What's it like where you live?

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nat_401:
I Live in Leicester, England. Its going to be, or now is not sure, the first city in the UK to have a majority non white British population and is pretty unique place to live in the UK. Its known for a very large Indian population, the largest concentration of Indians outside of India I believe and has some of the best curry houses in the world. The streets where I live boast the latest range of Bollywood fashions and so many gold jewelers that the nickname for the road I used to live on is "The golden mile". There are many temples and places of worship, some of them decorated and fashioned to look quite beautiful. During the festival of lights or Diwali as it is called the golden mile is closed to vehicles and literally thousands of Indians will walk up and down this road packed so close they are practically touching with music playing and lights flashing, people set up food stalls and hand it out to people walking past (mmmmmmmm... free) and generally have a good time.

Much nicer than my old home, a place called Scunthorpe, the only British city to have a foul word hidden in the name and now has its own TV series called Skint, about how poor, deprived and generally shit the place is.

Come on, your painting a very, very rose tinted picture of Leicester there son ;)

Whilst it has to be applauded for it's cultural diversity, it's also very much a shithole lol.

Kaendris:

Well, we are home to one of the prettiest natural amphitheaters I have ever had the pleasure of catching a show at. Any concert worth going to is done here. Red Rocks.



Everything from Global Music Festival to Bluegrass plays there. So music in Denver is incredibly deverse. Matter of fact, the "underground" scene is pretty popular, though it tends to be mainly heavy grunge and metal music. The Fray came out of Denver, and the music scene sort of exploded afterwards. But come on, in a city where you can find everything from poetry readings to seedy watering holes, I promise you, your type of music is represented.

As for the women... well. I do not think you would be dissapointed. We are currently ranked 14 in the US "prettiest people" poll.

Did I mention we also have quite a few Micro-Breweries?

Sounds spot on. I'm due over to the states next year so will see if I can organize a trip through Denver at some point to take it in. I'm looking for a place in the states to live in the next 5 years or so, so who knows?

In a 2-3 day timeframe where would you recommend I see?

nat_401:

Much nicer than my old home, a place called Scunthorpe, the only British city to have a foul word hidden in the name and now has its own TV series called Skint, about how poor, deprived and generally shit the place is.

There's a small town in Dorset with the more obvious name of 'Shitterton'.

You're welcome.

I live just outside a small town called Blarney in the south of Ireland.Blarney has a population of around 2000 people and is home to a castle that is quite popular with tourists and not much else

Frankly as somone who has visited many castles over the years I've never seen the attraction of Blarney castle.It's pretty basic compared to the likes of Kilkenny or Bunratty.Still it brings in the tourists which is a good thing as virtually the entire economy of the area relies on the tourist trade.As a place to live Blarney is pretty nice.It's quiet,has a low crime rate and is located just 7-8km from Cork City which is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland so I have the benefits of pretty much living in the countryside with the conveniences of a city very close by

saoirse13:
The South/Republic of Ireland on the other hand has amazing scenery, attractions and the most wonderful people. The restaurants on the West coast (namely Kerry, Clare and Galway) are fantastic. The people are amazing friendly and kind.

Nice of you to say so but don't worry there's plenty of arseholes down south as well

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Okay well to be fair I grew up mostly in the outer west suburbs of Sydney. In an area known as the Hawkesbury. It is like a whole series of country towns with each having a few farms in between. It has 64 suburbs in the area it covers. With a combined population of about 63 000 people. The makeup of the population is primarily European and there is very very little in the way of infrastructure. The roads are overloaded, half are covered with potholes. But hey it's got the countries most famous Polo club.

However despite of the state of the area it is actually a nice place. It has the oldest town square in Australia and is one of the original British settlements dating back to the 18th century.

I live in the north west area of the Hawkesbury about 20km from Windsor. In the foothills of the great dividing range (a mountain range that goes along almost the entirety of the East coast of Australia) in the region known as the "blue mountains". Named because of them looking blue.

