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Berlin vs Hamburg vs Mainz vs Heidelberg vs UK
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Hey guys,

I decided to move to Europe for a few years (at least). Money is not a problem since I work virtual and can get a residence permit.

But I AM looking for a GREAT place for a single guy to enjoy good tastin’ food, good lookin women, and a hoppin’ nightlife. Oh, and I love blondes.

I don’t speak German, but I heard Berlin is the great place to be right now. On the other hand, others say Hamburg beats Berlin hands down in the quality of life and quality of women department.

I loved Heidelberg and Mainz (university students), but wonder if the UK might easier because of the common language (I don’t speak German).

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Where in the UK?

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Why not try out a city in germany and if its not your thing, try another?

Berlin is great, the moment I set foot in the city I thought, "Wow, it would be great to live here…"

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Erica,

What was it about Berlin that made you (and others I’m told) feel this way?

As stereotypes go, people think of a vast sprawling wasteland of unemployed and nasty-tempered people.

Hamburg seems quite cool too…

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There’s just so much to do there. So much history, art, a great nightlife. It has something for everyone. It’s a city that is always changing. Plus, from what I could tell the housing is much cheaper than where I am now(barcelona).

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Erica,

What are you doing in Barcelona and have you been to Lisbon by any chance? I want to check out the south of France and Portugal really badly.

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I’m in Barcelona for my last year of university, on an study abroad program. However, since its my last year, and I haven’t made any plans for stuff to do (jobs in the U.S., grad school, etc.) I decided to stay here. I’ve applied to a couple positions here and in Madrid, so I’ll see what happens.

I really want to go to Lisbon, but haven’t been there yet. Its really cool though because when I was looking for flights, I couldn’t find a price I was happy with, (around 200 euros round trip from barcelona), but then, this website, www.vueling.com started doing flights to lisbon, and its only 75 euros! woo hoo.

I haven’t been to the south of france either, although I took the train from Paris to barcelona and its beautiful. I really wished I could have travelled in that area, maybe later.

My current travel plans are Sweden next tuesday, and Greece in August (hopefully)

Here’s a housing link: www.loquo.com, it covers berlin and some other european cities.

And also,(not a housing link, but accomodation while travelling link) www.couchsurfing.com, I’ve been on it since living in barcelona, and its a fun way to meet people.

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Cool. Sounds like you’re living a dream for a lot of people (Barcelona, Spain) Erica.

Did you find that getting by with just English is doable in Berlin, even as a longer-term resident? How does Berlin compare to Barcelona in terms of the type of people you find, general atmosphere, and friendliness of locals?

The cool thing about Berlin I think are all the cheap connections to Hamburg, Copenhagen, Newcastle, Maastricht, etc.

I’m looking forward to exploring Europe more.

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I found it was okay getting by. Just learn the basics, and you’ll be set until you have the time to take a class or something.

Berlin struck me as similar to New York City, in the sense that there’s tons of people, doing their thing, the same in any big city.
But, the people are more accessible I think, then the people here. Which is something since I don’t speak German and speak spanish instead.

Yea, that is a great convenience, you are right in the middle of everything. Don’t forget about Prague! It’s pretty close as well.

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I Think hamburg is the best city in Europe.

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Markjason wrote:
I Think hamburg is the best city in Europe.

care to elaborate?