america's cell service blows. i never dropped a call in europe, in about 8 different countries/places. i can barely use my mobile around where i live here, and Verizon is supposed to be one of the better networks, vis a vis coverage.
i love it when posts like this drag out the "america - love it or leave it" crowd.
Vancouver was high on my list of places when I emigrated out of the UK. It's beautiful and right next to Whistler too! Lucky you if you live there. I love my city too.
Ah here we are:
Asia : The best and worst of both worlds
Alongside Canada, Australia is has some of the most liveable places in the world. Melbourne is ranked joint second overall with a rating of just 2%. Perth, Adelaide and Sydney join Zurich, Toronto and Calgary in joint 5th place with ratings of 3%. Just below this is Brisbane in joint 11th place. Elsewhere in the region cities in Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan all offer a good standard of living, with a humid climate bringing scores down slightly.
Yeah, we do get more than our fair share of wind, and quite a bit of rain. Still, the wind makes the rain dry out super quick, and the riding is excellent. To a greater extent than nearly any other city I've lived in you don't have to worry about crime too much either. The big thing here is Earthquakes. Wellington is on a big fault line, just like SF.
http://www.geonet.org.nz/ Have a look at 'recent quakes'. We get quite a few... Everyone is constantly aware of the possibility of the 'big one', just like SF.
Right on, yeah we have some problems, but so do most large poplous countries, most of "the whiners" suffer from the grass is always greener complex. Don't get me wrong Canada, Australia, and parts of Europe are nice, but I am content right here in the U.S.A..
People also confuse saying "X" place is great with saying "I don't think America is as good as 'X' place" and get way too spun up if someone thinks they're as good or better than America.
World's a big place, with LOTS of cool places to be and things to do and people to meet (and a bunch of really ****ty places to be, too). And I'm glad the US government is sending me around to see it all...
And most citizens of most countries bitch endlessly about their own government until a foreigner enters the conversation. Or until an Aussie baits them into frothery.