What is your part of the world like?

@kitkat1 (1227)
Canada
June 25, 2007 9:21pm CST
I live in Nova Scotia Canada. We are mostly a fishing dependent community where i live. We live on the waterfrontage it is beautiful. We do have alot of people living on the system due to lack of jobs but do not suffer great poverty to much degree. We celebrate July the 1st which is Canada birthday and in my community we celebrate something called founders day when our town was founded. What is it like where u live? What is the main industry and is there much poverty. What special things do you celebrate as a community? I love to learn about other places all over the world helps me picture what it would be like.
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17 responses
• United States
26 Jun 07
In the "Carolina's"..it has been a bad situation "job wise" most of the manufacturing jobs have gone over sea's..but really most of the people are going to college and some have gotten much better jobs.. I would love to see Canada..I bet it is beautiful..
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
26 Jun 07
the whole world's population seems to be on the move for one reason or another. But i must admit i would love to see Canada and Alaska too blessed be
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@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
26 Jun 07
I live in Sabah popularly known as North Borneo. It is one of the state in Malaysia.We have diversify economic resouces. It is a multi racial country living in harmonious relationship. The country religion is Islam. But many people are also christians including me. The country richness is not distributed fairly and the percentage of poverty is still high in remote areas. My contry is politically stable and people here are friendly.
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@eashoor (307)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
I live In Halifax Nova Scotia But I am origionally from Saudi Arabia. I dont want to turn this into a political discussion but ill just say that as a woman Im much happier here. Saudi Is an ultra religious and strict as well as extremely oil rich country where women simply have no rights. I learned how to drive when I came to halifax in 2003 and Bought my first car at the age of 28. Thanks to Canada I am now Free and feel that I have rights. Though I have unfortunately experienced racism at work (The QE2) I still feel more powerful here than I ever would have in Saudi. I must state that it never snows in Saudi where the temperatures reach 60 degrees C easy and I still have issues with the cold weather. We also do not have pubs or clubs or movie theaters as they are all prohibited. I felt overwhelemed when I arrived here as I saw women walking free on the street without having to cover up and without the fear of being captured by the religious police. But now I am used to it and feel right at home. I have applied for immigration and have married a great Canadian Guy, we are currently expecting our first child. Thanks for starting this discussion! Confessions of a soon to be X Saudi Woman
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@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
26 Jun 07
I've read two books 'princess' and 'women in veil' which discribe the plight of women in saudi. I feel that saudi is not a place for women. They show no consideration for the women there. Though they are filthy rich but their women are being imprisoned in their own turf. I salute you for being brave to escape to a foreign land. Saudi women are actually beautiful but with that purdah their beauty is forever hidden.
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• Canada
26 Jun 07
Eashoor-- As a Canadian I do truly want to apologize for any racism that you have encountered in Canada and I am happy that you still love OUR country even despite it.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
26 Jun 07
this is typical of the part of the world i live in - Here in Yorkshire we have a lot of empty wide expanses of land. Its beautiful in summer, but summers are short
blessed be
I live in the rural West Riding of Yorkshire in the North of England, roughly half way between the cities of Leeds and Manchester. It is a beautiful area
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
26 Jun 07
honestly, i did upload a picture
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@musu112 (528)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Presently I am in California with my hubby, we recently got married and have been relocated here. Originally we are from India and these days being here alone I am really missing my friends and family over there. Looking forward to meet them soon in near future. Living here in California is also a nice and wonderful experience. We are freaking out to the new new places here around. We went to LA and New york recently and had a great time over there!!!!!
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I live in the United States, which is huge. But the part I live in is the state of Ohio, which is considered a midwest state. It's not really in the middle of the country, though. If you look at a map of the U.S., Ohio is about one-third of the way west of the Atlantic coast. It is at least a day's drive to that coast from here. Our state has one of the Great Lakes to the north and the Ohio River marks the south of the state. To drive from the north to the south of the state is nearly an eight-hour drive. There are hills, rivers, smaller lakes, streams, plains, valleys, farmland, forests, just about everything but mountains and desert. Ohio's industries are diverse. Not far from the city I live in is a large Honda plant where they assemble automobiles. There are many, many medical professionals in our city, quite a few large hospitals, so Healthcare is a big industry right here. There are farmlands in various parts of the state where they raise grains, vegetables, fruit orchards [cherries, apples and peaches mostly], cattle farms, chicken farms, pig farms, even a few llama farms! There is some poverty, but none of it is as desparate as other parts of the world. Most people have electricity and running water. And there really is no good reason for anyone to go hungry here, as there are many organizations that offer food for low income families. Unemployment in the state is not terrible right now. It has been worse. There seems to always be some construction going on, so the economy can't be that bad. We celebrate the U.S. Independance Day on July 4th. Here in Central Ohio we have a huge fireworks display called Red, White, and Boom. It always attracts close to a million people to the downtown area. It is quite impressive. The weather here is quite variable. We have cold winters and hot summers and occassionally mild and lovely days. In the winter it is cold, dark, and damp. In the spring it is wet but with a bit more sunshine. In the summer it is hot and humid, some days I feel like I need gills to breathe. The fall can be very dry or very damp and the days get shorter quickly. The weather often various a lot in one day! We can have as much as thirty or forty degrees difference in the highs and lows of a single day. We sometimes have snow as late in the year as mid-May. Last year we had temperatures in the 70's [F.] in November. So we have to be prepared with a wide variety of clothing for the seasons. This week it has been terribly hot and humid. Two days ago it was 93 degrees F. and the humidity was so heavy that we thought it would surely rain - but it didn't. It had been a week since we had any rain, and then it was only a brief shower. We were beginning to think they would have to start limiting our water useage. But it finally rained this evening and began cooling down. It's quite comfortable tonight. We are planning to travel to visit my daughter and her family in West Virginia next week. It is about a six-hour drive south. I'm hoping the milder temperatures last through our visit so we don't suffer from the heat. That means, of course, that we will miss Red, White, and Boom. But we stopped going downtown to watch it years ago. In the recent years we've gone to a part of town where we can see the fireworks from a distance without the oppressive crowds of people. Happy Birthday, Canada!
