Tim Holloway wrote:
Harry Kar wrote:
I actually live in a Mediterranean place where salaries are really negligible for the majority of people here and taxes are sproportionately very high.
So, Greece? )
But I thought most such countries people deal with high taxes by dodging them.
Yep, sounds like Florida, the State that Air Conditioning Made Possible.
Harry Kar wrote:Actually climate is cold (4°C outside) we're in winter and humidity is relatively high(i hate high humidity I wasn't able to live in a city e.g. Palermo Sicily without air-conditionig; there you have 70-90% and 35-40°C in summer impossible to cope with without some aids like an air conditioner; likewise in the winter temperature is not too low but humidity "lower it" too much . I remember when was younger a place near Vienna Austria dunno what humidity was(very very low) back then but impress me the fact that i needed only 3 hours of sleeping to equate the normal 7-8hours; i loved that)
It really is the humidity, not the heat. The record high temperature for Tampa, for example, is only 99°F. Or at least it was until recently. All bets are off now. But you can die from the insufferable heat in Tampa. Afternoon rains up here are usually about 5PM. Down there, it always seemed to simply get hotter and hotter - and muggier and muggier - as the sun went down until the whole world was a steaming dark blanket.
It's about 4°C outside right now. We're at the bottom of a cold snap and it's just about dawn. Although normal around here in the previous century would have been closer to 0. I used to expect the first serious freeze about December 24. Last year, I think I ran air conditioning in January. If not, at least was severely tempted to. And I like it a lot warmer than most people.
It's warmer on this side. The Gulf of Mexico is one big shallow solar-heated bathtub. Warm water leaves it and wraps around Southern Florida, passing up the state in the Gulf Stream, and eventually makes Europe a lot warmer that its latitude would otherwise warrant. Most Atlantic hurricanes come from either the Sahara or from the Southern Caribbean, move West, then North, then East and eventually become sub-tropical, often dumping on England and Ireland.
Harry Kar wrote:Hopefully here in EU we haven't all that bad(and dangerous) natural phenomena thunderstorms, hurricanes and the likel and yes beaches are here too nice places ever and above all you can find beaches with warm waters too (i remember Atlantic was too cold for my taste) ;)
But I think one storm did try to barrel up the Mediterranean last Summer.
Harry Kar wrote:That one looks weird ; Scandinavia has the best State of Justice system world wide AFAIK so far and they go to N.America and we Mediterraneans go there(Scandinavia) makes no sense to me
Well, a map a few years back showed that the #1 state that Floridians emigrated to was Alaska. There's a change for you. But a lot of the immigrants came here in the 1800s and earlier and they often picked a place with similar climate and farming conditions to what they knew back home. Cincinnati was popular with Germans because it reminded them of the Rhine valley. Locally we have a lot of Arabs, but they're not Muslim, they're descendants of Christian (Orthodox) emigrants from Ramallah. Ramallah back then was minority-muslim but prosperous, so a lot of people established business interests elsewhere and eventually moved. Only recently have we had an influx of Muslims, but a lot of them are not Arab, they're Pakistani, Bangla, or SE Asian.
Obviously many people like New York. It has culture, lots of business. And pizza.
That's because they bring the best food!
Harry Kar wrote:Italians are spread everywhere
Canada is a great country.
Harry Kar wrote:we leaved out Alaskan's and Canadians but that's for the next trip
Too cold for tropical me, though.