As far as places I've lived, I've pretty much lived in the most non-exotic places you could imagine. Let's examine.
For starters, I grew up in a little town called Elko, Nevada. Elko is pretty much the modern-day equivalent of a Wild West town. It's small, in the desert/mountains, surrounded by mines, and there are even a few saloons still hanging around. Not to mention that there is also a street with like 4 whorehouses on it. Elko is the Wild West.
Since I've lived in Elko, I've only really lived in Rexburg, Idaho and Provo, UT. EXOTIC. EXCITING. EXUBERANT (I really didn't mean to write three words starting with ex). Because of the lack of excitement in places that I've lived, I've decided to make a list of dream places that I would love to live one day. In all honesty, none of these will probably happen. But it's still fun to speculate.
1. New Orleans, LA
I was in Miami for two years on my mission and discovered a love for the South and the way of life down there. Miami isn't necessarily the same as southern places like Alabama or Louisiana, but it still had things that made it seem slightly Southish. Sorta. Either way, I've always wanted to live in New Orleans. The whole concept of the city is fascinating to me. It's in a swamp, it has a ridiculous amount of jazz clubs, and it's warm.
There are many pros that would come from living in a place like New Orleans. Not only could I live out my dream of chilling with a bunch of old black dudes in a foggy-looking jazz club while a saxophone plays in the background, but I could also "down on the bayou" to my regular vocabulary. I've never found a reason where I could actually use that phrase. If I live in New Orleans....I would say it every day.
2. Boston, MA
I've always been intrigued by the history surrounding Boston. Also, I've visited a lot of places but for some reason have never had the chance to visit Boston. It's on my bucket list.
I mostly became intrigued with Boston during the whole Boston Marathon tragedy and was quite impressed with the way city came together and rallied around the victims. "Boston Strong" I believe is the motto they used. It was quite inspiring to say the least.
Not only does it have a rich history, but the sports teams have a ridiculous track record. I'm pretty sure the Boston Celtics have won like 20 championships (don't fact-check me, I haven't Wikipediaed that number). How could you not love an NBA basketball team that has a green leprechaun as it's mascot?
On the flip side, Boston is like two hours away from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. To me, visiting a place like that would be like a kid visiting a candy store. It's quite possible I would pass out due to pure joy.
I've also always wanted to visit Pride Rock...or whatever that thing is called. Oh wait...I'm thinking of Plymouth Rock or something. Pride Rock was from the Lion King. Still. I'd love to visit both.
There are plenty of other cities I'd love to exist in. I'm not sure I'm going to write them all right now. Leave it for another blog post? I have to give you folks a reason to actually come back and read this on a daily basis, right?
If anyone does read. If not, I enjoy babbling (or typing) to myself.