Do you love where you live? Some like their home towns spotless, with neat tree-lined streets, sophisticated restaurants and orderly traffic; others can’t bear the tedium of tidiness and crave a little madness in their lives.
A list of the best cities in the world to live in is about to be published by Monocle magazine.
I’ve seen the list, and without giving the game away — the results are to be announced on Sunday — I reckon they’re a bit tame. But then my choice in urban environments has always been a little unusual.
I’ve lived in Lagos, and get a huge buzz every time I return there. And yes, I know that it’s very polluted and has a reputation for the worst traffic jams on the planet – but that’s half the fun.
I’ve lived in Delhi, and that has a madness all its own. But the life and the colours of its street markets, the narrow alleyways of its old city, the rickshaws, the mopeds hurtling by, engines whining at top speed make it a very special place.
I’ve lived in Maputo. Where, you say? Mozambique’s capital has (i’d strongly argue) the best, freshest, sea-food anywhere in the world; the prawns caught just offshore in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are to die for, grilled on an open barbeque in a beach cafe, washed down with a locally brewed beer.
None of these cities, it won’t surprise you to know, feature in Monocle’s list of the top places to live (or visit). But in my book, they should. Where’s top of your list and why? Let us know…
We’ve got the editor of Monocle on The World Today on Sunday and he’ll tell us the winner – and what he thinks of your suggestions.