City or a Country Girl?

For as long as I can remember, one thing has always been a priority in my life: adventure.  I’ve always wanted to be on an adventure in a new and unique place and constantly dreamed of it.  Eagerly daydreaming of possibilities from my books and diligently putting extra change and birthday money in my piggy bank, I always found ways to prepare for my great escape.  Growing up in a small town in Southern Utah and then heading to a small town in Colorado for college, I was anxious to experience city life.  I was thrilled to live and intern in London and I headed to visit family in San Francisco to see if it might be my residence after college.  Indecision held me back as I made my way to Denver, a small city that became my home base, and I continually yearned for more in a city.  Even though I had two brief summers in San Diego and most recently I finished my time in Chicago, my sense of adventure still isn’t satisfied.  It seems as much as I love being in a city, I yearn to be out in the wild and the unknown.  In the middle of downtown Chicago or in Lincoln Park, I enjoyed finding patches of green and even ventured outside of the city to find gardens and conservatories.  Was I not a city girl, after all?  Did I only think I wanted to be in a large metropolis but was really a country girl at heart?

The Bund Shanghai

Shanghai’s The Bund at night.

Looking back on my travels, I remember  wanting to break free from the small towns I felt trapped in.  I recall falling in love with the skyscrapers of Shanghai and being fascinated by the Chicago architecture as I looked down from the Willis Towers.  Going to my next big city was always what drove me forward, whether I was exploring the streets of New York City and Times Square or if I wandered through the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

It seemed as though a city was all I needed, but looking through my Instagram photos and folders on my computer, it seems that wasn’t the only thing driving my travel desires.  Hiking in Roxborough State Park or Hanging Lake in Colorado, I rekindled my love for the mountains.  Hearing the waves break along the coast of La Jolla awoke my desire to discover nature throughout the world.  Even my recent visit to Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago only encouraged me to continually find greenery no matter where I go.

Sugar From the Sun

Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

Which one have I decided to become, a city or a country girl?  For the time being, I’m still on the fence and wonder if I could be happy with somewhere in between.  One truth remains, my desire for adventure and wanderlust hasn’t settled, and for now I don’t have to choose.  As I continue to venture out into the world, I’m optimistic that perhaps there is a place with a perfect mix of a large city and the outdoors; a place to call home.

This post is a part of Little Things Thursday hosted by Little By Little, Photo Friday hosted by Pierced Wonderings and Travel Tuesday hosted A Compass Rose.

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21 Comments

  1. celyn

    great photos! I think I am definitely a city girl!

    lifeisashoe

  2. Regine
  3. Abrianna

    Lovely pictures. It is hard to find just that right mix.

  4. Ramona

    Hehe, sometimes you can’t choose. Luckily, I love being a city girl but I also enjoy to travel. 🙂

    • brooklyntvlasich

      You’re definitely right, Ramona. Sometimes you don’t have an option and have to make the best of it you can!

  5. Traveling Rockhopper

    maybe a small town – girl (with a bit of everything)? 😉

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I think small towns can offer a lot more than people realize, it just depends what you want. So, I think if you like a small town it can possibly offer you everything you want!

  6. Juergen | dare2go.com

    For me it has become clear over the years: I like cities for occasional visits, to splurge on things I can’t find in a smaller country town, visit some art exhibitions, things like that. But to live I prefer a smaller and more relaxed country town, away from the noise and constant rush of a city. I can walk to the shops and chances are that I meet people I know and who have the leisure to stop for a chat or come along for a coffee.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      It’s funny you mention running into people you know, because I don’t always enjoy it as much. Still, I think smaller towns have their perks and advantages that big cities don’t. I love getting to a grocery store in 5 minutes instead of planning at least 30 minutes!

  7. thewordhermit

    I’ve craved both, too, at different stages of my life. I was a city girl in my late teens and early twenties, but longed for small town living to raise a family. As my kids grew, we were once again attracted to the excitement that city-life could give us, but now my kids are heading toward adulthood. Yes, they are still craving the excitement of city-life, but I’m totally content exploring the wilderness.
    Perhaps my leanings will change again as I grow older, or maybe, like you, I will find a place that is the perfect mix of everything I love in a place.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I loved reading your experience and thoughts on this post! It makes me realize how people change throughout life as their priorities change. It’s reassuring to know that you can figure out life as you go along, you don’t have to have it all plotted out like everyone thinks!

  8. Madame Ostrich

    Personally, I love living in the city and then taking a great vacation to somewhere more remote. I feel like it’s more of an exploration going somewhere completely different than NYC than it would be visiting Chicago or London! xx

    • brooklyntvlasich

      You’ve made a great point and I also love living in a city and then exploring outside of it. Thanks for your great insights!

  9. kim

    I think I lean towards city life, which always inspires me…but I also love the country. What I struggle with is suburbs. I find them very uninspiring and it’s where I live! LOL.

  10. Pierced Wonderings

    Interestingly, I think I like a good mix between the city and the country. I love to be in the thick of what is happening in a city, but I can only take so much. After that, I need the restorative nature of a natural landscape. The perfect place for me would be a city with some great green space and parks. Louisville had the commitment to the green space, but on the whole…a small city.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I agree with you. I love finding a mix of city and country, if possible. But who knows, I may change my mind someday!

  11. Annessa

    I find myself a mix of both – I love visiting big cities and country sides, but I’m def a small city girl. There’s enough to do but not overwhelming!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • brooklyntvlasich

      You’ve got a great point. Living in smaller city does give you plenty of opportunities but it’s not overwhelming!

  12. Christy Swagerty (whatupswags)

    I think we’re all faced with this question of our reality at some point. I’ve found that now I can at least appreciate a small town like the ones I’m from, but I’m definitely a city girl. I love sidewalks and restaurants and noise! 😀 But in truth, I believe our innate humanity craves nature in its raw form, and it is centering for us to return to that – whether it be by gardens, parks, or whatever nature we can find! Love finding your blog, Twitter, Instagram, and thanks for linking up with #TravelTuesday!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Christy,
      I’m glad we could connect through #TravelTuesday and I look forward to more of your posts on social media. Thank you for sharing your insights. I couldn’t agree more with you that although we can gravitate towards big cities, we also seem to crave the outdoors and being nature! I hope I can find a good mix of both someday!

  13. thriftygypsy87

    I’m definitely a country girl, but I love visiting big cities!

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