Lazy Sundays: The Benefits of City Life

So I’ve lived in the city for almost eight months now and I’m really just starting to get used to it.  Obviously it has its drawbacks but so does living in a rural area.  What are some of the benefits I’m appreciating right now?

  1. If I want to go to a concert, I can just hop on the bus and go that night.  I don’t have to plan two days so I can travel to the city (what used to be a four hour drive), watch the concert in the evening, stay in a hotel and drive home the next day.  It’s actually amazing.  So far this year I’ve seen both Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony live.  For a classical music lover like myself, seeing pieces I’ve listened to over and over on CDs being performed live has been exhilarating.
  2. You can get food pretty much any time you feel like it.  Feel like eating Subway at 11:00pm?  Well, there’s one down the street from my apartment.  Want to watch a movie at 1:00am because of your insomnia and you don’t have any snack foods?  There are 24/7 convenience stores located close by.  In my hometown everything closes down at 6:00pm but in the city, you can pretty much guarantee something is going to be open at all hours of the night.
  3. Not having to travel for everything.  If I wanted to go clothes shopping back home, I’d have to drive an hour to the nearest large town.  In the city, I just ride the bus for 10 minutes and stop at one of the four main malls.  Of course this has been a big temptation when it comes to book shopping since there’s an enormous Indigo store right next to one of the malls.  As if I didn’t have enough books already.
  4. Racism, misogyny and homophobia are far less commmon.  Of course, wherever there are human beings there will always be discrimination but I find that it’s a little less common here in the city because of the more diverse population.  And it helps that the city is large enough that when you do find a horribly prejudiced person you can easily avoid them (unless you work with them).  In a small town, you’d encounter that person constantly.  It’s a really nice change.

As I said, city life isn’t perfect (the air quality leaves something to be desired) but I’m so much happier than I ever was in my hometown.  Getting away from rural life has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

7 comments

  1. Martha Reynolds

    Carrie, I’d love to live in a place where I wouldn’t need my car so much. I hate driving!! When I lived in Switzerland, and again in Washington, DC, I walked or took (excellent) public transport. What a difference!

    • Carrie Slager

      The public transit here isn’t great because we only have a bus system (no LRTs or even a subway) but it’s adequate for what I need. And even when the public transit is lacking, the cab fares here are actually quite reasonable when compared to, say, Ottawa or New York.

  2. Grace

    Glad you’re enjoying it! I moved from a super rural area to the DC area around 10 years ago, and have been so much happier ever since. There’s always something new and exciting to do! And #4 is so true–I have reverse culture shock every time I visit my hometown.

    • Carrie Slager

      I’m just so happy to be away from all of that but the reverse culture shock when I visit home can be quite jarring. Hearing people casually toss around racial and/or homophobic slurs back home makes me cringe now where before I would just ignore them because everyone used them. It’s so weird (and kind of sad).

  3. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis

    I’ve just discovered your blog through a link for the blog tour for Spotlight on Bela’s Letters. I was tickled to find your post about the benefits of city living since, just yesterday, I posted ten reasons why I love country living. But I did promise to share what I miss about city living next week.

    I’ve just subscribed to your posts and look forward to keeping up with what’s going on in your world!

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