@flpoolbum (2351)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Our biggest industry is tourism, so everyone come down for a visit. lol! Unfortunately, Florida is considered a "right to work" state which basically means that an employer doesn't need a reason to fire you. I am lucky to have a decent paying job with union representation, but most people live on two minimum wage jobs. The housing prices are so ridiculous in Tampa and St. Petersburg that many people live in other areas and commute to forty miles or more one way to work. The property taxes are a source of anger among most people here and the homeowner's insurance rates are making living here so unaffordable that last year for the first time, more people moved out of Florida than that of those who moved in. In an interview in the St. Petersburg Times, one man stated that you can't live off of the sunshine. He and his wife are moving to Tennessee.
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I live in Western (Upstate) NY. I live in a middle size down of Dansville. We are about 45 miles south of the larger city Rochester- in Rochester- there are several larger world-known companies. Eastman Theater (George Eastman), Eastman Kodak Co. (camera), Paychex (fairly new). Barilla Pasta also recently opened a plant in our area. To the north of us is the dairy Polly-O- cheese and Corning Inc. (fibertronics). In my area we have a lot of farms- beef, milk, and cash crop (corn, wheat, potatoes). There is more poverty in the larger cities than in the towns around me- We have 2 major sports teams- Buffalo Bills (football) and Buffalo Sabres (hockey) - these teams both bring a lot of money to the area. It is gorgeous in our area- In the fall we have a Fall Foliage festival- 2 State Parks within 30 miles (1 is within 1 mile of me) Letchworth State Park and StonyBrook. Both gorgeous- In my town we celebrate Labor day with hot air balloons- A big festival – Used to be called Oktoberfest (German celebration) it is know the Festival of Balloons- People come from miles around to watch the balloons. It’s a great place to live-
• United States
26 Jun 07
I live in Central California which is mainly farming. California is one of the states that has the most diversities of growing crops. We grow berries, fruit trees, nut trees, all kinds or vegetables can grow here, rice is grown here, the biggest crop is the dairy business. I do not know why they call dairy a crop but they do. Our weather is mild compaired to yours we get the lows down to the low 30F's and the highes are up to 110F or even a little higher. I live in a small city which is growing and has a large influx of migrant worker who follow the crops. We celebrate our independace on July 4th with fire works and barbarques. YUM
• Canada
26 Jun 07
I am also a fellow canadian and I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Ofcourse saskatchewan is mostly known for its agricultural aspect but it is also being recognized for its massive amounts of oil and uranium that is being discovered in our province. I personally love saskatchewan, its simple, easy going, and everyone seems to get along with eachother. The city's are big and substantial but you can get anywhere within the city in 15 minutes or less. There is poverty in saskatchewan but that is to be expected in any city anywhere lol. Not everyone can be rich but I think saskatchewan is a great province with great communities and best of all great people.
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@PunkyMcPunk (1478)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
Hey Kitkat! I used to live just outside halifax in Lower Sackville! I loved it there but due to lack of work I had to move back to my home provence of Ontario.... I do love Ontario but I love all of Canada. I confess I have never lived out west but I have travelled there a lot to go snowboarding and just to travel.... Anyways.... Here in Ontario, I guess most of the jobs are in the retail or government sectors... In general. I live out in the country in a community called Plum Hollow. We maybe have a population of 80 (if we stretch the truth a little lol) and we are all farmers but due to the bad economy and horrible non support of Agriculture by the government we all have other jobs in other towns. In my community no one is poor and no one is rich.. We are all struggling. I guess if you just take a look at the pay cheque we would be lower middle class or high poor... But we all ahve food on the table because of the farms. We tend to help each other out and if someone has a bad harvest we share or if someone is sick and can't plant their potatoes we'll share etc.... We do this because everyone that lives here has lived here for generations. Even in the little town closest to us "Athens" theya re friendly and open and the same way. Most of those people have jobs in the bigger cities like Brockville (pop 22,000). I love my place because it is clean, friendly, open, and safe. We go to sleep at night and don't lock our doors. If you get stuck on the side of the road guaranteed someone will stop to at least offer you the use of their cell phone. Jobs in South Eastern Ontario are hard to come by because the factories are all closing Hershey in Smiths Falls one of the biggest employers and longest around is closing up and moving to Mexico, I know at least 350 people who are now going to be out of jobs. The sad thing is that most of these people started there while in or after highschool and they would be lucky if they have their grade 12. I also know several husbands and wives that work there and next year they will both be out of a job. Also most of the workers are 35 years old or more and well.... it won't be easy for them to get a job because of their ages. Most people here have jobs as a housecleaner, at a fast food place or Tim Hortons, or in a place like Wal-mart or Zellers... The factories are almost all gone.
