City Or Country - Where would you rather live?

Canada
February 22, 2007 9:04pm CST
I am not a city girl by any stretch of the imagination. I hate the noise and the crowds and the pollution. I live in a suburb just outside of Vancouver, BC. While it's not the countryside, we do have the Ocean, and especially for me, the Rocky Mountains. There's nothing I enjoy more than getting away from it all by going hiking up in the mountains. It's true wilderness. If you're lucky you might see Bears, Deer and Rabbits to name just a few things. Along one of my favourite trails is a lake called Yew Lake. It's surrounded by pine trees and has a table with 2 benches so people can sit. The view is worth it, but I like it for the Silence. I've sat and smelled the Pine Trees, heard nothing but the Wind rustling the branches of the trees and watched Dragonflies buzzing across the surface of the water. For me, it's a little slice of Paradise. Where do you prefer to live and why? What influenced your decision to live where you do? Would you move if you had the chance?
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@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I was just thinking about this the other day. I also live in a suburb and have also lived in a city. If I could afford it, I'd love to take the plunge and move about 12 miles west to Chester Couty, Pennsylvania. I live on the Philadelphia Main Line which was once the best area but it has gotten a bit congested and most of those who could moved a little West. When I could have afforded to go there (It has gotten very, very expensive over the last ten yrs., I hesitated because I'd neer in my entire life lived anywhere that I could not have walked to a train station or convenience store. At the time the Chester County area seemed too isolated and the ship sailed on that one. I doubt now I'll ever get to move there although I still think about it.
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• Canada
23 Feb 07
Never give up hope! We can do anything we want to if we put our minds to it. I never thought I'd live in Canada, let alone BC. If you'd told me just 4 years ago that I'd soon be living in Canada, I'd have laughed at you lol. I know how lucky I am to be living in BC. When my partner and I drove out to BC from Toronto, it took 5 days and I truly believe we drove through some of the most stunning scenery that Canada has to offer. Seeing baby Deer grazing at the roadside was a wonderful treat for me, and now, living where I do, I have an opportunity to see them any time I like just by taking a short drive up to the mountains. I'd never live anywhere else. You can try to take me away, but I'll always return at some point.
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I recently moved from a million+ city in Texas to Port Townsend in Washington-- and that was completely by choice. In a sense, I could say that I DID move, because I had a chance... and very deliberately chose where to live. This is really the ideal place for me. At 12,000 people, the town is bigger than a "flyspeck in the middle of nowhere," yet it doesn't have the whole "big city" stress, traffic, pollution and noise thing. Nature and open space is right around the corner; I live 500m from the beach; there's a 500-acre state park within a 5-minute walk. Yet, thanks to the two MILLION tourists who visit here every year, this is not "sleepy hollow," but a very vibrant and active town. Hard to beat that. The thing is, I DO enjoy some of the facilities that go with big cities-- exhibitions, events, museums, etc. And the cool thing is that downtown Seattle is just a 45-minute drive and a ferry ride away. Victoria BC is just an hour drive and a ferry ride. Vancouver is a ferry ride and a two-hour drive. In contrast, the wilderness of Olympic National Park is ALSO just an hour away.
• Canada
23 Feb 07
Oooooh, ti sounds wonderful - everything seems to be just around the corner for you. Our favorite beach is 30 minutes away by car, because we do have to head towards downtown Vancouver somewhat. The mountains are about the same length of time in the opposite direction lol. I just find it hard to beat that. Waking up and seeing the snow covered peaks in the not so far distance is a wonderful feeling :D
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I have always been a county gal. I was born and raised in the county. I also raised my family in the country. I love to raise my own garden and farm animals so I would never be able to survive in the city
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@tammyr (5969)
• Etowah, Tennessee
1 Mar 07
I live in the country with mountains all around me.I love it here as we have loads of things to do out in nature, hiking, swimming, all the things that I enjoy doing. I have lived in states that are flat, but always came back to the hills of Tennessee! I would move, but only to a near-by area. I like where I am and do not plan to leave till God takes me home.
