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A Question of Cities

Unread postby Celeste of Elvenhame » Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:38 am

What cities have you lived in/visited/etc that you loved or hated and why? <p>---------------Celeste of Elvenhame ---------------

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Re: A Question of Cities

Unread postby KingOfDoma » Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:22 pm

This is a good question.

I have lived in:


I have been to:

San Francisco
San Diego
New York
Bridgetown, Barbados
Chicago (briefly)
Detroit (about as long)
Washington, DC
Quebec City

Of all those, New York was the coolest. I love that freakin' city. So much to do, see... and Times Square is the Temple of Advertising. It rules.

And the city I HATED most from that list... Washington. At least the first time. It was just so BORING to an international tourist... sure, Lincoln Memorial was cool and the Monument's... tall, but other than that, there's NOTHING interesting to do. Bleah.

But still, visit all those cities, and everywhere in between. You'll still enjoy yourself... <p>--------------------
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Re: A Question of Cities

Unread postby Will Rennar » Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:18 pm

Lived in:
Marietta, GA
A Navy base in Antigua
Sparta, IL
Port Hueneme, CA
Coronado, CA
Maquoketa, IA (The only home I've ever had that didn't involve the Navy.)
Great Lakes, IL (Home of such horrors as Boot Camp and Gurnee Mills outlet mall.)
Miramar, CA
Andrews AFB, MD

Much of the San Diego region
Orange County, CA (Home of such horrors as my stepsister)
Davenport, IA
Dubuque, IA (...Is it just me or are some of the places on this list spelt more strangely than my name has been?)
Much of the Washington DC region (Most of it by accident/getting lost!)
Ashburn, VA

Most favoritest place of 'em all: Would have to be a tossup between Maquoketa and Ashburn, as both hold many happy memories. I would include San Diego on that list since I loved it as a kid, but after seeing it while I was stationed in Miramar.......uhhhh, no.

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Re: A Question of Cities

Unread postby Shinigori V2 » Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:51 am


Needless to say, I dislike that, as I use landmarks to tell direction :( <p>
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Re: A Question of Cities

Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Thu Dec 02, 2004 3:58 pm

I have been to:
Denver, CO
Pittsburgh, PA
Toledo, OH
Akron, OH
Orlando, FL (not including Disney Stuff)

I have lived in:
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH

All cities are the same to me. What the city *is* is irrelevant. What I am there for, however, matters; be it college, a visit with a relative or friend, or whatever. I really don't care what atmosphere a city has because I am a stay-inside kind of person. I don't care the level of urbanization because every large city has suburbs, and almost all suburbs have large urban counterparts. Weather does not matter because one can 'dress for the season' or just stay inside (as I do). Social environment does not matter because someone decent almost always manages to find me no matter where I am, and my social life is primarily transferrable to electronic means anyway. Nearby activities don't matter because I make my own activities regardless of local circumstance.

For some reason, the word 'independent' seems to pop right into mind.

I wonder if my stance will change when I go to Japan one of these days. Probably not; I'd wager that Japan becomes 'just another place' in my mind. That'll be pretty cool. <p><span style="font-size:xx-small;">"It's in the air, in the headlines in the newspapers, in the blurry images on television. It is a secret you have yet to grasp, although the first syllable has been spoken in a dream you cannot quite recall." --Unknown Armies</span></p>


I'm only online because the weather is shitty.

Unread postby EKDS5k » Sat Dec 04, 2004 10:40 pm

Been to:
Thunder Bay
Los Angeles
San Diego
Las Vegas
Chicago (I only count it because I stopped at a money changing place on my way through)
the airport in Tokyo

Lived in:
Thunder Bay

So far, Kanazawa is the coolest, because I can buy a gold-plated toothpick holder for like ten bucks. Also, it has a castle, lots of big temples, and a market with more fresh seafood than I have ever seen in my entire life. It makes the seafood markets in frikken' Vancouver look small by comparison.

And the least favourite place? Baltimore. Uncomfortable weather, no fresh air, and car after car of ugly, ugly people.

Also, if you thought Times Square was the Temple of Advertising, you need to come to Japan. I got on a bus the other day that had ads across the top of the walls, on the floor, on the ceiling, and as we passed bus stops, a voice on the intercom advertised what was nearby.


Re: I'm only online because the weather is shitty.

Unread postby TheLorax21 » Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:26 am

Let's see...

Been to:

San Diego, California
Buffalo, New York
Lewes, Delaware
Baltimore, Maryland
Charlottesville, Virginia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kent, Connecticut
Madrid, Spain
Marbella, Spain
New York City, New York

I loved New York City, for reasons I can't really put words on. I'd like to go back there someday.

I landed in Madrid on my way to Marbella, so I didn't get to see much of it. I don't really remember it well anyway, because I was really tired. I stayed in a college in Marbella for a summer camp, but we got out into the city to see the markets and stuff. Marbella is on the Mediterranean coast, and the ocean was really beautiful.

