“Exciting cities stay exciting, and boring cities stay boring.” Geoffrey West
I've been living in Palo Alto 4 years. The most boring 4 years in one of the Silicon Valley cities. A lot of people are craving to be here believing that local life is exciting and eventful, but I would be so happy to leave!
For me Palo Alto as well as other Bay Area cities became the place where nothing happens. Seems like time stopped here, you missed the last train. And you will never have an opportunity to leave this place which gives you the blues and depresses you so much. Don't stop moving! Fight with all your strength trying not to lose yourself. Otherwise you will drown in grief for a while or even perhaps forever.