If you could live ANYWHERE, where would you live? And why?
I tend to fantasize about the Nordic countries because of their high levels of happiness (or really, contentment) and great social safety nets. Although I'm half Swedish, for some reason Norway appeals most to me. On the other hand they are too close for comfort to the USSR and I'd have to learn a relatively alien new language to thrive there, so sometimes I think more in terms of New Zealand. More progressive overall than Australia, speaks English, wants IT people like myself (although would prefer them younger). Or maybe Canada, for the same reasons, and proximity.
At the end of the day though I'm too old and not vulnerable enough (I'm a heterosexual male WASP after all) to make shaking the dust of the US off my feet that great of a strategy, in a purely pragmatic sense. I half half a mind to ship my daughter and grandchildren off someplace like that as a final act of mercy though.
Right there! because from there I can go visit all the other places. No mortgage, no living out of suitcases, no neighbors, guest quarters, 5 dogs, willing women visit and are soon topless on the deck, favorite foods and drinks, safety security, equity, hilltop and soon to be very valuable beachfront property if the oceans keep rising. Also I built it.
Seattle, I love the rain. Gray overcast sky, I love it. I'm not trying to be a downer, I just truly hate being sunburnt. My people are all Irish, I never tan. The moe sun I get the more I look like a beet. I spend the whole summer here running from one shady patch to another. So a place where the sun rarely shines sounds lovely.
Any democratic country .....near as many natural elements as possible....yet still being near a metropolis of some kind--- for arts and culture.....geographically sound....as much as possible--- if hurricanes, floods, forest fires, mud slides, or earthquakes are common...no thanks.....and a temperate climate with all 4 seasons.....
I use to think somewhere peaceful with an ocean nearby. But why stop with that limit. Why not think outside the box & say something like.... wanting to live in & out of multiple realities or between parallel dimensions; to see the best of both. Why not live outside of- beyond the known dimensions of space & time; to be able to see, experience, & feel your life.
I've lived in a lot of places, but all within the US. I like where I'm at now, compared to where I've been, but there are a few places I'd like to visit and see if I would rather live there. I'd start with Melbourne, Australia and some places along the northern coast of the Mediterranean, if I could afford to travel there, let alone relocate.