I grew up out east on LI. University of Maryland for undergrad. Northern California for chiropractic school. Ended up staying for 20 years. SF/Oakland is an amazing place to live.
During those 20 years out west I spent a couple of years living in Mexico. Guanajuato and on a beach in Nayarit in a small fishing village. In a tent. For months. I adjusted a local family with a tin roof restaurant for food daily.
Back in Oakland, I spent a couple of years dedicated to a monk-like existence. Hours of meditation a day. Raw food lifestyle. To say things got deep doesn't do that time in my life justice.
Relocated back to NY in January full time. Living in Grammercy. Another interesting chapter thus far. I have practices on both coasts and am looking at a venture in Texas, so I travel a bit to interesting (not freezing) places on the regular.