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Old 05-30-2004, 02:14 AM   #16
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I live abut 30kms out of Sydney in Penrith (or near enough). Behind here are The Blue Mountains which is where I grew up. It snows, is full of hippies, tourists and assorted ferals. And trees. Fires. And snakes. And spiders. Lots of them. Unlike up there, here is stinking hot. It's probably one of the hottest areas in the Greater Sydney area, and only beaten by places like Bourke, out in the real sticks. We only say "Bloody hot, eh" in conversation when it is over 40. The hottest I remember was near 48. We have a river which still allows jet skiis, farming and rural down the road, and the city in the other direction. It is one giant basin which has no rain, virtually no wind and a dry dry heat.

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I spend half of every week in Stillwater, Oklahoma and the other half in Tulsa, Ok. I mention both because they've each dominated my life in the past 3 years and have nothing in common.

Stillwater is a mid-sized town (roughly 40,000) that lies about 50 miles north-east of Oklahoma City (everyone simply calls it "The City") or 65 miles west of Tulsa (which everyone calls "Tulsa"). Yes, we all speak slowly around here, but I doubt it's indicative of our intellegence. Everyone believes that common sense prevails, and it's rare to find someone who isn't friendly. However, lots of them keep to themselves unless conversation is required.

This is home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. We went to the NCAA Final Four this past April and missed the Championship by 2 or 3 points. Nobody, not even our most adament fans believe we would have beat UConn, however, when we lost to Georgia Tech the town went silent for a couple of days. During football season there's nothing else to talk about. Basically, the only time we must win is when we play OU. We've won 2 or the last 3 years...and the saying goes, "The Road to the National Title goes directly through Stillwater", meaning that OU can't win it all without beating us.

Now, Tulsa is to Stillwater as "The Joshua Tree" is to "Achung Baby". It's trying desperately hard to be appear modern...and usually succeeds. We don't have any major sports teams, we rarely see major concert tours, and very little is mentioned of us on the nightly news. It's a beautiful green metro area, but highly segregated. Blacks mostly live in the north, Latinos in the east, whites in the south and west, and everything in between lives in -mid-town.---that's where my parents currently live.

Whereas several years ago you wouldn't find anything cool to do at night, now the downtown area is quickly catching up with the nightlife that has made OKC so popular. Tons of cools bars and nightclubs, eatting establishments and art gallerys are making me proud.

The weather is normally hitting the extremes, but compared to the desert of Nevada or the northern regions of Minnesota, it's probably quite pleasurable. We hardly get a spring, yet summers have been rather comfortable (85-95 degrees). Winters can be brutal for a few weeks, but mostly reaches the low 20's.

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Old 05-30-2004, 03:44 AM   #18
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I live about 30 minutes north of Brisbane, Australia, in a shire called Pine Rivers. There's lots of pine trees, but only two rivers (the North and South Pine Rivers). It's pretty, on the urban-rural fringe. I live right in the middle of suburbia in a house built in the 1970s - a typical Queenslander style that was built up on stilts. In time a downstairs area has been added.

It gets pretty hot in summer but we always have thunderstorms in the afternoons which cools things down a bit. It's pleasant in winter, dry and sunny during the day and quite chilly at night.

There's been a lot of new development in suburbs surrounding mine, places with names like North Lakes, Warner Lakes, Norfolk Lakes ... you get the idea. Pine Rivers is the second fastest growing local council area in Australia, because people keep needing to buy new houses in these new estates. I like my old house close to the shops, the railway station, the library, my old school ... it's more convenient.

It's good being close to the city, but still close enough to mountains, farming areas, and not too far from the beaches either. Brisbane city is getting to be more interesting (new museums, walkways along the river, and things like that) and it's still got a nice mix of historic buildings amidst all the gleaming skyscrapers. It's more friendly than Sydney or Melbourne, much smaller in size than either of those two but, it seems, just as many people!

