Actually, there are some pretty good reasons.
It beats living in a country where half its voters bow to Trump and MAGA.
Another great piece! The important take away for me is letting go of those annoyances in the past and keeping the forward momentum going. I think you capture that in your PS!
Great that you shared the quirks we have to deal with. We rarely find sharps knives. . .
Levanto is a great spot. Be sure to sample the excellent focaccia you find everywhere in Liguria. We enjoyed the hike from Levanto to Monterosso. Not as busy as the others.
I love that you covered this!! I frankly don't think it gets talked about enough, including, "The funny thing about the annoying stuff that happen while we travel? Once we solve a problem — and we always do solve it, one way or another — we barely even remember it happened." I have NEVER had a trip that something didn't go wrong, even if it was small, but is also never becomes the focus of the trip. Lift will always hand you issues, no matter where you are in the world. Being able to handle those problems, no matter the location or language, is part of what makes us resilient as humans. It's all the more reasons that we should travel MORE, even if it's just 1 state or 1 country away.
When I saw the subject line for this post, I immediately thought, "Why the #$!@%! Would Anyone Live in One Place?"
There are *LOADS* of great reasons, in my book, too! Thanks for touching on the fact that this stuff happens no matter where one might choose to live. We absolutely remember the frustrations. Those are the parts of our adventures that make the absolute best stories--when we're able to look back and laugh at ourselves and how resilient we were. ;-)
popcorn and pinwheels 😂
From the photo, Levanto looks like an excellent choice towards the beginning of the trail. If you visit Manarola on the other side of the trail....let us know how that town compares. Also, Santa Margherita Ligure as a stop over and short easy walk to Porto Fino? And, how the weather conditions are this time of year....fog? Milano which is inland can be fogged in during the winter months, Genoa on the Coast not so bad on fog.
looove Cinque Terre. we like to spend a few days there before the Palio of Siena each summer. hope u have an amazing time. one of our favorite experiences was making gnocchi with Luca in Riomaggiore. highly recommend.
Perspective is everything!