I noticed another defining moment this month, vacation in reverse. Most people live in densely populated areas and vacation to sparsely populated areas. We do the opposite. We live in a year round rural life, relaxing, full of leisure and play and then go to cities to "get our fill," which also translates into "get fed up" and "get good and tired." Don't get me wrong, I love cities! But I leave them reminded that I like the way of life we created.
If you think about it, a low year round cost of living enables good vacationing, expensive culinary experiences (if your so inclined) shows, whatever you fancy. Free of the burden of the expenses of a 2nd home (in your fav city) one can use the money that rural life saves to city hop and explore the world one city a time on vacation.
Now that our gardens water themselves, thank you DIY irrigation system and timers, we are free to roam. I find that after about a week in a city I'm pooped from the speed, weakened by pollution (your constitution does change from clean living), and have been revivified by the culture and the creative expression cities tend to encourage. Now if I could just move all the cities I'd like to visit so that I could get to them in my bio burning Beetle!
IMAGE: Graffiti in Boulder, CO