Can You Be Both A City Girl And A Country Girl?

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I have lived in a big city for most of my life. In fact, in one of the biggest cities in the world, Mexico City. After full 19 years living there, my first move was to another big city, London. I love the city; I love city activities like going to the theater, walking around downtown, going in and out of shops, dining, museums, coffee shops, concerts, festivals…

The irony of it is that I am an introvert, whom is usually characterized by hating crowds and noise and preferring peace and quiet. 

I do love my peace and quiet, I get upset when my personal space is invaded and I usually prefer staying at home, having a glass of wine and watching a movie than going to a party. The paradox here comes from being an introvert and growing up in the city.

I will never want to go to a party full of strangers, but I will happily go party with close friends. Socializing in Mexico City is big part of the culture. People don’t go out to eat for the food (that’s just an awesome bonus), people go out to eat to socialize and get caught up with friends and family’s lives. Drinking and laughter included.

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Washington Park Rose Test Garden, Portland

So, as an introverted city girl, I also love being at nature, and flowers and trees and gardens and mountains. During my last 7 months of residing in the Pacific Northwest for the first time in my life, I have enjoyed it tremendously. I am still astounded by the beauty as I drive a short distance to volunteer at the animal shelter or to the grocery store. The flora here in Oregon is overflowing. There are all kinds of flowers and trees, everything is colorful and green, and on a clear day you can see the snowy mountains afar. It’s just a heavenly realistic painting; music to my eyes.

I have always loved visiting botanical gardens like the ones in Victoria, B.C. and parks like Hyde Park in London. Flowers and greenery truly make my heart smile.

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Even though I enjoy city living, I feel a country life would suit the introvert in me. I had a taste of it when we used to have a family-owned ranch outside of the city in Mexico for most of my childhood. As an adult now, I feel I would enjoy working on outdoor activities opposite to those of a city life including gardening, having campfires, fishing (hanging out in a boat, while someone else does the fishing), painting outside, horseback riding, etc. Having a simple life is very appealing to me.

I have never had the opportunity to plant a garden since I have lived in an apartment in the city most of the time and if it’s not that, I am always moving. Since 2008 I haven’t lived in the same place for more than a year; but for many years, I’ve always wanted to start a garden. I feel like it would be the perfect activity for me. It would allow me to get off my chair, leave the computer and soak in some needed vitamin D and enjoy a relaxing and peaceful time caring and growing plants, flowers and vegetables. As a Taurus, the sign ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure, we tend to love all things pretty, and flora definitely comes in this category.

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A small DIY project (painted pots).

It seems though, like I might finally have the opportunity quite soon to fulfill this small dream of creating a garden. I will keep you posted on the news.

Are you a city, country, ocean or combination person?

[IBQ Writing Prompt: Garden]

 

10 thoughts on “Can You Be Both A City Girl And A Country Girl?

  1. love this post 🙂

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  2. Thank you for a wonderful read. I am neither a city or a country girl…. I am an ocean girl! I live one hundred meters away from the blue and I get serious withdraws if I don’t see the ocean for more than a week or so. I grew up with sand between my toes and salt on my skin.
    Ps. I love your hand painted pots!

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    1. Oh! Interesting! I didn’t even thought of an “ocean girl” since I am definitely not one. I always prefer cold to hot, and summer is not my season. The only time I’ve lived near the ocean it was during winter for about 5 months, and I do have to say it was really wonderful having the view of the vast sea.
      Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I hope you get to experience some country living and having your own garden. It will be interesting to see whether you prefer city or country after that. I am definitely a country girl…a country girl who is stuck in the suburbs. I long for views of the mountains, wide open spaces and, above all, quiet.

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    1. It will be interesting. My situation right now is that I live in the city (about 15 min from downtown) but this house is pretty quiet and has an amazing view. But this will all be changing soon.

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  4. I think a combo is the best. Living in peace and quiet with lots of space, but accessible to a city. Ideally, I’d like in the mountains with amazing views and a lake nearby 🙂

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  5. Love this post! I grew up in small town Michigan, but traded in trees for Chicago skyscrapers when I was eighteen. I’m an introvert myself, but can’t stand being away from a city for too long… in the city, there’s a greater sense of anonymity that Shy!Taylor finds appealing. That being said, when I was looking to move into my current apartment, a huge selling point was the tree outside my window. I know I’m a city girl at heart, but I still need something green to look at when I wake up in the morning. 🙂

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    1. Well said! ” in the city, there’s a greater sense of anonymity” you are so right, I guess that is why I like the city as well, plus a view of of trees. 😉 I agree with you.

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