- Aging & Longevity
People in small Communities
I live in a small community!
The village called Dunave, similar to the Orange County, as I see this life in a small village.
You will find the church Saint Barbara a prehistoric sight in the next village.
It was built in the eighteen hundreds.
Interestingly enough it is on the very old medieval necropolis of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
It is known as the largest medieval cemetery in the southern part of Croatia.
Dunave is a beautiful place and people are different for me.
The old border close to the Saint Barbara’s church is closed ever since the war time.
Konavle as it is known is a valley with tall Cyprus trees and the green valleys.
Close to our neighborhood there are thirty people.
A quiet ans peaceful to live in.
Less stressful, and a good environment.
Further up the road the village extends to an up hill with a great view of the countryside.
There hundred and fifty people living in the small community.
Everybody knows everybody else and this has created a good atmosphere.
We trust our neighbors and are familiar with each other.
I managed to meet a few people and they have accepted me,
Off-course I know some don't accept me and I don't care for that!
I enjoy when people visit but announced is rude to me and causes an inconvenience.
I had certain individuals just walk into our home without knocking at the door first.
That startled me at first time, while home, I heard the door opening and saw this man standing there in the corridor.
He left when he realized my husband was not home. A habit that most people in the village have and I didn't understand that behavior.
The early visitors for coffee, didn't go well with me.
I prefer if someone called me in advance to arrange for such a get together. Just popping up when it suits such individuals is awkward.
Most village people don't look at that behavior as rude instead see it as normal.
To avoid such inconveniences I lock the door.
It is a safe environment but I don't think it is something I want to adapt to.
Lifestyles are different here and I like to be private about my life.
A more cultural behavior and not everyone can adapt to that.
I have not been rude to anyone even though I see their behavior as rude.
It's difficult to understand such behaviors in different cultures.
Do you think living in small community is of benefit to you?
A friendly community and some people are helpful when in need.
The different lifestyle has shown me the behaviors of the different people.
The retired people live here and not many of the younger generation prefer to live in the village anymore.
I know living in a small community has both advantages and disadvantages.
People happier in villages than in cities.
The laid back lifestyle allows for a less stressed routine.
The optimistic lifestyle allows for laughter and not much planning.
The health and education is more relaxed in thought.
There is no negative feeling about each day.
Everything is approached with a smile.
Less work for the retired and more time for each other.
The quality of life rich and fruitful.
The fresh air wakes you up each day.
No busy streets.
You can have a peaceful sleep at night without being concerned about too many noises.
If you enjoy gardening your time will be well spent.
Fresh vegetables and fruit for you on a seasonal basis.
The cost of living is cheaper than urban areas.
In a small community you don't feel alone.
People living close to you often have small chats.
I am safer in a small community and don't have to stress on parking space.
Activities galore and keeping fit is no problem for me.
The country side has many unusual herbs and that I admire during my daily walks.
Everything about the advantages of living in a small community does not happen in an urban area.
Living in rural areas makes you a rural person or country dwellers.
Village people tend to have a closed mind of the outside world.
I noticed the poor knowledge of a few people.
Most of the village people have not had the opportunity to further their education, or haven't been to school.
To live in this part of the world is beautiful, interesting and needs no meditation.
I enjoy each day and appreciate the safe environment.
Some may not agree but I like our village.
The slow pace shows me how to enjoy the quiet environment.
Life in the village is unique and allows for people getting to know each other.
You can have close friend but gossip is rife in such communities.
There are two village churches for the local people and each has a cemetery.
People I met once or twice in the fifteen years of my stay here and has been a challenge.
I have many acquaintances and am good to everyone.
The more I see the same faces daily the more familiar I am with such individuals.
The small families live independently and are self-sufficient.
Everything they need and want are of their own hard manual labor.
Fruit and vegetables are plentiful.
Gossips around the neighborhood happens in seconds.
The moment something is spoken of another, the word is spread through the village.
Any incident, be it good, or bad, the gossip gets around and in most cases gossip is not good.
I don't get involved in gossip not my style.
People are inquisitive and that is normal for some but I get annoyed.
The constant lending an ear to other people's issues leads to a bad reputation.
At a function people dress their best but there is a lot of competition on who is wearing the best outfit.
Some body often wants to have the best or better than the other person has.
Some people are offended easily by words of others.
The small community is riddled with envy and gossips.
The many conversations one has with the other over a cup of coffee is often about other people.
Most women can be nosy and men too.
The understanding of the village people is difficult to comprehend.
Social life can be monotonous.
Most older people don't get out often.
Shops are three kilometers away from our place. A way of life that one gets used to over time.
The uninvited guests who had popped by at their leisure gradually stopped popping by for coffee. Some people try to get involved in our personal lives and that is something I couldn't accept in my life.
Only when invited is how I prefer it.
Friendships are important but with good people and occasionally is not a bad idea.
I enjoy being with people who understand the way I see life.
I don't often understand what people do, or say but I try to be nice to my acquaintances.
This is my new home and I have accepted my life in a foreign country.
I feel happy and know how to go about my daily responsibilities. I speak the Croatian language and now going forward.
Time allowed for new adventures and I shared a lot of my experiences on Hubpages.
To live with a positive mind and with free spirit is what allowed me to feel great in this small community.