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Dec 6th, 2012 01:08 PM
wild.river
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Originally Posted by Reptilia View Post
Vancouver looks beautiful!

I have no idea why Auckland does so well on these lists I find it a horrible city, I much prefer Wellington.
what's wrong with auckland?

vancouver isn't that great. i'm always surprised it makes the top 5.
Dec 6th, 2012 03:39 AM
ptkten
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Originally Posted by shap_half View Post
Sorry I wasn't clear. I don't really mean just Europeans - this is more a white/non-white situation. Yes, I understand that there are social and cultural issues everywhere. But the instances where a non-Westerner/non-white traveler faces issues with xenophobia are can't really be compared with the reverse. White people and Westerners are mostly prized when they go out traveling to non-Western/non-white destinations. Regardless of what drives these experiences, there is a difference.




As an American, I reckon that I may be wired to think that even the littlest things can be a sign of racism, but this is not one of those instance. You've obviously dismissed my claim so I'm not going to make a big to do about it. It is what it is. I didn't mean to suggest that you're a racism, but not everyone is like you. And generally, I try not to pay attention to things like this as my desire to travel trumps whatever issues I may face while doing it, but xenophobia in Spain and Italy exists.
Shap Half, no need to defend yourself. I'm white so I've never personally had to endure something but I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and based on my experiences the people in Italy and Spain are by far the most racist. Many of the people I've spent time with there don't look at Africans as equal, they really don't. Both countries have other amazing qualities but the level of racism in both places is stunning.

Either way, this list is ridiculous. They have Atlanta and Dallas listed as having the best infrastructure in the United States which is measured using traffic congestion and public transportation. Uh, no
Dec 6th, 2012 03:23 AM
wild.river
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Originally Posted by Wiggly View Post
Victorias has the "hottest" winters in the country and old people are moving there to buy a condo.



Go to Grande-Allée.
maybe old people have good taste
Dec 6th, 2012 02:53 AM
Reptilia
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Let me put it this way, I'd never live in New Zealand no matter how good the quality of life there is.

Sydney is way overrated. I would rather live in Paris or a smaller Italian city.
Shocker. Why don't you just move there then? Your constant bitching about how horrible you find Australia is getting kinda tiresome.
Dec 6th, 2012 02:42 AM
Reptilia
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

Vancouver looks beautiful!

I have no idea why Auckland does so well on these lists I find it a horrible city, I much prefer Wellington.
Dec 6th, 2012 02:14 AM
Wiggly
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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and victoria i think.
Victorias has the "hottest" winters in the country and old people are moving there to buy a condo.

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QC is so boring though. Seriously, when I went, it was all old people.
Go to Grande-Allée.
Dec 5th, 2012 11:17 PM
azdaja
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Originally Posted by shap_half View Post
Sorry I wasn't clear. I don't really mean just Europeans - this is more a white/non-white situation. Yes, I understand that there are social and cultural issues everywhere. But the instances where a non-Westerner/non-white traveler faces issues with xenophobia are can't really be compared with the reverse. White people and Westerners are mostly prized when they go out traveling to non-Western/non-white destinations. Regardless of what drives these experiences, there is a difference.
i can understand this.
Dec 5th, 2012 11:12 PM
shap_half
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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like what? not feeling welcome in some other part of europe? hell, in some other part of their own country? sorry, but you have no idea.
Sorry I wasn't clear. I don't really mean just Europeans - this is more a white/non-white situation. Yes, I understand that there are social and cultural issues everywhere. But the instances where a non-Westerner/non-white traveler faces issues with xenophobia are can't really be compared with the reverse. White people and Westerners are mostly prized when they go out traveling to non-Western/non-white destinations. Regardless of what drives these experiences, there is a difference.