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@bluewings (3857)
28 Feb 07
What wonderful things to do! I love the way you describe it-smelling the pine trees,hearing the wind rustling the branches and watching the dragonflies buzzing across the surface of water!! It indeed sounds like paradise.I,too, live in one slice though.While I can't smell the pine trees but I have followed the flight pattern of dragonflies on misty nights and beside the bulbs that are lighted in the valley across me, they look so exotic with their green lights burning that I want to follow them around,lol.When I wake up at 3am it's so silent that I,too, can hear the wind.But we don't have an ocean here.Being a water sign I really miss that.Not too much though ,coz I am beside one of the most beautiful mountains in the whole world ,the kanchanjanga ,famously known as k2.What I love most is a green river that flows through the valley.I can hear it flowing when I wake up at night with everyone around sleeping and I want to go sit by it to watch the fishes,lol.I live in darjeeling and this place is Gangtok,not so far from D.Though,I have fantasized living in the country side ,but to leave this place would break my heart,lol.So,it has to be this city for me.Thanks for the artistic description of your place.Enjoyed it!
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@jenny19 (66)
• China
28 Feb 07
hi,wellcome to mylot. i live in a small town , the life is peacuful,sometile its monotonous.i think if i have a chance to decide where to live, maybe i would choose the city life,i want to experience it,but this wont be all my life ,i will go back to the country at last.
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I live in a small town in the country. I'm within 45 miles of Buffalo, Rochester, and Corning NY. So it's just a quick trip to the city. I love the country- I can't imagine living where I have no yard.. We own just over 5 acres.. I wish it was more- but it is doable. We like to ride 4-wheelers, play outside, run around.. basically everything outdoors. It's more calm and peaceful out in the country. I can only see 2 neighbors-- 1 across the road and the other a bit down.
@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
I am with yu on this one for sure and i prefer the country or smaller places. My main reason for this though is that my children are much too youg to take to a big City and i do not want the stress of worrying about where they are attending school! I actually have just been to Vancouver in October and wow the scenery is so beautiful and stunning. The water itself is breathtaking enough not too mention everything in general. If i had a chance to move i think it would be either your area or San Diego but like i said i do not like big places at all!
@Giggles88 (542)
• United States
16 Mar 07
I'm not a city person either. I love living in the country. The only bad part is the long drive to work or the grocery store. I live off of a lake called Beaver Lake and I love it. Every summer I get to go fishing and swimming as much as I want. I think I'd go crazy living in the city. My closest neighbor isn't even visible from my house. I would hate having neighbors like a foot away.
@seamonkey (1982)
• Ireland
16 Mar 07
I like living outside of the city. I'm not too far from it s oit is there when I feel the urge to go in and visit. I have lived in the county as well and do enjoy it but with having kids they like the amenites of a small town and we're lucky enough to live on the sea.
@Rexy_leigh (1189)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
I grew up away from the hassles of the city and I enjoyed a lot the simple life in our province. I used to go trekking, bathing in natural cool springs, and going to small forests. But that was only until I was in high school. When I decided to pursue my college education, I had by all means left my hometown and moved here in the city. But I still go home to our province once in a while to freshen up the memories and places I once enjoyed so much.
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
2 Mar 07
Having lived in the "city" for most of my life have moved out into the "country" on some land about 4.5 years ago and must say I love it out here. Although what you may call country and city would be slightly different to here in Australia. We were influenced by the fact we had some pretty horrid neighbours that had moved in and the feeling of being so close to them was not appealing at all and out here you really have your own space, we have neighbours but they are distanced away from each other and the peace is wonderful.
• United States
2 Mar 07
I live in a small city and it is not too bad. There is no pollution here and the noise level is almost nil. I live here because both my husband and I work and it is in the same city that we live. Which is very nice but given the chance I would live in the country. I would love to have a place way back in the hills where it would not be unusual to see a deer or bear in your back yard. The smell of the hills is intoxicating to me. To be able to hike and not to have to travel to get to a place to be able to hike. One day and me and my husband have talked about it we will move out to the country but we will move somewhere in Kentucky. That is where he is from.