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Old 19.05.2011, 23:52
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Ever get the feeling you need to live somewhere? In Switzerland at the moment, and quite happy, but feel like I really need to go live in London, at least for a while. Visits just don't seem to be enough. I spent most of my childhood summers there and have fond memories of theatre trips with my grandparents, wonderful restaurants (Indian, Japenese, Chinese, Thai, English, French, god knows what else!), beautiful parks, and then more recently fun trips with friends in bars, going dancing, going to exhibitions, just the choice and spontaneity of it all is so appealing. Think I might go once I finish my degree here, for a year or so, maybe do a masters there. I feel like it's calling me each time I go!

I know it won't be the same as before - it can't be - and sure I'll miss things about Switzerland. Kind of looking forward to the noise, the mess, the cheapness, the dirt of it all, people who make noise when they chat, who laugh loudly etc. Not sure I could go back to another part of the UK, but London is somewhat apart, somehow different, disgusting and yet seductive at the same time.

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You have hit the nail on the head and highlighted everything that I absolutely love and still miss about London!
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Nostalgia ain't what it used to be...
I know there's things I won't like. Question is whether there's more I will like? And I think there is. Mess, disorganisation, spontaneity, dirty streets which suddenly give way to beautiful parks can be far more beautiful than a place where it's always clean, beautiful, the same. I want to be surprised!!!

Doubt I'd want to stay in London too long either. But a little while, a year or a couple would be nice. I think I want to have lived there, to know what it's like, to have done it, more than just my summers with my grandfather who took me to countless amazing shops, restaurants, theatres, shows etc, or weekends with friends from time to time.

I miss the lull of the tube, the different faces, the bars, the beautiful libraries stacked full of books, being able to do so much with so little money, and just that neverending feeling... it seems impossible to 'finish' London. I wonder whether I'd get much studying done though. Quite likely I'd be far too distracted.
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Re: London?

I do find in general it's hard to get a quick good slice of pizza in London, unlike NY. But it is a great city, and it somehow works despite its problem.
Don't let some of the sad sap posts here ruin your dream.
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I know there's things I won't like. Question is whether there's more I will like? And I think there is. Mess, disorganisation, spontaneity, dirty streets which suddenly give way to beautiful parks can be far more beautiful than a place where it's always clean, beautiful, the same. I want to be surprised!!!

Doubt I'd want to stay in London too long either. But a little while, a year or a couple would be nice. I think I want to have lived there, to know what it's like, to have done it, more than just my summers with my grandfather who took me to countless amazing shops, restaurants, theatres, shows etc, or weekends with friends from time to time.

I miss the lull of the tube, the different faces, the bars, the beautiful libraries stacked full of books, being able to do so much with so little money, and just that neverending feeling... it seems impossible to 'finish' London. I wonder whether I'd get much studying done though. Quite likely I'd be far too distracted.
Tube for work ( very crowded at times, but everyone is very polite.
Bus when you are not in a hurry, so you can see or just walk.
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I do find in general it's hard to get a quick good slice of pizza in London, unlike NY. But it is a great city. Don't let some of the sad sap posts here ruin your dreams
Not sure why I really posted this thread actually. My decision is made and I think probably always has been. Just a question of when I'll go. Quite proud to have London as our capital actually. There is so much to do, see, it's so beautifully overwhelming, you could never do it all, but wow, having the possibility of choosing. It's so seductive! As for NY, have never been, and strangely know lots of people from London who really didn't enjoy NY.
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As for NY, have never been, and strangely know lots of people from London who really didn't enjoy NY.
I would agree with that - I spent five days there and had a great time but no way could I live there.
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Re: London?

you should go for it, I lived there for 9 years and it was amazing. I was very sorry to leave.
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You should go for it otherwise you'd be thinking about it forever. You could always come back. Problem with Switzerland is that it is a golden cage but there's a big world out there for lots of learning and experiencing. Go do it.
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Re: London?

OP, i couldn't agree more! I loved living in London. Although it was only for 6 months i always say i see myself living there again some day. Of course there are things that are not great about the city but the good feeling it gives me is much stronger than any of the negative aspects. Good luck with your endeavor!
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If you're in your 20s with no ties London can be a great place to live.

However this part of your assumption is on shakier ground:
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London is seriously expensive relative to local earnings!
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Yeah, come back to Switzerland once you have a family. Being single here is another story.
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Re: London?

I go at least once every 2 months to see some great theatre, hang out at Soho, and pig out on great food. I'd love to live there one day, but something tells me London is perfect where it is. I like that it's just out of reach and I have to make the most out of it every time I'm there. And the fact that I get to spend my Swiss salary over there helps. I know that if I lived there, I wouldn't have as much money to spend, wouldn't go to the theatre nearly as much, drink too much, and get fat on all the cheap food.
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And ... no-one has mentioned all the fantastic green spaces that are to be found in London - Hyde Park, St James' Park, Regent's Park and the outlying ones such as Richmond, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Wimbledon Common ... the list goes on. And there is the amazing sweep of the river too ... sigh
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You should go for it otherwise you'd be thinking about it forever. You could always come back. Problem with Switzerland is that it is a golden cage but there's a big world out there for lots of learning and experiencing. Go do it.


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Yeah, come back to Switzerland once you have a family. Being single here is another story.
I have a boyfriend, who is Swiss! He'd be quite happy with me going to London for a year though and then coming to meet me there or either me coming back to Switzerland or going else where, we have discussed it.

As for green spaces - I think my mention of beautiful parks nodded to those!

And for money - I was living off savings, and money from articles, but still managed to have a good time on quite little money. Plus I get the feeling that even if I earn way more in Switzerland, everything is so much cheaper, and there's so little choice, that I don't really enjoy spending it anyway.
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