Kent isn't really noteworthy for much. My Aunt and Uncle live up there, which is the only reason I've ever been up. It has a nice close friendly feel to it, but it's really just another small town.

My Grandparents live in Philadelphia, and that's a pretty cool city. If you're ever up there, you should go see the Philadelphia Orchestra. Look into the community rush tickets if you can, because they save you money. The Franklin Institute is pretty cool too. They have a giant model of a human heart that you can walk through, as well as a bunch of other pretty neat exhibits.

I've visited Charlottesville a few times, and it's really nice down there. Once you get into the 'burbs it's still fairly woody, and that's cool. There are also vineyards in the area, if you're into that sort of thing. Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, is the historic site. The University of Virgina (UVA) has their main campus up there, so I'm assuming there are lots of nifty things to do, even if I never did any of them.

Baltimore is fairly close to us, so I've been up there for day trips from time to time. Their aquarium is really cool, and there's a really cool interactive museum whose name I forgot.

Lewes is a beach town about 30 minutes north of Rehoboth Delaware. We go up there every year during the summer. The beaches are nice and not very crowded. Cape Henlopen State Park is a really cool place to visit. You can do all sorts of nature walks and hikes. Lewes has some good shops, and the Zwaanendael Museum is pretty cool. (Yes, I had to look that name up. :D ) As far as nighttime activities go, Rehoboth has a boardwalk and lots of restaurants to go to, as well as a ton of outlet stores.

Buffalo, NY is on the Canadian-US border and notable for Niagra falls. The falls are really beautiful, but I recommend the Canadian side over the American side. There's a lot more to do over there. Hotels, restaurants with fall views, casinos, etc. You can go behind the falls on the Canadian side.

San Diego, California is a pretty cool city. I was really young when we went, and all I remember well enough to comment on is the San Diego Zoo, which was lovely.

I've lived outside Old Town Alexandria, Virginia for my entire life. I like where I live. Old Town itself is awsome, absolutely choc full of wonderful shops. The food is great too. If you need to know where to go in Old Town, King Street is your safest bet. It's pretty much the heart of the city. The Torpedo factory is down by the water (Potomac River) and has some of the coolest art I've ever seen. Old Town also has lots of historical sites. It's about a half hour away from Mt. Vernon. It's close to Washington, D.C., which has some neat museums and restaurants. D.C. can be a really neat city, if you avoid the (mostly) boring touristy stuff. The Parkway trail, which runs along the George Washington Parkway from Mt. Vernon to DC, is great for biking, running, rollerblading, walking or whatever, and has wonderful views of the river. The Potomac is a really beautiful river, even though it has been pretty badly polluted. As far as things to do go, there are several movie theaters in the area, many places you can go to hear music, and numerous great restaurants.

So yeah. More than I intended to write, but whatever.

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Unread postby The rube that is super » Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:31 am

Rob looses becuase he didn't say anything about the 'What, do the people who set up these streets hate their drivers?' question when he was talking about hating Baltimore.

And the offical answer is: They do. :(


Re: Poo

Unread postby EKDS5k » Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:42 am

Well I only went a few places, once on foot, and a couple times on a train, so it's not like I spend a lot of time observing the streets.


Re: Poo

Unread postby Wolfbelly » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:49 am

Lived in ...


Been to ...
San Francisco

Been through ...
Ferintosh (a.k.a. "Shitferno")

Edmonton is sorely lacking in things to do.
Vancouver has creepy hobos.
Ottawa is filled with a lot of posers it seems, but that may be because I was working at Nortel.
Toronto smells funny.

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Re: Poo

Unread postby FlamingDeth » Wed Dec 22, 2004 3:46 am

Vancouver has creepy hobos.

And you're one of them!

EDIT: Fairbanks.

EDIT 2: I'm also not going to list off places I've been, because I'd be doing that all day. <p>
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Re: Poo

Unread postby Justice Augustus » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:20 am

I have lived in:

Barnes, London, England
Bude, Cornwall, England
Durham, North Carolina, USA

I have visited (in no particular order):

New York, NY, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Miami, FL, USA
Tampa Bay, FL, USA
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (at the time it was still British)
Tokyo, Japan
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Bilbao, Spain
Berlin, Germany,
Amsterdam, Holland
Brusselles, [word that should be restricted to something artistic]
Jakarta, Jawa, Indonesia
Bali, Bali, Indonesia
York, England
Birmingham, England,
Durham, England,
Warwick, England
Leamington Spa, England
Washington, DC, USA
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Houston, TX, USA
Exeter, England
And a few other British, American, and European places I can't remember.

I love London. It's all about the public transport, the history, and the small buildings. It truely proves that you don't need to be an urban rainforest to be one of the greatest cities in the world. For the same reason I hated New York. I hate tall buildings, they make me feel suffocated. <p>
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