I was supposed to post this on my birthday but I got sick and I didn't feel like doing anything except watch baseball and shows from the Netflix instant queue. Anyway, I was mulling about the great changes that will happen to our lives that I decided to make a post about it.
The wife (@PinayObserver) and I, right before my birthday, went to Chicago to look for a place to live. That effort was the mark that really said that our time here in Princeton was about to end. That made me really sad. I had come to love this place. I really don't know if anyone wouldn't. Having lived my whole life in cities in the Philippines, living in the suburb was one pleasant change that I didn't expect. The quiet and the peace that came with living here in Princeton was something that greatly appealed to me. There is also the added benefit of living just an hour away from the Greatest City in the World, New York.
But, alas, we must move on. Chicago is a beautiful city and living in the city has its advantages and disadvantages.
First off, there would more people on the streets. Second, it would be significantly noisier, though the place we looked at wasn't that bad. And, as I've said, I spent my whole life in the Philippines in different cities so I know that there are some kind of danger associated in living in one. I just hope that the wife and I won't experience any of those in the time that we will spend in Chicago. (Oh, additionally, a Nature article says that living in the city can cause undue stress...)
But, the city, with its diversity, has a greater number of food choices. There is also public transport, taxi cabs and lots of shops. The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago is really magnificent; it is easily accessed by buses and subways. I still had to try the Chicago Dog but the Chicago pizza has a certain appeal that makes it really interesting. I absolutely love a NY-style pizza but I wouldn't say no to the Chicago-influenced one. If only for the food choices, I am looking forward to living there.
There is always a trade off.
I absolutely love Princeton but I am looking forward to moving into the Second City. And yes, there is always a place where you can find your own heaven. I may have found mine there.
Photo made with a Canon Powershot G12 and post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 3. My review of the G12 can be found here. Want the best bag for your G12? Check out my review of the BlackRapid SNapR here.
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