I miss the countryside.. Country or City..Which and why?

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  1. muslima61 profile image72
    muslima61posted 12 years ago

    I'm a country girl now living in a big city and can't wait to get back.I miss the fields the trees my garden in fact everything about the countryside.I have a back yard at the moment and am trying to fill it with everything possible that grows, it will end up looking like a jungle, if possible.
    Are you Country or City, which do you prefer and why?

    1. gracenotes profile image90
      gracenotesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I've lived in the big city for 30 years now, but I was raised in the country.  On my parents' ranch, in fact.

      I honestly prefer the big city for excellent access to good health care and healthy food options.  I love the shopping and all the choices that I have.

      However, I could go back and live in the country again.  It would be easier to do vegetable gardening than the way I do it now.

      Every time I go back to see my mom, I can't get over how the country/small town associations work there.  You know everyone -- at least my mom does, as she lived there for at least 60 years.  Neighbors knowing your business isn't always cool, but there is a sense of family that I don't find where I live.

    2. veronamex profile image61
      veronamexposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I've always felt living in both the country and the city was the way to go. I grew up in the countryside, but I remember a neighbour who lived in the city and was back every weekend. I thought it was brilliant and she looked like she was having such a ball. I aspire towards that.

      Right now I live in Montreal, a wonderful charming city, and occasionally visit the house where I grew up amidst the rolling hills, lakes, lavender fields and green forests. I don't get out there as much as I would like to, but when I do I drink it all up.

  2. profile image0
    Emile Rposted 12 years ago

    I was born in the country. Love the woods and wide open spaces; but I miss a lot about the city. We have to drive 20 minutes to get a decent cup of coffee, no fresh donuts, no good restaurants. There's a lot to be said for the city.

    1. muslima61 profile image72
      muslima61posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      i suppose so, but i've been in the city for 2 years now and to be honest personally i would rather make a cuppa and sit in my garden than walk on concrete all day.. just my choice i suppose, i've tried the city and nope it's not for me. smile

  3. Isabellas profile image72
    Isabellasposted 12 years ago

    I prefer the country, myself, I grew up in a city and was used to everything that was close by. However, once I got married my husband moved me out to the country and now just visiting my parents drives me nuts because of all the noise that is present!

    1. Castlepaloma profile image77
      Castlepalomaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Country is my cup of tea

      I like to visit the city, but do not like living there. I am often forced to live in the City as an artist because of the money.

  4. Chaotic Chica profile image60
    Chaotic Chicaposted 12 years ago

    It's possible to have a little bit of both.  I prefer the country where we can have quiet nights without city lights, we can have our vegetable garden and nobody complains about our chickens but where we are now is too far out.  I used to have quiet country living with a growing city just across state lines, a mere ten minute drive East.  Now we're literally an hour from every place. 
    Like Emile R, we have no bakery, no doughnuts, & no good coffee shop.  We also don't even have a shoe store in town.  the nearest wal-mart is 48 miles away.  The stores that are here are slowly closing up.  We all suspect this place to become a ghost town in ten-twenty years if nothing changes.

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    Sherlock221bposted 12 years ago

    I have always lived in a big city, yet I hate it.  I take trips to the country whenever I can.  I feel totally relaxed in the beauty of nature, but so stressed and on edge in the city.  People are different in the country too.  I have found complete strangers saying good morning to me in the country, but this has never happened in the city. There is something much more human scale in the country, and I feel part of the environment there, but in the city, I always feel like a stranger, even though I have lived here all my life.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You say no-one says "good morning" in the city, but have you tried saying "good morning" to others?

      Cities don't need to be huge anonymous cement jungles. All those people in the one place gives common ground.

      I was brought up on the countryside, next to the sea (Atlantic Ocean) and moved to the big city as soon as I was old enough (17).

      Maybe I was lucky in that that city was Glasgow which is universally known as "the friendly city".

      Honestly, standing at a bus stop waiting for a bus was enough time for the wee woman next to you to give you her life history!

      I loved it! But I missed the countryside too. A city garden isn't the same.

      I'm now back in the countryside, sadly well away from the sea, and I miss the 24 hour taxis, the 24 hour opening supermarkets, the takeaway fast food outlets. I miss not having a bus service, or a phone line!

      But I count my blessings because I have water on tap as well as electricity when I know that many around me don't.

      Make the most of what you have, and change what you can. And smiling and inviting chat with strangers can make you feel at home with yourself.

  6. TMMason profile image60
    TMMasonposted 12 years ago

    I grew up in the City of Lynn Mass. for 25 years, I am in the country now 18 and love it, but miss the convienence of the city a lot.

    I do not see myself ever living in the city again, though.

  7. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 12 years ago

    Country, for sure!  but I  have the best of both since I don't have to go far to get a hit of several cities and one really large city - but usually I'm content in the country.  I think most humans function best in smaller communities - that's why in the city people do best if they really establish bonds with a neighborhood - it's like a small town - when I lived in New York I felt that way about my neighborhood, the small shops and the way people looked out for me, without being too pushy about it.  I have no idea if it is still like that.

  8. Jonathan Janco profile image61
    Jonathan Jancoposted 12 years ago

    I live in the mysterious realm between city and country, where humans of low birth go to hatch their young ad nauseum. Those of us who have always been here remember it was once the country. And thanks to the hatchlings needing to totally abandon their forebearers, it will never be the city, either.

    We call it Suburbia.

    1. mega1 profile image78
      mega1posted 12 years agoin reply to this


  9. gracenotes profile image90
    gracenotesposted 12 years ago

    I must also say, it's easier to live out in the country if the environmental conditions and scenery are spectacular.

    This isn't the case, at the moment, where I was brought up.  They are suffering through "exceptional drought."  Their area does have its own beauty when they get more rain.

    Where I grew up, typically, there are wonderful summer breezes at night -- breezes which come off the Gulf of Mexico, which is only 50 miles from where my mom lives.  You can even feel this on many evenings spent in San Antonio.

    At the moment, the bustling economy which has reactivated the community where I was raised, is due to their oil boom (Eagle Ford Shale), and not much else.  The area is not a good place to relocate unless you are in the O & G industry.

  10. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 12 years ago

    I was raised in NYC, but I live in what might be considered "the country" now, it's a small rural town that's for sure.  I'm happy in either, but if I had to choose, I'd say I'd rather live in the country.  I enjoy the activity and the cultural advantages of the city, but I don't care very much for the noise, traffic, and apartment living makes me cringe.  I love my big old farm house with my animals, my gardens, and my privacy.

  11. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 12 years ago

    i was raised outside on NYC,on Long Island and considered myself to be a suberbinite.
    Now I live in a rural small town near Lake Cumberland, KY.It's good its positives and negatives as well.


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