Precisely though I live in Kurrajong. population ~2000 people. Mostly middle class with almost entirely white and right wing. There is one bar in about 10 kilometres from the village centre. There is a bus that comes every hour I think. So most people use their cars. Roads are clear as population is small. The Springs are windy. The summers are hot (less than 40C is cool for summer) the coldest it gets to is 0 in the early mornings of winter.

The average internet speed is about 512kb/s with some getting up to 2048kb/s as a maximum. There is a park, a creek, and a few restaurants. It is extremely hilly. Bike riding is good as long as you ride a mountain bike as opposed to BMX. The City (Sydney {Opera house and Harbour bridge}) is about 70km away or in terms of time about 2-3 hours by car. Or you can drive through 3 of the 64 suburbs of the area and catch the train which will take you around 90 minutes to get in.
O and the Bridge crossing the Hawkesbury river also floods from time to time making it impossible to get out of the area without going around a 4.5 hour detour.

The area is Racist and the people are generally xenophobic and homophobic. In my highschool the standard thing about gays was "<name> do you hate gays? I hate gays.> The area is almost exclusively fundamentalist christian without any room for other relgions (or tolerance). The public schools are under resourced and the private ones teach evolution as a "hypothesis" (or "Theory as they refer to it as).

Glad I am now at university and I plan to not go back to the area as long as I can avoid it. I do not miss the place. Or more accurately the people. Maybe someday that will improve but I personally would rather live in Sydney city, Melbourne city or in another country.

I live in Springfield,Ohio aka The Most Depressing Town in America. It's Ohio so the weather will be 90 one day to 40 and snowing the next. We have the GREATEST Chinese buffet you will every go to in your life. In a month we will have three McDonald's in a mile radius, we use to have four Gamestops too before they lowered the count to one.

Esotera:

Fimbulvetr3822:

I can see my house in your 2nd picture :) Whats amazing is that Bath is only so big, so there is a decent chance we have passed each other at some point :D

It's an amazing city to grow up in although it has chnaged alot in the last 15 years since the universities expanded and alot of the residential areas I grew up in have become student only areas. We do have the best pub in the world though, so I suppose it balences out :)

Yeah it's a really cool place to be a student :) although I wouldn't like to live in Oldfield Park simply because it's just full of students. What's the best pub in the world? My vote would go for The Hobgoblin.

piinyouri:

Good lord! That second pic looks like something out of a Stronghold game!
I've never seen something look so placid and idyllic that wasn't in some sort of entertainment media.
I want to live there. ;-;

It's pretty expensive to buy a house but can be cheap if you rent in a houseshare...I only pay £325 a month for the place I'm living and it's decent enough. Anyway, have some more Bath porn:



Ok, this is creepy :P it is the Hobgoblin :D I am 100% sure we have met now. You want to know which one i am, i'll be the one dancing to dropkick murphies infront of the jukebox :D

I live in Custom House, an area of inner east London, UK.

Studies vary, but by general consensus the London Borough of Newham (where I am) is definitely in the top ten most deprived areas in the country - it was as high as second at one point. Much has been spent regenerating the area (particularly around the ExCeL, which is a five minute walk down Freemasons Road from my house), but even within Newham, the Custom House / Canning Town area is still one of the crappiest wards.

That said, my bit isn't as bad. Some of my family have been stopped by the police nearby for random knife searches before now and some of the 2011 rioters came literally straight past our front door, but those have generally been isolated incidents compared to the main Barking Road thoroughfares through Canning Town.

To put the degradation of local society another way, Jeremy Kyle is from this area. Education is a waste of time (49% of the local working age population have no meaningful qualifications) and kids have kids because it's the quickest and easiest way to get a council house; this is chav country for people far too poor to be chavs.

They're trying, in fairness. The Olympics inspired significant development (the area around the ExCeL in particular), Crossrail will be coming through as soon as they finish building it, and there's massive efforts going on to try and gentrify Canning Town proper; trying to get rid of a lot of the old council terraces in favour of modernised flats and such (which are naturally priced so high as to be totally out of reach of most of the local market, unless they have kids and get the council to pay for it).

