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Old 07-02-2020, 09:29 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Istanbul and it's not even close. Iran is far too conservative.

Montreal, Canada vs Melbourne, Australia
Montreal, Canada. Have loved every trip there. Melbourne is fine, but simply doesn’t seem to be as much fun.

Tbilisi, Georgia vs Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Tbilisi. Never been to either one but Tbilisi is high on my list considering.

Monterrey, Mexico v Valencia, Spain
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:21 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Tbilisi. Never been to either one but Tbilisi is high on my list considering.

Monterrey, Mexico v Valencia, Spain
Valencia because it's safer, has better architecture and is on the coast.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia vs. Quito, Ecuador
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Old 07-03-2020, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Madrid
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Valencia because it's safer, has better architecture and is on the coast.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia vs. Quito, Ecuador
Quito - I speak Spanish, and my roommate is from there so I'd have some connections.

Prague, CZ or Warsaw, Poland
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Old 07-03-2020, 06:53 PM
 
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Quito - I speak Spanish, and my roommate is from there so I'd have some connections.

Prague, CZ or Warsaw, Poland
I haven't been to either, but Prague strikes me as a more beautiful city.

Budapest, Hungary vs Bucharest, Romania
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Old 07-03-2020, 09:10 PM
 
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Talking Baltimore or St. Louis?

I did some cursory research and St. Louis appears to be a city on the upswing, while Baltimore seems to be headed in the opposite direction. Housing, crime, and cost of living are comparable, but the food scene is stronger in St. Louis. Both have professional sports, which helps provides jobs and the tax base, but overall St. Louis seems to be a more appealing option.

If anyone’s willing to share any information about transportation and climate, that could help push the thread forward
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I did some cursory research and St. Louis appears to be a city on the upswing, while Baltimore seems to be headed in the opposite direction. Housing, crime, and cost of living are comparable, but the food scene is stronger in St. Louis. Both have professional sports, which helps provides jobs and the tax base, but overall St. Louis seems to be a more appealing option.

If anyone’s willing to share any information about transportation and climate, that could help push the thread forward
Professional sports are a pretty small drop in the bucket in terms of the jobs and tax base. Yes I'd agree it is a positive*, but more a sign of a healthy economy rather than a catalyst for one. (*And by the way it is very debatable whether they are even a net positive considering the huge incentives and subsidies most top-level American sports teams receive.)

Not sure that St Louis' food scene is stronger either. They both have good qualities, and Baltimore is acclaimed for seafood, crab cakes in particular. Baltimore also has strong ethnic cuisine (Italian and Korean eg)

Climate is relatively comparable between the two. The avg highs and lows throughout the year are remarkably similar, as are the humidity levels. St Louis appears to be slightly more humid in the summertime, otherwise almost identical on those two average measurements.

Both Baltimore and St Louis have modest rail systems. My familiarity lies more with Baltimore so I can say that despite its modesty and its low ridership, its rail and bus systems are quite useful within its desirable neighborhoods. St Louis does have some really nice walkable neighborhoods that are also accessible to transit so I want to acknowledge that as well. Where Baltimore really separates is considering connectivity to other major cities, since it sits along the BOS-WAS corridor. Baltimore is soooo convenient to Washington DC...under an hour train ride and CHEAP! You're looking at just over an hour by train to Philly and 2.5 hours to NYC.

Overall I'd pick Baltimore personally but that's because I value asian diversity and Baltimore has this significantly over St Louis.

Budapest, Hungary vs Bucharest, Romania
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Old 07-04-2020, 07:25 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Professional sports are a pretty small drop in the bucket in terms of the jobs and tax base. Yes I'd agree it is a positive*, but more a sign of a healthy economy rather than a catalyst for one. (*And by the way it is very debatable whether they are even a net positive considering the huge incentives and subsidies most top-level American sports teams receive.)

Not sure that St Louis' food scene is stronger either. They both have good qualities, and Baltimore is acclaimed for seafood, crab cakes in particular. Baltimore also has strong ethnic cuisine (Italian and Korean eg)

Climate is relatively comparable between the two. The avg highs and lows throughout the year are remarkably similar, as are the humidity levels. St Louis appears to be slightly more humid in the summertime, otherwise almost identical on those two average measurements.

Both Baltimore and St Louis have modest rail systems. My familiarity lies more with Baltimore so I can say that despite its modesty and its low ridership, its rail and bus systems are quite useful within its desirable neighborhoods. St Louis does have some really nice walkable neighborhoods that are also accessible to transit so I want to acknowledge that as well. Where Baltimore really separates is considering connectivity to other major cities, since it sits along the BOS-WAS corridor. Baltimore is soooo convenient to Washington DC...under an hour train ride and CHEAP! You're looking at just over an hour by train to Philly and 2.5 hours to NYC.

Overall I'd pick Baltimore personally but that's because I value asian diversity and Baltimore has this significantly over St Louis.

Budapest, Hungary vs Bucharest, Romania
Budapest because I think it's a more beautiful city with better architecture. I also find the language really interesting and unique.

Doha, Qatar vs. Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Old 07-05-2020, 08:36 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Budapest because I think it's a more beautiful city with better architecture. I also find the language really interesting and unique.

Doha, Qatar vs. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi seems more interesting and supposedly it's a less restrictive / conservative than Doha, Qatar.
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Old 07-05-2020, 11:47 PM
 
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Budapest because I think it's a more beautiful city with better architecture. I also find the language really interesting and unique.

Doha, Qatar vs. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi, but I'm going to feel like a bum living there with the amount of money flowing through that place.


Bangkok, Thailand vs. Cartagena, Colombia
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