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post #31 of 43
Originally Posted by Moz View Post
There is SNOW in Kentucky? Talk about an uninformed Canadian...
Yeap... there is snow.. We would have 2 feet some winters
post #32 of 43
Thread Starter 
There is ice in Kentucky too but most of us don't like that we would much rather have the snow. I would rather have two feet of snow then one inch of ice. It gets really cold here too and the thing about Kentucky is we will have a warm day in the winter one day and the next it drops like 20 degrees very drastic changes is probably why I have so much trouble with my sinuses.
post #33 of 43
Interesting thread! I now live in a small, semi-rural town, population 9,600, which is quite old, as it dates back to at least 1142. It's located in a river valley which is quite well-known for its wine. The towns are all old and located right on the river, and are surrounded by hills and forests.
Most people live in apartments/condos, the houses for the most part having around three apartments, one owner-occupied, and the other two rented out, though there are larger ones. We ourselves live in a twin house/duplex, with small yards front and back, and upstairs balconies.
There's not much to do here, as we don't even have a movie theater, or much of a selection of restaurants or bars. There is a club catering to young people, an internet cafe [new], and an artificial lake. Our library is open one afternoon a week. Most of the small retailers have disappeared over the past two decades, along with the post office. However, we do have several bakeries and butchers, plus three fair-sized supermarkets which are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for Sundays, when all retailers are closed. Hubby usually does one "big" shopping trip a week, and one or both of us will stop during the week for fresh bread or milk.
Public transport consists of buses, or the train. Our town is 39 km / 24 miles from the state capital and largest city, which has a population of 600,000, and all the museums, theaters, clubs, shops, restaurants, etc. you could ever want. Also a very nice zoo/botanical garden. Traffic is so bad that most people take the train into the city, and then use the excellent subway/trolley system, which gets you wherever you need to go.
I grew up in the 4th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., so moving to a small European town was a bit of a "culture shock" at first, but I enjoy living away from the city (where I work). I can take advantage of what the capital has to offer, but have the cleaner air, less noise, and a bit more "nature" at home.
post #34 of 43
One thing I forgot to mention is along with several areas in the upper Midwest we have to learn how to deal with a large temperature variation thoughout the year. Our low temps-usually occuring in January and February can dip to -16F.
The highs in July and August can reach into the upper 90's. I have lots of clothes to wear in these extremes!! For example Novemeber 23 was Thanksgiving. We had very warm temps for this time of year-the high was about 55F. Today the low temp will be 11F and remain cooler than normal for most of the week. You wonder why we have 50F parties and run around in shorts when there is snow left on the ground!!
post #35 of 43
We live in a small town where everybody really does know everybody else (except us as we are fairly new here). We are about 1 hour from downtown Toronto and love to go to shows and theatre a few times per year. One of my 2 best friends lives in the east end of the city of Toronto so I am down that way visiting occasionally. When I was younger I lived in the downtown core of Toronto (on the 29th floor of a highrise apartment building) and felt very safe on the streets at any time of the day or night. I know that has changed now, but I still believe Toronto is one of the safest cities in the world today.

I seem to have to stop at the large grocery store at least 2-3 times per week on my way home, but fortunately I have to pass through the town where the big stores are on my way home so it's not big deal.

I do grocery shopping once per week for all the major items but some things I like fresh, hence the need to stop on the way home from work.

We are both (hubby and I) about 45-55 minutes from work (1-way) but feel it's worth it to be able to live here. Our property is fairly large and there is space between neighbours. In fact, sometimes too much space. Our neighbour 2 houses away died last week and we didn't even know until 4 days later.

I've travelled by subway (still do if I have an appointment downtown Toronto), bus and taxi. Our Toronto subway is clean and safe.

I love the pictures you posted Tavia's mom - I am a big lover of horses and so is our daughter. She used to ride when she was younger and wanted a horse so badly. You are lucky to have such a wonderful place to live.
post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I love the pictures you posted Tavia's mom - I am a big lover of horses and so is our daughter. She used to ride when she was younger and wanted a horse so badly. You are lucky to have such a wonderful place to live.
Thank you. Those are my big girls the red or sorrel one is named Candy but her registered name is Eternally Impressive. And the palomino is named Star I never got her registered but I could have if I had wanted but I didn't intend on saling her she is Candy's daughter. They both are very spoiled I think they think they are big dogs.
post #37 of 43
I currently live in Limerick City in Ireland. It's officially a small city, because the city has expanded so much in all directions, but a lot of the city lies outside of the city "proper". Where I live is such a place. In a few years, Limerick may not even offically be a city, despite how much it's grow!

I live in Castletroy, which is where the University of Limerick is located. In fact, the back of my house faces the east gate of University. It's a really beautiful campus - not in architectural terms, but in landscaping terms. It's great to have somewhere so pretty to take walks and go on picnics. (It's were I did my BA and where I am hoping to finish my MA).

Because the outskirts of the city have expanded so much, most of the time we can avoid going into the city center (or "downtown" as Americans would typically cal it), because we have two shopping centers about ten minutes from home, and another 20 minutes away on the other side of town, but linked via a dual carriage way (a highway with out the effort of lifting it off the groud unless completely necessary). Limerick has always been a good shopping city, but it's getting even better!