On a semi-related note, I do actually work; and I carry a multi-tool type knife in my backpack for use while I'm there. It's on the verge of dying (the handles are breaking and most of the knifes are totally blunt), so I'm looking at a new Leatherman (possibly the Charge AL). I'm petrified that some plod will stop me outside the local chicken shop and accuse me of going out on the stab with it.

So yeah, I need to get out.

wooty:
Pretty shit really. I feel like I'm the only English person in my town right now, everyone else is either Polish, Latvian or chav.

Uhh, ehh, sorry about that one. If you don't mind asking, I am really interested in your opinion about our immigrants over there.

Anyway, I live in the Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is mixed.
The center of the city is called the Old Riga, mostly architecture up to 19th century.

Then the surrounding territory of the center is mostly 19th-20th century.


Rest is mostly Soviet with new building popping around here and there.


Then there are a few landmarks:

Overall, I like it here. We get insane Internet here. There are also a lot of Russian speaking people in Riga, like, more then Latvians themselves.
Don't really know what to add other then showing some pictures.

Well, I live in a small town that's full of wanna be thugs, intolerant preppy teenagers, a moronic school administration, and some stray animals. To be in more depth though, it's just pretty sub-standard around here. I live JUST on the outside of town (meaning literally steps before you start seeing the crowded buildings and small clothing shops and all that junk), which means it's usually quiet unless the fire hall uses the siren when there's a fire. In town though is usually a lot of Hispanics living in the cheap apartments, a few unique stores, and that's about it. We get the occasional crime like a small shooting or robbery, but nothing entirely news-worthy. I love it during the winter though. Pretty much everyone is indoors, I can wear a hoodie, and walk around town without some stupid teenagers yelling obscenities at me in their car as it drives by.

Apparently my town was pretty important at one point, mainly during the civil war, since pretty much anyone had to go through the town to get to Gettysburg. We have random signs posted all around containing some historic information, and this town probably wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the business that the war brought.

Aside from all that, I mainly just stay indoors. I'm a bit anti-social, which you can blame on the multiple places that I've lived. I grew up in a lot of places that hardly had any other kids at all, and the roads were completely empty. (or road, in most cases, since I ended up living in rather rural places). My current residence would be the first time I've lived in a place with more than just 2 people my age, and they all fucking suck and are stupid, so I just keep to my small group of close friends and play games and go to work.

North East London, Enfield.
It's rather boring, which i like but i live close to a junction where many buses and trucks come my way and sometimes shakes the house. My area always has some kind of road work or development because the buildings and plumbing from victorian times aren't suited and the roads don't seem to last.
Like the rest of Britain the weather sucks most of the time, though we have had the best summer we've had in years but the residence aren't much better, it varies but there's a lot of cultures about we share the same ethnic diversity of our neighbours Tottenham.

I know i'm not painting a good picture but it's alright if you find a more closed off area, we have loads of parks in close proximity, we are few hours from the countryside and public transport is easy to access... to bad it cost the Earth.

:P

I live in a medium sized town called Ibbenbüren (the umlaut is very important!) in northwestern Germany. I say medium sized in relation to the average German town, because as you probably know Germany has a relatively large population (82 million), but few big cities (only Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne have more than a million inhabitants).
Ibbenbüren has about 51,000 inhabitants, which makes it one of the bigger towns in the rather rural area, though there are a few bigger not too far away (most importantly Münster and Osnabrück, which still aren't all that big).
Ibbenbüren has the distinction of being one of the northernmost coal mining towns in Germany and was heavily dependant on the coal industry, but with coal mining becoming unprofitable throughout Germany, the mine, which currently is one of the last three coal mines in all of Germany, is scheduled to shut down in 2018. Thankfully the end of the coal industry was forseen for decades and the region has taken steps to mitigate the closure of the mine, but the influence can still be seen in a lot of places. For example, we occasionally have (very very) small earthquakes because of collapsing underground coal beds (the northern part of Germany is otherwise extremely geologically stable). The town is also much less focused on agriculture than the surrounding towns, though there's still a lot of that too. Another particularity due to the history as a mining town is the relatively strong standing of left leaning political parties, while the surrounding agrarian area is much more conservative.
Ibbenbüren has a lot more cultural, educational, social and medical facilities than a town of its size would need, because it provides for a lot of the smaller towns in the 'Tecklenburger Land' as well. There are for example several secondary schools, vocational schools, a hospital, lots and lots of doctors and pharmacies. On the other hand, it's a pretty bad place to go shopping, as the inner city just hasn't a lot of interesting places to go and is just too small to attract most businesses. Still, it's a nice place to live, as it's not so big as to be crowded, but not so small there's this "everyone knows everybody" thing going on. It's also rather cheap (my brother who lives in Cologne pays more than double my rent for similar sized appartment) and has decent public transport to the more shopping/party-friendly Münster and Osnabrück, as well as direct access to the Autobahn from where it's only a relatively short trip to the Netherlands or the Ruhr area. Talking about infrastructure, the broadband connection is unfortunately rather crappy - several of the outlying parts of town don't even have broadband internet, and even near the center where I live it's everything but fast.

