Most people I know have a clear distinction of what type of person they are, but that I mean whether they are city person or lean more towards the slower, quieter side of life. I have been brought up my whole life in a big city, in London, one of the busiest cities in the world. Although being surrounded by nature and wildlife makes my soul incredibly happy, I think I am too restless to have this long-term, my head craves being busy, the hustle and bustle of city life and the inspiration I feed off of it, deep down I think I will always be city girl at heart.
Aside from London, it seems like a regular occurrence for me for fall slightly for most new cities I visit, but there are a few in particular that have stolen pieces of my heart. I define this by the cities I feel I could live, the cities I visit and just know I could be happy in long-term, it doesn’t happen too often but when it does, it feels a little bit magic.
I express my love for The Netherlands a lot, I have a whole blog post I have been meaning to write about the weird connection I feel with this country, but Rotterdam in particular is one of my places. The port city is a hub of laid vibes in an urban setting, from the central meeting up point of Witte de Withstreet to the bold architecture of the cube houses. Rotterdam is packed with small business start-ups and Eco-friendly initiatives making it a hub of inspiration.
I am desperate to get back to San Francisco, despite knowing so many people who are not fans, I fell head over heels for the city by the bay. I adored the energy and diversity I felt while visiting this part of California, the contrast of the bustling modern business district with the quirky areas of the Pier 39 and Haight-Ashbury. In a dream world I would live on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito and spend my days taking in the view of Alcatraz and the skyline across the water.
Does anyone remember the song ‘Everybody’s free (to wear Sunscreen)’ by Baz Luhrmann? There is a particular line which goes ‘live in New York once, but leave before it makes you harsh’, for one reason or another that line stuck with me, because after two visits I can totally see how New York could make you harsh. In New York the store workers do not have time for the niceties that you experience in the more Southern states, it is always busy and everyone is always in a rush, but New York draws you in and it fixates you, and while I couldn’t see myself life living in New York long-term, if someone offered me a little apartment in Greenwich Village for a year I would have a very hard time saying no.
Of course, there are many other cities that have my heart and some that I am sure are still waiting to, but the three above are special, the go-to girls I first recommend when someone asks me for inspiration of where to travel to next. The cities, as cliché as it sounds, that have stolen a piece of my heart.