
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 8, 2006 7:42 AM by Rraven ]