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Chasing a Unicorn - Which City to Live in Next

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I am trying to figure out which city to live in next. I am 26, American, married to a German, born and raised in Florida, currently living in Oxford, UK, last lived in Tuebingen, Germany, and was an exchange student in Surat, India and Izmir, Turkey (both of which I *loved*, but I'm afraid the experience I had would not prepare me to understand what it would be like living there as an adult immigrant).

I speak German fluently, grew up in a Spanish immersion school (so would be able to speak it very quickly if exposed to it again), and have always found picking up new languages comes very easily to me. My husband is fluent in English and German and is also keen to learn a new language but does not find picking up new languages terribly easy.

I have a BA in anthropology and sociology, have been working for the past 3 years in event management, and am currently studying to get my CELTA (teaching English as a second language) certification. My husband is nearly finished with his DPhil (PhD) in Behavioural Neuroscience, does not want to stay in academia, but is unsure if he wants to stay in research/science.

We of course have many criteria between us that would make up our ideal place to live, but we are realistic and experienced enough to know we will never catch a unicorn. Our most important factors (listed roughly in order of importance) are:

1) Sunshine/warm weather (I know this may seem a strange top priority to some, but I was shocked by the effect that grey, cold weather has on my wellbeing)
2) NOT primarily English speaking (though preferably a language that is not too difficult to learn)
3) Reasonable hopes of gainful employment (availability of jobs and likelihood of earning enough to sustain ourselves)
4) Open/friendly culture (easy to integrate)
5) Safe

If we got to be more choosy we would add:

6) Pet friendly! (I desperately want a dog, but it is incredibly difficult to have one while renting in Oxford)
7) Easy links to Germany to be able to visit family (hence posting in the Europe forum)
8) High quality and affordable food and wine
9) "Liberal minded" culture and policies
10) Big enough city that there's always "something to do" but not surrounded by tourists (should probably also mention there is something about London and Berlin that is too... 'intense', maybe, for us. Not entirely sure how to explain it, but at least among the people we know in these places there is too much emphasis on the need for drugs, alcohol, and a 'raging' night life in order to have a good time. We generally do prefer something lively, but a smaller/quieter town might also be nice if there were good enough transport links to other places or it was affordable to own and maintain a car.)

Likely to stay wherever we go next for 5 years or so, but no set timeline. We will spend the next year preparing for the move, making visits, and figuring out logistics, but we expect for it to be a relatively easy move since we have both lived in a variety of countries before, have very few belongings, and have no children to think about (neither now nor planned for the future).

I found this site while 'Googling' for leads and was truly impressed by Fodor's forum members: knowledgeable, thoughtful, and practical advice is often difficult to come by on the internet, so this seems like a goldmine! Thank you in advance for any help; I look forward to reading what you all have to suggest.

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