Where Western Europe decided to legalize human nature
Why you'd want to work there: Well, first of all, do Southern Europeans ever seem like they're working? One day of you doing your hyper-American work-ethic, no-napping thang, and you'll top what the local competition will accomplish in a week. Dollars buy a lot of euros these days, leaving you time and cash for you to dive into what really makes this World Heritage City tick: chill, fit people enjoying -- not rushing through -- life. You don't even need an office space here, as cafe culture has always been the way. You won't need a car either, as Porto was established (as most ancient cities were) as a walker's wonderland (updated to include a steady wireless signal).
Why you'd want to live there: Strive to be a frontline worker in the battle against shitty workplaces. The Portuguese like Americans, and you won't get the French-style thumbs-down for not speaking the native tongue. Plus you'll be in good international company as tourists and expats find their paces. You'll have organic food and wine without the US-style price hike, and slingshot distance from the Atlantic, you'll have mind-blowingly fresh, delicious, and affordable seafood dishes. Across the river from the old town, the Yeatman Hotel may be steep, but it's worth a happy hour visit to Dick's Bar, where you might catch a sexy Euro royal at leisure (then kiss that day job tchau). The 83-room, 30,000-bottle-strong wine hotel clings to a landscaped hillside and its halls double as a museum -- the Yeatmans have been a trading family since 1692 and their collection includes a wineglass-sampling anthology dating to 800 BC. Take your time, and truly relax for a change. -- Bruce Northam, American Detour