via Daily Prompt: Relocate
Poland was a facinating place to visit, a country with a rich and sometimes tragic history. We spent a considerable time in Warsaw, but we did visit another importnat city – Krakow, which used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Poland, until the captial was, in stages, relocated to Warsaw. Warsaw became the economic and political capital around 1611, but Krakow remained the capital of the kingdom till the late 18th century. Today Warsaw is the capital of Poland, but Krakow is still considered the cultural capital. And it did appeal to me, it was rich in music and the arts in general. The sections we saw of the city were only a slice of life, but I experienced it as very bohemian (wonderful), free thinking, and a place of learning. If I had to relocate to Poland I would certainly choose to live in Krakow, I felt at home, as if there were kindred spirits roaming there.
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Everyone has to be somewhere. Some of us are privileged to be able to choose where we live, others are directed by work, family, study, many by income or lack thereof. Undoubtedly, the world is not a fair place by any stretch of the imagination. I was brought to Australia by my parents who were seeking a better future for their three children. A better future in schooling, post secondary, for better health, and for a better climate. That was achieved, and thankfully so. The real bonus is that my parents chose the west, and that has, for me been the cherry. If I were to choose another state and city it would be Adelaide. But although I love Perth, I prefer being out in the country.
The photo is of the city of Perth looking out over the Swan River from the South Perth foreshore. Perth is a modern city, a young city historically, and very small by world standards. I love this particular city. I lived there in my teens, and we came back to this city when I retrained for a few years. I now live much further south in small rural city, and one that is equally worth more than just an existance. I’m particular about the West for living, and especially the South West. The biodiversity, the rare ecospheres, the climate, the people and the places. Wonderful.
via Daily Prompt: Prefer
I prefer this: (Photos mine: A breakaway before Jindalee, and a section of Jarrah Loop Walks, Bridgetown).
To this: (Photo from Wiki Commons: Anshan City skyline)
I know people need to live and work, but city living, though convenient for some things, is not for me. Give me the bush any day. I rejoice in the small house movement, and I rejoice in the rooftop gardens, vertical gardens, community gardens, but I still prefer the bush to the city. I wonder that we could have thought urban living differently if only we had valued nature above productivity and conquest.
I find peace and contentment in the bush, it’s where I feel most whole, but I feel busy and fragmented in the city. My experience of the bush is relational, I feel a part of it, and I know my dependence on it, I value the life of the bush which nurtures me, I don’t get that from the city.