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« Reply #30: May 16, 2009, 11:41:41 pm »

Happy, happy thoughts!  I hope you have a safe journey and a wonderful time! 

The kids are wanting to go to Buxton and climb the Hatteras Lighthouse...just one more time (again).  We drove out to the beach two weeks ago, but it was Virginia Beach...too many people, too commercial; no wonder we love our little islands!

Which is why I almost never go there during the tourist season.  IMO, there are more interesting things to do in Norfolk.
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« Reply #31: May 17, 2009, 12:37:31 am »

Which is why I almost never go there during the tourist season.  IMO, there are more interesting things to do in Norfolk.
We were there in April, but Norfolk, Hampton (where I once lived and also recently visited) and the surrounding areas are too congested and busy.  One fun thing I used to say to my Dad, though, (just to get him riled up) is just how nice those sailor boys were!   Shocked

Really, I just like the old salts best, and there is a fine little pub on Hatteras Island that knows how to prepare fresh seafood to perfection!  Hmmm, maybe the time to run away is getting awful close!
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« Reply #32: May 17, 2009, 12:06:13 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

I adore where I live now, practically being neighbors with Mel's grandfather in western North Carolina.  That said, given the money and means, I'd move to some rural, coastal cottage in Ireland or Great Britain in a heartbeat.  Rugged country where seas and mountains are in close proximity enchant me.  Give me a few acres near a village with a decent pub and good food market and I'd survive quite happily. 

Why there?

So many reasons - a perfect combination of rural isolation with relatively close proximity to  major cities like London and Paris, natural beauty, the region's history and culture, fantastic local foods, great people, etc, etc, etc.  I don't mind being a bit of a hermit and most urban trappings hold relatively little appeal to me.  Being away from throngs of people and cultural distractions lets me focus on my writing and spiritual development, both of which are far more important to me that having a coffee shop on every block and a megaplex theater down the street. 

The weather is also a factor that makes Ireland & Britain my top choice. Cool and wet climates and changing seasons suit me much better than tropical sun & hurricanes (so much for Martinique) or fluffy white death from the sky (there goes Scandanavia). 

What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

It's hard to say, but I'm inclined to think that any move that gets me closer to nature is going to have a positive impact on my spiritual well-being.  For many years, I lived a very rewarding, enriching, and jam-packed life in an urban setting in the mid-west US.  It was also devastating to my over-all health.  As others have pointed out in other threads, high levels of stress and ill health make it difficult to focus on spiritual maintenance and growth. 

When I moved to a more laid back community with a much healthier physical environment, it became easier to focus on religion.  Here I can live figuratively and literally closer to the earth, without so many of the distractions of urban life and without a barrier of concrete constantly below my feet.  I imagine that living in place where I'm even more tied to the natural environment would just make my religious practice that much more meaningful.  If I ever get the opportunity to emigrate, I'll be sure to give you a definitive answer.   Cheesy
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« Reply #33: May 17, 2009, 03:28:04 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

England!  Or anywhere in the UK really I suppose.  I love history and the UK is so full of ancient and medieval sites, plus the British Museum *gasps and faints*. 

I don't know if it would have any effect on my religious life, but I'd go outside more since it's not 110 all the time with the sun beating down upon you,and wind kicking up dirt all the time.  haha Vegas rant. 
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« Reply #34: May 17, 2009, 06:09:01 pm »

England!  Or anywhere in the UK really I suppose.  I love history and the UK is so full of ancient and medieval sites, plus the British Museum *gasps and faints*. 

I don't know if it would have any effect on my religious life, but I'd go outside more since it's not 110 all the time with the sun beating down upon you,and wind kicking up dirt all the time.  haha Vegas rant. 

Care to swap then?   Grin.  It's been freezing cold here in SW England, the wind is howling and I don't think the rain has let up for the last 2 days for more than about an hour or two at a time. I have only put my nose outdoors to pop to the supermarket and I got soaked in the process. I've even had to turn the heating back on this weekend and I was seriously contemplating relighting the fire tonight just to displace the general  cold damp gloom.
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« Reply #35: May 17, 2009, 09:36:14 pm »

I adore where I live now, practically being neighbors with Mel's grandfather in western North Carolina.

Speaking of which, I'm going to spend a few days down there next week. 

