In spite of the fact that
I've traveled throughout the world, If I could live anywhere
for the next seven years, it would be my houseboat on the
Columbia River in Portland Oregon. I wake up every morning
with a view of the water; watch great blue herons flying in
front of my bedroom window, and eat meals on my deck feeling
grateful to be alive.
Esther, Portland, Oregon,
I'd love to spend the next
seven years in Cairo, because it would mean, for me, coming
of age in a city that is the complete opposite of mine. Cairo
has awe-inspiring infrastructure, a fabulous language, a lovely
religion, as well as both a protective attitude towards females
and a way of life that I'd seriously consider giving up chocolate
Glenoy, Jamaica, West Indies
If I could live in any
city for the next seven years, it would be Paris. The beauty
of the architecture, the history of the country, the people,
the food, the culture and the feeling that I was 'home' would
keep me entranced for the whole 7 years. Not to mention, it
would take me 7 years to see and absorb all there is to know
Terri, Dallas, Texas, USA
Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, The Galapagos...
I would love to spend seven years living in Puerto Ayora
on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. This is a beautiful,
tranquil location surrounded by nature and many species of
wildlife in the world's best known environmentally sensitive
area. The Galapagos have a wonderful year round climate and
I would love to spend my days photographing the animals, relaxing
on a patio reading a book, and keeping a journal about my
Key, Florida, USA...
of Siesta Key, on Florida’s Gulf coast, was the fantasy
desktop that inspired me each morning when logging into my
computer at work in downtown Phoenix. Amazing powder-soft
white sand that never burned my feet; warm, calm turquoise
water to swim and play in; manatees and dolphins, pelicans
and wading sanderlings - how could I turn dream into reality?
Seven years later, I’m living my dream - the magic of
that desktop photograph!
Carole, Siesta Key,
I choose Paris. To spend
my afternoons sipping ambience outside café Les Deux
Magots; to loll on a bridge dreaming romantically over the
Seine; to breathe in every color of every flower at Jardin
des Tuileries, to dangle my legs over the jetty on Isle de
la Cité, smiling, as the old fisherman from Normandy
relives his stories; to nod at the tourists rushing from musée
to musée and know I have years to slowly drink it all
in – ahh, that would be magnifique.
Surrey, British Columbia, USA
For the next seven years I would move to Stratford-upon-Avon,
England, where I would indulge my passions for gardening,
theatre and travel. There I'd have a year-round garden, impossible
in Canada, and be centrally located for visits to all the
great gardens of England. Shakespeare would be in my neighbourhood,
and a short hop to London would put me on a direct flight
to the rest of the world.
Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada
I would live somewhere on the Caribbean like Ricón
(literally translated: Corner), Puerto Rico. I would rent
a small cottage near the ocean and live most frugally on fish
and tropical vegetables and I would finally learn to relax.
I would have a home phone and computer, but no cell phone
and would learn to listen more and more to my inner voice
and not all the outside voices constantly trying to get my
Laura, Columbus, Ohio, USA
If I could spend the next
seven years somewhere? In a place many have only heard of
in the news, if at all, I found a city bursting with surprises
that I came to cherish by the time I had to leave. Amman,
Jordan. Nowadays, I sit in class and daydream about the smoky
hooka lounges where I met some of my best friends and the
subtle fragrance of jasmine wafting around a corner, unseen
but present in a way I can’t quite describe.
Brianne, Houston, Texas, USA
I'd definitely choose Paris!
The city of my youth. My love affair with Paris began 30 years
ago before a career, husbands and children. To have seven
years to renew my taste for brioches, revive a lost French
tongue, and rediscover this remarkable city's nuances would
be heaven. Street vendors calling me by name, the corner café
readying my latte before I even place my order, a gentleman
passionately suggesting a romantic tryst... oh la-la!
