Monday, June 20, 2005

Where to Live

Only from the most logical of former classmates would you receive a mass email such as this:

hey - i'm looking at where i'll be at for the next 3 years, and afterwards. i'm open to more than [Asia] at this point, basically looking at any place in the world as a possibility.

for now, i need your help in brainstorming. i aim to get a master list of 50 places that could be great, and that meet the criteria below. only after i have the big master list from brainstorming do i want to think about logistics and the real viability of being able to live & work somewhere.

i'll come back to you with what comes out of it, and maybe it might give you ideas on where you might want to end up too. thanks for your help! [x]

The "criteria" (i.e. the place has to have most of these things, particularly the top 5):
1-deep roots
4-optimistic (people)

courtesy (people)
not cold
genuine/honest people
not so
commercial/business oriented
not too easy
not too fast

For my part, I find I am increasingly excited for the return to beloved Halifax, and note happily that the fair city well satisfies almost all of this random list of expectations of a great city [though only if "not cold" isn't a deal-breaker!] Dublin and Munich are the two European cities that also jump immediately to mind on a reading of the criteria. And London can be whatever you want it to be, and any real list without it would be much the poorer.

Others? Anyone? Bueller?


Blogger The Tiger said...

Boston's taken a lurch towards the optimist side after last October. Otherwise would have been disqualified. But the weather may yet pull it down.

Kathmandu falls down on the cleanliness issues, as well as the honesty part.

Suggest looking at Southern Europe or the more liberal of the Gulf countries (if access to alcohol not considered a problem and is willing to hang with the Western expat community).

6:11 PM  
Blogger Mike McNair said...


Case closed.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

san francisco. stick to the mission/noe valley, potrero hill, or bernal heights for the sunshine. everywhere else can get pretty foggy in the summer.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you said "not too fast" in your post I sincerely hope you were NOT referring to the women.

5:21 PM  

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