I love the bright lights and the boisterous noises of the big city. The endless food options. The shops and the shows. The hustle and bustle. The people. I also love the country, whether it’s the funky smells of the farm and territorial livestock or the quiet solitude that comes with being in the proverbial middle of nowhere. I stay in either type of location for too long, and I start to miss the other. I’m not the only one, either. To wit, my solution looks a lot like other people I know. I primarily live in the city and then try to get out of it whenever I can. I’ve also lived in the smallest of Midwestern towns and then driven into the city on multiple weekends each month.
But more than just bouncing back and forth like a mindless compulsion, I’ve endeavored to get the most of my time in both worlds. I don’t miss a chance to stargaze when I get out of the city. I scour the weekly newspaper for shows and festivals that are hidden gems. Whether it’s a long line in front of a box office or in the middle of a large crowd of people, I also don’t mind waiting several hours for the most popular and widely shared moments. One of the nice things about not living in New York City is that you don’t have to hate Times Square.
I’ve lived in a big metropolitan area, a medium-sized city, and a tiny college town. I’ve also lived in the suburbs, and I don’t care as much for suburbia. I’m not trying to be judgmental, and I admit it’s a slippery term that covers vastly different types of neighborhoods. Moreover, the suburbs are a great place to live for many people. Indeed, it’s not hard to understand the appeal of a safe, easy, and semi-remote location of like-minded individuals with a strong culture of being good neighbors. Unlike city folk visiting the countryside and country folk visiting the big city, you don’t need a lot of extra travel resources to visit someone in the suburbs. Compared to city skylines and natural landscapes, there are comparatively few pictures and travel tips on social media that feature quiet, suburban streets. Plus, suburbia doesn’t start with a “C”.
Some of My Favorite C-Locations
So, yeah, my name is Liz and this is C-Locations. Nice to meet you.