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"'Is the city open? Are there any morning papers yet?" These are the words of a favourite song of mine that sets my mind wandering into all the cities I have ever lived. There are seven of them: Amsterdam, Edinburgh,
Dubai, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Melbourne. Each with their own secrets, each with their alleyways, their parks and urban places, their grit and their dance, their rhythm and pace.
I used to love living in those cities, and now, after years of living in the country, I am feeling the pull again. The draw of city life is strong. I miss the life of cities. I miss the pedestrian life, the pace, the architecture, the culture, the colour. Above all I miss the anonymity.There is an escapism there, an escapism that comes with the ability to disapear into a cafe early morning, with the world outside humming around you, and not knowing a single soul.
When things get too complicated, or messy, you can dissapear into the crowd and feel the flow of humanity buzzing around you, and suddenly find perspective again.
I find myself wondering how I can bring a bit of city life into my country life. Is it possible to have both?
Is there a city I can go, which has a balance of green places, of wild places, mixed in with the ebb and flow, the bustle of city life.
Edinburgh maybe? With a mountain in the guts of it. Dubai? With a desert on its door step. Escape there is only a short drive away.
This is a quality to search for, a quality I would like to find. I need a new city.