Surrounded by people, movement everywhere. Action, noise, life. Living in the city can sound stressful, and appear unattractive to those who prefer the countryside. But, for me, life in the city affords too many opportunities to miss. But I am not talking about living in London or New York, I am talking about life in a small city. Hradec Králové, in the Czech Republic, would be a medium-sized town in Britain, but here it is one of the larger towns or cities.

Hradec provides the perfect mixture of urban living and green nature and it suits me and my family perfectly. If you are looking for things to do, you are rarely disappointed, certainly from a family point of view. Maybe younger people would disagree and yearn for life in the capital, but not me. 

But I never feel crowded in the city, mainly because people keep to themselves. In the village, it feels like everybody is watching to see what you are doing. Now I don’t want to give the wrong impression, I love the countryside, I just don’t want to live there. Weekly visits are enough. Trips to the forest, fishing, photography, these are all parts of my life. Everyday life, however, has to be based in the city. Variety, after all, is the spice of life and that is what city living gives you. 

© Neil Hayes and neilsworldofenglish

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