And I'm leaving it all behind ... to go to Slovakia. Does anyone know anything about that country?
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:02 AM   #19
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This is seriously so cool! I LOVE hearing about all of you!!!!
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Old 05-30-2004, 12:05 PM   #20
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I was looking for some info on Zwolle, Netherlands where I live, then I found out there's also a Zwolle in Louisiana!!
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Old 05-30-2004, 12:55 PM   #21
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Originally posted by DrTeeth
I was looking for some info on Zwolle, Netherlands where I live, then I found out there's also a Zwolle in Louisiana!!
How weird! So you may have been living in Louisiana this whole time and you never knew!!
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I live in a small town in Nebraska that's not too far south of Omaha (a little ways southwest of Lincoln, too). I've only lived here since last September, so I'm not an expert on the area or anything, but I have learned a few things about the area that are rather interesting-lots of history here. Some of the oldest buildings in Nebraska are in my town-this whole area's been here since before the Civil War days...I think it's gonna be turning 150 years old this year. And there's one building here that was part of the Underground Railroad.

Also, Lewis and Clark took part of their expedition in this area (this town is right next to the Missouri River). And this town is responsible for starting Arbor Day (needless to say, we've got trees galore here). This town also prides itself on its various foods made with apples (there's some apple orchards out in the countryside).

Seeing as this is a small town, there's not tons of stuff to do, aside from checking out all the historic stuff, but hey, that's what Omaha and Lincoln are for (and those cities are only about 45 minutes to an hour away from here, so it's not that bad a drive).

As far as the weather goes...we don't get much snow here in the wintertime on average-our best chances of seeing some mesurable snowfall are in January and February, and even then, it's usually nowhere near what places farther north get. It gets cold, but again, not nearly as cold as places north of us can get (all of this is a downside for me, seeing as I am a big winter person).

And as for spring/summer weather-well, this town is in Tornado Alley, and our weather pattern is similar to that of Missouri and Kansas, so if you can figure out what their average spring and summer is like, you'll know what it's like for us. We also have a chance of tornadoes in the fall sometimes, too, but it's much more likely in the spring. As of late, it's certainly been noisy in this part of the state...we've had a few rather nasty storm systems come through here-just got done with one last night, as a matter of fact. The weather can change quite often here, too.

I think that's about it. I'm not a fan of the weather pattern here, but other than that, this really isn't a bad place to live-it's fairly quiet here crime-wise (it's a very different story up in Omaha and Lincoln, though), the people here are pretty friendly (this is considered a prarie town, so any of you who've been through prarie towns will know how the people in them tend to act), there's some beautiful scenery here what with all the trees and bluffs and hills, and it's not too far from the towns that I used to live in up in Iowa-I can go back and visit my old state anytime, which is nice. .

So if you're into history, like small-town life, and are willing to live in the Plains and deal with the kind of weather we can get here and all that, well...this would be a good place for ya, then. .

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Old 05-30-2004, 01:30 PM   #23
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I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland, there are about 1.5 million people living here and it's probably most famous for its troubled past, the "troubles" began here in 1969 which resulted in many people losing their lives. In 1994 the paramiliatary groups such as IRA called ceasefires. During this time important folk such as George Mitchell and Bill Clinton came here. In 1998 the Good Friday agreement was reached. More important folk such as Tony Blair, the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and even Bono told people to vote "Yes" to the agreement. One thing the agreement signifies is the fact that people born here could freely call themselves either British/ Irish and that one day we may have a united Ireland if that is what the people here vote for. Ireland is full of history and its turbulent past is a subject that a lot of people are interested in, many bookshops here have about half the shop dedicated to the history and politics of Ireland. I am really interested in the Irish War of independence, the Easter Rising in 1916 and The Irish Civil War, in Dublin there are many places that you can see that have something to do with these periods in history but that is not everyones cup of tea and most people might find this a boring description of Ireland so I would just like to say that nowadays the political situation here is much more stable.

Where I live there isn't anything exciting apart from a Zoo and Belfast Castle, we live near a mountain called Cavehill which is quite nice to walk up because you have a great view of the city. we have lots of pubs and the "craic" is always great and the people are always very friendly, our weather isn't up to much, we have nice food such as stew, we do eat a lot of potatoes here, we also have nice breads like soda bread and potato farls.

I like to spend a lot of my time watching gaelic football games as it's something I played for a long time, many games are played throughout the year mainly at Croke Park in Dublin or Casement Park in Belfast, hurling is also a wildly popular gaelic game. The All-Ireland finals take place every September at Croke Park. The atmosphere is always electric before/ during and just after agame and the Dublin pubs are always crammed with people celebrating.