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The South/Republic of Ireland on the other hand has amazing scenery, attractions and the most wonderful people. The restaurants on the West coast (namely Kerry, Clare and Galway) are fantastic. The people are amazing friendly and kind.

Nice of you to say so but don't worry there's plenty of arseholes down south as well[/quote]

Oh i know, but familiarity breeds contept, as the old saying goes. It could be a case of far away fields are greener, haha

Pink Gregory:

nat_401:

Much nicer than my old home, a place called Scunthorpe, the only British city to have a foul word hidden in the name and now has its own TV series called Skint, about how poor, deprived and generally shit the place is.

There's a small town in Dorset with the more obvious name of 'Shitterton'.

You're welcome.

Lol, I had to look that up, apparently its world famous, that bests Scunthorpe by a large margin, a very large margin.

@SpunkyMonkey I wouldn't say rose tinted, Its just I only have one place to compare it to, and to be honest a pile of horse manure looks warm and inviting compared to scunny, not once have I seen a schoolchild injecting themselves in the street since I moved.

Moved to Austin, TX a few years ago. Don't believe the hype. The place is a pretty plain and boring modern suburbia.

SuperUberBob:
While Madrid and Barcelona are bigger cities, have way more tourist attractions, have a higher diversity of people and a booming nightlife, they are simply too large to appeal to me. In Barcelona, I was constantly bothered by the street sweepers that cut through the city at 2 or 3 AM every night. People would be screaming to each other at 5 AM after getting back from one of the countless bars in the area. Madrid is simply too large for my tastes and Barcelona is so cosmopolitan that learning Spanish would be a waste of time. If I was 5 years younger (I'm nearing 29 now), I wouldn't care as much. Like just about every big city I've lived or vacationed in, it's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.

If you think that Barcelona and Madrid are too big don't even come to where I live. Where is that? Mexico's Federal District, normally known as Mexico City. How large is it? The whole metropolitan area is populated by over 20 million people, which means that it is the third largest metropolitan area in the world.

That means that where I live is ecclectic. There are huge contrasts where crossing a street means going form a nice and secure place in the city toa very poor and not really good overall part. There are beatiful places and there are depressing slums. We have great universities, all kind of people and almost everything to live. It is also a complete chaos of a city and if you don't know the unspoken rules of behaviour it can be veryhard to live in.

We have food froma all over the world, as people, but we are very fond of Mexican food, which is cheap, good and a little bit spicy. We are, like New YOrk, very unlike the rest of the country while being very Mexican at heart.

I live in Edmonton, AB, CAN.

It's a pretty great place to live. It's the country's festival center (in the summer, there seems to be a festival every week), it's got a thriving-but-not-overbearing nightlife, it's got metropolitan sprawl, all that jazz.

My favorite aspect is the river, though. It's a slow-flowing river with a few bridges over it, with Downtown encroached on the north side and the Universtiy of Alberta encroached on the other. However, instead of cutting down all the valley trees and putting in services, we just cut a few paths and let them be.

It's a bit odd driving through a bustling city street and then BOOM trees, but it's cool that it can happen.

The only thing that's sub-par is the transit. If your destination is on the (limited) LRT line, then it's easy and faster than driving. If not, you get to deal with our buses. [shudder]

Also, snow.

