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When I travel to a new place, on the back of my mind, I always have a question whether I would prefer living there permanently. I am not sure why I do this, because I do like living in Victoria very much. Still, I have this ongoing process of weighing pros and cons of different towns, and the outcome is rarely clear-cut. Every city has something particular that would make it an attractive home base.

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Venice is an exception. It is a fantastic place to visit as a tourist, but living there permanently would be so impractical that it is not even worth considering seriously. So as we are leaving Venice after a short stay there, there is no aftertaste of regret. Perhaps, this is a part of the Venetian charm – almost everyone there is a visitor, so nobody associates strongly with the environment, and the permanent state of decay of the buildings only adds to the atmosphere without creating any stress.

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