The Saddest, but the 2nd Best

There are a couple of things I have been sitting on due to lack of time to share. As it often happens, when I hold on to one thing, something associated however weakly, comes to my attention to form a bridge between the two.

This is quoted from Hungary Around the Clock

Hungary Scores Low On Happiness
“Hungary ranks 110th, behind Iraq, Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bangladesh and Laos in the listings of countries put together in the UN’s latest World Happiness Report. The happiest peoples are the Danes, Norwegians and the Swiss.

The prevalence of corruption and absence of generosity are particularly disappointing in Hungary. Hungary also scored poorly in perceptions of freedom to make life choices.”

Today, I read that Condé Nast Traveler announced its 26th annual Reader Choice Awards.
Again quoting from the source

World’s best cities
The “Top 25 Cities in the World” list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings — Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.

Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year’s favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year). Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.
 
Top cities in the world
1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2.= Budapest, Hungary
2.= Florence, Italy
4. Salzburg, Austria
5.= Charleston, South Carolina, United States
5.= San Sebastián, Spain
7. Vienna, Austria
8. Rome
9. Siena, Italy
10. Québec City
11.= Cape Town, South Africa
11.= Bruges, Belgium
13. Vancouver, Canada
14. Kyoto, Japan
15.= Prague, Czech Republic
15.= Kraków, Poland
17.= Victoria, Canada
17.= Sydney
17.= Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
20.= Seville, Spain
20.= Beirut, Lebanon
22.= Paris
22.= Melbourne, Australia
24.= Venice, Italy
24.= Barcelona, Spain

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