Re: Eat her dust Germany and Finland !



On Aug 26, 11:59 pm, hol...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Eugene Holman) wrote:

It's a matter of personal preference. If someone asks me what
qualities I would associate with living in the "best" country - minus
40C wind chill factors for significant chunks of the yearly calendar
wouldn't help the ranking.

The change of seasons is invigorating. And this summer we have had
virtually perfect weather with temperatures between 20° and 30° C since
mid-May. Sound building, undergroung shopping malls, and efficient public
transportation make the winter quite livable.

Nice temps through summer ? All 4 weeks of it ? :)

To be honest, Helsinki is on my list of places to visit. Renting a car
and driving south along the Baltic coast is a trip I will take one of
these days.

That's a bit of a contradiction. The best country
to live in would logically be one that you don't want to leave, no ?

No. You could never appreciate the positive and see the negative in your
own country if living there made you so complacent that you lacked the
incentive or curiosity to broaden your horizons by travel.

Well, the relative compactness of Europe makes this type of discovery
easy. The America's are quite different. Australia even more so. Maybe
part of the reason why Europe did so well in that list was its
diversity.

Given the current Baltic migration to places elsewhere - they must be
one of the most focused appreciators of broadening ones horizons..I'll
have to use that..


But what if the economy was terrible, the politics corrupt, the men
possessive to the point of murderousness of what they regarded as their
women, a rigid caste system assigning you to a station in life at birth
that you could not escape from, and closed borders? Some of the more
salubrious parts of the former USSR (e.g. the Crimean Peninsula) would
have fulfilled most of your requirements (secluded, sparse population,
climate and sunshine, more bikini-clad and well endowed young women
strutting their stuff than you could ever imagine, great local wines,
including champagne, fine restaurants (although often poorly managed or
requiring a bribe to enter), and ample opportunities and infrastructure
for a wide range of outdoor activities), but social mobility was limited,
the politics were dictatorial and corrupt, and travel, even to another
part of the country, extremely difficult.


Even worse - no golf courses...

And Champagne is a place - not a wine per se. Champagne produces
champagne. Crimean sparkling wine - while quite excellent - isn't
champagne. It's the law !
.



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