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World’s Most Underrated/Overrated Cities

World’s Most Underrated/Overrated Cities

I’ve been to a lot of cities in my time. Some of them were amazing! Spectacular! Awe-inspiring! Dazzling! Spectacular! And some of them were dismaying! Disappointing! Regrettable! Upsetting! Boring! Did anyone used to read thesauri for fun when they were little, or was it just me? Anyways.
World’s Most Overrated Cities:
1. Paris- Just photoshop yourself into a picture of the Eiffel Tower and be done with it. There’s so many other cool cities in France! Oh, people will try to tell you otherwise. Being in Paris is like being a part of history! Well, I got news for you- you are part of history, whether in Paris or on your couch. Skip the capital of France, it’s not worth it.
2. Barcelona- My mom nearly disowned me for writing this. She’s a big fan- mostly because of Gaudi. He had style, sure. But a few nice buildings don’t balance out bad food! I was in Barcelona 5 days, and didn’t have a single good meal. I also went to see some flamenco. Sad! You’d be better off in Segovia or Consuegra.
3. Los Angeles- If you aren’t a movie star, you’re going to have a bad time. Actually, even if you ARE a movie star, you’re probably going to have a bad time. They always look so miserable! It’s living in LA, I’m telling you. You see, there really isn’t anything to do. I mean, you could go see the walk of fame, or universal studios. Take a selfie with the Hollywee- I mean, Hollywood sign. But there’s so many other cool places in California! Don’t waste your time in LA when you could be, well, anywhere else.
4. Las Vegas- Don’t want to see a show or gamble? Well, you’re out of luck. There used to be a great zoo (I was bitten by a peacock, which I now use to justify everything I do), but that closed. I mean, I guess you could just meander around hotels the whole time you’re there, but that gets old kind of fast. I have a theory about the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”- the tourism department decided they weren’t making enough money, and started that, so that everyone would think that Vegas was a fun and exciting place! It’s brainwashing, I’m telling ya.
5. Frankfurt, Germany- A couple of years ago, when I was in Germany, I was in a little town called Beuron for a wedding. I loved Beuron, it was so beautiful! Foolish American that I am, I left a day early to go to Frankfurt. Bad, bad idea. Maybe it was just the stark contrast to Beuron, which is right on the edge of the Black Forest, but Frankfurt was dirty, industrial, and had awful food. Stick to the little towns in Germany- don’t waste your time here.
(I bet I just made a lot of enemies in those cities)
UNDERRATED:
1. Lisbon: This is possibly the most underrated city in the world. When you think of Portugal, you probably think of… soccer? I’m not calling it football, and you can’t make me. Lisbon, or Lisboa, is probably my favorite place in the world to visit. If you want to get out of the city (I don’t see why you’d want to, though, it has so much fun stuff! Killer aquarium.), there’s a bunch of cool places a couple of hours drive away. Sao Jorge Castle gives great views of Lisbon, Belem Tower has a great pastis place nearby (more on this later), and Evora is beautiful! Evora is a cute lil town, packed with Roman ruins. I once at 60 cucumber slices and 40 tomato slices there. I was 8. Speaking of food, if you went to Portugal and didn’t eat pastis, did you even go to Portugal? Don’t ask me what pastis are. Just eat them.
2. Beiruit- If someone asked you where the most beautiful place on the Mediterranean was, you’d probably say somewhere in Greece. Maybe Morocco. Nyet! Wrong country, I know. But Beiruit is a must see. Byblos, Baalbeck, and Jeita Grotto are all, well, a bunch of rocks, but very pretty rocks! It also has museums. I can’t tell you much about those- Lebanon is such a beautiful country, you’ll want to stay outdoors the whole time you’re there!
3. Wilmington, Delaware- I bet you if I hadn’t added the state, none of you fine people would know where I was talking about. Come to think of it, even after I added the state, I bet half of you still don’t know where it is (So help me, if I hear one more “Dela-where?” joke…). Wilmington gets way too little attention- there’s a lot of fun places and things to do! You can visit the historic Hotel DuPont (wonderful brunch), the Brandywine zoo, or any of the quaint little museums (There’s an art, children’s, and a sports museum!). Plus, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC are all day trips!
4. Madrid- Barcelona gets all the credit! Most people think of Madrid mostly as a center of political and industrial affairs- kind of like Frankfurt, Germany. Let me tell y’all now- get those ideas out of your heads, philistines. From the regal Plaza Mayor to the Golden Triangle of Art (three amazing and huge museums a five minute walk from each other), you need at least a week to see the city. If you’re staying longer, make a day trip to Segovia, Consuegra, or Toledo- well worth your time! The food in Madrid is also really good, and it’s a very vegetarian- friendly city. I speak from experience, I went with two vegetarians!
5. Amsterdam- Way too many people overlook this adorable little city. I really can’t think of a better word- it’s the most adorable place you’ll ever visit. Very rude ducks (A couple of ducks laughed at me there. It was a deeply scarring experience), but lovely food and people! The first day I was there, I was jet-lagged, cranky, and eight. At the restaurant where we had breakfast, through some circumstance of events, I got buttered toast with chocolate sprinkles. Those sprinkles. I must’ve eaten a pound of them in the four days we were there. They weren’t like any other chocolate sprinkles I had ever eaten- each tiny sprinkle was like a bit of delicious chocolate. But there’s more to Amsterdam than ducks and sprinkles (although, you wouldn’t gather that from talking to me). If you like biking, you’re going to love Amsterdam! Everyone is on bikes there. Some highlights are the zoo, windmills (okay, so they’re a bit outside Amsterdam, but that’s alright), and all the museums!