Jan 22, 2007
Where Would You Like to Live?
Melbourne, Australia looks really good right now, advertising their sunny and metropolitan self while I creep around a cold and wet Hillsborough.
When I imagine a place I'd like to live for a while, the first thing I think of is good people. I'd like to live among people with hope, imagination, and progressive ideals.
Geography is important, too. I like warm weather, lots of vegetation, and mountains and/or water.
With good people and geography, I'd also hope for a place that's made for walking, not just driving. I don't worry much whether a place is metropolitan or small-town, as long as I can get to its complement without too long a trip.
Here are some places where I could see myself staying long enough to become invested in the community (if only seasonally, where weather is a concern):
...that I've visited:
- San Francisco
- Guadalajara, MX
- Small towns in British Columbia, Canada
...that I've seen on screen or imagined:
- Some quirky, tiny town in the American southwest where I could live like Joel Fleischman in Northern Exposure, except warm. And less uptight. (Me, not the town.)
- A small town on the Mediterranean coast, but probably not in Albania.
This strikes me as a fairly small list, which makes me think I ought to get out more. I do have a much longer list of places I'd like to visit for extended stays -- and as I visit, perhaps I'll find more places that look like places to live, longer-term. Until then, I'll see you right here!
How about you?
Note 1: picture from Wikipedia.
Note 2: Great places I have enjoyed living but don't need to return to, except for vacation:
The most important parts describe every place I've lived.
One problem with moving is it just gives you one more place to be homesick for. I've said that before. But I'll say it again.
Posted by: Emily | Jan 22, 2007 2:22:15 AM
Fortunately you can pass on Albania - its coast is on the Adriatic adjoining the Ionian Sea. But for that sunny Mediterranean coastline may we suggest Libya? For sure any country with Lib as part of its name will be liberal and liberating and offer that hopeful, imaginative, and progressive ambience you crave. Just think of Liberia.
Posted by: Charles | Jan 22, 2007 2:53:53 AM
Well, you know me, Phil. I think I'd go for small town Catalunya, Spain. Room for gardens, near enough to Barcelona to get my big city fix... actually you've inspired a blog post.
Posted by: Stew | Jan 22, 2007 9:07:27 AM
Places I've been that I love that I could live in very happily:
Auckland, New Zealand. San Francisco, US. Edinburgh, Scotland. Georgetown, Penang. Locarno, Switzerland. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here.
Places I want to go because I think I would like to live there:
Rekjavik, Iceland. Oslo, Norway. Vancouver, BC. Kashmir, India. Quebec, Canada. Tasmania, Australia. Actually, it's a pretty endless list
Posted by: Marianne | Jan 22, 2007 9:21:18 AM
Hm. Not sure that worked. At any rate, I wrote about where I'd like to live. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Posted by: Stew | Jan 22, 2007 11:41:55 AM
i'd like to live in daniel craig's lap.
Posted by: mykull | Jan 22, 2007 10:18:49 PM
I once was trash-talking, pun intended, about a city I had been to, Casablanca, to a housemate. I told him about the huge pile of garbage on the crumbling sidewalk running along the Atlantic shore and leading to that country's biggest mosque. He put his hands over his ears. He said he didn't want to hear about garbage and plastic bags blowing in the sky because he dreamed of going to Samarkand someday, and he feared that that city would host grimy realities like Casablanca. That housemate -- now there was someone who knew about dreams. He would never be able to return to his beloved Columbia because he had been forced by organized crime to leave. What he missed most about his home, he said, were the servants. One day he was startled, in our yard, by the sound of a motorcyclist pulling into our driveway and turning around. "That's how they do it in my country," he said. "They drive by like this and --" he made a little puffing noise in his cheeks to represent, I gathered, a shooting. I miss him making rice and jasmine tea, which he showed me how to make, standing by to make sure I didn't steep it too much. He called me "murcielago.' I liked living where he was living.
Posted by: El | Jan 23, 2007 12:45:51 AM
Marianne -- Iceland looks so cool (NPI). Mykull's friend Dave has a cool bunch of photos from one of his biz trips there (covering an international music fest):
Dave's Virginian friend Adrienne lives/lived there and used to blog a bit, but alas no more. Or else I just lost track of the site. Her pictures were amazing: snow-covered streets and homes lighted grey-blue at Iceland-winter dusk; or brightly lit days with incredible blues and greens, and everyone wearing tons of down. A little intimidating to me (whose whole body pulls into a tight ball when cold). And still beautiful.
Posted by: Phil | Jan 25, 2007 4:19:23 PM
Mykull. I imagine there's a long line for Daniel Craig's lap. Indeed, you've given me this "princess and the pea" image of three dozen guys all stacked one atop the other with Daniel Craig at the bottom. The person at the top would prove his princeliness by expressing discomfort (or joy) from Daniel Craig's erection felt all the way through the big stack of guys.
Posted by: Phil | Jan 25, 2007 4:21:27 PM
I think also maybe Budapest. Or Prague, depending on income and whether it's possible to break into the impromptu street theater scene. And Berlin. And two that I haven't visited extensively or at all: Vancouver and Krakow.
Posted by: Dave | Feb 10, 2007 2:45:34 PM