What it means to love a city
Traveling in Taipei is interesting. I keep on asking myself, is the whole city this way or just the parts I am get to see. The city seems very clean and well kept. There is very little litter around, almost no graffiti, the smells good. I know I am only seeing a small part of the city. I am not sure of the parts of the city are not this way also.
Walking back to my hotel last night I thought to myself I could fall in love with Taipei. I can see having a long term relationship with this city. There is a good chance I'll be coming back as long as I'm in this job. I have enjoyed both my trips here. This is a feeling I know, but I've not felt it in a while. The idea of a place speaking to me.
That said, I know there is a difference between loving to visit a city and loving to live there. Right now when I get to visit a city, I don't have to care about so many things. I don't care how the city infertructure impacts my day to day life. I don't have to care about where I can take Aiden to on the weekend. I don't need to care if I like my day care options. I don't need to care about the traffic and the transit system.
In my 20s I would have not cared about how the city would impact my life. I would have just jumped into the adventure. I would not really had thought about how the city would impact my life. It is a strange thing to think about. I am not sure I hear people talk about how what give you a quality of life is different at different stages or your life.
For not I am just going to enjoy my trips here. I expect to come back here a couple times next year. It is ok to love to visit a city and not want to live somewhere. I will just enjoy the chances I get to travel here.