Imagine if you could pick and choose certain aspects from different cities and merge them together into one dream city. You could pick the beaches from Sydney, the bright lights of NYC or the tapas of Madrid. You could choose to merge the theatres from London with the carnival vibe of Rio and the markets of Marrakech.
This weekend, I wrote down what my ideal city would look like. Of course, it would be safe and have clean drinking water, but I thought of those things that add a little extra to cities:
~ Colourful homes and colourful walls
Colour makes me happy, colour makes me want to look at something for longer and colour brings vibrancy, especially when the weather might not be at its best. I love when homes are painted in different colours, creating a piece of art on the street. My dream city would be full of colour.
Having grown up in London, It was normal for me to be surrounded by people of different colours, religions and beliefs. I didn’t bat an eye lid when hearing a different language or tasting food from a different country, it was all just normal to me, it was how life was. I now realise that I was really, really lucky to grow up in such an environment and how enriching life can be in one. It’s something that I really miss about London.
Living in a city surrounded by mountains is so unique. It provides both a beautiful view and also lots of opportunities for local trekking. There is nothing better than gazing out of my window at the mountains, especially when they are particularly snow-capped during winter.
~ A vibrant art scene
I love visiting art exhibitions, especially photography exhibitions. Art is a way of seeing the world through another person’s eyes or lens, it’s a way of learning and a way of getting creative inspiration. My dream city would have a vibrant and ever-changing art scene with a wide variety of exhibitions.
~ Food variety: world food and vegetarian options
Food is a perfect way to socialise. I love tasting food that I haven’t had before and dishes that would be difficult to make at home. It’s wonderful when you can travel through your taste buds by eating in restaurants from around the world. And of course, those that have lots of veggie options too 🙂
~ Street art
Similarly to colourful homes, I love street art. I love the stories that murals tell and the character they add to a place. I love when you unexpectedly stumble across a mural and it happens to make you smile. Of course, graffiti isn’t something I wish for in my dream city, but planned street art murals are.
~ Green spaces
I envision always living in a city, and a big one at that. But, in the middle of a city, there is nothing better than finding green space to have a picnic with friends, to walk for the day and to feel truly relaxed while taking in the colours of the flowers and the green grass stretching out in front of you.
What would your dream city look like?
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