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A mysterious benefactor offers you the means to live anywhere you'd like in the world. The place is yours, and there are no visa issues.

Where would you choose, and why?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seattle. And Oxford. Both of them.
Hm! What lures you to Seattle? (Not a bad choice, certainly!)

Oxford I can see, yes. Though in its place, I might still have to plump for Bath - not nearly as vibrant an arts scene, but with similar historic appeal, and much better cider selections. =:) That said, Oxford does have an outpost of the fine Bath Ales, and maybe there is an establishment or two with a selection thereof. =:9
I suppose that depends on whether the mysterious benefactor provides an income for life anywhere in the world!

If yes, then it'd probably be somewhere far away from most people, probably somewhere Mediterranean but retaining a winter-retreat somewhere further north to soak up all the cold and windy crackling-fire goodness once a year :)

If I need to support myself still, then it'd probably be either somewhere relatively remote-ish in Worcestershire, either within or with a good view of the Malvern hills, or almost anywhere in Cornwall.
Hee! I can concur with so much of that. ^_^ If I had the means, I'd love somewhere along the Mediterranean Spanish or Italian coasts - such good weather, and such respect for great food everywhere, cheap or three-starred. And yet, I also love the snow - I really enjoyed my spells in Minneapolis' winters, and skiing's amongst the few sports I'll make a point of, even if I haven't done so in *way* too damned long.

And yet again, I also love cities' vibrance - San Francisco, London, Sydney, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur.. there's excitement in knowing you can step out and hop on a bus off to some film festival opening, or an old watering hole, or a talk by some superb historian or photographer.

And then I've got the complicating factor that I've become strongly involved in wildlife photography, rabbits especially - I know I'd feel something was missing from my life if I were to move somewhere away from lagomorphs. Sounds silly, I'm sure, but I sorely missed them back in the Bay, last time around. I did spot a few, with great persistence, but mostly, they were remarkably scarce. Still, getting to photograph hummingbirds for the first time was pretty cool. ^_^
'Travelling between more than one place'.
Nowhere to call home(s) at all?
Island off the coast of somewhere nice with good internet and very few people around for miles.
Somewhere on the Thai coast, maybe? Australia'd be a great candidate, but the new conservative government's doing all it can to squash the nascent nationwide high-speed broadband network. And immigration's not quite as bad as many countries - ISTR they operate a points-based system, like Canada, which gives a good indication of how likely your application will be. (Myself, I'm all for open borders. If you pay your way, you should be able to live anywhere you wish)
It's hard to do better than Canada, at least in the area of feeling proud rather than embarrassed when the papers report on something your country has been doing "in your name".  The weather isn't so nice, but maybe Global Warming will help with that.

At the citizenship ceremony, the interviewing officer commented that my current US passport contains no visa stamps and my previous one contains only the Canadian immigrant stamp.  I said, "I never never gone anyplace that required a visa."
True enough. The current admin's doing what they can to bend over backwards for the oil companies, with their ferocious admiration of fracking, a wonderful scheme for extracting fossil fuels whilst consuming prodigious quantities thereof (and much, much water) in the process. But more generally, it's basically a very civil country, if I can be forgiven such broad brush strokes. ^_^ And the immigration system's amongst the better ones in the world, even if inevitably wrapped up in as much bureaucracy as you'd expect. Not that I need to say that to you. ^_^;

You're not widely travelled? That surprises me somewhat. But then, I'm an inveterate traveller, headed internationally before I could walk. =:)
Western Highlands. I just belong there.
Tarka still calls?

I've never been to Scotland, but I'm fairly certain I'd enjoy visiting. Probably too cool and wet for me to settle, though - grey days become very wearing.
I think I'd have to say central London.

You'll never want for things to do and it's such a beautiful city to explore with so much history.

I know some folk hold London in disdain, but no - I'm thoroughly taken by it. True, rents are insane, on a San Francisco level, but - that's all manageable, whether through sharing with a couple good friends (which, of course, can hold its own perils, and rewards), or simply heading just far out enough to let the rents lessen without making the commute too lengthy.

But yes, I've found there's a hell of a lot to love about being in the heart of a vibrant city, able to hop along easily to all manner of musical, theatrical, cinematic, and other events, let alone superbly mellow watering holes. And all of London, San Francisco, and Sydney make it so easy to get around. (Walking across Sydney Harbour Bridge is a quiet wonder. Such views, and so useful too, carrying people on foot and bike, cars, and trains)

The history, of course, is undeniable. It's a constant source of amusement and amazement for me to behold the view across the Thames from around Embankment, with world-famous classics like St Paul's nudging alongside the Gherkin and the London Eye. (Only downside, really, is it's impossible to take any landscape shot without getting a few huge cranes in shot =:)
So far, the favorite place I have in mind is living in the Puna district on the Big Island in Hawaii. It's queerdo paradise out there and it's someplace I'd feel comfortable growing old.

