It’s been a little over two years since I graduated college and packed up all my stuff in small boxes and huge suitcases to move to New York. I moved in pursuit of a childhood dream: to make it big in the Big Apple. Thankfully almost all of my friends had the same idea and the city that never sleeps quickly felt like home.
Fast forward to today and I’ve fallen in love with eating Korean barbecue at 3am after a fun night out in Meatpacking and checking out the latest pop-up shops in Soho on weekends. But lots of friends have moved away and then there’s also every morning when I can’t even hold onto a rail on the subway because it’s so freaking crowded and there’s the trash that seems to pile up EVERYWHERE in the city and the enormous rent I pay for the tiniest room. And with the UN General Assembly being held in New York this week, the traffic is nauseating, the crowds are cringeworthy, and the streets are….just closed.
As much as I haven’t yet given up on New York, I do sometimes picture myself in another city, one with fresher air, cleaner streets and a slower pace of life. Here are 3 dreamy places that would be nice to maybe someday call home:
I visited Amsterdam this past May and I absolutely loved everything about the city. Everything was so beautiful- from the canals to the gorgeous rowhouses. I could totally see myself biking everywhere, eating stroopwafels and coffee at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and living a very relaxed Dutch life.
Before Amsterdam, we had spent a few days on the coast of western Ireland, where our tourbus driver legit once had to stop to let a mountain goat cross the road. My favorite part was Inismore, a little island with lots of hills, donkeys and rocky beaches. I’d love to have a cottage there and do afternoon tea every single day.
If I were to move cities but still stay in the US, there’s no question I would choose Boston. In a lot of ways, with its tidy cobblestone streets and neat little rowhouses, Boston reminds me of Amsterdam. With 35 different colleges, I love the academic vibes of this colonial city. The first time I went, it was for an ex’s stock pitch competition at Harvard and the second time, it was to visit Harvard with a friend who was just admitted to the law school. Both times I could totally envision myself settling down in Beacon Hill with a family when I’m older.
Where do you live now and is there anywhere you’d love to relocate to?
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