I once had a psychic tell me that I kept visiting cities of the places I had lived in previous lives. It could be, I have no idea. But if I run into The Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, or The Hollywood Psychic, Tyler Henry, I will have them check it out.
I have been lucky enough to live in several different places in this country and luckier still to have visited many places throughout the world. Living in a city gives you an entirely new view of it. You are no longer that tourist going from one museum to another or trying to get to 5 historical places in one day. Never getting a true feeling for any of it.
My past work history had given me opportunity for discounted travel and as a result many times I would focus on one museum or location to visit because I knew I could come back in two or three months it I felt it necessary. This gave me the opportunity to not rush to try and see France in 2 days.
Living in the US, I grew up in the Midwest and lived in both big and small cities. Lived in a couple of places in the East again, both big and small cities. On the west coast lived in a big city, but had friends living other places that I visited frequently. Some places where I never “lived” but visited on a monthly basis, feel as if I lived there.
This brings me to Anchorage. The population in the Anchorage area is over 300,000 so that might constitute a big city. It feels like a small town in many ways. In my daily travel I constantly run into the same people over and over again. The public transit system feels like small town. A few downtown venues feels very much like big city places.
So is this a small town trying to be a big city or a big city stuck in some places. One of the interesting things to me is that I first visited Alaska some 20 + years ago and Anchorage was a small city even though it was the largest city in Alaska. Some of the business I visited look just about the same, many are no longer recognizable as the same.
I think this is a place that does not want anyone to define it or categorize it, it thrives on its individual stance. That also says a lot for the people who inhabit this place. The native who were living here for a very long time are fiercely independent and creative. The “new” people who moved here from all over the world are also fiercely independent and creative.
Most people I encounter are from somewhere else once upon a time, but having lived here for 10 or 20 or 50 years consider Alaska their home. They all say that when they visit other places it is so nice to come home to Alaska. Many have that homestead attitude of making what you have at hand work for you. Most have different reasons for coming here originally, but have become Alaskans.
I truly am grateful that I am having this opportunity to live and work in a city that I think is a great place to visit and a beautiful place to live. No, I am not moving here permanently, but I will surely come back to visit again and again.