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The weather is also a factor that makes Ireland & Britain my top choice. Cool and wet climates and changing seasons suit me much better than tropical sun & hurricanes (so much for Martinique) or fluffy white death from the sky (there goes Scandanavia). 

Fluffy white death from the sky!  I have to use that from now on.  It sounds like Mama $ilver got ahold of a death ray Cheesy
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« Reply #36: May 18, 2009, 06:41:46 pm »

Speaking of which, I'm going to spend a few days down there next week. 

I'll alert the local authorities immediately.   Cheesy 
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« Reply #37: May 18, 2009, 10:24:42 pm »

I'll alert the local authorities immediately.   Cheesy 

No need, I'm trying to get away from the apparent new murder capital of SE Virginia.  So no wanton violence for me Sad

Although general (non-violent) mischief is still possible Grin
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« Reply #38: May 18, 2009, 10:55:36 pm »

Although general (non-violent) mischief is still possible

With you, I'd say there's a likely chance of generalized mischief with a sprinkling of chaos, panic, and disorder.  Cheesy
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« Reply #39: May 18, 2009, 10:59:51 pm »

With you, I'd say there's a likely chance of generalized mischief with a sprinkling of chaos, panic, and disorder.  Cheesy

Maybe not the chaos, panic and disorder.  I will be on vacation after all and I don't want to do anything that counts as work.
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« Reply #40: May 19, 2009, 04:37:43 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

I want to live in either Sweden or Finland. Right now its a toss-up, only because I'm a tad wary of the laws both countries have passsed (Finland, under certain circumstances, are allowed to look into your e-mail and stuff like that for national security matters; Sweden with their newer, aggressive laws for downloading music, videos, etc, highlighted by the recent court case against Pirate Bay).

Buuuut I'm angling more towards Sweden. I love the language and the culture and just the essence of the place. I've already broached the idea to my boyfriend of wanting to live there for six months, so we'll see how that goes.

Although should that never come to fruition, I would love to live in some sort of small rural-ish town (or perhaps just on the outskirts of Winnipeg or Brandon) to be able to have my own little house, and my own yard to have an outside shrine and my own garden. Plus have an upper floor. I've lived in a basement for the past 7 years, I want to be above ground next time! Cheesy

Does this have an effect on my religious life? Possibly. Right now I feel like I can't do much in my own house. If I was on my own, I'd have a lot more freedom. But I dont think this is necessarily connected to living somewhere else, just ANYWHERE else.
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« Reply #41: May 19, 2009, 04:38:40 pm »

Canadian PNW isn't terribly cold; we had about six feet of snow this winter, but it didn't last long. Now it's sunny and looking to be a rather hot summer. A few summers ago we had a string of 33-degree (C) days up in Powell River (that's about 90 degrees Fahrenheit).

Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut may suit you though. Or the East in winter. But if you want a really cold Canada, BC is not your best bet. Smiley

Or you could just try Winnipeg, Manitoba. Less travel time, more people, and way more colder!

Or maybe she just meant colder in general.. not -50 C windchill days where you feel like your butt will fall off.  Cheesy
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« Reply #42: May 19, 2009, 05:30:22 pm »

Or you could just try Winnipeg, Manitoba. Less travel time, more people, and way more colder!

Or maybe she just meant colder in general.. not -50 C windchill days where you feel like your butt will fall off.  Cheesy
Well, since Vyk was originally talking about the heat/humidity of Minnesota summers being what made his present location uncomfortable, I don't think Winnipeg represents a significant difference - marginally cooler, which might be enough, but the humidity is still there.  Alberta (particularly southern Alberta), OTOH, while it can get quite hot, is much more arid.

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« Reply #43: May 20, 2009, 12:52:56 pm »

I'm angling more towards Sweden.... I've already broached the idea to my boyfriend of wanting to live there for six months

Which 6 months? I would think, in a place as far north as Sweden, that would make a huge difference in the experience (if the winter months, near constant darkness; if the summer months, near constant sunlight).
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« Reply #44: May 23, 2009, 06:16:27 pm »

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? (Please be fairly specific.)  Why there? What effect, if any, would this have on your religious life?

Somewhere along the Amalfi Coast in Italy (close to Sorrento). It's just so beautiful. I could sit all day in the sun looking out over the bay towards Vesuvius. Plus, I love the little higgledy-piggledy narrow streets of the towns.

I don't think it would affect my religious life much, if any. I'm pretty much 'in the closet' where I am now, and I probably would be there too.
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