But I like snow, so I consider it a plus. :D

But yeah... if you've seen that smear campaign that tries to imply that Alberta is a sooty wasteland filled with burning oil patches and dead-eyed Stepford families... don't believe it. It's hilarious bullcrap.

nat_401:

Pink Gregory:

nat_401:

Much nicer than my old home, a place called Scunthorpe, the only British city to have a foul word hidden in the name and now has its own TV series called Skint, about how poor, deprived and generally shit the place is.

There's a small town in Dorset with the more obvious name of 'Shitterton'.

You're welcome.

Lol, I had to look that up, apparently its world famous, that bests Scunthorpe by a large margin, a very large margin.

But does it beat Fucking, Austria?

It's pronounced "foo-kin", so stop sniggering.

Also German, currently living in Bonn.

Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Also, Bonn used to be the "federal capital" in Germany.

Meaning that, although the capital of Germany has always been Berlin, Bonn did house the government of (West-)Germany because Berlin was split. Given that Bonn is comparatively small to other capitals as well as many of the larger cities in Germany, it got the nickname "Bundesdorf" (Federal Town or Capital Town).
Eventually most of the Government moved back to Berlin in 1999 (There are still some embassies as well as smaller ministries located in Bonn)...aaaand Bonn kinda never recovered from that.

Wich isn't to say that it turned into a ghost town or a slum or something. In fact, the Headquarters of Deutsche Telekom (known as T-Mobile outside of Germany) and Deutsche Post/DHL, two of the maybe 10 largest companies of Germany are still located in Bonn (Also, the headquarters of Haribo are here, wich is awesome because you can buy the best Gummi Bears for cheap at the factory)
But it also was certainly called "Bundesdorf" for a reason, and it has certainly a different feel than other cities. The residential zones around the city center have more of a town/small city feel, and given that Bonn is relatively close to Cologne (the fourth-largest city in Germany and the largest in the western part that is also called the "media capital" given that many of the mayor Television Studios as well as many publishers are there [as well as the Gamescom]), most of the nightlife and shopping and whatnot is done over there.

But it does have its advantages. Traffic is mostly bareable, the city center is charmingly filled with a lot of small shops instead of large store chains (although of course we do have a bunch of McDonalds/Starbucks/etc here), and although there unfortunately is a whole lot of "city-like" noise and pollution, it's a city with a lot of trees and grass and there is a huge great park at the Riverside.

So, yeah, it's alright. I'd rather live here than in cologne or some other cities.

Well I live in a little backwater area of Holland so it's pretty calm over here. It's not really a rural farmland kind of area but pretty much between that and a big city. We have everything we need here, including a big shopping mall so atleast it's not utterly secluded.

Obviously, this being the Netherlands.. The Weather is pretty terrible most of the time. It rains allot and especially because this is such an open area, the wind makes it much colder then it actually is. Having a bit of that wind during hot summertimes however is great.

The people here pretty much keep to themselves and to be honest the whole area is pretty dull. There's not that many meeting places like clubs or bars but we're not far from the city so you could always go there.

Overall I'm pretty happy with where I live. Though I would prefer to one day move back to the bigger cities, as that's where I grew up anyway.

I lived in a coastal resort town in Wales. While the place is great to visit as a day trip only but living there is quite boring but in saying so it is a safe place to lived in (not like you going to bet mugged or something.
The town is pretty much a retirement home for the elderly and also it's quite far away from the other coolder cities like Chester or Manchester.
In saying so however I do prefer living here compared to the past towns I had lived in since it does have decent shops like HMV, Waterstone, etc so I still have a plce to get my dvds and games (however I had turn on an online shoppers these days).

I live in the state of Georgia, U.S. There are trees everywhere, which I love, but it's suburban enough for there to be tons of people. The mall is about fifteen minute drive away, so there's always something to do, and you don't have to worry about rednecks unless you go wandering into the sticks (I joke, but the rednecks aren't really THAT bad).

