Soul City – A place in this world that is completely in tune with who you are and who you want to be. You never feel alone in your soul city, because you are enveloped in the exciting comfort of knowing that you are exactly where you belong. You dream of it. When you focus hard enough in the quiet space of your mind, you can really imagine yourself strolling the streets of the city that lights up your soul. You don’t choose your soul city; your soul city chooses you.
That’s my definition of a soul city. London, England became my soul city the day I arrived there during my junior year of college for a semester abroad. I spent a glorious spring falling in love with London. Not every day was roses, but the city and experience shaped me in a way that I don’t think any other city could have or ever will. Sometimes my heart actually aches with a mix of nostalgia and the need to transport myself back to good ol’ Londontown. At those times, I listen to Adele and shove a scone down my throat, stat. It’s the only cure for an Anglophile with no money to buy a plane ticket across the pond.
Your soul city can be your hometown, a place you’ve never been, a city you’ve only visited for a pit stop (must have been one fantastic gas station). It can be anywhere! That’s the magical fun of it all. Your soul city says so much about you and all your wonderful passions. If you haven’t found yours yet, never fear, there is always time to explore and travel.
Jump into the adventure of your soul city. Because once you find it, you’ve always got it.
What Your Soul City Says About You:
(Disclaimer: I have not been to or spent long periods of time in some of these cities; therefore, my knowledge is purely imaginative. I encourage you to define your soul city in your own terms!)
If Paris is your soul city… You are a foodie at heart, who isn’t scared of carbs and appreciates fine cuisine. Your style is understated and red wine teeth look good on you. You enjoy the quiet reserve of an afternoon café creme at Angelina, but can stay out dancing all night long in heels. Your hair never looks perfect, but it always looks great. You don’t need a city that comforts you in a welcoming bear hug because you’re confident and cool on your own.
If London is your soul city… You live for a delicious mix of royalty, history and fashion. You can deal with the rain and think dainty flower patterns à la Cath Kidston will always be just right. Curry is one of your favorite meals. The juxtaposition between modern and ancient intrigues you. JK Rowling, the Queen and Alexa Chung are the trifecta of perfection in your eyes. You’re cool mix-matching your style and can rock a trench. Alone time is important to you so you stroll through Borough Market solo. You have a dedication to a soul city that is classy and prestigious but also the pub capital of the world.
If New York is your soul city... You’re all about the hustle and bustle of a city that’s alive 24/7. The endless possibilities make your heart skip a beat. There is always more to explore and you like the challenge of trying new things. You’re a tough one who works hard and isn’t intimidated. You know how you like your damn pizza at Lucali and aren’t afraid to let that be known. You can be calm, cool and collected when you run into Jake Gyllenhaall on the subway. Your fashion is edgy.
If Portland is your soul city… You’re attracted to things that are a little off-kilter and you don’t need the sun constantly shining. You’ve got a good sense of humor. You’re sort of a geek, in a totally trendy way. You like your cities with a mix of healthy nature thrown in. You don’t need your soul city to be pristine because you appreciate the quirkiness of its true form. You’re all about the buying local game at the Portland Farmers Market. You like shopping vintage and can pull off the menswear trend.
If Hong Kong is your soul city… You have a work hard to play hard mentality. You’re daring and motivated and have an entrepreneurial spirit inside. You find allure in the meeting of East and West. Your soul city is contemporary and fast paced, but is based upon tradition. Bright lights and karaoke are simply the best recipe for a night out. Your street style is on point and super eclectic. You can be seen hanging around the Sheung Wan neighborhood.
If Florence is your soul city… Art is your life and pasta is your fuel. Your perfect day is zooming around on your mint green vespa, taking in culture and scenery. You have a romantic heart and find beauty in the classics. Your dream is to be featured on The Sartorialist while snacking on gelato at Grom. You’ll get there someday with that superb style, don’t worry. Your attitude is at the same time relaxed and energetic.
Tell us, what’s your soul city? What do you think it says about you? Share in the comments!
Ally Garner hails from Madison, Wisconsin, but is currently a grad student studying media and public affairs at The George Washington University in our nation’s capital. She loves to write, eats a cupcake at least once a week and lives for all things Tina Fey/Liz Lemon. Get her talking about yoga, history, Harry Potter or traveling and she’ll go on for days. Also, her life philosophy is laughing is the best.