Monday, August 27, 2012

The Places I'd Settle Down

      It's getting to be that time when Steven and I are talking about future plans. After we finally graduate from college, where will we go? Where will we buy a house, put down roots, and really call home for more than a few months or a year? Essentially we will go where the jobs are, but talking about it has certainly got me dreaming. I've compiled a list of places all over the world that I could see us living in - some of which I've never even visited. It should be noted that this post is inspired by a list put together by my friend Izy on her blog, which if fabulous.

New York, New York

     First off, I am mortified that I can not find any original photos of New York. The last time I was there was in 2009 and I guess I was just not yet a serial documenter like I am now. For the sake of this blog post...yes, documenter is now totally a word. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York about an hour or so outside of the city and spent a lot of time there. As a preteen I moved to Southern California, but still found myself back in NYC for one reason or another at least once per year.
     Like clockwork, every time I'm there I get sucked back into the magic that is New York and begin planning out how I will be able to move there. The honking of taxi cabs, the food carts, the hole in the wall restaurants, the architecture...I'm a city girl at heart, and how can a city girl not love the big apple?
     I dream from time to time about a cute shoebox apartment above a bakery in Brooklyn with exposed brick walls (and if we're really dreaming here, a rooftop terrace!) And since it's me we're talking about and I can't go five minutes without talking about food: The New Yorker in me can not keep from salivating when I think of white pizza, bagels with lox, and pastrami sandwiches. Kill me now and send me to tastebud heaven. (P.S. We are visiting New York again this winter! Hoorary!)

San Francisco, CA

        Okay, so, I'm gonna talk about food again. San Francisco has amazing food. They're very big on the farm-to-table movement up there and I've never had better vegan and vegetarian food than in the Bay Area. Don't get me wrong; I'm a meat lover. Give me a juicy burger any day of the week and I'm a happy, happy girl. Still, there are so many options in San Francisco for fresh, healthy, delicious meals you really can't go wrong. I have far-out-there dreams of perhaps being a journalist someday and there's something incredibly romantic to me about being a writer in thriving SanFran. I love the trolleys, the hills, the golden gate bridge and the incredible nature you can find waiting for you just outside the city.

Montpellier, France

       My trip to Paris in 2010 temporarily darkened my opinion of France. All it took was five days in Montpellier, a lovely little university town in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France to completely change my mind. Suddenly I loved France again! Like Paris, Montpellier had gorgeous French style architecture. It didn't have hoards of tourists, overpriced food and jaded locals who turned up their nose at you. People were friendly, the food was delicious, and the weather was warm and sunny which reminded me of my Southern California home. I would love to live here in a charming little flat, learning French and going on enough runs to justify eating a crêpe a day. 

Ventura, CA

        I spent the second half of my life in Ventura County, California but about 40 minutes outside of the actual city of Ventura. While certainly less metropolitan than one would expect from a city lover like me, there is something so cool and laid back about Ventura I can't help but love it. I have very fond memories here, from riding the carousel and playing air hockey in the arcade on the harbor, to perusing the city's many incredible thrift stores with my friends (The Buffalo Exchange is certainly my favorite.) to eating the best fish and chips I've ever had in my entire life (and I've had them in England.) Ventura is a place I would love to settle down someday, especially since my family is nearby and the area is very safe and kid-friendly. 

Berlin, Germany

        I spent a weekend in Berlin in 2010 and it wasn't enough. I fell in love with this city fast and hard. Berlin is infectious, it's vibrant, rich in culture and history and it's just plain fun. It is a city that has been to hell and back yet is still thriving, dancing and shouting at the top of its lungs and I LOVE IT. There is an incredible art and music scene and the museums are just about unbeatable. And food? Doener Kebap was invented here. Oh Berlin, you certainly had me at Kebap.


        I have never been to Singapore (or Asia for that matter) but the more I read about it the more I believe I must move here one day, if only for a year or two. It's metropolitan, it's beautiful, and I've heard from multiple sources that the food is the best in the world (That alone should be enough for me to pack my bags and go right there.) English is widely spoken, and as expats we would find the first world comforts we're used to having in Europe or America while being smack dab in the middle of Southeast Asia. I am in love with the idea of being able to take weekend trips to Bali, Malaysia or Thailand and then returning home to a cool flat in downtown Singapore. And have we talked about the food yet? We have? MY GOODNESS THE FOOD. 