There are lots of nice places like the Giants Causeway, Stormont, City Hall, Queen's University and the Waterfront Hall that people like to visit here. It was and still is an industrial city and a lot of people visit the docks where you can see the massive cranes Samson and Goliath at the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. Dublin is probably the most popular destination for tourists visiting Ireland. Apart from its troubled past Ireland is probably most famous for Guinness, it's great bands , famous poets and writers like Yeats, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and being full of green fields. We do not say "top o' the mornin to ya" or have leprachauns.
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Old 05-30-2004, 02:48 PM   #24
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Originally posted by meegannie
I live in Nottingham. There are foxes....foxes who steal from the rich to give to the poor. Sometimes it rains here, sometimes it doesn't.

I live in Mansfield, 14 miles north of Nottingham. we have a big tree that supposedly Robin Hood and his merry men lived in/around.

there is nothing to do in Mansfield. Nottingham is good though Me and my mum went to the underground caves in nottingham today. They were man made about 1000 years ago and people used to live in them. [random fact] There are more caves under Nottingham than any other place in the UK [/random fact]. There is an underground tannery there that was in use in the 1500's, and people also used to shelter in the caves during WWII. It was interesting - and you should go, Meggie - you'd like it

In Nottingham there are also lots of nightclubs and pubs, but none of them are particularly exciting. Oh, and apparantly there are 5 women for every man in Nottingham, which I suppose is great if you're a man That's why we get so many bloody stag nights descending upon our city at weekends

here ends my drivel about Nottinghamshire.
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Old 05-30-2004, 06:20 PM   #25
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Vashon Island, Washington, a fifteen minute ferry ride from Seattle. It's small and rather isolated, but we do have several nice B&Bs. Sure, it rains here all winter, but the summer days are gorgeous. Tall evergreen forests, blue water, beaches...
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Old 05-30-2004, 06:27 PM   #26
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I live in the burbs of Milwaukee. A village called Greendale. In Greendale we are known as being the home of Reiman Publishing. Taste of Home Magazine, Birds & Blooms, Light & Tasty and many others. We jokingly refer to ourselves as reimanville instead of Greendale. Downtown, if you can call it that has many little shops, a deli, A yummy pizza joint called Ricardos and a village hall that somewhat resembles Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On the Memorial Day and the Fourth of July flags line the street and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

As for the Milwaukee part we have many, many, many, many, many....well you get the idea, festivals. The season kicks off with Summerfest So much music so little time. Also lots of incredible food and a fabulous view of our lakefront. Italian Fest. Polish Fest. Mexican Fest. German Fest and others. There is also Irish Fest-my favorite !!!!! Incredible music, good food, shopping and a dog show with some of the biggest Irish Wolfhounds you have seen.

The art museum was designed by Santiago Calatrava
and is gorgeous!
The Bucks and Admirals play at the Bradley Center-U2s concert venue for the Elevation tour. The Brewers play at a beautiful ball park-Miller Park-and they seem to have gotten the whole leaking roof thing under control. We also have some excellent college teams around here-Marquette Goden Eagles(in my heart they will always be The Warriors), Panthers and the Badgers in Madsion. To the north are a little team called the Green Bay Packers-

We also have an amazing zoo and public museum. The winters last for what seems forever but all of a sudden you look up and it is all green and blooming-Spring. Summers can be a wee bit hot and humid, but ya deal with it. Autumn, although it is not my favorite season, is quite a beautiful thing around here.

All in all, I guess I love my city.
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Old 05-30-2004, 06:29 PM   #27
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I live on the southeast coast of North Carolina in Wilmington/New Hanover County. The county's population is about 80,000, and most of that is Wilmingtonians. We're right on the Atlantic Ocean & have some wonderful quaint, clean beaches; very family-oriented, not tourist-oriented like Myrtle Beach, SC. We're situated between the NE Cape Fear River & the ocean, so there's always lots of water activities. Downtown's cute with a lot of bars, cafes, antiques shops, etc. and I've always loved the historic homes in that area. Plenty of Civil War history and some Revoluntionary War stuff, too. The University of NC Wilmington is here, so there's always a lively bar scene to keep the college crowd happy.
I'm a life time local, which is not that easy to find anymore, as we've had such a large influx of transplants to the area - mostly from Ohio & Pennsylvania, for some reason.... Anyway, with the exception of 2 1/2 yrs in KY, this has always been my home & I love it - even with the awful humidity and lack of topography (it's sooo FLAT here!). Temps range from an average low in the winter of 40F to about 90F in the summer. But with the humidity the winter's can be tough because it's a "wet" cold & the summers??? Jeez, 90F can easily feel like 100F.
My overall biggest complaint besides lack of proper traffic/streets planning is that in a city this size, with a constant supply of ready and willing ticket buyers is that we have only one SMALL concert venue & that's the coliseum on UNCW's campus. If we want to see any decent shows, it's either a 2-, 3-, or 4-hour drive to Raleigh, Greensboro, or Charlotte. We desparately need someone to build a concert hall here - it could sell out ANY type of concert: rock, pop, country, hip-hop, etc.....and then I wouldn't have to always make a road-trip to see U2!!!
Even with those gripes, I still love it & can't imagine being happy anywhere else.
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I live in a small town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, about 50 miles of Pittsburgh. My town is call Indiana, and we have a state college here with about 15,000 students from all over the country and world. One thing in this town there are a lot of bars and pizza places. When things get dull around here, there is always Pittsburgh to go to. The summers are hot and the winters can be very nasty here.
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This might be long...

