What do you like about living in your current city? Dislikes? Do you want to stay there? Where do you see yourself ending up/settling down, if anywhere?

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I absolutely love living in Santa Barbara. I have always wanted to live here, and when I didn’t know what do do after grad school, I just made the leap to live where I wanted to live. I moved here without knowing anyone and started living the dream!

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I love Santa Barbara because it is small enough but big enough for me at the same time. I am a small town girl, so having no traffic and a quiet neighborhood is definitely what I need to feel at home. But I also like to get dressed up and dance, try new bars and restaurants, go to concerts, and feel like there are new things to do where I live. Santa Barbara gives me both, and which I had not found in the other beautiful coastal towns I’ve lived in.

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12649001044_ec43e0b05e_o Most people would say Santa Barbara is beautiful because of the beach, but I actually love it because of the mountains. Don’t get me wrong, I always love being near the ocean – but having mountains staring back at me whenever I look up makes me feel like I live in a truly beautiful place. I grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains, so I am spoiled when it comes to a dramatic landscape.

12785515454_4920eda21a_o The only thing that I don’t like about Santa Barbara is the lack of diversity. Having the university close helps a lot, and I have met a lot of people from different backgrounds and places because of that. However, as a whole, Santa Barbara is primarily made up of financially well-off white folks, in my experience. Which in my opinion, is just not as interesting and productive as being part of a more diverse community.


12648549484_2da0da3dfc_o 12785897554_08cf568ee6_o Anthony and I have talked about it a lot, and we definitely want to stay in Santa Barbara, for as long as we can afford to! We definitely will be getting the “paradise penalty” in higher rent and food prices, but we think it’s worth it. We really want to continue to establish more and more roots here. Santa Barbara gives us happy hour downtown, bike rides to UCSB along the beach, and listening to only crickets (and sometimes waves!) as we fall asleep.

12649653093_02a33212e3_o Where is your favorite place to live? I would love to live vicariously through some of you and hear about other cities!

NEXT WEEK’S PROMPT

What do you/did you like about being single? Talk about a time when you were glad you were single.

5 Comments on Monday Memoirs

  1. Mary@TwoHappyLambs
    May 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Those pictures are amazing. Makes me want to live there!

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  2. Alexa
    May 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this post!

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  3. Stephanie
    May 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks guys! Both of you are welcome to come live in the same city as me any time… ;)

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  4. Kate @ The Kate Keeper
    June 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I lived in Santa Barbara for two years, and I have to completely agree with you that the mountains are what make Santa Barbara so dramatically beautiful. They form a natural protective barrier for a place so worthy of hugging and protecting. And, I too was impressed with the big city attractions that Santa Barbara offered. For being such a small town, a lot goes on there. I mean it has its own film festival! I’m glad my job and my boyfriend’s family tie me back to Santa Barbara. It’s a great place to be tied to, and I can’t wait to visit this summer. Great post!

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    • Stephanie
      June 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww I love that Kate: “They form a natural protective barrier for a place so worthy of hugging and protecting.” Beautiful. That’s how I feel about Santa Barbara most of the time- I just wanna hug it. :) Let me know when you guys visit, I would love to have happy hour or something and meet you in person!

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