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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?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 =:)