When you have lived in New York City all of your life, the bar is set pretty high for other cities to compare. One thing that pisses me off about other cities is the lack of a 24/7 subway system. I guess I am spoiled when it comes to that.
I wouldn't trade being raised in NYC for anything. Growing up with so many cultures and areas around me influenced me and made me the travel go-getter I am today. You can find a great Thai restaurant, watch a good ole fashion baseball game and go to a hookah bar at night all in the same day! It is like going around the world in one city.
But I won't let my love for New York blind me and leave me close minded to other cities. I know there are cities out there with plenty to offer. If you had to take me out of New York, I could probably see myself in any of these three places. (In no particular order)
1. Montreal, Canada
Montreal holds a special place in my heart after visiting for the first time last year. It is a little piece of France in America. The cool and vibrant city is known for its artistic flair, fine dining and beautiful scenery.
In only spending a week in Montreal, it left me wanting more. (Even though I think I saw every tourist attraction I could possibly see) There were so many interesting restaurants, shopping areas and districts that caught my eye.
You can look forward to practicing your French as well. The people of Montreal speak both languages and you will leave Montreal knowing a few phrases. You'll also make plenty of friends with the kind natives. They will direct you to the best places to get awesome beer and will most likely join you as well.
The only thing that makes me bite my tongue about living in Montreal is the cold and harsh winters. Snowstorms in New York already drive me crazy and I can't imagine what Canadian weather would do to me!
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina is a vibrant city making itself known. After the 2001 economic collapse, Argentina has become an affordable place to live. It is known as the Paris of South America, (I see a theme in my choices...) with heavily French inspired architecture.
The mixture of South American and European flair make for a Cosmopolitan city. You can find great wine, hearty steak and delicious empanadas. And even though there are so many food choices, the beautiful people of Buenos Aires seem to keep in shape.
Don't forget the passionate dance of desire: The Tango. You can't possibly live in Argentina without learning this beautiful and romantic dance. Make sure to brush up on your Spanish in case a sexy Spanish lover is trying to seduce you. (Spanish is my second native language!)
Argentina borders many nearby South American countries that could be great excursions! You could even trek down South and see Penguins! (It is my life goal to play with penguins.)
Luckily, I will be spending some time in Buenos Aires in 2010. Who knows if I might like it enough to move down there!
3. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to visit this lovely little city. I even had the opportunity to settle down and move here. It was too quick of a decision to make, but perhaps one day, I can call Hawaii my home.
My favorite thing about Hawaii is the tropical weather. Living in 80 degree weather all year long is my kind of paradise. I am from a tropical country myself and I absolutely love hot weather and everything tropical. I could probably eat Coconuts, Papayas and Mangoes all day long.
The small community located on the big island brings everyone together. The locals are extremely kind and will always go out of their way to help you. I made so many friends in Kailua-Kona that I still talk to today.
It is very close to the other islands, so you can easily island hop away! But, it is very far from the mainland United States and Asia on the other side of the continent. I would get very homesick and visiting my family could be very costly.
Also, the lack of a good nightlife and transportation system fails me as well. (I do not know how to drive.) I enjoy the NYC nightlife, which no other city can compare. Kailua-Kona could use a few clubs or upscale lounges. For good nightlife, you would have to fly to the other islands. Not knowing how to drive could be a serious problem I'd have to take care of fast as well!
But once you catch a glimpse of the sunset off the crystal clear waters and the glow of the volcano on the horizon, you will want to pack your bags and move to Hawaii as well.Would you move to any of these places? Where would you live if you had the choice and Why?