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@Galena (9124)
26 Jun 07
I live in Cornwall in the UK. Cornwall is "technically" a County, but to the people living here, it is a small country. as far as I'm concerned, the UK is England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. Cornwall is very beautiful. the North coast has rugged, wild cliffs. the Moorlands are rocky and wild and wonderful. the more agricultural parts have rolling green hills. Cornwall is very green, as it rains a lot. but it is also quite hot in summer, compared to the rest of the UK. historically, the part of Cornwall I live in has a rich heritage based around tin mining. there are a lot of old tin mine buildings in my area. Cornwall has quite a high percentage of Pagans, compared to other religions. the first job I had, there were 3 people working there, and two of us were Pagan. my local area has a Midsummer bonfire on the peak of a nearby high hill. this is a wonderful way to mark the peak of the Suns power. other parts of Cornwall have celebrations, like running through the town carrying barrels of flaming tar (another solar celebration) Padstow is famous for it's Beltane celebrations. I love Cornwall very much
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@kumbarn14 (687)
• Pakistan
26 Jun 07
I live in Pakistan though I am a born Muslim Malay from Sri Lanka and my religion is Islam. Pakistan is a beautiful country with four seasons - Winter, Autumn, Spring and Summer. The geographical characters of the country is some part towards the mountain area there is snow during winter and abundance of fruits from large red juicy apples to golden apples and in fact where they grow the roads are scented with apple smell. The fruits Pakistan is blessed are:- Apples - red, golden, green, bananas, pomegranate - large reddish ones. papaw, cherries in abundance during the season, grapes-varities, plumps, peaches,cherries,mangoes-varities. Living conditions are wonderful other than the summer time which is awful. Pakistan has seas as well as a blessings from Allah. Overall it is a very beautiful country and you should visit this country if you get an opportunity.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
26 Jun 07
I live on Saipan, it is an island within the Pacific Northern Mariana Islands. I love it because it is my birth place, but there are some things that are really bad! The people are great and we are truly a tight knit community. our crime rate is almost none but the one thing that manages to weigh us down is the economy. Everything is so expensive here and the minimum wage is only $3.50 and hour, thats the same price as the gas per gallon! The politics are really bad here, I don't even bother to vote anymore! although I am not to keen about the changes our island faces, I am proud of my culture:)
• Philippines
26 Jun 07
i'm from quezon city, philippines. it's very urban with various offices and factories. traffic can be very horrible (as the rest of manila). shanties could be seen mushrooming in a couple of parts of the city. the city council makes education and training its main projects with annual job fairs at the city hall. we have malls, hospitals, and schools. the country's state univertsity is there too. we have a couple of parks but everything else is covered in concrete. our celebrations called "fiestas" are based on the patron saint/lady or the parish situated in the area. where i live, is under the jurisdiction of the Risen Lord Parish so we celebrate our fiesta during Easter.
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I live in the Northwestern part of Arkansas in the USA...we are a small community with lots of lakes and rivers...it is green and lush...we are the home town of the Famous Ranger Boats and it is one of the biggest manufacturing company in town....We celebrate July 4th as our Independence Day...and we also have "Founder's Day"... There is very little crime here and the people are mostly very friendly...we live in a laid back lifestyle and seem to attract alot of tourists through here in the Summer.... It is a nice place to live.....
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
hello kitkat, wow we were almost neighbors! I used to live in New Brunswick. The east coast is very beautiful, I loved it there. I now live in Manitoba Canada. Here farming is the greatest industry. Although the farmers a crying poverty there are several that are doing pretty well and there are others that are hurting. There is not much here to do (work wise) other than the farming so a lot of the younger folk will move somewhere else. It is very flat here with fields of canola, flax and many other grains. When all the blossoms are out from the different grains it is very beautiful to see all the different colors. We do have sever weather at times though. We are again under a sever thunder storm watch with large hail. This is the 4th one in 2 weeks. :)
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Florida palmettos - Palmettos are found all over Florida. This picture was taken in a state park called Ravine Gardens in north central Florida.
Your home is a place I have longed to visit for many years. I hope someday to make it up there. I have heard so many wonderful things about it. I hope you will post some pictures some time. I live in north central Florida in the US. We have warm weather most of the year, very hot in the summer. I have palmettos and palm trees in my yard. I live in a small town that likes to have big celebrations. We will have fireworks for the Fourth of July, the USA Independence Day. I haven't heard if they will have a parade this year, but they usually do.