Life Goal: To Adopt 3 European Cities

Life Goal: To Adopt 3 European Cities

I have a dream to be a citizen of the world. That sounds as vague as it does pompous, I know. I’ve only been on two continents, and right now I only focus my travel on one…Europe.

So, I’ve examined that dream and figured out that I really want to travel the world, but feel like a local in some key places. I want to feel like I really know cities where the tourists flock, where I can help direct someone to the metro, where I can feel like I know where I’m going. This was somewhat inspired by Edna, of Expat Edna, and how she travels and lives her life. She has quite a few spots around the world she could easily settle into because she knows them so well. Such a cool way to live!

 

Jordaan

 

Amsterdam is my home now. I love it. I even love the tourists that take over the city in the summer. Though, I love them much more when they aren’t on bikes. I can help direct them, I can teach them how to use the transportation system, and I can tell them where to get the best pancakes (Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs — which I learned about from Jessica Lipowski).

I want to be able to do that for Paris and London too. I’ve been to Paris 4 times now. Places sound familiar, I kind of have the geography down, and I know how to use the metro. But I don’t have my breakfast place, my bar, or my favorite spot yet. I do know that every time I visit, I see more, and find a new appreciation for the city. Falling in love with Paris is easy. It can seem like a fairytale. The thing is…I’m falling for the real Paris too. Not just the postcard perfect version.

 

Paris Bridge

 

London is big and interesting and has so many kinds of neighborhoods. There are double-decker buses, unmistakable bridges, and a culture that enjoys some afternoon tea. To ride a double-decker and feel like it’s no big thing or cross an internationally recognized bridge and not blink an eye might just make me feel like a local.

I want to be in central London and instantly recognize where I am and how to get to point B from point A. And I want to know exactly where the best fish and chips shop is and frequent it. I freaking love fish and chips!

 

London Fence

 

The dream is to not feel lost, but to be part of the city. To fit in and not need my GPS. Bonus points if I can be recognized at my favorite spot (that I haven’t found yet).

What I don’t want is to become jaded. I still appreciate the beauty of Amsterdam and I don’t want that to ever fade. While I don’t want to gawk at the Eiffel Tower every time I see it, I still want to appreciate how French it is and join in on the festivals that happen around it.

 

Eiffel Tower Paris

 

While these other cities will probably never feel like home, I want them to feel normal and a comfortable place to be in. Travel is an amazing thing to experience and to fall in love with cities is one of the best feelings. Can’t wait to adopt Paris and London and find spots that are my own!

Have you ever felt so comfortable somewhere that isn’t your home? Where is that place?

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Life Goal: To Adopt 3 European Cities

 

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7 Comments

  1. I like this goal 🙂 I can’t say I know it by heart but for sure I felt like home in Lisbon! When I go there, I feel like I know the entire city and where to turn left or right in order to get somewhere. It’s such a lovely feeling!

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  2. Nice coming across your blog. We’ve travelled full-time now for almost 3 years and have 4 favorite places where we could live: Sevilla, Budapest, Prague, and Split (Croatia). We’ve spent over 2 months in each so we’ve gotten to know the cities quite well. We might actually set up a base in Split sometime in 2017, it’s at top top of our list for now.

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    • We are going to Prague for the first time at Christmas! These all sound lovely though and hope to visit them all soon! I think two months is a good amount of time to get to know a place for a bit. It’s a nice test to see where you want to settle down.

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  3. I love this! My husband and I are contemplating moving to Paris if we can both find work. I’m a pastry chef, so it’s always been a dream of mine. You make it sound like it would be a good choice, even the “real” Paris. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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