I’ve been carrying around a dangerous list in my pocket. It’s a list of the world cities that Bordeaux and I are dreaming of including on an around-the-world tour. It follows, roughly in order:
1. Cape Town, South Africa
2. Vancouver, Canada
3. Bogotá, Colombia
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
5. Istanbul, Turkey (pictured above)
6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7. Hanoi, Vietnam
Ideally, we’d semi-live in each spot, spending a few months there working and really getting to know the cities. In between, we’d hope to visit a few places as well: we’d spend some time in Pretoria and Limopo visiting Bordeaux’s family; some time in New Mexico visiting mine; hopefully we’d get to see a few US cities that Bordeaux hasn’t yet been to, like San Francisco and Seattle; we’d travel overland through South America, taking in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile; we’d visit London, maybe Amsterdam; and hopefully return to Bangkok and Taiwan.
Eesh, now that I look over this—how long would this trip take? And how feasible would this even be? English teaching jobs are kind of the standard traveller’s work, and I don’t really know if short-term teaching positions are that frequently available.
But these are the kinds of escapist thoughts in our heads lately…
And it’s probably a bad idea for me to ask this (as if I need more encouragement), but if you could live in any other world city for a period, where would you live?