I live in Argentina. The cities of Quilmes, Ezpeleta, Berazategui and a few others are my home.
I'm moving to the U.S.. I've stayed in Mobile, Alabama for a year, and the place sucked my soul out.
I'm not looking for a place that looks like Argentina, but for a place with a similar lifestyle.
By this I mean:
- a place where I'm not obligated to own a car because walking or riding a bike is impossible
- a place where I can find local stores. Here I know that I can go to a store to buy pastries, a different one to buy craft supplies, a fresh pasta store, a chocolate store, a drugstore, a produce store, a pharmacy, a natural products store, etc.. In Alabama there was a Walmart where I could find a little bit of everything and where the produce sucked, a Winn-Dixie, and a few big stores like Hobby Lobby and Home Depot
- A PLACE WITH SIDEWALKS
- a place where I don't have to walk 45 minutes to get anywhere
- a place that doesn't have just a bunch of main streets, and no other way to get from A to B other than those loud 6 lane streets that feel like walking along a highway
- a place where it is possible to ride a bike places because the streets allow it
Where I'm from, there's a lot of the Italian, Spanish and French cultures and food.
I'm also looking for somewhere safe crime-wise, with no natural disasters, and cold and dry but not cold to where your boogers freeze.
I feel like I basically want Argentina in the U.S..
My lifestyle is not as lazy as what I've seen in Alabama. I like to move, and the food there seems much more unhealthy. I can't find anything that doesn't come from concentrate unless I go to a Whole Foods Market, which is over an hour away from me by foot.
I've been in Texas too for a few weeks, and it seemed pretty much the same, except for the Mexican food and spanish tv. I also know someone from South Carolina who tells me it's the same as well, uses the car everywhere he goes and even lives on a dirt street.
I don't like crowded places. I live close to the capital city, and I hate it. Places like New York are not what I want at all.
I don't want to live in the Latin culture, so places like Miami and California are not what I want either -I can't stand the heat either-.
I guess I want a healthy American culture.
At the same time, I always wanted to work at a farm.
I would consider Mobile to be a suburban city. I was some minutes away from downtown, and it didn't look like what I'd consider the countryside. However, there was a farm 1 hour away on foot from where I lived, which makes me confused as to if it was really a suburb. Maybe it was hybrid.
I've talked to my neighbor about this, and he looked at me like "you'll never find a place like that".
I've been watching shows, and there's Zoë Bakes; whenever she goes outside, it looks just like where I'd want to be. She goes to local bakeries and stores (even though I can't say if she needs a car), BUT she lives in Minnesota and my neighbor told me that your boogers do in fact freeze there.
He also told me that Colorado isn't a good option because of the weather -something about tornadoes-; I think he also told me it's not safe. And that in North or South Dakota there's a drug chain going on.
Really, I don't know if there's an Argentinean community somewhere in the U.S., and if there was, I wouldn't know how to find it.