If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, which would these be?
I spent my childhood in Wigan and it’s the place that I still call home. There’s much that I loathe here: the rudeness of many people, the ineffectiveness of the local council, the fact that there is nothing to do. But even so it’s still home.
Wigan is the place where my family are, where there are places that I know, that I love. Above all, though, it’s packed with memories. Memories of school, of playing, of days out with my parents. It is, and will always be, home. The place where I feel comfortable, the place that I’m glad to come back to.
So, Wigan is definitely one of my two places, but where is the other?
Aberystwyth, maybe? I spent my university years there, and believe me it has much to recommend it, but as somewhere to spend half of the rest of my life? No, I don’t think so.
Manchester was another option. I spend a lot of my time in the city these days, and – especially compared to Liverpool – Manchester is great. It’s a vibrant, exciting city with loads to offer someone working in the media like me. But again, it’s just not the place for me.
No, if I had to choose, it would be Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.
I visited Iceland in 2009 and was completely captivated by the people, the scenery and the way of life. So calm and laid back, which I imagine when you have to live in harmony with nature like Icelanders do is a must. After all, it’s basically dark for three months of the year, and it’s so windy that there are hardly any trees.
Oh, and there are more sheep than people – so it’s really rather peaceful too 🙂
So there you go, those are my two choices. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below.
This is part of the Daily Post series – see more at A Tale of Two Cities.