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« Topic Start: May 14, 2009, 08:09:39 am »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?
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« Reply #1: May 14, 2009, 08:20:49 am »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

Right now, I think it would be Holland - because I could bike EVERYWHERE.  The massive congregations of bicycles just amazed me.

My religious life wouldn't change wherever I was.
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« Reply #2: May 14, 2009, 08:46:56 am »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

I'd stay where I'm at.  I might move to a different house in the same general area, but no more than about ten minutes from where I'm at now.  My life is here, my family is here, my roots are here.  I'm comfy here.  There are plenty of other places I'd like to visit, but I have no desire to pick up and move.  A couple of weeks somewhere else is all I need; then I want to come back here.

Obviously, this wouldn't have much effect on my religious life.  Grin
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« Reply #3: May 14, 2009, 09:31:47 am »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

Further north!  Where exactly?  Perhaps Alaska or more preferably, Iceland.  Why!  Because I just don't do well in warm weather.  While Minnesota is usually considered anything but warm, the summer months are very humid.  Mid to lower 90s with high humidity!!  No thanks, I'll take 50 please. 

The relocation would have no effect on religious life.

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« Reply #4: May 14, 2009, 10:28:59 am »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

London.  I just got back, and I miss it already.  (Especially since home is currently 27 degrees farenheit.  Ick.)  It wouldn't necessarily affect my religious life, but I'd feel more... grounded, if that makes sense. 
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« Reply #5: May 14, 2009, 11:10:47 am »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

I'm fine where I am living now, but I can't stand the summers (typical Southeast US -- hot, humid summers).  For a while I wanted to live in the D.C. Area but there wouldn't really be any improvement climate-wise but there would be a ton of museums and historic sites to look at.  Then again, I have that here so  Undecided  D.C. is more gay-friendly than this area, though.  NYC or Boston comes to mind, but given my love of colonial history the latter would be slightly more likely (then again, I have that here as well).  The drawback of living that far north is the winters (and I don't really know how hot and humid it gets up there in the summer).  I wish there was a way to spend my summers away from the humidity and my winters roughly where I'm at now.

Then after reading Catja's post, I think living in London (or anywhere in Europe) for a while could be interesting.

Oh and to completely answer the original post: I don't think anywhere I move would impact my religion.  Except if I moved to or the area I live in now turns into a total fundamentalist theocracy, which is something that I highly doubt would happen.
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« Reply #6: May 14, 2009, 11:16:16 am »

Further north!  Where exactly?  Perhaps Alaska or more preferably, Iceland.  Why!  Because I just don't do well in warm weather.  While Minnesota is usually considered anything but warm, the summer months are very humid.  Mid to lower 90s with high humidity!!  No thanks, I'll take 50 please. 

The relocation would have no effect on religious life.

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You might try the Pacific Northwest.  It sounds perfect for you.
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« Reply #7: May 14, 2009, 02:05:55 pm »

You might try the Pacific Northwest.  It sounds perfect for you.

I forgot to mention that I love extreme cold & tons of snow.  So unless it is in the mountains, I think the Pacific Northwest is out.  Unless we're talkin Canada that is.

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« Reply #8: May 14, 2009, 02:20:25 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?
There's this valley in Wales near Betws-y-Coed that we went on holiday to last year. I could happily go live there, if I didn't need a job and a broadband connection! So when I win the lottery then... This valley had a small community living in it and used to be full of small slate mines, there were ruined cottages and piles of slate, and a real feel of nature reclaiming the place. It even had a tiny request stop on the railway line. Mountains in the distance, woods and streams closer. You could walk Moel Siabod (sp?) from the door. Beautiful. The house we stayed in was tiny, with the thick stone white painted walls that are so typical of Welsh cottages. Open fire, views down the valley from the door.... sigh.

I'm not sure how my religious life would change.
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« Reply #9: May 14, 2009, 03:16:22 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?


Close to where ever my grandchildren live.

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plus that their parents are engaged in supporting them and as a grandparent living close I can better share my love of the finer arts and Crafts while my grandchildren's minds are most impressionable.

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What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

My musical instruments and fiber working tools are very portable. I'm sure I can network with the local herbs where ever I settle.
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« Reply #10: May 14, 2009, 03:21:58 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

Somewhere much much warmer  - Sicily is my choice but the OH isn't keen.  I suspect we will compromise eventually nearer Rome but it can't be for a few years yet.

As for the religious element well who knows? I am certainly more in tune with "local" spirits so I suspect that there would be a change of some sort.
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« Reply #11: May 14, 2009, 03:47:16 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

With several addendum, I'd live in Homer, AK again.  These add-ons include but aren't limited to:

  • The means to make a living in a very seasonal/tourist-based economy.
  • An enormous (obscenely enormous) greenhouse in which to grow all the food you can't otherwise grow there.
  • Lots of relatively flat acreage upon which to grow said food.

My second choice would be outside Eugene, OR (preferably on a bus line), and I wouldn't need so much space/such a big greenhouse because the growing climate is so much more favorable.  The ability to grow my own food is the primary consideration for living anywhere.

I love Homer for its immense natural beauty, its ocean beaches, and its extremely groovy vibe.  I love Eugene for its big-city amenities/small-town feel.  I could be a very happy hippie there.  And I'd be closer to my folks, who are getting up there and will need more help over the next decade.  Either location would suit my established seasonal celebrations, so no great jarring in that department.

But really, I love it here NW Washington, too, for many of the same reasons.  I'm a homebody, and since I'm already home, well...

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« Reply #12: May 14, 2009, 03:58:53 pm »


I want to live in Ireland. I've always been fascinated by the country, culture, music, mythology, history, etc. And I am not of Irish descent, so I don't know where this fascination comes form.

We'll be moving within the next year or so; probably only across town. But for the past several months now I've been getting this very strong feeling that one day we are going to end up settling down in Virginia. I have no idea WHY I feel this way, but the feelings simply won't go away that that is where we are going to end up. I've been through Virginia and I've been to Arlington National Cemetery, but other than that, I haven't spent any major time there. So where these intense feelings are coming from, I have no idea.
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« Reply #13: May 14, 2009, 04:31:54 pm »

I forgot to mention that I love extreme cold & tons of snow.  So unless it is in the mountains, I think the Pacific Northwest is out.  Unless we're talkin Canada that is.

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Dear god, we are utter opposites! I can't tolerate cold, snow, short days/long nights, nor leafless trees. So though I'm enormously happy in NYC (and in close proximity to most of my family), in my ideal life I'd migrate every year to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from January 1 to April 1, where it would be summer again. Plus I love that town! (Whenever I'm there, it's like I'm 21 all over again; no mean feat when you're 46.)

I can't say that it'd affect my religious life much, though.
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« Reply #14: May 14, 2009, 07:15:46 pm »

I forgot to mention that I love extreme cold & tons of snow.  So unless it is in the mountains, I think the Pacific Northwest is out.  Unless we're talkin Canada that is.

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Canadian PNW isn't terribly cold; we had about six feet of snow this winter, but it didn't last long. Now it's sunny and looking to be a rather hot summer. A few summers ago we had a string of 33-degree (C) days up in Powell River (that's about 90 degrees Fahrenheit).

Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut may suit you though. Or the East in winter. But if you want a really cold Canada, BC is not your best bet. Smiley
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