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    Try to give some pros, cons, and maybe an extra detail or two.

    Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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    Pros:

    + One of the oldest cities in North America
    + Retains a lot of the original architecture, giving it a "European" feel
    + Fantastic seafood from all around New England
    + One of the most literate cities
    + Huge student population
    + Great sports scene, if not the best in the country
    + Socially progressive -- first state to legalize gay marriage
    + Close proximity to White Mountains/Green Mountains, Maine Coast, Canada (Quebec City and Montreal), NYC, Philly, D.C., etc


    Cons:

    - Extremely high cost of living, much higher than NY, San Fran, and Seattle in most areas
    - Rainy summers since it's a port city and long, cold winters
    - Oldest public transport in the country, leading to constant mechanical failures and delays
    - People drive with the intention to not merely kill you, but to destroy your body beyond recognition
    - Residents tend to be cold, distant, elitist, and snobby (mainly self-righteous bleeding heart liberals, for better or worse)

    Definitely a great city to come visit/live in for any European. Minimal culture shock, if any. If you have any questions about Boston and the surrounding area, I'd love to answer.
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    Preston, Lancashire (UK):

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    Pros:

    + Large city. Plenty of shops and things to do.
    + Home to a large university, giving it a busy and lively atmosphere.
    + Some very beautiful areas (see images three and four above)
    + Many events and activities (walks, festivals)

    Cons:

    - Certain areas are TOO loud.
    - Lots of chavs = crime.
    - Some very ugly parts.

    As you can see, OP, I don't have as many things to say either way!
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    EDINBURGH

    I can say without any hesitation that I WOULD GIVE MY LIFE FOR THIS CITY. I love Edinburgh so much, I have lived here all my life (well except birthing and the first 2 months). I am not white but I feel so strongly Scottish and I cannot deny the insecurity and hurt I feel with organisation such as SDL and BNP.

    Anyhoo, Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, the archetecture is stunning, cityscape is so varied and beautiful. Living here is just brilliant, very multi-cultural, open minded citezens.

    arghh WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE!

    maybe pictures might help?

    Castle View



    Christmas Market




    A city 'Built on 7 Hills'





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    Cambridge, er, Cambridgeshire, UK

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    Pros:
    University, obviously, so lots of student-y things.
    Good shopping.
    Public transport.
    Pretty historic xD
    Near London.
    Pretty damn good-looking :cool:

    Cons:
    Erm.. it rains a fair bit.
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    Ilkeston, Derbyshire, UK (although I moved away to uni in Leicester).

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    Pros:

    None. Maybe that a fair comes once a year (pic in spoiler).

    Cons:

    Where do I start?

    Typical chavvy cracktown
    Racism [not many people of minorities there. When I was at school there I think there were about 8 people total, including me and my brothers, that weren't white British (I'm half British)]
    Not very scenic
    Vandalism thrives
    About 2/3 of secondary schools there are aweful with low rankings

    But yeh, do come and visit.
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    (Original post by modini)
    Ilkeston, Derbyshire, UK
    OMFG I grew up there, how scary.

    But yeah, I agree, it's a ********. No one go there.
    I'd like to add homophobia and illiteracy to the con list too
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    Preston, Lancashire (UK):
    I'm from Preston!
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    Edinburgh

    Pros: Give me a few weeks to think.

    Cons: Boring, terrible weather year round, relatively small (though, some may see this as a plus)
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    (Original post by caroline147)
    OMFG I grew up there, how scary.

    But yeah, I agree, it's a ********. No one go there.
    I'd like to add homophobia and illiteracy to the con list too
    Haha yeah, you wouldn't think schools existed there.
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    (Original post by modini)
    Haha yeah, you wouldn't think schools existed there.
    I do like the big tesco though :ninja:
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    Scunthorpe, North Lincs

    Cons
    - Its full of chavs
    - Quite a few areas that you'd rather never have to go to
    - It just generally sucks major donkey balls (Y)

    Pros
    + you dont have to go too far to get out of it
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    Stoke on trent - ****
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    Wolverhampton - voted the 5th worst city in the world :cool:
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    (Original post by laura_j90)
    I'm from Preston!
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    Llandudno, Wales

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    Pros
    +Plenty of places to walk
    +Can see the sea from my bedroom
    +Lots of old fashioned pubs (and wetherspoons) within walking distance
    +Dry ski slope
    +About half an hours drive from some of the country's most stunning scenery


    Cons
    -My mates are an hour and a half away (new to the area)
    -Not much for someone my age to do
    -A bit isolated unless you can drive
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    Cambridge, UK

    Pros:
    Beautiful architecture
    Small enough to walk everywhere (not having to get taxis home from nights out), large enough to keep discovering new places
    Student-dominated town
    I've never seen any violence going on
    Lots of shopping opportunities
    Punting
    Cindies
    Van of Life
    You'll always bump into someone you know when you're out and about

    Cons:
    Most of the nightlife is very samey, the same sort of music played at most of the clubs
    You have to look where you're stepping in the mornings after Cindies nights...
    You'll always bump into someone you know when you're out and about
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    (Original post by caroline147)
    I do like the big tesco though :ninja:
    Lol, they've built a second Tesco now. Tesco Express.
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    St Albans, Hertfordshire

    Pros:

    - Very historical - Roman remains, medieval clock tower, cathedral with the longest nave in Europe, one of the 'oldest pubs in England' contenders, lots of other old buildings

    - has more pubs per square mile than anywhere else in Europe (or so I've been told, anyway)

    - has some very good schools, both private and comprehensive

    - has lots of nice restaurants

    - is only 25 mins by train away from London

    - the story behind Saint Alban - the protomartyr of Britain - is very interesting, and a bit gruesome.

    - has a great live music scene (although I'm not personally into it, I know it's very well regarded)

    Cons:

    - has no cinema (though there's been a campaign going on for years now where they're trying to get the old, historical one back up & running), so we have to go the Galleria in Hatfield whenever we want to see a film (apart from when they occasionally show films in the Alban Arena, which is a concert hall/theatre not a cinema)

    - although mainly pretty middle class, there are a couple of rough areas
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    (Original post by SoapyDish)
    Cambridge, UK
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    London, Croydon.

    Pros:

    6th best shopping experience in uk i think (whitgift shopping centre)

    Multi-cultural

    Some nice people


    Cons:

    A lot of bums

    A lot of people claiming unneccessary benefits

    A lot of gypsies :eek:

    Too many wannabee gangsters :eek3:
 
 
 
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