This pretty much describes most of the state actually, suburban communities spread out over most of the state. There are a few areas out in the middle of nowhere, but that's disappearing fast because it's developing so much here. There's a lot of undeveloped land that companies are latching onto. Then there's Atlanta, which I avoid. It's nice there, but I hate cities, and the only time I head up there is if there's a sports game or concert I'm attending (which is rare).

It's just developed enough here to give you something to do, but it's not overcrowded enough to make you miserable.

SpunkeyMonkey:

SuperUberBob:
SNIP

I've visited Spain several times but always typical coastal holidays like Magaluf or Solou, so I'm gonna try and do Barcelona next year. You've perked my interest with Valencia now though - is it worth a visit as a tourist?

I'd probably take in a football match, but Valencia need to get their act together! lol

If you're on a long-term vacation, a couple of days in Valencia would be a couple of days well-spent. However, there are better places to go if you're short on time.

I visited Valencia but only for a very short time when I went on holiday, seemed like a great place, spent time around the cathedral area and in a park with some giant trees. There was also a guy who trained a monkey to help pickpocket people, which was cool.

As for me. I live in Barnsley and as someone who doesn't really drink, smoke or care at all about football I don't enjoy it at all. Its in South Yorkshire, England. Its the place that got the BNP its first seats in the European Parliament

I typed Barnsley into youtube, the first non-football related video summed it up quite well. The comments are icing.

Eh... It's okay... I got the (cool) beaches to my west... The (snowy) mountains to my east... And if I want to go to, say, freaking DISNEYLAND and/or CALIFORNIA ADVENTURES... It's like a hop-skip-and-a-jump in a semi-short car ride up a little north...

Although, I wished it rained more... I mean, it's bad enough it mistakes fall weather with summer heat... But, no winter or spring rain? COME ON!! It's like it only rains once a year, but its timing is SO off and unpredictable... If rain were a table, I would flip it with inner rage...

I really do not want to live ANYWHERE else... (SoCal 4 life, son!!)

Fimbulvetr3822:

Ok, this is creepy :P it is the Hobgoblin :D I am 100% sure we have met now. You want to know which one i am, i'll be the one dancing to dropkick murphies infront of the jukebox :D

Awesome, there's a good chance I'll probably bump into you next Wednesday as it's Fresher's Week + Discord :p I definitely don't get down there often enough.

OT: This is really cool reading what everyone thinks about where they live, it really shows how diverse the escapist is...and has kept me checking it every few hours today.

Well, I live in Arizona, so my answer is simple.

Really really really fucking hot. Other people in my country are enjoying cooler weather and actual seasons, but not me. It's over 100F right now and I'm just glad the AC is keeping me from melting.

Other than that, there's not a whole lot to do in my area. I have to drive to some place like Tempe, or Phoenix to do anything exciting.

I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere in the midwest US. It kinda sucks here if you don't like farms, temperamental weather, homophobic jerks, and spartan technology. Needless to say I don't like any of those all that much, and would much rather be somewhere else. There are upsides: off-roading is pretty fun if you have the right vehicle for it like I do, and quiet nights are good for sleeping. I'd rather be somewhere where I don't have to put up with the BS I do around here though.

Johnnyseven:
I visited Valencia but only for a very short time when I went on holiday, seemed like a great place, spent time around the cathedral area and in a park with some giant trees. There was also a guy who trained a monkey to help pickpocket people, which was cool.

As for me. I live in Barnsley and as someone who doesn't really drink, smoke or care at all about football I don't enjoy it at all. Its in South Yorkshire, England. Its the place that got the BNP its first seats in the European Parliament

I typed Barnsley into youtube, the first non-football related video summed it up quite well. The comments are icing.

Holy shit an actual person from Barnsley. This might sound strange...uh...I played a FIFA tournament with my friends and discovered bellowing BARNSLEY upon shooting at goal made me win. Also I kind of had an attachment to the Barnsley team for no reason.

Also it's a great name for a dog.

I'm from Stoke-on-Trent, England. A city with all the ingredients to become Manchester or Birmingham...but somehow stagnated and became a sad sack of nothing. Before I was born, Stoke was the place to be. It was all industry, steelworks and pottery, this was where you came if you had no educational advantages and were short of employment. As a result, the people here are either former potters, miners or steelworkers, or the children of those. Generations of a family will live in the same house, and it's a city notorious for the fact that if you're born here, you'll die here. And that's slightly terrifying.

