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PostPicking Your Favorite City? Don't Try to be Rational (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 06/13/18 5:12 am)
I am enjoying watching my WAIS friends squirming intellectually to declare their choice of "best" city.
The best way is to use your left brain. Imagine how you picked your life partner, the love of your life. Is she or he prettiest? the smartest or most talented? Or the most in any of a large collection of important attributes? That does not work, does it? You picked your lover because s/he looked attractive at first glance, when you kissed her/him you were kissed back, and it felt wonderful. S/he may have a few warts but they disappeared in comparison with the wonderful bouquet of nice things you receive when you share time together.
Cities like San Francisco, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Kyoto, etc. are all wonderful and full of life. Selecting your city should be very similar. Someone may look at my favorite city (Venice) and say the damned town is sinking, it's old, and in some places stinks. Each city has a personality, perhaps not as clearly defined as a person, but much easier to define than a country. That is why I could pick Venice but have only been able to pick a few "best" countries: Portugal, Austria, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Japan, and Switzerland.
I particularly enjoyed reading Michael Sullivan's post because for the last several years our family has rented a beach house in the summer. We seem to like North Carolina and over the years have rented from the northern tip of the Outer Banks all way to Sail Beach. My son and I have explored the area just south of the Outer Banks and stopped in Moorhead City which we enjoyed very much. We missed Beaufort up to now but after Michael's description I already asked my wife to target Beaufort for next summer. It seems really nice.
JE comments: Isn't the left brain the logical side, and the right side intuitive and emotional? I never knew how they figured this out in any case.
Few would place Bogotá on their list of "best" cities, but it has a bustling vibrancy and an intellectual vibe. I have some pics to share (next).