If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

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12/04/2013 at 11:33

I commute - just over one hour a day on a train.  I live on the edge of a large town, very close to countryside.

I could never have afforded my flat if it were in London.  I would have got a shoe box for what I paid for a large, two bedroom flat 

Actually I doubt I would even have got a shoe box.

12/04/2013 at 12:14

London's great. Cosmpolitan, infinite variety. I'd miss the noise and bustle personally. Has its problems, but so do most cities. Lovely open spaces.

12/04/2013 at 13:43

Thurlestone in Devon, its my ambition in life when the kids are older to sell up and live there.Its a beautiful part of the world....I don,t know if I could handle city life like some of you guys , we live surrounded by open fields no neighbours

12/04/2013 at 13:47

Amsterdam looked Cool - Toronto was brilliant too, my mate lives there and went to his wedding, what a great city but not sure about the cold!!

Heard a comment about the weather in Melbourne being a problem?? eh? surely better weather than here?

12/04/2013 at 13:50

Cities are ok to visit. I visit London once or twice a decade, the same as Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, but I wouldn't want to live there (well, maybe Barcelona).

I'm happy living here in rural Shropshire - most people from down London way don't even know where we are.

12/04/2013 at 13:56

If I made comments about places outside London that were of the same tone as the comments people make about London, I'd rightly be shot down. Every place has its good and bad points. Live with it.

12/04/2013 at 13:56

Las Vegas, although I probably wouldn't live in to old age.

12/04/2013 at 13:57

London or Australia. Or both. Bit like now really

12/04/2013 at 14:00

this is a dilemma that me and the missus are going through

in the next couple of years we hope to have sold our business which is about the only thing that ties us to the area - no kids, no family to speak of to tie us down.

we've lived in the area for 30 years so know it well and it has many attractions to say, yep, I could carry on living here.

but, there are many other places we love as well and could quite happily move to Wales (my home turf), the West Country, France (we've owned places there before so am familiar with it from that POV) etc etc.

so - do we stay, or do we go??  we haven't come to any conclusions on that as we keep changing our ideas.   I think what we might ultimately end up doing is go travelling for a period once we've sold the biz and then decide!!!  coming back to a place you've left a while ago may be an eye opener

12/04/2013 at 14:05

I love Devon and Dorset.  Parts of Wiltshire aren't bad but it would need to be within easy travelling distance of the sea.

The Lake district and Cornwall are wonderful places but I woudln't want to live there.  Too many tourists spoiling it.

I don't know much of the north of England and Scotland so I would like to spend some time there as a comparison to the rest of the country.

London isn't bad but I wouldn't want to spend my life there.  I'm a country girl and would miss the open spaces.

kittenkat    pirate
12/04/2013 at 14:09
fat buddha wrote (see)

this is a dilemma that me and the missus are going through

in the next couple of years we hope to have sold our business which is about the only thing that ties us to the area - no kids, no family to speak of to tie us down.

we've lived in the area for 30 years so know it well and it has many attractions to say, yep, I could carry on living here.

but, there are many other places we love as well and could quite happily move to Wales (my home turf), the West Country, France (we've owned places there before so am familiar with it from that POV) etc etc.

so - do we stay, or do we go??  we haven't come to any conclusions on that as we keep changing our ideas.   I think what we might ultimately end up doing is go travelling for a period once we've sold the biz and then decide!!!  coming back to a place you've left a while ago may be an eye opener

I love where I'm living, because as a kid I used to come on holiday to Devon and Cornwall, and I always said that I wanted to live on a farm down here, with a dog. So I've ticked all my 10 year old self's boxes, and it's a great place for my kids. However there's a little nagging part of me that misses living in different places and travelling as much as I did pre-kids. I would move to Australia or America in a heartbeat for a better climate, however the one thing stopping me is my kids and their relationship with both sets of grandparents. It would be selfish of me now to put pressure on my family, however when the kids leave home and there's only D and me. We will do what we want, and I think you and Petal should do too. How exciting to be in that position. Enjoy it.

12/04/2013 at 14:11

I would never move to America - no proper healthcare system!

Try Canada, it's only next door 

kittenkat    pirate
12/04/2013 at 14:19
Johnny again wrote (see)

Cities are ok to visit. I visit London once or twice a decade, the same as Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, but I wouldn't want to live there (well, maybe Barcelona).

I'm happy living here in rural Shropshire - most people from down London way don't even know where we are.

