My List:

California / June 25, 2012 / by Amy Rose
My List:

We all have running lists in our heads of places we liked, places we want to go back to, places we never want to see again (kidding, kidding), and places we want to live. I feel like I'm constantly adding to my 'places to go back to' and 'places we want to live' lists.

When I graduated from school, all I knew is that I was ready to move on from DC. It wasn't the smart decision for my immediate life post grad, but when Bus 52 came knocking I couldn't say no - and it seems like I've done nothing but move since I agreed to be on Bus 52.

Getting the chance to live in these places may  only give me a small idea of what that city is about, but that's more then some people get before moving to a new place.

My list includes a bunch of different places, and I wouldn't say there is a set criteria beyond me loving it. So far the places we've traveled that have made my "places I'd like to live" list are: 

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Knoxville, TN
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Austin, TX
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Denver, CO

Some of these cities weren't a surprise - I grew up in Houston so the big city feel of Atlanta really appealed to me. I've been to Austin many times, and know that I'd like to live there someday. But I was surprised by how much I loved the state of Tennessee, and what a great town Knoxville was. I'd never been to Colorado, but the lifestyle there seems pretty great, and Denver really felt like a nice city to live in. As a Texan, I for some reason always felt that Arkansas was a funny place, but it turned out I really liked how funny it was. And I don't think that anyone who's been to Santa Fe doesn't want to live there.

I was also surprised that not much of the Gulf Coast appealed to me, I love beaches and warmth and grew up on the Gulf of Mexico. I didn't really connect with any of the southern cities aside from Atlanta, and so far California hasn't really impressed me. I look forward to the rest of the West Coast, and perhaps some more surprises of places that could be home.