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Old 01-05-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Let me comment on your cities since I've been to all of them and lived in many of them. First I second that San Diego is not really walkable unless you're downtown. It has the best weather in the country, 60s/70s/80s all year with low humidity.

San Francisco would be a great place to go, might be a little cool for you most of the year, although not cold. It actually can be warmer than New Orleans in the winter (it usually is in the 50's in the winter in SF, New Orleans can be much colder one day, warmer the next), SF is 60's/70's the rest of the year whereas New Orleans can approach 98 degrees with high humidity in the summer. For many people SF is an ideal climate because it rarely gets hot or cold. You can walk to anything in SF, public transportation is great (can even get from airport to downtown on BART). If you can afford it, SF would be a great option.

Miami/Miami Beach would be a similar climate to Thailand, hot/humid summers and warm/mild winters so it would not be a big adjustment climate wise. You need a car in Miami proper unless you're downtown, which you probably don't want to be as it's not a great downtown. Miami Beach is another story, you can get by without a car, although I would imagine living there you would eventually want to leave the barrier island. South Beach is known for its world famous restaurants, great beaches, fantastic nightlife, and great apartments within close walking distance to the forementioned. It would be cheaper than San Diego/SF, but probably more expensive than New Orleans.

New Orleans would offer you a walkable destination if you lived in the French Quarter, CBD, Warehouse District, Midcity along the Canal Streetcar line, Uptown along the St. Charles streetcar line, or Fauburg Marigny. The climate would be seasonal, hot humid summer, pleasantly warm/mild spring/fall, and varying winter with wild swings from warm to cold and back. Temps can vary from 20's in the winter to upper 90's in the summer with high humidity.

Anyway, hope this provides some insight.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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cBach,
Thanks for that, I am thinking about a furnished condo in the CBD as my base for 3 months while I walk the neighborhoods.
I will follow your advise about the streetcar lines. The cold is my only concern so far, I don't own a coat or even a jacket.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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cBach,
Thanks for that, I am thinking about a furnished condo in the CBD as my base for 3 months while I walk the neighborhoods.
I will follow your advise about the streetcar lines. The cold is my only concern so far, I don't own a coat or even a jacket.
I HATE being cold and I am loving my first New Orleans winter! We don't even turn on the heater in our apartment most days, and we had the A/C on yesterday because it was warm and rainy! So far it has only gotten down near freezing one night, I think, and the "cold" only lasts a day or two, and then it's back up to 60's and 70's during the day.

I'm from Atlanta and I expected the winters down here to be about the same as there, since the summers are about the same level of "hot", but we went back to Atl. for Xmas and I froze! I still have yet to get my heavy coat out of storage. I have a raincoat and a hoodie and that's it. You would probably be just fine here with a few warm layers.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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the pointykitty,
Thanks for the encouragement.

If I am as fulfilled as you seem to be I am sure the weather won't be a factor.
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