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If you consider this racism, yes, you are definitely an over-sensitive queen. Everything can be racism then. Good luck in life. You'll need it
As an American, I reckon that I may be wired to think that even the littlest things can be a sign of racism, but this is not one of those instance. You've obviously dismissed my claim so I'm not going to make a big to do about it. It is what it is. I didn't mean to suggest that you're a racism, but not everyone is like you. And generally, I try not to pay attention to things like this as my desire to travel trumps whatever issues I may face while doing it, but xenophobia in Spain and Italy exists.
Dec 5th, 2012 10:57 PM
Sammo
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Best quality of living according to pensioners ? what a laughable ranking.
This
Dec 5th, 2012 10:56 PM
shap_half
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

I actually really like both Vienna and Zurich. While Zurich is disgustingly expensive, Vienna is bit more tolerable. When I visited the first time, I was concerned it was going to be really pricey, I was surprised to find that it was ok. Not more expensive than say Paris or Milan.

I just came back from Amsterdam like two days ago (my fourth time), and the more I go, the more I like it. I actually didn't like it at all the first time I went there alone a couple of years ago. It was probably one of my like bottom three European cities back then, but it's probably in my top five now. Of the first 15 on the list, I think that'd be my first choice. The rain makes it a bit annoying (and who really wants to be in the middle of the canals when it's pouring), but what can you do?
Dec 5th, 2012 10:54 PM
spiceboy
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Or when you ask a sales associate at a supermarket for where you can pick your football tickets that you purchased online, and the lady assumes that you're there asking for work
If you consider this racism, yes, you are definitely an over-sensitive queen. Everything can be racism then. Good luck in life. You'll need it
Dec 5th, 2012 10:53 PM
azdaja
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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but Europeans are very rarely made to go through these things.
like what? not feeling welcome in some other part of europe? hell, in some other part of their own country? sorry, but you have no idea.
Dec 5th, 2012 10:50 PM
shap_half
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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I would rather have cold weather than massive unemployment, civil wars or devastating earthquakes.

Montreal is on the way down.
Fun city to spend a wild weekend but wouldn't want to live there.

Quebec City has a great job market, decent entertainment and is exceptionally safe.
Should be up there.
QC is so boring though. Seriously, when I went, it was all old people.
Dec 5th, 2012 10:48 PM
shap_half
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Again the racism card Honestly, either you are totally retarded or these countries aren't THAT racist if you visited them at least 10 times

Who would go that many times to racist countries wich such a high degree of xenophobia?

And yes, I (and MILLIONS OF residents from abroad) seem to prefer living in such countries with our climates than living in Bern or Luxemburg Maybe we are not that racist after all and you simply are an over sensitive queen, who knows...
I'm obviously not such a tool that I would think that everyone is a racist. I've been to different parts of Spain and Italy hoping that my experience will improve elsewhere.

You can defend it all you want; it doesn't make it less true. And the fact of the matter is, most people I've spoken to about this have actually corroborated my experience. And funny that you say, "again the racism card." Apparently this is not the first time you've actually heard about this. But I'm being an oversensitive queen. Dude, when the daughter of the family sitting next to you during lunch starts playing with her eyes (to make them look slanty) and making gibberish sounds while her parents laugh isn't fucking racist, I don't know what is. Or when you ask a sales associate at a supermarket for where you can pick your football tickets that you purchased online, and the lady assumes that you're there asking for work; if these aren't examples of some racism, then you go right ahead. You're so tough. Maybe you wouldn't feel uncomfortable when someone does these things to you, but Europeans are very rarely made to go through these things.

And we're talking about LIVING in these places.I can go to Barcelona or Capri for two days, visit some friends, eat food, sit on the sand and move on with my life. I can go there and experience what the destination is about and not have to worry about the disgusting piece of thrash who throws me snide looks when I go into his wine shop. I wouldn't actually sign up to live there.
Dec 5th, 2012 10:14 PM
wild.river
Re: Cities with the world's best quality of living - Mercer Quality of Living Index 2

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Originally Posted by Wiggly View Post
I would rather have cold weather than massive unemployment, civil wars or devastating earthquakes.

Montreal is on the way down.
Fun city to spend a wild weekend but wouldn't want to live there.

Quebec City has a great job market, decent entertainment and is exceptionally safe.
Should be up there.
and victoria i think.
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