Monday, June 17, 2013

Country living vs. city living

Today I when I woke up I knew I had to get out of here.  I love Malente, I really do.  It's beautiful in the Summer but it's so small.  Only a little bigger than a village.  Sophie gets bored too.  Bored babies are cranky little bundles of trouble.  Before 10:00 a.m. she'd already gotten bored of the living room and moved to pulling books off the shelves and note cards off the desk in the extra room.  When that got boring she moved to the kitchen and started playing with the washing machine and taking all the pots out of the cupboard.  I'm not one to sit around while my apartment is destroyed and I lose my mind, not when there are friends to meet and Starbucks to drink.

We packed up the car and headed off to Hamburg.  Lovely beautiful blue sky Hamburg.  It was a great day.   We parked under the library and then headed downtown, stopping by Karstadt to get concealer and a pair of cheap sunglasses.  Then off to the Pflanzen und Blomen park to meet up with some friends, picking up a yummy frappuccino and blueberry muffin along the way.  Pflanzen und Blomen is my favorite park in Hamburg because they have the best flowers and an intricate fountains.  There is a little play ground especially for babies with baby sized slides and gyms.

After all our fun was over and I was walking back to our car I felt wonderful.  It was good to be in the city surrounded by people.  Seeing what people were wearing and doing and buying and eating.  I had an epiphany that I might not be the kind of person who really loves country living.  Not when there are great zoos and parks and bits of green all around like in Hamburg.  Sure the fresh air is nice and we have lakes and the beach.  I fully intend on making the most of everything this Summer.  But if someone told me I could move to the city?  I wouldn't think twice.  I need something more than a tiny village can give me.  And don't get me started on how much easier it is to make friends in the city.  After Malente no more rural areas for this woman.  I'm definitely an urban person. 

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