For four years I had two homes. I lived day-to-day in San Francisco, yet always referred to London, England as my home whenever anyone asked. When I visited London, the opposite would happen — home became San Francisco. I defined home as the place I was away from.
Cheap flights and messaging apps have made the world a smaller place in the last 20 years, so defining “home” can be complicated. Why tie yourself down to one place when you can roam free? All you need is a mobile phone, a credit card, a few friends, and an idea.
Soul-folk singer Elizabeth Moen is living this very idea. She was born and raised in Iowa, yet as her musical career blossoms, she is trying to split her time between three bases: Iowa, Dublin, and San Francisco.
Her unusual arrangement started after planning a trip to France, where she had studied during high school, to visit some friends. “Before I went to France, I went to Dublin with my guitar for a couple of days because I heard it was the place to be,” Moen says. She did what you do as a singer with a guitar in a new city: She went to some open mics and she made some friends. “Hey, if you come back, we’ll try and help out with shows,” she says her new friends would say to her. “If you come back…you can stay on our couch.”
The same happened when she traveled to the West Coast. Before she knew it, Moen had musicians learning her music in three cities and had three places to lay her head.
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