Ben, Toronto, Canada
This would probably not be
every young, single woman’s choice, but my dream is
to find myself magically living in Cairo, Egypt. I have spent
what feels like only moments in this fascinating city but
I would love to explore it more, not as a traveler but as
a resident; exploring the markets and off-the-very-beaten-path
modern wonders of this city and getting to know its welcoming
locals as an equal.
Amy, Toronto, Canada
Florence has always been
my great escape. Whenever I needed a break, Florence was first
choice. My first time in my beloved city was when I was 18
years old, and I have returned every year since. Except last
year, when I became a mother. Still, Florence was my great
escape last year. Suffering post natal depression, breast
abscesses and a coccyx problem – whenever I closed my
eyes and started dreaming about living on Piazza Santo Spirito
with my daughter, I was instantly happy!
Den Haag, Netherlands
I'm 61 years old, and my
dream has always been to live in Paris. I studied French in
grade school and plastered my childhood bedroom with travel
posters of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. I visited
Paris for the first time last year, and after all that time
yearning for it, being in that magical city was like coming
home. Even if youth is gone, my spirit still longs to live
in Paris. NO SPACEP.S. Thanks, Evelyn, for giving us Journeywoman.
It's an inspiration.
Barbara, North Aurora,
If I could choose a spot to live in for the next seven
years I'd (without a doubt) choose Paris - because that is
where my heart has found a home.
|Anywhere in Italy...
For the next seven years I would magically move myself
to Italy. The intrigue of a new country, a new language, fabulous
food & wines would easily persuade me. I would love to
lose myself in the culture and become a “local”!
Marti, Georgia, USA
I would live in Vancouver. Two of my best friends live
there, and I love the peacefulness of the water and the
majesty of the mountains, which are right at your doorstep.
Tina, Brisbane, Australia
I would like to live in India for seven years to learn
more about the spiritual significance of their most famous
hill of light, Arunachala. It is said that Arunachala is
the most sacred site of all sacred sites in the world. I
would love to experience this sacredness for myself.
Adrienne, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
With seven years in Florence I'd come to know Michelangelo
and Botticelli's art well. I'd walk the Tuscany coast and
drink in the Mediterranean landscape along with lots of Chianti.
I'd visit olive orchards, vineyards, and chestnut groves and
maybe magically learn to cook. I'd go to local saints day
celebrations and dance to the music at night. I'd eat sumptuous
food and drink cappuccino every morning in the piazza.
Marybeth, Greensboro, NC, USA
South Carolina, USA...
The roar of
the ocean and salty air at Myrtle Beach, SC calls my name.
I've watched this city grow from a small beach community into
a large beach town, especially during the summer months, however,
with all the year-round and Christmas shows, it has become
a year-round destination. The two churches of Christ I attend
in this area have wonderful programs that I would love to
volunteer to help with.
West Virginia, USA
||The Hill Country
It's not so much a city
but an area - the hill country of Texas next to a river that
I could spend the next seven years in. The reason is that
it is still basically an untouched and natural part of our
country. It has access to wonderful cities like Austin and
San Antonio, Texas - culturally rich areas - yet the hill
country is still primitive and natural. I couldn't image a
better place to be in touch with nature and be creative. I
write, and nature has always inspired me so I know I could
be in touch with my creative side - maybe start painting again,
or weaving or pottery - all parts of my past life and not
my present. So it would be an area that would allow me to
bask in nature and delve into my creative juices with my baby
Bichon by my side!
|New York City,
New York City has more diversity
than anyplace in the world. The international hub of the world
packed into a relatively small island, museums packed with
art of the world, cuisine available from every country, voices
speaking every language imaginable, best theatre, sports,
green parks, waterfalls, a busy hub of transportation, opera,
jazz, popular music, great libraries, retail facilities from
exclusive to mundane. All the excitement that anyone can imagine
and there for the taking across the world via educational
facilities, TV and the sharing of this energy world wide.
The only negative about NYC is that it is expensive to reap
the harvest of all that is offered. However, many of the assets
are free for the taking which balances all the costly benefits!
Ann, Clifton Park, NY, USA