Someone asked me in work the other day where my parents live, I said Leomister, they said 'Where's that?' I mentioned Hereford and Worcester, and they still looked confused.

12/04/2013 at 14:23
kittenkat wrote (see)
Johnny again wrote (see)

Cities are ok to visit. I visit London once or twice a decade, the same as Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, but I wouldn't want to live there (well, maybe Barcelona).

I'm happy living here in rural Shropshire - most people from down London way don't even know where we are.

Someone asked me in work the other day where my parents live, I said Leomister, they said 'Where's that?' I mentioned Hereford and Worcester, and they still looked confused.

To be fair, I imagine a lot of people who aren't from London would be confused by 'Herne Hill' or 'Raynes Park'. It's unsurprising, though, that people have heard of London.

12/04/2013 at 14:32

Leominster felt a bit like London yesterday - major roadworks on the A49 and traffic lights out of action by the Co-op. Virtual standstill and one or two "city driver" types!

PC. I wouln't expect many londoners to know where Clun, Diddlebury or Stoke St Milborough where, but I would at least expect them to be able to locate the county. (Mind you, even the BBC map people have problems, sometimes)

12/04/2013 at 14:34
Peter Collins wrote (see)

If I made comments about places outside London that were of the same tone as the comments people make about London, I'd rightly be shot down. Every place has its good and bad points. Live with it.

 

I feel qualified to comment about London - I have lived in it, and I still work in it every day.

I expect it has good points, if you like expensive, crowded, noisy, grubby places, but personally I can't see them.  

So I choose to live eslewhere - doesn't mean I can't comment on London.

 

12/04/2013 at 14:39

KK - it's only the biz that keeps us here as I said although GWR is actually quite a nice place to live so we could happily stay.   but we do have itchy feet (bar where we were brought up I've lived in Liverpool and Wiltshire, P's also lived in Bristol and London) for something new - it's a question of local or not.

I've talked about moving back to Wales but I'm not entirely convinced that I do in all honesty as I quite enjoy being a Welsh Exile winding up my English friends - and them vice versa.

we're kind of "wherever I lay my hat" people - travelling has allowed us to see a lot of the world, and having a motorhome gives us loads of escapes in the UK and Europe, so perhaps we will settle with having a nice base to live in and keep travelling for the fun.

let's see what happens when we sell the biz - that will allow us freedom to think on what we really want

12/04/2013 at 14:40

I have lived in and around London for 15 odd years. As A kid I had never even seen the sea London is great and has amazing amount of opportunities and things to do, I still visit. But I think nowadays London feels like a different country to me. If that makes any sense.

You are either love cities or you don't. I don't hate cities I love Cardiff and its looking likely I may be moving there soon, also Oxford

seren nos    pirate
12/04/2013 at 15:00

some people love cities........i hate them........the problem with my cycling club is that its based in cardiff and I hate the first  and last 10/15 mins of each ride

kittenkat    pirate
12/04/2013 at 15:12
fat buddha wrote (see)

KK - it's only the biz that keeps us here as I said although GWR is actually quite a nice place to live so we could happily stay.   but we do have itchy feet (bar where we were brought up I've lived in Liverpool and Wiltshire, P's also lived in Bristol and London) for something new - it's a question of local or not.

I've talked about moving back to Wales but I'm not entirely convinced that I do in all honesty as I quite enjoy being a Welsh Exile winding up my English friends - and them vice versa.

we're kind of "wherever I lay my hat" people - travelling has allowed us to see a lot of the world, and having a motorhome gives us loads of escapes in the UK and Europe, so perhaps we will settle with having a nice base to live in and keep travelling for the fun.

let's see what happens when we sell the biz - that will allow us freedom to think on what we really want

My Mum and stepfather recently moved back to the Hereford area after 30 years in the Welsh Valleys, they're sort of a 'reverse' you. We moved to Caerphilly when i was 10 and it was a huge culture shock from rural Herefordshire, I was the new girl in the last year of primary school, and while most wanted to be my friend, i was physically attacked in the playground by a girl for being new. I won that fight which i was forced into just by sheer defense and despite my small size.

Again in Secondary school in Caerphilly, i had to physically fight girls much bigger than me because they didn't like it that the boys they fancied, fancied me. I miss very few things about the Welsh Valleys, but it taught me a lot. And yes, I did make some long lasting friends from it, I'll say this about the time, loyalty is what the valleys does well. And because I lived a stones throw from Bedwas, Scargill and the miners' strike was huge and on our doorstep.

Edited: 12/04/2013 at 15:13
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