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Old 03-01-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I'm surprised no one mentioned Istanbul...
This is going to come off brackish to some people, but anybody who doesn't include Istanbul in their list is completely ignorant.

I've been there and it blows away pretty much anything in America away (yes, I live in the US). It's not as diverse as a NYC, Chicago, or Los Angeles, but the *things* there are amazing as is the culture, amazing food, and the street buzz is better IMO than NYC for sure. Oh yeah, they're also the 3rd most visited city in Europe after London and Paris (yes, more people visit Istanbul yearly than Rome).
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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If Istanbul wasn't located in a Islamic country it would be on everyones list, unfortunately it's not.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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If Istanbul wasn't located in a Islamic country it would be on everyones list, unfortunately it's not.
Yep, some people are pretty misinformed about it too. It's in an Islamic majority country but fairly liberal. The constitution is actually secular, not religious of any kind. You can still drink alcohol there, there's plenty of bars and clubs, people go out looking for sex just like in the US or other liberal world countries, rock music and metal are always played there by some huge bands when they do their world tours and get big crowds, etc.

Women also cannot wear their headscarfs if they work in the public sector or attend university (or work there) and some other things like if you're a lawyer or teacher.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Turkey is an islamic country, but not an islamic state. In Turkey, everyone can openly practice other religions, or be atheist, without problems with the law. Moreover, the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople - something like the equivalent of the Holy See for the eastern orthodox christians - has the headquarters in Istanbul.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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1. (a) Tokyo, London, NY, Paris / (b) Seoul, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Madrid

2. (a) Los Angeles, Chicago, Barcelona, Singapore / (b) Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Beijing

3. Sydney, San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, Rome, Milan, Melbourne

Gets a bit tricky afterwards.
Good list.

What about DC, Boston, Stockholm, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Warsaw, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Panama City or maybe even Dubai? Which 4 for the 4 remaining spaces?
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