i was talking with a friend who is currently in the middle of rotations for medical school, and her rotations are taking her everywhere: vermont, west palm beach, maine. and after my weekend in new orleans, i got to thinking about living in new and different places. if i could live anywhere - anywhere in the us and the world, no matter how impractical - where would i go? for america the answer came pretty easily to me - savannah or charleston. both of these cities and their deep south cultures fascinate me, along with the fact that the people who live there provide very colorful entertainment. i probably wouldn't be able to get a job i liked there, or i might have trouble fitting in, but whatever - this experiment is about impracticality. if you could live somewhere and make it work financially and all that good stuff, where would it be. i love nyc, and i'd love to live in nashville again, but i'm just saying - it would be beyond cool to try my hand at charleston or savannah.
outside of america it's a bit harder. while living on the coast of italy sounds amazing and relaxing and delicious, i do think i'd get a bit bored after while. then i thought i could go with a place in asia - i think i'd really be pushing myself to try something new - and tokyo sprung to mind. the fashion, creativity, food (holy sushi!) would be so different and provide so many new experiences - but i've never been there. i'd like to wet my toes before jumping in the pool, ya know?
therefore, i'm going with madrid.
i went to madrid the summer after graduation and fell head over heels with that city. the rest of spain that i saw also won my heart. in madrid i could have amazing food and a completely different culture, and would discover completely new parts of the country, too, with weekend sojourns.
isn't day dreaming fun? i just went from savoring a bowl of shrimp and grits in charleston to taking a siesta in spain. what about you - where would you like to live?