Climbing trees, getting lost in fields and picking wild blackberries are some of my childhood memories.
I was immensely fortunate to have grown up in a rural setting which is probably where my love for exploration (or being nosey) began.
At the back of our property was a lake, it wasn’t ours of course but it was a place I could escape to and lose myself. I always used to love getting lost (probably guilty of trespassing on a gazillion private farms) and challenging myself to find my way back no matter how long it took, what’s that all about? That’s when time stood still, there were no iPhones to keep track of me, daylight and sunset is what guided me. Those days it felt safe. Would I go missing in a mahoosive field now without an iPhone or these days pepper spray? Erm hell no.
Those precious memories are very much part of how I grew up. But as I matured, tractors didn’t any longer become a cool piece of machinery, they became that dam pain in the backside I had to sit behind like forever in the car in order to overtake. I know first world problems and all but after many years of enjoying city life (or as close as in some cases) I realise those memories are part of an old world I belonged to, which I am not ready to re-join, not yet anyway.
I guess you take growing up in a beautiful part of the world for granted but those memories are also complimented on how safe life was then. Nipping to the corner shop to get £1’s worth of penny sweets was a highlight of my week and there was only the gentle reminder, “Don’t talk to strangers.”
In my early 30’s life changed dramatically, I was successful in a new role based in London with global travel which meant I was hardly home for a few years. That can be tough as you don’t see friends and family so often but it was a whole new world for me. Living out of hotels at that time was awesome, I could appreciate different cultures and meet new people. My introduction to urban life. After living in some amazing locations such as Amsterdam, New York and most recently Singapore I can most definitely say I am a city girl.
I realised I enjoyed the convenience. It no longer mattered whether I had the latest BMW (as living where I did you had to have a car otherwise it could take an age to get anywhere!), what mattered was being able to get from A to B quickly and thinking yippee I can have that glass of wine I don’t have to drive! Don’t get me wrong it would be lovely to have a car but I see it as a bit pointless at the moment because I really don’t need one right now. As my Grandad once said to me, “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves!”
So here I am many years later loving city life. The beautiful stench of horse manure, waiting patiently to overtake tractors or cyclists and driving a few miles to get to the nearest shop isn’t so appealing anymore. It’s wonderful for a retreat, to visit family and friends but I’m not ready to revisit country life just yet.
The best parts of city life:
Often short commutes are the best, it can save you a fortune and if you can’t be bothered with that then an Uber is never far away.
I need to be able to grab coffee and a newspaper, nip out for a pint of milk when I’ve run out or head out for dinner with ease.
Endless dining options
I love choice! I am always looking for the next new restaurant or bar to try. Everything is on your doorstep, plus the added bonus of no washing up!
City life is energetic, it’s optimistic and diverse. There is always something happening, something to photograph, something you can go and see or visit whether it be markets or museums. There is no excuse for being a couch potato!
Oh man food, it’s what I think about and take a million pictures of. I love heading out for brunch with the girls, a romantic meal for date night or grabbing tasty street food. There are endless options and every cuisine you can think of pretty much anywhere.
Skylines & Rooftop Bars
Some of the most iconic buildings and bridges can provide a wow moment, we all love a good skyline. There are heaps of rooftop bars from chilled to swanky which allow that perfect photo opportunity and to have a helicopter view of the area you are in and beyond.
I think everywhere looks beautiful at night when it’s lit up but in a busy city it generates a feeling of being alive, you want to be a part of things and immerse yourself in what’s taking place.
Of course there are pros and cons to every place we live in and some locations suit people better than others, it’s a personal preference. Some of these things I think I have probably just grown used to over time or been spoilt with in living in places such as Singapore but I also realise that I have found what I enjoy, what kind of life makes me happy. I blame Carrie Bradshaw for highlighting the convenience in New York city, “Louise, we need a cocktail. Grab your rental.”
What do you love about where you live?
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