I think that even though nothing works propebry here you are very close - via very cheap flights to all of europe that London really is a very good choice. I have lived in London for 14 years and am constantly finding new places to go. Housing can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. It is very common to rent a room in a shared house and you will have an instant social life. There are also lots of people who will take you out after work and introduce you to new places, esp if you are working for a big company. The weather is crap and the transport VERY frustrating but the culture and cosmopolitian mix here does make it a bgreat place to spend a few years. Having said all that we are hoping to be in HK by the end of this year !!!