If you were to look up the definition of a “city girl” in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’d find my smiling face staring back at you. I thrive, feel alive, and adore cities. The energy, the opportunity and the speed at which life happens are things that greatly appeal to me. It’s why I currently live in one, have always lived in one and even vacation in them. In case you’re wondering, my favourite cities in the world are New York and Paris.
Us city girls though, do know how to appreciate stepping out of our comfort zones and routines every now and again to take a trip to the country. Luckily for me, I live in a big city which also has agricultural land all around it – and even luckier is that my husband has friends who own a big plot of land that grow cranberries and hops (yes, they do make cranberry beer!) and they invited us out to spend the afternoon with the kids roaming the property while we roasted lunch on the fire.
Taking a trip out of your normal scenery does so much – it both helps put a new perspective on things (OMG, how far do you have to go if you forgot to buy milk?) as well as make you appreciate things you take for granted (You have to haul your garbage yourself?! You get wood delivered TO YOUR HOUSE? It doesn’t come from Home Depot?!)
Now, true country girls are probably shaking their heads at me. I was on a small agricultural property about 30-45 minutes from my house, they are probably just a little further away from the official “downtown” of our metropolis as I am and there were no animals. But for someone like me who is really not used to being outdoors, or being anywhere anyone could consider “the country” it was a breath of – quite literally – fresh air.