Our claims to fame are the founder of Motorhead and...eh...Robbie Williams, for entertainment. A Stoke man designed the Spitfire, the WWII warplane that became synonymous with the Battle of Britain. As entertainment goes round here though...there's whole sections of the city centre of this and neighbouring Newcastle-Under-Lyme devoted to clubs, with The Manhattan Bar and Revolution playing standard club music, Reflex looking back on the 80s, and my two metal clubs, the Rigger in Newcastle and Bunker 13 - an underground club dressed up to look like a nuclear bunker - in Hanley. Bunker has had more money spent on it and is more popular, but is also in Hanley. Which is shitty. The Rigger has older visitors, but is situated in a better area and has a better atmosphere.

If you want to drink in the daytime, Stoke has you covered. Everybody does it. Not really a stigma round these parts.

Finally there's some culture, I suppose. The Italian Gardens in Trentham are quite nice, and there's Westport Lake, which is a lake with an overpriced café and not much else. Honestly, Stoke doesn't have much going for it...yet it really should. There is no reason for it to be as shit as it is...except the corrupt and incompetent City Council - a council so awful the area of Trentham decided it wanted to be included in Stafford's jurisdiction and NOT Stoke's.

I live in Sebastian, Florida. Not much to say about this town, other than:

Cantankerous old people who should not be behind the wheel, but are
A bunch of Walmarts

All the entertainment is in Vero Beach. I plan on moving there.

Esotera:
Well here is the lovely view outside my bedroom window, taken last Saturday morning:

But in all seriousness, I love where I live (Bath, UK). It can get a bit hilly going into the city centre but pretty much everything I need is at the top of the hill. This also makes cycling to the university really easy, as it's only a couple of miles and basically flat. It can get a bit expensive eating out/drinking but I never do that. What you're left with is a beautiful world heritage site surrounded by some of the nicest countryside in the UK.

Ahh in this first picture we have your local wildlife..the local chav as you can see it feeds on a mix of relentless and beer (can't really tell) and most likely cigarettes, the wear caps with the hood of there jumpers up to scare people from getting to close, beware as you approach as you may get stabbed or "shanked" as they call it, in ones or twos they are pretty harmless but in a group are deadly!

well i live in aylesbury and it's terrible, this is how the high street typically goes off licencek betting shop, little casino,random food shop,betting shop,cafe,phone shop,cafe and betting shope there are other shops but it's mosty these and hundereds of pubs and the majority of the population are scum!

Live in Thornton Heath (oh it sounds so pleasant and idyllic) pronounced locally as Fort Neath South London, Croydon North. Or Sarf London if you're feeling local. Never forget the day I had to spell Thornton Heath to somebody in Coventry - first time I realised I, and presumable most others in Croydon North, have a distinct accent.

Croydon itself was hit pretty hard by the riots, I think it was one of the worst hit with a local landmark, Reeves Corner, being burnt down by some useless cunt. Could see the smoke from my house and the local high street was wrecked to boot.
General consensus was however that most of the people rioting were bussed in from elsewhere and weren't local, a view I share.

People in Croydon have a great pride for the area, at least in my view, more so if they support the local football club, Crystal Palace, who's slogan is South London and Proud and who have their stadium less then 10 minutes from my house.

I can't speak for South Croydon (we're a big borough) but Croydon North effectively has all the problems of an inner city borough condensed into a much smaller area, which is no surprise as we're barely a stones throw from inner London, if I step outside my house and cross the street I'm in inner London essentially. Croydon had a reputation for a long time as being a shithole, coining terms such as the Croydon Facelift, infamous for it's chav culture and I believe dupstep originated here, as well as contributions to grime. I think it's undeserved though, it's an area that is large and diverse, putting it into a box and calling the entire area shit is grossly unfair.

Croydon's essentially a city without city status, so yeah. I'd say Croydon is a nice place overall, it's a city in a city - take from that what you will.

Where I live?