Honorable mentions for places I'd like to live include: 
Chicago, Illinois 
Portland, Oregon 
Copenhagen, Denmark 
Johannesburg, South Africa 
and San Diego, California

Where do you live? Do you love it? Where would you move if you could? 


engquist said...

My list has changed a lot in the last year after we moved to Cyprus. My exotic dreams have been reigned in and I find myself longing for places in western Europe, like Paris, London, or Frankfurt, mainly for their familiar lifestyles and ease of travel back to the States. Despite that, I'm awfully fond of Cyprus and find it hard to think of living anywhere else long-term.

bhrett @ lost in relocation said...

For me there is nothing like Fort Collins CO. It actually makes me all teary-eyed thinking about how close we were to moving there last year, and how I let money get it the way and ended up in NY...

I would also consider Quebec, Burlington VT, Sunnydale CA, Portland OR, Portland ME, or anywhere in the west really.

jackie said...

oh my gosh, yes to Montpelier! it's so pretty there ans so relaxed. I lived right by Nice last summer and it was beautiful.

also, yes to New York. I'm not a total city girl, but NYC takes my heart every time I go and I wouldn't mind trying it there for a year.

and Austin, TX is on our list. We're actually planning to move there next year! they have GREAT food, so much live music and it's warm all year long. so perfect.

Kattrina said...

I grew up all over the world (Japan, Italy, Greece, England, Honduras) and am now content to settle in small-town America. We hope to one day move from the DC area to Vermont. Crazy stuff, right!

My cousin lives in Singapore and her husband owns a restaurant (Luke's Oyster Bar) if you ever make it there. They have been there six years and love it.

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

This is a great list! My husband and I currently live in Tahoe, but we're hoping to ended up in Portland, Oregon :)

Kristina said...

Right now I live in Constance, Germany. It's a pretty little town but way too touristy for my liking. Which means I'll only live there temporarily. Since I still have to finish school while living in Germany I'm thinking about moving to Berlin or to Lüneburg. My thoughts about Berlin equal yours so I don't have to say more about that. And Lüneburg is the town my heart is drawn to. Although I've never been there before. I can't explain it but I feel like I need to live there some day. Or maybe going back to Colorado. That would be lovely too :)

Lisa said...

South Africa would welcome you guys with open arms.....

Ginny said...

great list!
i would move back to san fran immediately if i could afford living in The Mission. i LOVED living there. all the mexican food, the thirft stores,...!
My bf and i have talked about moving to stockholm or copenhagen, but right now we really enjoy living in vienna!

Megan said...

i did a post like this a while back and never published it (surprise surprise). and of course, singapore was on there :) i could SO live obsessed.

my other places are DC (where im from basically), berlin, warsaw, stockholm, and charleston SC. really, i could live in any european capital. except paris...i hate paris :(

Michelle said...

I'd like to move to Hawaii. Beach living would be my dream.

Elle said...

i live in san diego! but i would move to austin, texas in a heartbeat! i love cities and my boyfriend is more of a country guy so it would be nice to have the best of both. otherwise, we would love to go to italy.

Lauren said...

I think it would be so neat to live in another country. Not necessiarly permanently, but for a few years. It seems like people who live overseas have many more opportunities to travel. That would be amazing!

I've never been to NY, even though I live on the East Coast. I'm not sure if I want to - I've heard it's a fun place, but dirty, croweded, and touristy. Not sure if I'd like that.

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Ashlee said...

San Diego is Beautiful - but if you've lived here your whole life like I have...You itch to leave.

I'd move to Wilmington, North Carolina in a heart beat!!

-Ashlee Michelle

San said...

My husband is from Ventura. I love it. I also love San Francisco and San Diego. Oh, and Boston. But I'd really like to settle down in Cologne some day.

Ashley Anderson said...

my grandparents were born in Copenhagen!!

