Its no secret I have a love of country music, I spent the late part of my teens and early 20’s in Iowa and Missouri where I lived in a small town, on a farm and went to school in the middle of a corn field. I loved my time in the US. There’s something about the peacefulness of a small town that really touches my soul. The people I encountered over the years were honest, hard working, kind hearted people who still to this day hold a special place in my heart. They’re a special kind of people. I think that’s why I love country music, the words in the songs are about the same people I went to school with, my friends and my family in the US.
The years have passed and over time I’ve lost my love of being close to the countryside. For the past few years I’ve lived in quiet towns in Europe, (with the exception of amsterdam) and whilst living there, I really missed the excitement the city has to offer, the different cultures, the diversity…the melting pot of people that you get in any city in Europe. On a more practical level, I missed the 24 hour food vendors, huge supermarkets, fashion and a trillion other things you have in the city that you don’t have in the countryside.
We’re now in a big city again and as much as I love it, I’m happy that close by there’s a huge park with lots of nature walks, trees, grass…places I can go with my daughter where she can be outside, exploring nature. She’ll probably never go cow tipping, smell a pig nursery, visit a pumpkin patch at Halloween or TP (toilet paper) a house after a football match but we’ll still enjoy our freedom in the outdoors as much as we can. Life in the midwest of the America is unique and probably a life that I will never experience again. Life in Lyon, with our park close by, will be as close to the country as I’ll get right now, and I’m happy with that. For now.
What about you? Do you live in the countryside, or the city? Do you love the outdoors or does the smell of fresh air make you run for the closest metro? If you have kids, do you want to raise them in the city or would you prefer to live somewhere with open spaces?