11 September 2007

for a month, for a year

Priorities change with time. No little human in the house--she has her own home and life now. Jobs are good but what holds us to them are retirement and the benefits attached. Friends are facing the same predicament and issues. What if we were to move for a month, for a year somewhere else? The answer is different now than it would have been ten, twenty years ago. I would go. We would go. We would be far more likely to go to another country than stay in our own. If you are going to go, go big. Embrace the event. My list would alter if based on jobs. This list is based on "California dreaming."

  • Edinburgh, Scotland. I love the country, the bagpipes, the embracing of life.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There seems to be many knitters in this city. This is a good sign. The city has a great vision on being "green."
  • Dijon, in the Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France. This city has a gourmet reputation (doesn't all of France). The countryside is dotted with vineyards. Bicycles and walking are great ways to get around the city. The TGV high speed train connects this city to Paris.
  • Malaga, Spain. The history here is so rich. It was inhabited by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Moors. It's the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas (what more is there to say).
  • Salzburg, Austria. I would go for the beauty of the baroque architecture and the countryside.
  • Perugia, in Umbria, Italy. This region is much less crowded than it's "sister area" Tuscany. The city is well known for its much prized chocolate 'Perugina.' It hosts Europe's largest jazz festival each year. Chocolate...jazz...what more is there?
  • Taos, New Mexico, US. The city rests on a high desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and is known for the artists who live and work there.
  • Seattle, Washington, US. This is a wonderful city, close to the ocean, to mountains, and is a great base from which to explore more of the west coast (of the United States as well as Canada).
  • Bangor, Maine, US. The city has a 650 acre City Forest. It's close to Canada, and has the allure and charm of just being in Maine.

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