I’m a city girl, even though I live in a tiny town, and Taos is about as tiny as it gets with 7,000 people in the town proper.
I have an affinity for small towns – I love to visit and photograph them when I travel – but I tend to get my inspiration in cities, from the sheer volume of cultural happenings and varied experiences. I grew up in San Diego, then lived in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City, so cities are in my blood.
When I travel I’m always on the lookout for places I could live. Do you do that? Temporarily fall in love, check the real estate listings, fantasize about what your life would be like there? That happened to me in Belfast last year, which is the capital of Northern Ireland.
It’s smaller and more manageable than Dublin, and to me it had a warmer vibe. It’s got a vibrant (and walkable!) city center with great restaurants and a fun pub life, where the locals gather to catch up, sing songs, and, yep, down some Guinness. And everyone I met seemed to be some sort of creative – a writer, musician, or artist – as if it were in their DNA.
Plus gorgeous architecture, fascinating history, and it’s a college town, which means there’s always a new generation of women and men doing interesting stuff. (I almost said “young people,” which means I’m pretty far past young. Ha.)
And finally, why not move somewhere that has politics as crazy as we have in this country right now? Belfasters know crazy. Here’s just a taste of my new favorite city:
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