I've lived in Salt Lake and it was a beautiful experience, but I'm such a California girl that it did not feel like home.. I'd like to stay in Thousand Oaks cause we're so close to everything! Beach, Temple, Zoo, 6Flags/Hurricane Harbor/Carpenteria/Disneyland... etc. but we;re trying to move to Ventura for who knows how long. Maybe just a couple of years.. like 5? and then move into a house :)

Reccewife said...

I have never been to New York, but it seems so exciting and I love the idea of the cute apartment with the veranda.... sigh. I believe my time for that is done, it seems much less cute when picturing it with 3 kids running around. Maybe when I retire :).
I live in Canada and it's a fabulous place, you should definately add some of our cities to the list! Kingston is a beautiful small city, Calgary is pretty great with a view of the mountains, and well, small PEI is an amazing ocean island province :)

Lindsey said...

We currently live in Costa Rica, which is a beautiful country with so much to offer but.. I love, love, love New York and would totally live there if I could afford it!

Jenna said...

YAY Johannesburg! So glad it made the list of honourable mentions and refreshing to see Jo'burg instead of Cape Town for a change (although CT is also amazing!).

Places I'd love to live:
San Francisco
Boulder. CO
New York
Cape Town
Jo'burg (yay!)


Kelsea Echo said...

Love this post! So many excellent choices. I was born in San Francisco but mostly remember growing up in Portland, OR. Both excellent places!

I would love to live somewhere in Italy for a year. That was my dream for a while... I'm not sure it's ever going to happen now, but it sure is fun to dream. =)

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Stopping by via Nicole's. :) Loving your blog and this post means so much to me. Ahhhh, traveling...I am in love with Berlin and as you said it is infectious and vibrant. More than I would have ever imagined. I used to live in Ventura so I know exactly what you mean...its laid back feeling and it being so tiny amazes me every time. I miss it dearly and would move back in a second if I could. I live in Orange County now, but originally I am from Switzerland. Big differences...big changes, good and bad. So traveling back and forth has been an annual adventure, and just leaves me speechless sometimes because I'm merely taking mental pictures! :)

Mimi said...

these are such wonderful places! i love new york and san francisco! :D i live in los angeles, and i absolutely love it here! if i could live anywhere else in the world though, i'd live in london! :D

<3, Mimi

Jenny said...

Well, I'm from Portland, so I'm kinda biased...but I love it and hope to move back sometime soon!

Lucy Jane said...

My husband and I lived in Chicago when we first graduated college. It is such a fun city to live! How exciting...I loved this time of life.

V said...

I would have to choose San Francisco. It is my favorite place in California . Not sure if I could love in another country I guess with some adjusting.


Sara Louise said...

NYC is on my dream list too.
And here's something good to know about Montpellier... there's a large IBM office there and a Dell one :)

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

I didn't know you are from Ventura County!! I went to college in Santa Barbara and grew up in San Luis Obispo :)
This is always such a tricky question and we have been discussing it at length lately as well. Berlin is amazing and I love living here- and I think you really need to make a trip back here if you only spent a weekend here!

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

The boy and i talk about moving to San Francisco probably twice a week. we went back in 2010 and it was the best trip we've ever taken together. we're going to visit again next year but maybe it will be to look at apartments :) fingers crossed!

Alex Butts said...

I would so be ALL about Copenhagen if it weren't for the weather. But Singapore sounds amazing, you ahve me sold!

Aspiring Kennedy said...

I think it's good to keep at least one option open in every time zone and on every continent.

Kristin said...

where in ventura county are you from?! I'm from Simi.... I'm at school in northern California but I'm trying to get back to socal! Big yes to montpellier. and New York. If only I was more tolerant of cold weather...

Daryl said...

@Kristen, you don't have an email set up on your profile so I can't reply to your comment - I'm from Simi too!

Becca said...

I live in Singapore and I love it! :) I moved here from London a few years ago, my Mum is from here. I like to take weekend trips away because it's such a small place, you can definitely get island fever!

Other places I would love to live are New York, Munich, Rome and Bangkok. Not sure about settling down but for a year would be amazing :)


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