Hello, fellas! There's a lot going on in my life and odds are that I'll be venturing into legal translation. If these projects I'm looking into do work out, I plan on spending some time in either UK or Ireland, in order to sharpen my fluency in English. I might even sit an ILEC (International Legal English Certificate) exam while I'm there. The main reason for my choice for an European country, despite the temptation of gear-whoring possibilities in North America, is that my sister lives in Italy, so I'd like to be closer to her. I also happen to like British/Irish accent a tad bit better Here's what I have to consider: I'd be working online for Brazilian (and perhaps Indian) clients, so, local economy, job opportunities, and difficulties of issuing a working visa aren't really a big deal. I'll be taking cost of living into account, however. I won't be spending that much time, actually. Depending on how my prospective contracts go, it would be from 1 to 3 months - I don't think I actually need anytime longer than that. Besides, I couldn't stay for longer than that anyway, at least not before I acquired my Portuguese nationality, which isn't likely to happen prior to my trip. My boyfriend would be coming with me. That means the more liberal the better, which I assume it means I should look for larger city centers (or rather, centres). Social life is a must! I want to talk to as much people as possible. It's a language-improving trip, after all. Weather is kind of an issue because there's a good chance I'd be going by the end of winter/beginning of spring. While I do love cold, I have to consider if social life disappears on winter or something. I've only been to Europe in winter, in central Italy and Paris, both of which remained vibrant as it was. It was February, though, and likely not nearly as cold as the UK/Ireland (the lowest I've felt was -1º C/30º F). That said, I admit I hold Scotland and Ireland in high regard, if only for the reputation of having warmer people. Being Brazilian and all, I assume the cultural shock would be slightly smoother. But I don't know; I've never been to any of those. So, ss.org, what is your opinion?