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If you lived in another city, which one would it be?

It’s kind of crazy to think that this May will mark five years of my living in DC post-graduation. J and I actually spent our “semesters abroad” and the summer immediately following in Washington (for those who are curious, we actually started “dating” after we’d unknowingly committed to the trip independently of each other, so just crossed our fingers things worked or else we’d have an awkward semester ahead of us), so including that time, we’ve been in this city for nearly six years. Like any place, it’s changed a lot–for the better, in my opinion! There are countless new restaurants and bars, emerging residential neighborhoods, a growing cultural scene, and so much more…it’s really a great place to live, and I’m so glad we chose to make DC “our city.”

That being said, we’ve obviously had conversations about where we’d live if we didn’t live in DC…we loved it so much after our semester + summer in college that it was practically a no-brainer to move here after graduation. Both of us looked into careers in politics and public affairs (I’ve since strayed significantly!) but are still frequently asked where we’d live if we weren’t in DC…which totally makes sense, since I’m also always curious how people answer that question!

It’s funny because my answer five years ago was the same as it is now–if I didn’t live in DC, I think I’d live in Boston. I’ve loved the city since I first visited my freshman year of college, and since then have spent a significant amount of time there over school holidays and visiting friends post-graduation. What’s also kind of funny is that I’ve actually spent most of my Beantown time in the suburbs…and I love them (my favorite sushi restaurant is actually in Lexington, if you’re in the area!). That being said, exploring more of the downtown area by foot (not taking the T) is on my to-do list next time we’re in town. We’ll actually be there briefly in March on our way to spend a couple days in Maine, so I’m going to try and connect the dots between more neighborhoods and get a better lay of the land and better orient myself directionally. All I know is that Boston is the city I’ve felt the most connection with, in a “I could move here now if I had to,” and an “I can see myself living here some time” kind of way.

And to address everyone’s favorite question, no, I have zero interest in moving back to Dallas–or Texas–at all. It was a wonderful place to grow up, but after spending my college years in upstate New York and exploring more of the northeast, don’t see myself living anywhere south of DC. The prospect of going back to a non-walkable area really doesn’t appeal to me, and I’ve grown to value the combination of a smaller city or town that has easy access to a larger city (with an international airport!). J and I like thinking about where we’ll end up if we leave Washington, and New England is consistently on our radar. That being said, we have zero plans to leave right now, which makes it fun to talk about because we’re on the same page but don’t have to make any lifechanging decisions in the near future.

Now it’s your turn! If you didn’t live where you do now, where would you live? Comment below (and make sure to include your current city!)…curious to hear if any of us are thinking similar things :)

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  1. BOULDER, CO!!! So funny we talked about this and I have never even visited hahaha. Current city: D.C. and like you, also no plans to return back to the south :)

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    • Monica wrote:

      Hahaha noooo you have to stay on the east coast!!!! I hope for your sake you visit and love it, but for mine, you like it but decide to make it a go-to vacation spot instead :)

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  2. Such a fun post idea! I constantly think about this as well, especially since for most people NYC feels like a temporary stop on the way to wherever you’ll live permanently. (Haven’t yet decided if I’m in that camp myself.) I have a very similar experience with NYC that you have with DC: Lived here for two summers in college, and considering my industry I never thought about living anywhere else.

    If we’re talking ultimate dream, I’d LOVE to live in London. I studied abroad there and it’s my absolute favorite place in the world. I hope to make it happen at some point, whether that’s for grad school, work or even in retirement. As for the U.S., the two cities that fall the most on my radar are L.A. and Chicago. I went to LA last year and really loved it, and I think I’d be into how entertainment-centric it is. However, it’s so far from Europe!!! Which sounds silly but I loveee visiting Europe so that gives me pause. I’m originally from Chicago and while I don’t ever really foresee myself moving back (my immediate family members are all leaving in the next few years) it’s an amazing city and a much more affordable option when compared to NYC, but you still get that big city feel, so it’s always been on my radar.

    I haven’t been to DC since high school if you can believe it but hope to come out this spring so maybe will change my tune after that!! I really love Boston too but think it’s just a little too small for me.

    x Diana // Pearl Girl

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    • Monica wrote:

      Totally understand your sentiment, and can relate to wanting to live abroad–fun fact, I was very keen on going to an American university in Switzerland for undergrad! My parents ended up talking me down from it but I still sometimes think of what could have been :) Hope you make London happen–and yes re: the west coast being SO far from Europe. Curious to see where you end up, but glad you’ll be close by in NYC for the foreseeable future!

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  3. Heather wrote:

    I feel like this is a constant conversation for all of us in DC, especially when we’re looking at the cost of living! I also would have a tough time moving from DC to anywhere that wasn’t walkable and didn’t have access to an international airport – plus, I love that everyone is DC is so driven. I think the only place to go from here would be NYC, I suppose!

    Then again, I should probably say Austin, since we know that’s where I’ll end up down the road!

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    • Monica wrote:

      Funny how this place spoils us, isn’t it? And hahaha as I was reading this, I was like WHAT ABOUT AUSTIN? But sometimes you just can’t change a Texan’s mind :)

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  4. Ashlee wrote:

    Love this post! And I definitely think living in D.C. (or any big city) lends itself to getting to have this fun conversation because who can really afford to live here forever … haha

    Since we JUST had this conversation, you know New Orleans is at the top of my list! I’m definitely on the same page as you with still wanting to live somewhere that’s walkable and has lots going on!

    Ashlee | http://www.cobaltchronicles.com

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    • Monica wrote:

      Definitely agree! And I’m still mourning after our conversation *insert teeth emoji* but that’s still a pretty great place to dream about ending up!

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  5. Rachel wrote:

    So fun to think about that isn’t it?! Boston is a great city! I loved Dallas when I lived there for a summer in college – I definitely wouldn’t mind living there!

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    • Monica wrote:

      Haha, I mean I have to support that! :)

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  6. Katie wrote:

    I would love to live in Washington, DC. I blame Aaron Sorkin for making political work look so appealing on “The West Wing”. I’d like to live in London for maybe a year, but ultimately come back to the States to raise a family. I consider New England (particularly Maine) my home away from home, but since all of my family live in Georgia I think I will up here again one day.

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    • Monica wrote:

      Woof, I miss The West Wing! As it sounds like you do as well :) Yes to London for a brief stint!! So many people who study abroad there seem to say it’s a place they’d want to live again. Hopefully you can swing the house in Georgia + house in Maine thing because that would be prettttty great!

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