As we sat out on our balcony the other night having dinner, I realized that I've always lived in a place with a continuous soundtrack of city noise. The sounds of buses lumbering down the street. The ding-ding of the light rail as it goes through an intersection. The sirens of firetrucks and police cars rushing somewhere. Often when friends come to our loft in SLC or to our apartment in Boston they ask if we find the street noise bothersome. Most of the time, I find them comforting.
Those city noises have become so much a part of my everyday background that if they were gone, I bet I'd miss them. In fact, when we travel to my in-laws house in rural Alberta, I'm often shocked by just how quiet it is out there. The sounds of birds chirping and the occasional passing of a gravel truck are about as loud as it gets.
I do love the quiet that mountains and canyons and forrests provide, though, and with moving back to Utah, those things are in abundance not far from our front door. But as for the everyday, I'll take city living for sure.
City or country living? I definitely appreciate both lifestyles but I love the convenience of being able to leave my car behind and walk to the grocery store or to dinner or to grab drinks with friends. And the people-watching from our balcony is some of the best in town, I bet!