Living in a large inland city on the edge of bushland, I enjoy many of the advantages of both city and country living. I see pros and cons to life in each type of area, but what it comes down to for most of us is preference.
I have a couple of sisters-in-law who choose to live in the heart of big cities and it’s great visiting them. Public transport is a short walk down the street and I occasionally have ‘Arts envy’ when I see the wonderful shows and exhibitions on their doorstep. They have so many choices of varied ethnic restaurants and cafes, and access to much speedier internet (don’t get me started!)
That said, I love the feeling of returning to my peaceful home and waking to birdsong each morning. I look out over the valley in all its seasonal beauty and smell the eucalypts. So, if we take as a given that preference is often the determining factor in where we live, what are five things country towns do better than big cities?
There you have my top five reasons for preferring life in the country (or at least on the edge of it). Perhaps they also explain why I've been drawn to writing rural or small town romances
Which do you prefer, city or country, and why?
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12/14/2015 06:46:51 pm
I love the country. The clean air, the relaxed pace of life and the fact that kids can still be kids and try anything. Yep, country life is for me.
12/21/2015 01:07:17 pm
There is a different type of freedom for kids in the country, and it encourages self reliance and independence, with common sense!
12/17/2015 12:30:58 am
I've always lived in between, but have a much greater affinity with the country than the city - I totally agree about the clean air, birds, stars ...
12/21/2015 01:09:30 pm
It really does come down to personal preference. While a visit to a big city is exciting, I'm happiest living from day to day where it's quiet and the air is clean. :)
12/22/2015 04:52:50 pm
I'm a country girl at heart. I grew up in the city and we moved to land just outside the city when I was young. I had horses, sheep, chickens, dogs and cows next door. I am back living in the city and my favourite thing to do is take a drive back to the country and breath in the fresh air and slower pace. Nothing relaxes and grounds me more than that.
1/6/2016 04:18:21 am
Nicki, that sounds just about perfect!
2/2/2016 01:57:39 am
I think that both big cities and country towns have pros and cons. If you live in a big megalopolis you enjoy a vibrant and busy life. On the other hand, at a country town you can relax and be closer to nature.
9/5/2021 05:11:37 pm
Country Over City
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