Good morning/good afternoon/good evening everyone!
I hope you're having a great day so far. Today's quote of the day is:

“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.”
- Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After

As someone with an intense wanderlust, and a love for travel and new, far-off places with new and different cultures, one of my dreams has always been to live in a city abroad. So I thought I might make today's article about the five cities that I would love to live in.

1] DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland

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Metropolitan population: 1.8 million
Name: Derived from Gaelic "Dubhlinn", meaning blackpool
Official Irish Name: Baile Átha Cliath (town of the hurdled ford)
Official language(s): Gaelic, English
Known for: Guinness, pubs, music, literature

There are a few reasons I'd love to live in the Irish capital. The culture in Dublin is extremely open and welcoming, celebrating individuality and what it means to be alive, and it is one of the literary capitals of the world. As a writer and a reader, I think being immersed in that kind of environment would be incredible for my creativity. Finally, Dublin is my ancestral home - members of my family have lived there for centuries. Having an opportunity to connect with the place that so many of my forebears lived would be absolutely amazing.

2] NEW YORK, U.S.A

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Metropolitan population: 8.55 million
Name: Named in honour of the Duke of York in 1664, who would become King James II of England
Nickname(s): The Big Apple, The Empire City
Official language: English
Known for: Food, arts, Broadway, cinema

It's always been a dream of mine to live in New York. Though it sounds like such a regular and common dream, something about New York has always been very attractive to me - it has that x-factor that is just so hard to define. I'm planning on visiting some time next year, so we'll see if I love it as much as I think I will.

3] COPENHAGEN, Denmark

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Metropolitan population: 2 million
Name: Derived from the Old Norse Kaupmannahǫfn, meaning 'merchant's harbour'
Nickname(s): the City of Spires
Official language: Danish
Known for: Renaissance history, architecture, bike riding, eco-friendly living

Copenhagen has always fascinated me. I think partially because I've been told somewhere along the line that I have Danish heritage, but also I think because of the culture. We had a Danish exchange student at my school for a year in 2015/2016, and she always told me these stories of the town she lived in, and her trips into Copenhagen, about an hour from her home. I'd really like to see if this is a city that I could truly fall in love with.

4] KYOTO, Japan

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Metropolitan population: approx. 2.7 million
Name: Adopted in 1997, Kyoto means "capital city"
Nickname(s): the Thousand Year Capital
Official language: Kansai dialect of Japanese
Known for: classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, traditional wooden houses

Kyoto is something different. It's a chance to explore a culture and a way of life that is totally separate and individual to my own. It's rich history and national significance are also a huge attraction for me. I know for a fact that even if I never lived here on a permanent basis, I'd want to visit more than once.

5] PARIS, France

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Metropolitan population: estimated 12.5 million
Name: derived from its early inhabitants, the Celtic Parisii tribe
Nickname(s): the City of Light(s), the City of Love [ La Ville Lumiere, La Ville de l'Amour ], the Dirty City
Official language: French
Known for: fashion, cafe culture, museums, tourist attractions (e.g. Eiffel Tower), cathedrals

I'm going to be totally honest and tell you that this was a toss up between Paris, La Ville Lumière, and Toulouse, La Ville Rose. The City of Lights and The Pink City have both held a special place in my heart for almost as long as I can remember. As a French-speaker (though not a French native) I had to include a French city on this list, as the language and the culture are very important to me, however it just seems that this time Paris has won out.

Thank you for reading today's article! I hope you enjoyed it, and that it gave you a little bit of inspiration.

- Brie x

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