What if cities were people? I remember a friend saying to me: “Everybody says that Moscow is a she, but I would disagree. European cities are feminine, but Moscow is a very masculine one”. I believe that every city has its soul and I am always eager to explore it when traveling. Today I want to share my impressions of some cities whose heart I got to know. I am very curious if you agree or disagree on my conclusions about their character.
“Everybody says that Rome is romantic, but it is not. It is energetic and cunning”. These were our musings in the eternal city. And what if Rome was a person? I asked. Who would it be? A woman, a man, old or young? Rome would be a man, we agreed. Very masculine, hungry for power, self-imposing, high on testosterone and need to show off. Like his emperors, like his huge monuments (hello, Vittorio Emanuele II). Also ballsy, passionate, generous and dominating.
Sharing some ice-cream, views and memories, we continued our game. What about Florence? Florence would be a woman. Beautiful Firenze. With the face of Venus by Botticelli, rosy cheeks, long curls, soft lines of her dress. Maybe, a bit more noisy than on the picture. But with the same serene and classical air.
And Naples? Oh, Napoli, Napoli… A city that knocked me out. And charmed my man with its chaos. It would be a man or, maybe, a woman, which doesn’t really matter. Because it would be that kind of a gypsy, ragged, dirty, noisy, shouting in its own dialect. Wanting for your money, your attention, making you hold your purse tightly to your heart and never sink your shoulders to relax.
What about Barcelona? Oh, Barcelona is definitely a woman. Beautiful, sexy, seducing, dancing in the warm night with sparkling eyes. Loud, intense, attracting all attention, a real diva. No wonder why she is called the Great Enchantress. And in the songs of local gypsies her name is gitana hechicera which means “gypsy sorceress”. Because she is able to enchant you for the rest of your life. You can either love her or hate her.
And our home city – Oslo? It would be a man, shy and quiet. Not too old, but with a mindset of a retiree. Seeking peace and tranquility. A bit hipster, eco-minded, with the beard, Van shoes and the shopping net. Nature-loving, reserved, obeying the rules and his woman. Which reminds us of some (many) Scandinavian men.
Have you been to the named places? What is your impression of them?
And what about your city? What kind of person would it be?