Thursday, January 28, 2010

Where would you move your life to?

Just for fun, I'm wondering where each of you would move your life to if you could. Your job, co-workers and family would stay the same, you'd just be moving the exact thing you do to another city (in the same, or another country). Where would you go?

At my meeting at work the other day, we were joking about moving the office to Cancun, Mexico and then someone else suggested Dubai, UAE (I thought that was interesting!).

In choosing, assume that you keep the same quality apartment/house, same friends and family members around you, and disregard any family members that live in any city. Choose based on the city itself and what it has to offer (ambiance, culture, religion, weather, etc.).

MY CHOICE..... Umm... I love where I live, and I'd probably choose something similar here in Canada but I'd love a place where I can hear the adhan and learn Arabic, and not deal with crappy weather *all the time*, but with the same freedoms (going out when I want and being respected and treated well) and luxuries (lots of parks where my daughter can play and easy access to organized activities). I don't think all these things can be found in a city.

SO... I split my choices.

- Vancouver, Canada
- Alexandria, Egypt
I had to edit because I'm really not convinced with my own choices! Maybe I want to go to Honolulu! It's American (and therefore similar to Canada), but it's got its own culture too, which is interesting to me. And beauty!!

17 Comentários:

Jamilah said...

I'd love to live in Mecca... can you imagine being able to see the Kabba all of the time?

Jaytoo said...

The idea of living in a place that supposedly is so much better than where you currently live is totally overrated imho.
Of course, everyone would like to live in a place that's always warm and sunny and to religious people being close to "the center" of their religion is always a plus of course.
But each place has its own advantages and disadvantages. All one really needs is to be surrounded by the ones they love. No matter where that might be.

Anisah said...

Right now I'm thinking SOMEPLACE WARM! I hate winter. It even snowed when I was in Amman.

Somewhere not too cold in the winter, but not too hot in the summer. Such a place probably doesn't exist! California wouldn't work, wouldn't want to be around earthquake.

Anisah, mailing herself south for the winter

ellen557 said...

I think I'd like Bahrain/Kuwait/Qatar... close to the in laws but my own family are still able to visit without visas! Plus, like you said, it's lovely to hear the adhan and have the opportunity to put my Arabic major to good use!

Anonymous said...

I think I'd like someplace warmer ... even though the weather here in Seattle isn't exactly "cold" ... San Diego would be nice. :)

@Anisah - good point ... I'm on an earthquake fault line right now - and if I moved to down to CA I'd still be on one. Just don't see the movie 2012, it's pretty freaky. :p

Susanne said...

I'd love to live in Damascus, Syria. Police state and air quality notwithstanding, I loved that place. :)

Candice said...

Jamilah: That definitely sounds good! I don't know that I'd be willing to make a committment to Saudi though. But I'd love to go, and even for an extended period.

Jaytoo: I thought it was a fun idea. If you don't find it fun, no need to participate!

Anisah: Yes, after having wind blown in my face and the inability to take a breath, I definitely want a bit of warmth!

Ellen: Those sound pretty good. I'd definitely like to visit!

Aynur: Again, warmth... Man, the -30 celcius wind in my face this morning was really not cool! lol.

Sus: Thanks for your place! I also want to visit there! I want to visit everywhere :)

Stephanie said...

Probably Seattle near my Dad and the mountains. I love Vancouver too. The Middle East is waaay down on my list. I also hate the heat and much prefer colder climates (much more hijabi friendly).

Jamilah said...

If I had to choose a non Muslim country I'd probably go to the UK... My father was British and they seem to have a nice Muslim community there. I've also been a few times and its just different enough from the US to be cool :)

I know 2 sisters that recently moved to KSA and love it... but I can understand that it would be a big change that would take some getting used to.

Hubby said...

New Zealand would be great due to the weather, but I have to agree with Jaytoo that wherever the family is has to be the best place. I don't understand the negatism Candice seems to bring.

caraboska said...

I like Krakow, Poland. But for those who can't hack minus 20 Celsius and lower in the winter, how about Cremona, Italy? Weather like San Francisco - perfect for violins - and not on a fault line that I know of :)

Cecilia said...

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Candice said...

Jamilah: I think the UK would be on my list too. I like that it's so much closer to the middle east than Canada, and that it seems to have a lot of Muslims.

Caraboska: There are so many places I'd love to visit, but I couldn't live there because of the language barrier. So many countries had to be eliminated because of that. I know myself and I wouldn't want to learn any other language than Arabic so I limit myself to countries with a majority of French, English or Arabic. Italy would be on my list. And I'm pretty sure Malaysia too, but honestly I don't know that that much about Malaysia.

Naseem said...

I was very excited to see you chose Alexandria, Egypt! I've been wracking my brains trying to find an arabic program there with quality instructors. Let me know if you hear of any! Looks so beautiful there...

caraboska said...

I understand that there are at least places in Malaysia with good infrastructure, good value for money price-wise, English widely spoken.

halida03 said...

Oh, I love Alexandria!!
But imho Egyptians are not the friendliest people I had ever met!

Candice said...

I loved Alexandria when I was there. I actually felt it was more polite than it was in Cairo. In Cairo, all the people I directly had contact with were very nice, but random people on the street were often rude. Pushing to get into the bus before me, cutting in line at the metro, never offering a seat (at the time when I took the metro most often, I was always feeling ill and even had to just crouch in the middle of the train because I couldn't stand).

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