I spent a month there for my honeymoon. I would eagerly make that my home. The only thing stopping me right now is just a bit of debt I'm working off. It also happens to be one of the cheapest places in the US to live. You can work in retail and afford to buy a home there.
That sounds lovely: great weather (except for storms), lotsa places to swim, gay friendly, affordable.
But I'd be sad at the postage/shipping cost to mail order electronics and technology stuff from the mainland.
And what of job opportunities and technical community?
I'd be rather lonely without a hacker space or engineering college.

Australia's no longer on my list due to homophobia.

As a Jew and a Zionist, I should never forget "making Aliyah" and emigrating to Israel. It's a technological innovator's mecca, but it's a tough life there.
I'm living there, with her, already.
You may have some idea of my degree of envy. ^_^;

I've known love, and.. I miss it, very much. Which leaves me feeling very happy that you wound up in such a happy situation, and a little hopeful in that regard myself. Stranger things have happened, as they say. ^_^

(I'm sure I've enquired in the past, but: how did you meet? Is it worth a tale?)
Scotland - Either Edinburgh or Glasgow though for work, and the idea actually has crossed my mind considering that I can potentially transfer my job as part of the the UK's university network.

Going abroad, Canada more than likely. Other than the fracking thing (and TBH the UK government is JUST as bad when it comes to that), it sounds like a nice place to live.
You're not too put off by the climate? Myself, I'm quite tired of the UK's dullness - in a climate sense, that is. Socially, it's another kettle of platypi entirely, even if there seem to be plenty of people willing to put up with sheer crap like Greggs.

Indeed, it's been quite disappointing to see Canada adopt fracking so open-heartedly - but then, if you consider the adminstrations of Cameron, Harper, and Abbott, it's a little difficult to really tell them apart.

Me, I went Green on both counts last time. No party can ever represent an individual ideally, but they're a useful start, especially promoting renewable energy as a priority, and opening borders, not closing them.
That's a tough one. Escaping the crazy British government to Scotland might be a thing, or Canada maybe, nice health service there.
If the Cons somehow manage to finagle continued existence, perhaps in conjunction with UKIP, I'd like to look to Spain or Portugal, I think. Both have a tremendous love of good food (no such thing as Greggs there! Actual, real bakers there, and everywhere), and a higher likelihood of seeing the sun more than annually. =:)
Wow.. great Q !

Inline with one of the early commentors note that there be a reliable income as well, I'd say somewhere tropical, but (since we're doing the magical wishings), without mosquitoes as well)... :9
I reeeeeally love the weather between 65 and 85 fahrenheit ... and the warm rains... and the gorgeous skies and trees and breeze and vibe... *happy sighs, and takes your paw in a wing to do a playful hula*.... ^v^
Vancouver is this really weird huge city - the lushness of the surrounding countryside, the Canadian ideals that inform the place, and the big entertainment focus creates a place which is kinda like Seattle, LA, and Toronto, without being exactly like any of them. It's fantastic, but living there would be so prohibitive it's off limits without some sort of help, which is what really pushes it to win (it's not possible without the mysterious benefactor).
I've never been to Vancouver, but by all accounts (and of course, its endless stand-in performances on screen for SF and other cities =:), it does seem like a very habitable environment indeed. The downside for me, personally, would be the lack of snow - Toronto wins out there. ^_^

For living, well - it's always a matter of the local living costs, ne? Rents go up and down wildly around the continent, but so do wages. Not for all, needless to say, which is where these surprisingly successful movements toward raising the minimum wage to something genuinely liveable come in - they can't control rapacious landlords, but $15/hr is at least a good step up from the current nonsense.

Within Canada, though, I think I might be most at home in Montreal. ^_^ Got to respect a locale that has such innate respect for superb food, and also manages to cultivate a vibrant local brewing community.

And as I recall, anywhere in the EU is also an option for you, ne? There are problems all over, but at least different ones, and different prevailing, entrenched political attitudes that tend not to be quite as arse-lickingly corporate friendly, though plenty are trying to "fix" that.

As far as climate goes, then, you're after a fairly temperate setting?
Somewhere with good weather, nice/friendly/tolerant people that will alternately be there for you and leave you alone as you require, beautiful nature, easy access to modern life's amenities, political freedom, an open and accepting culture, good food... hmm, I don't think there's any place like that. (If there is, let me know.)