We currently live in a small two bedroom cottage - very old-world style although it's only about 30 years old. We've also lived in a 3 bedroom house, a 4 bedroom, three story very narrow house (all the rage in Annacotty to squeeze in more river front property (yes, we lived in one, it was cool, we had the third floor master bedroom), another part of county Limerick swallowed by the city's expansion), and we've lived in a very spacious all mod cons apartment in a really affluent neighbourhood in Castletroy (the rent was quite reasonable). There are lots of other places to live in Limerick too - we've seen some truly tiny, dingy (and oddly expensive!) apartments which only had proximity to the city center to recommend them.

I've also lived in rural north Kerry and in the suburbs of Dublin city. I might write about them in another post; I would like to.

I really love this thread, it's nice to see how we all live, and it helps remove some of the weird ideas we get from watching shows like Friends or movies like Darby O'Gil and the Little People.

I bet I have a few new posts to read up since I was here last too.
post #38 of 43
Originally Posted by Quill_luv View Post

There isn't much crime. We've only had six major murders this year and there are a number of muggings and robberies, but nothing extreme.
Ottawa sounds fascinating, but I have to ask, what's the difference between a major murder, and any other kind? And, how many of those are there?
post #39 of 43
This is my home town, Northumberland. On the doorstep to both the countryside and the beaches, with plenty of history to go with it along with plenty of castles, and just a 45 minute drive from here is the busy town centre.

post #40 of 43
I live in Los Angeles, the 2nd largest city in the US. I'm not familiar with country life at all, as I grew up in San Diego. I don't ride public transport now, but I have been unlucky enough to have had to ride it in the past. I think it's a miserable way to get around, personally.

I have bars on my windows, even though I'm in a decent area, and I'm happy I do have the bars. There is plenty of crime in Los Angeles, even in Beverly Hills. Although most people here have long commutes to work, and spend most of their time in the car just getting back and forth to work, I am lucky in that I live just a few minutes from work, and can drive to and from work quickly, and I don't have to get on the Freeway or anything.

I usually get groceries every Friday which is payday, however I stop at 7-11 every night on my way to work and pick up a few things for my lunch.

I don't really know any of my neighbors, although we usually say "Hello" to each other in the parking lot.

One thing about Los Angeles, is that you could probably live your life on one or two streets and have everything you'd ever want or need. For example 3rd street has everything: Two huge malls, (The Grove, and The Beverly Center), Three or Four major grocery stores, fast food dining as well as fine dining, several 7-11's, gas stations, body shops, doctors offices, you name it.

I don't think I'd be happy living in the country. I am not comfortable in open spaces, kind of gives me anxiety attacks when I'm away from things.
post #41 of 43
I grew up and worked in London, with a spell in Washington DC, and studied in Leeds, so I was almost entirely a city person most of my life. I commuted on the underground, lived in the suburbs and the centre (though always with a garden) and although it was convenient for shops and events I hated the noise and people. I used to spend some holidays on farms and always wanted to live in the country. It is only in the last year though that I have realised my dream. My house and land are part of a small hamlet of eight houses, on a hillside about 3 miles from the nearest small town with shops, so one has to plan, especially if, like me now, you work from home. If I need a big supermarket I have to travel about 15 miles. In the winter the hill can get too icy to drive, though it hasn't happened yet to me, so everyone has large freezers. I love it here, the stars and the silence, and finding animal and bird tracks outside in the morning. I have twice seen a deer on the road into town and a huge owl roosts in my barn. But it would be no good for someone who was afraid of being alone or who needed to talk to people all the time. Now I get scared when I go back to London, just being in the crowds is frightening.
post #42 of 43
Right after the Los Angelian is an Orange County-ian.

I grew up in Texas in a small town that is kind of a suburb of Dallas. It has about 14,000 people and my parents commute to Dallas. I liked where it was b/c it wasn't IN dallas, but it was easy to get there. So, we avoid the problems of a big city and have access to all of its amnenities.

Now I live smack in the middle of suburbia. I live in Orange County, CA. It's almost pointless to define what city you live in b/c they're all the same and they all touch. (IE: Across the street can be another city IE: Irvine/Tustin). It IS divided into "North County" and "South County" I live in South County and commute to the bottom of North County (Irvine). South County is more "chi-chi" and where you find Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Coto De Caza. I live in the poorer part of South County. ()

Orange County is an strange place, really. You have all the conviences of a big city (there is everything I need here) but not a whole lot of the crowding or crime. Some parts of NoCo are more densely populated and more crime-ful, as they're older. They were the first recieving point of the "White Flight" from LA. People keep moving south now...

I could never live in LA. It think it's a hell hole full of broken dreams and busted lives and human despair. (Read City of Quartz by Mike Davis to learn the sad and disgusting history of LA) At the same time the plasticness of the Orange County bubble is.... difficult to deal with. Ideally, I like to live in a small town on the outskirts of a major city. Ideally, of course.

I live in an apartment. Housing in Orange County is absurdly expensive.
post #43 of 43
Well I live in a city about half way between Niagara Falls and Toronto, as of last census the population was 151,000 but they think its around 170,000 now, spread over 73 sq miles or 187 sq km. We have no subway system, just a bus system with out 15 routes through the city and a train system called GO Transit which takes us to Toronto (from which we can get GO trains in other directions). Although it is a city itself, it is classed as part of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and so kinda suburbia also.

Our buses cost $2.50 to ride anywhere in the city and it costs me also $16 return to Toronto and $2.75 each way if I take the subway in Toronto.

House prices, although cheaper than Toronto, are still high here but we are very well located with major highways, a gorgeous view of the lake (as long as you face away from the Steel Factory based South West of here in Hamilton)

We have grocery stores including one major one open 24 hours and clubs and bars, although most people prefer to go to Toronto to go to a club.
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