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11. Posted by twotyredtouring (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

I was born & bred in South London. i left aged 22 for the country air of Hatfield, Hertfordshire. This wasn't a great place, but it made me relise i never wanted to return to London Living. Iv'e moved around alot and have spent the last 6 years in Brighton. It was given City status, by the Queen, at the turn of the century. I can honestly say it's the best place I've lived. It has a great buzz and people are friendly. It has a diverse & mixed community including students, artist, celebraties, many cultures and all sexualities. Best bits - It's a city by the sea, It is eveloped by beautiful protected countryside, It hosts great events and it has the best weather i've every experianced in England!
What ever kind of life you like, Brighton would be a place to consider. Love, Love, love my city.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2010, at 04:36 by kiwijam ]

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13. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 6y

Yes, for everyone there is a place (not necessarily a city) that just 'clicks'. The moment you arrive, it feels like you were always meant to be there.

Well, that's the romantic ideal, anyways... Most places become "home" only after you've lived there a long time. And you may not realize how important that place has become to you, until after you leave it.

There are a few cities I've visited, where I thought "I could LIVE here...!" Athens, most recently. I loved Helsinki, too. Generally, I like small to mid-size cities. There are a few super-sized cities which are still livable, like Paris or London (or even Seoul) But cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong or New York (especially Manhattan) are just too manic for my tastes. Too much noise, too many pushy people... and everybody is chasing the almighty buck, 24-7. Exciting places to visit, of course, but no way would I want to live there.

Actually, the more 'exciting' a city is, the less livable it tends to be, I think.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Feb-2010, at 08:59 by madpoet ]

14. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

I am revisiting SHANGHAI for the 3RD time... I dont love it, but, I like the idea that I can live there.

And I have a very good Chinese friend in that city.

15. Posted by steph2710 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Quoting madpoet

Yes, for everyone there is a place (not necessarily a city) that just 'clicks'. The moment you arrive, it feels like you were always meant to be there.

I think I have actually experienced this!

I have lived on the Gold Coast, Australia my entire life. This is a lot of people's idea of paradise - great beaches, weather, relaxed living etc etc. I have never felt like I belonged here. When I was 14 my mum and I went for a 4 day trip to Melbourne, Aus. I just remember standing in the middle of that city and looking around and having this overwhelming feeling of 'home'. I have never lost that feeling, but upon returning to the Gold Coast was at least able to start appreciating why people love it. I still to this day feel Melbourne is home, and will be moving there after my travels to go back to uni for 4 years (after I explore the world, and hopefully find a few more places that could be home!)

16. Posted by m1shm4sh (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

For me it was Tokyo, I know that's rose-tinted as there's lots of Tokyo that isn't really available to westerners but I just fell in love with the place and the people. Everything works there, and I've lived in London long enough to know what the opposite of that feels like!
skyscrapers, craziness and a short drive to world class snow... loved it.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2010, at 08:09 by m1shm4sh ]

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