This is a blog about cities, about geographical mobility and about home. It is addressed to friends and strangers alike who wander the cities of the world, and who, in their sleep, dream of a city that they once did or now do or will call home.
I recently read that only 3% of people live outside their country of birth (Ghemawat, P., 2011. World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It. MA: Harvard Business Press). With the current world population approaching 7 billion, that amounts to 210 million people. Which doesn’t seem like such a small number.
And then what about those who live outside their city of birth, but within the same country? What about those who have once lived outside their country and/or city of birth but have now returned? What about those that desire or plan to live elsewhere but are not there yet?
How many of the world’s people are, have once been, or desire to find home away from home? The figure could be mind-boggling.
More importantly, what is “home”? This is where the journey(ing) begins.