I think I love St. Augustine.
There are a lot of places where you feel like an outsider. That’s because you ARE an outsider. You’re invading a kind of private club, and the locals have no qualms about letting you know that. I grew up in a touristy area, and I gave that vibe out to many a tourist. But, here everyone feels like the common denominator, and we’re all on the run.
It’s a mish mash of people from all over escaping something; winter, day to day life, jobs, family, to do lists, pressure, expectations. All of those things fall away when you’re on vacation, when you give in to vacation.
That’s the key isn’t it? Giving in. It takes me a week to give in. Now I’m here and it’s good.