I live in Toronto, Canada, which, along with the Greater Toronto Area has a population of around 6 million, I believe. It's the 5th largest city in North America and the most multicultural city in the world, according to the UN. There are neighbourhoods for virtually every culture, and it's really easy to get your hands on some great ethnic food. There are also 3 huge universities, 2 of which are in the downtown core, so it's a busy city.

Winters can be bad, but there are lots of things going on in the summer, and plenty of attractions nearby. In the city, we have the Skydome, the CN Tower (manmade penis), the Casa Loma castle, the distillery district, High Park, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Little India, the 2nd largest Chinatown after San Francisco, etc, etc. In the summer we have the Gay Pride Parade, the Taste of the Danforth, Caribana, the annual buskerfests, etc. You can also go out to the Toronto islands if you take the ferry, and if you want to go out of the city, you've got places like Niagara Falls nearby.

Image of the city from Centre Island:

Some other places I have lived in:

Osijek, Croatia is a small town (100,000 people) in the Pannonian Plain, in northeastern Croatia. Very nice place and was the 2nd most destroyed city in Croatia during the war in the early 90s, but it's been fixed up almost completely since.

Picture of the old part of the city, the Tvrda fort:

Pasman, Croatia is a tiny, tiny island in the mid-Adriatic, and I spent about 6 months there:

I also lived for about 6 months in Southern Dalmatia, which had awesome Mediterranean weather and great food to boot if you're a seafood lover. You can see a photo of Korcula below:

Then it was on to Zagreb, Croatia, the capital city of about 1 million people. Very nice, much more cosmopolitan.

The city square:

Then it was Slovenia, on to Kranjska Gora, which is basically a tourist town, as you can tell by the photo:

On to Burgenland, which is the southeastern part of Austria, where I lived near the town of Eisenstadt. Really beautiful countryside, very clean, very friendly people.

I took the pic out, it screwed up the margins.

Then I lived in Vienna, which I really liked because there were lots of things to do and it was very old European, which I like. And it's on the Danube, which passed a few kilometres east of Osijek Croatia and I always felt a little like I was tied to it no matter where in Europe I lived. This is a picture of the national library:

That's it for all the places where I stayed for any extended period of time. I'm a bit of a lost soul and I like to wander.
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I live in northeastern NSW, Australia. I absolutely love it.
I live about 30 kms from a small rural city called GRAFTON in the CLARENCE Valley.
Don't ya just love it?
I sure do. Maybe only I see it? A slight U2ey connection?
Grafton Street, Clarence Hotel?
The Clarence is a beautiful big river that is the lifeblood of the area. It is traditionally a forestry and cattle-raising area, but now it is moving into tourism. We have had some long dry spells lately, so it's nice sunny weather for holidaying and such, but no good for growing crops. But then again, all of a sudden the rain can arrive and the Clarence can go into major flood. It has no particular pattern.
If you like rural life and beautiful beaches, you'd like it here. If you prefer nightclubs and the facilities that cities have to offer, you may find it a bit quiet. It isn't that far to drive to the Gold Coast and Brisbane though, if you do want to catch up with those things.
I love it and feel I won some sort of life lottery when I was born to this region.
I really love the town where I was know that. I actually was having a think just last night about it and tears came to my eyes just remembering it. I kinda wish I could live back there, but I also love the place I live now.
Can we post pics? You know I like posting pics too I'll see what I can find.

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