As you can imagine, Arkansas isn't that great. Where would recommend to move and why? What did you like or not like about the different places you've lived or stayed for time?
I don’t have a favorite place, but I’m definitely enjoying Tucson. From all my moves in the Amy, I've learned it’s not so much the place, but rather, your state of mind. Anyplace can be great or shitty. That being said, I don’t know why people would choose to live in humid places.
I grew up on a lake in Michigan. Glowing sunsets filled the sky with colors, reflected in the lake, and streaming into our living room windows.
Skinny dipping at night made me a lifelong sensualist. August evenings at the lake were warm as bathwater, accentuated by icy cold streams flowing up from the bottom. It was an exquisite experience I long to share.
Asmara, capital of Eritrea (although when I lived there between 1968-1972 it was considered a province of Ethiopia)... the city is a jewel, a northern Italian gem built in Mussolini’s Africa when Eritrea was an Italian colony... it is a UNESCO heritage site, filled with arguably the greatest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world - as an example, here is my addition to Atlas Obscura about one of the outstanding buildings in Asmara: [atlasobscura.com]
The country, long considered dangerous due to the repressive government, is beginning to loosen again thanks to the rapprochement with Ethiopia after 20+ years of hostility. Filled with natural beauty, important archaeological & historical sites, & a rich & hospitable culture, it was an outstanding place to live when I was there, & if I could afford the cost of the trip, I would gladly return.
When taking into account climate change, I think the Pacific Northwest is a solid spot. I'm considering the Olympic peninsula in the rain shadow so that the rain isn't overwhelming. Water will be less of an issue without the threat of sea level rise in many areas of regular draught conditions. Moderate temps year round are appealing. Other natural disasters will have minimal impact because of elevation, so tsunamis won't be a major factor. The Mountains and the sea are all right there.
Denver, CO. My first 5 years out of grad school, I was young, single, in a big city, had good jobs, found a wife, my daughter was born there, trout fishing in mountain lakes above 10,000 feet, disco was in full swing, great bars, real Mexican food, bought my first house. I lived there from 1976 to 1987. Still miss those days.
I have lived in Liverpool most of my life. Bar a brief stay in London. So this city is my only and best choice. However the question was where is the best place you have lived? That prize has to go to my ex. Sunnyside, a road built into Princes park circa 1835. The park was originally private and the houses part of the development. Now split into flats but with a back garden gate into the park and a frontage that looks out onto a wooded copse. I could look out of my front window and watch the birds and squirrels. Then wake up overlooking the tennis courts and park. No traffic noise yet only 2 1/2 miles from the city center. At one point our house was the Bolivian embassy and I entertained notions that Butch Cassidy may have visited there. I do not miss my ex but I sure do miss that flat.
None of the places I've lived at so far. I grew up in the Vancouver (BC) area, and most people would say how beautiful Vancouver is. Ugh, not if you live there. Rainy, gloomy days most of the year, high crime and drug use rates, crowding, high cost of living, terrible transportation system. It's fine if you're a tourist who just gets to see the pretty and trendy places.
I live outside of Edmonton now in the country, and I do like it out here, away from people, lots of space. But I do have to deal with the inconveniences of country living (long distances to anything, higher costs for foods and goods, very conservative minded population).
In the US, I would have to say Metro DC (Northern VA) if one can afford it and if you don't mind the traffic. I hated driving on the Beltway, and it was one of the reasons why I left.
Abroad, I really enjoyed living in Nottingham, England for a year. I like how there was a City Centre and lots of cool things to do!