We’re wrapping up our last day here in Philly at AETA, and it’s been pretty awesome. Aside from all of the cool tack and apparel, another part that I really like is meeting and talking to people that are from all around the world. Getting the inside scoop on the pros and cons of each place, what the industry is like there, how the shows are, etc is endlessly fascinating.
I’ve lived in Texas for the majority of my life, and while I don’t hate it, I don’t love it either. Part of me always aches for a new adventure in a new place. Texas isn’t exactly a beautiful horse mecca, so the entire benefit of it for me is the weather. Namely – we usually have really mild and not very wet winters. When the weather turns to horrid, I immediately start to wonder why I live here. Then I start to think “If I could live anywhere I wanted, where would it be?”…
While I’ve lived here for a long time, I am not a life long Texan. I’ve lived in North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Maryland as well. Of all the places I’ve lived, Arkansas is my favorite. I could live on the northern side of Little Rock in a heartbeat. Except for the fact that it’s definitely not the place to be for riding… so that makes it a no go.
As a rider, Maryland was heaven. There were tons of events all over the place, all the time, and everything was pretty close by. However, it gets cold there. Really cold. I hate cold. I especially hate white stuff that comes from the sky. Let’s face it, I am not destined for life anywhere further north than North Carolina. So let’s go ahead and chop off that entire half of the country.
Of all the places I’ve visited (which is pretty much every state except for the NW and parts of the NE) Kentucky was my favorite. I’m not a fan of California or any of the desert states. I’m also not a fan of any place where the cockroaches are big enough to look like a small dog (sorry Florida). Kentucky, while absolutely beautiful, is still probably a little bit on the too-cold side of things for me.
Where does that leave us? If I’m limiting my fantasyland to the US, I’d love to look at either the Tryon, NC area or the Aiken, SC area. If I can pick anywhere in the world, it’d be Namur, Belgium. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I absolutely fell in love with that little town and that little country. I’ll learn French, she says. No big deal, she says.
If I was single I’d probably already be on my way out of Texas as we speak. Sadly, SO seems pretty intent on staying. Maybe someday the right opportunity will come along that we can’t say no to.
Where would you move, if you could go anywhere?