May 18, 2010

If You Could Live Anywhere, Where Would You Live?

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Eiffel Tower from Rodin Museum by Sara

If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would it be?  I’d never really thought about it until I went to France about 10 years ago.  Now I know where I’d live – France!

Except, I just figured I’d end up living wherever CycleGuy got a job.   Wasn’t that how it went.  Graduate from college/grad school and go live in locale where they offer you a job? It’s not like you can really choose.  Correct?

My grandparent chose to retire in El Paso, Texas.  That was back in the 50’s and maybe it was a different place.  I lived there for a good portion of my childhood before moving to Long Beach, but then my stepdad was transfered back to El Paso so I finished high school there.  Then off to college, out of state.  I had applied to a few but I wanted to be close but far enough away to be on my own.

After college I went to law school and I applied to a few schools but chose University of Oklahoma College of Law.  It was meant to be because one of my class mates has become one of my best friends. (yes, Lisa, that’s you!)  So, it was off to the hotbed of college football and severe weather, Norman, Oklahoma.  I somewhat chose it, but it was school so that really didn’t count.  Right?

Back to Arizona because that’s where CycleGuy worked and lived.  We got married and stayed in Arizona.  Until his job took him to Ohio.  See the pattern?  Not a lot of thought in to where we’d live other than that’s where the job would be.

I think that’s a pretty common way of determining where one lives.  That was until I realized that people I knew were making a conscious choice to live in a specific place. Really?  You can choose where you live?  I could really choose where to live based on something other than the fact that is where the company is located?  How crazy is that?

So when I went to France for work, I completely fell in love with the country.  I was there all of 3 days and spent 40 of the 72 hours in meetings or in a car driving to/from meetings.  But I did have an opportunity to see the countryside and Paris and eat in lovely restaurants and meet lots of locals.  The image of France being stand-offish was no where to be found.  I felt comfortable, even though I didn’t speak but a few words of French.

I went back a few months later and this time decided to extend my trip and add some personal time.  I walked around town and took the train out to Versailles.  I ate from street vendors and did my best to speak all the French (that would be about 25 words!) I had learned back home.  I felt welcome. I felt comfortable, again.

I wouldn’t stop talking about Paris and France so CycleGuy agreed to go there on vacation.  It was great, although I don’t think he is as smitten with France as I am.  Nonetheless, when I’ve said I’d move to France he always smiles and agrees to come with me.  I do promise him that he’d be able to ride his bike along the great paths of the Tour de France.  That might be considered bribery but I think he’s been sold on France.  Not by me, but by David Sedaris’ musings of living in France in Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Where would you live if you could choose anywhere?

Sara

{ 6 comments }

Melissa @SavingCentswithSense.net May 18, 2010 at 7:16 am

Colorado. 🙂 We actually bought a house a few years back, put ours up for sale, planned to move- BUT it was right when the housing market was going down and we were losing $$ in our house daily, so we decided to stay.

We still want to move eventually, though- but unfortunately, it will probably have to do with a job rather than our “wanting”. Course, that is the beauty of working from home- I can work anywhere. Just wanting for hubby 🙂

Another great post, Sara!

Sara May 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Hi Melissa,

Thanks for sharing about your dream location! Colorado has so many beautiful areas. My husband grew up in Denver. If he moved back to Colorado he’d probably want to live in Boulder or one of the smaller areas. And, you’re so right about the beauty of working from home being that you can work anywhere. Now, if I can only figure out how this blog is supposed to be generating millions of dollars for me. There’s got to be some type of add-on or widget I haven’t found yet. (hahaha)

Sara

Honey May 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Hi Sara,

You always write such interesting posts. Honestly, I think that I love the city that I live in, but I would move us out to the country (not too far from here).

Paris sounds dreamy and wonderful. I hope you get to live there some day, but don’t move before I get to meet you.

Blessings
Honey

Sara May 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Hi Honey,

If I end up moving to Paris and haven’t met you yet, I’ll take a detour! For now, I’ll continue to live in cyberworld.

Sara

Lucy May 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I would live in Italy. Ive always wanted to go and I think it would be fun to live there and explore for a few years. My husband doesnt agree. It was great chatting with you at the end of bloggy boot camp. Hope you a great rest of the trip that weekend.

Sara May 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Lucy,

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really enjoyed meeting you at the close of Bloggy Boot Camp. I think your story is very compelling. If you ever go live in Italy and I’m in France we’ll be neighbors and we can meet up! I think it’s tough to say we should move to a foreign country. Especially if you don’t speak the language, the idea seems very outlandish. But, if you want it then you can always make it work once you’re there. That’s what I believe. Now, to just save enough and figure out how to live/work in France. Or in your case, Italy!

Kindly,
Sara

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