No, but seriously, Victoria's a very beautiful area, which is something that quite a few people seem to know already. So just for fun I'll also point out that for a small city we have fairly disturbing homelessness and drug abuse problems. Yay.

I've worked at downtown convenience stores for the last 6 years so I'll admit to having something of a bias. Honestly our damn city is too nice and the weather is too temperate (I think it was the only city in Canada that had zero snow last year). So it feels like many of the homeless people from the rest of the country just slowly end up here or in Vancouver.

Also our municipal government seems to be fairly corrupt or at least disturbingly secretive for what is supposedly a democratically elected body...

Although, honestly, it really is a lovely city for the most part.

And here's the nice stuff! (picture time):

I'm pretty much jealous of everyone in this thread, especially those who live more in the north.
Where I'm at is on a peninsula in a peninsula of the insane state of Florida. Not much going on the west coast, it's pretty much just full of retirees crowding our boring beaches, and the occasional redneck driving by in a convertible pickup truck. The weather is pretty much the same, disgustingly humid, hot, with the erratic rainstorm in between. Pretty much the more exciting activities is on the East coast, just gotta drive through downtown Orlampa to get there. I guess if you want to visit a tiny Greece then you can mosey onto Tarpon Springs and get some sponges. Yep, sponges.

Here have some sand

Though i recommend going tubing down rainbow river, a fresh water river basically untouched and unknown to tourist. Suckas~

Rolling hills, lots of trees, very rural, the nearest actual city is 200 miles away, summer is short enough that the brutal heat only lasts a couple weeks, winter is a bit too long, very low crime (I can leave my laptop on the passenger seat with my doors unlocked and it STILL doesn't get stolen, did that by accident once), it's out on the fringe meaning the rest of the country gets everything 10-20 years before we do, very quiet, it's in America so "old" is 200 years at most, we don't have any of those marvelous ancient stone buildings I see in people's pictures, lots of tourists in the summer, we used to be 99% pasty white but we are filling up with Somali immigrants, income here is lower than the national average, lots of national parks, rough rocky coast on the Atlantic (too cold for swimming this far north).

For one thing, it's very pretty at night.

Hong Kong used to be a British colony, so English is as common of a language as Chinese. Half of it is an urban jungle with tons of neon signs, laundry racks, air conditioner exteriors, concrete canyons, mirror-faced office buildings and apartments that are sometimes 30 stories tall (aside from some townhouses in the countryside, we don't have suburbs. Just lots and lots of tall apartment buildings.), and the other half is a literal tropical jungle that's right next to the urban sprawl. There's this one hiking trail that's on the border of both the city and the wilderness; it's a cool contrast.

Much of the city's built on uneven land, so it's not a grid like New York or Los Angeles, and you also see a lot of skyscrapers jutting out from slopes and hillsides. In that sense, it's a lot like San Francisco if you replaced all the suburbs with skyscrapers, and like San Fran it also has a great transportation system. I'll be honest, the subway and airport here's magnificent.

SInce it's also a self-governing region, it's one of the only two cities in a giant, totalitarian regime with actual free speech. It's the only place in China where people can openly hate its government, and my god are there a lot of them. We still have candlelight vigils for the Tiananmen Square incident every year, and we have plenty of anti-government protests. A year ago, they tried to enact a law that will add nationalistic education to the school curriculums, but that never went through because people went berserk.
There's also the touchy subject of tourists from Mainland China traveling to Hong Kong, and get so rude and impolite while they're there. Mothers usually come over the border to give birth (being born in Hong Kong grants instant citizenship) and empty shelves of milk powder (milk powder from China is shoddy) My mom once yelled at this mainland couple for letting their kid shit on the pavement in front of their apartment, and there's tons of stories like that about other tourists. I don't think all of them are unruly, but it's still a problem.

And yes, we have the occasional Triad car chase and one-to-one kung fu rooftop battles. Also there's the occasional Kaiju attack (and a Decepticon attack, judging from set footage for Transformers 4). I literally have a rooftop view of the Shatterdome from across the harbor.

Also, we have an awesome marine theme park and Hong Kong Disneyland.

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