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 :)