Yesterday I talked about how much I love to explore outside, close to nature while hiking, how I like to get away from it all and absorb myself in the great outdoors.
And while that remains true, today I’m going to talk about the opposite: urban exploration.
I’ve decided that I’m happiest in a mid-sized urban setting, somewhere not too big and not too small. I love living somewhere big enough to have options, but small enough to not feel overwhelming. I’m very much a Goldilocks kind of girl — not too big, not too small, but just right.
Why do I love urban settings? Let me count the ways.
- Lots of local options. I travel to a lot of rural locations for my work, and while it’s fun to go to the local watering hole, there tends to only be a few (sometimes just one!) to choose from. I appreciate having more than a dozen local coffee houses to choose from.
- Ethnic food. This one might not matter to people who don’t like to travel, but as someone who has tasted and appreciated many different types of food, I like knowing that whether I’m in the mood for Venezuelan or Ethiopian, I can find a global market right outside my door.
- Walkability. When a city center has been planned well, you should be able to do
everything you could want to do within a reasonably walkable space, and I love being able to do that. Unfortunately, we don’t currently live somewhere where this is always possible, but I’ve visited incredibly walkable cities, and I look forward to a day when I might live in one.
- Metropolitan greenspaces. I am often impressed by the amount of effort that goes into creating green space in urban areas. Maybe that’s why I tend to appreciate parks that are plopped right in the middle of a city so much; they’re so intentional, and I like the way they often blend urban and rural. If I could have that blend always, I’d take it.