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Old 07-09-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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@Arushan - yes, I like Boston, but meh, water is a major, major priority. On the east coast I was looking at Maine and New Hampshire but there aren't any real "world" cities....

I hate the heat so the water in the PNW looks quite appealing. I found this article interesting....
Three reasons Seattle is America’s most European city | Seattle Globalist
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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Climate-wise, yea Seattle is similar to Europe. But culturally and socially, id think new england is closer. Once you get away from the wealthy areas, Seattle.has a very noticeable blue collar vibe that does not exist in europe.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:14 PM
 
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I don't mind that. Besides, there are loads of 'blue collar' suburbs across Europe...

The problem with the East Coast is that it's too crowded and unnecessarily expensive anywhere that has stunning waterfront views...
......'been spoilt I guess!
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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We have a Pier One Imports, an Ikea, a few piroshki places and a couple Irish pubs nearby, does that help?
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA! Finally! :D
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I'm from the UK originally and have lived in the US 18 years now. I have a green card, so not a citizen. I have run into a surprising amount of Europeans here in Seattle, much more than in Texas (where I was before I moved here last year). I feel Seattle has a bit more of a European feel, so maybe that's why ha.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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I'm from the UK originally and have lived in the US 18 years now. I have a green card, so not a citizen. I have run into a surprising amount of Europeans here in Seattle, much more than in Texas (where I was before I moved here last year). I feel Seattle has a bit more of a European feel, so maybe that's why ha.
What do you like about Seattle relative to Texas? (just curious...)
Is there an 'expat culture' in Seattle like there is on the East Coast - esp. cities like DC or NYC?

My only gripe about Seattle is that it's on the West Coast and a longer plane ride to Europe. Are there regular nonstop flights to UK or more popular destinations or change-overs (hate those buggers!)
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA! Finally! :D
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What do you like about Seattle relative to Texas? (just curious...)
Is there an 'expat culture' in Seattle like there is on the East Coast - esp. cities like DC or NYC?

My only gripe about Seattle is that it's on the West Coast and a longer plane ride to Europe. Are there regular nonstop flights to UK or more popular destinations or change-overs (hate those buggers!)
Ha, don't get me started on my dislike of Texas!
Mostly the climate, scenery, activities, etc. But yeah, I'm not a fan of Texas at all and glad to be out of there. I feel there is an 'expat culture' but don't think it's as strong as some east coast cities. I mean, Vancouver feels very European too and some of that kind of trickles down here.

Actually, flights to Europe aren't terribly longer since it's further north. I was surprised to learn that a non-stop from Seattle to London is actually half an hour shorter than a non-stop from Houston to London! It's all got to do with the curvature of the Earth and flight paths. But yeah, from the east coast it is further. There are non-stop flights to Europe on British Airways and Lufthansa as far as I know. I've done the Seattle-Vancouver-London route too on Air Canada.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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You'll like it here, you in town already? Sure, directs to Heathrow, De Gaulle, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Reykjavík, I think Stockholm and Norway too. Perhaps you will start loving the great Seattle access to Asia, as I have. Cheers!
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:56 AM
 
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This is what has piqued my interest in the city! Things like:
1) no loathsome reliance on cars (I'm told it's very walkable and bike-friendly
2) water, air and mountains (and people who don't think you're 'weird' because you want to
look out and see those things - all at once
3) no heat/crappy hot weather and bugs
4) politically-progressive (ex. legal pot and gay marriage)
5) clean air and water
6) (european) football and rugby
7) mixed/interracial relationships don't seem such big deal
8) not to mention being able to pop up to Canada or fly down to SoCal and over to Baja


I've been seeing people talk about the so-called seattle freeze. But having lived in Budapest and Stockholm, I can't imagine Americans being more introverted. I also think it's mindset thing and if you meet other expats or well-traveled Americans you might get along...

The only downside is I like Snow and seasons, but I'm told one can find snow further north, yes? Or is it another area...

If you know of any blogs or articles comparing Seattle to other American-cities in terms of "old world" (European vibe), that'd be great. Don't get me wrong, I was born yank and by the grace o' god plan to die that way but having spent years abroad one chances.....
All 8 above true.

Seattle freeze -- it is possible to penetrate this. You have to make the first move and be persistent. Do not take rejection personally or view it as permanent. Put effort into it. My Scandinavian mother tells me that Seattle is very much like her home country in terms of the introverted thing. We have a lot of introverts here, or people who recharge by spending alone time rather than seeking constant company. Since I'm an introvert, I feel at home here. I do all of those horrible freeze things like politely saying hello yet rarely engaging in more meaningful conversation unless I really know someone well, contributing a bit of uptightness to an interaction, canceling plans at the last minute, claiming to be busy whenever there is a party invitation, and treating someone like a stranger even though we just had a more meaningful interaction last week. Especially when the weather is grey.

Snow is always present on the mountain passes every winter, leading to road closures. There is skiing every winter.

Seasons are not as distinct here, true. We promarily have the gloriously beautiful summer into Sept/Oct and grey, dark, rainy winter to mid-spring. The April rains truly do usher in a spectacular bloom of color in May.

Old World? No, not at all in my opinion. No sense of history, having generational roots in the land, distinct centuries-long cultural traditions, or a love of anything old. Seattle is young, full of transplants, tech savvy, cutting-edge, hip, and a bit cold. I agree with my mother, alot like Scandinavia.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Winter nightime low 60,summer daytime high 85, sunny 300 days/year, no hablamos ingles aquí
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2) water, air and mountains (and people who don't think you're 'weird' because you want to
look out and see those things - all at once
I am quite certain you DON'T want to see the air. If you do, move to Southern California.
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