While I was in Portugal, our group went on an excursion outside of Lisbon to Sintra, where the National Palace is. Later that week, we were talking to some local guys who mentioned that they were from the suburbs – from Sintra.
What the crap guys. Our suburbs are not nearly as cool. Our suburbs don’t have freaking Palaces, now do they?
I’m a suburb girl. So much so that I literally live in a suburb OF A SUBURB. I’ve lived in the suburbs my whole life, and if you live in a place your whole life you’re inevitably going to find things that you hate about it. I’ve developed a sort of schizophrenic love/hate relationship with the suburbs. I really came to realize this when I started working downtown on a regular basis. Let’s go over some pros and cons I’ve found about the suburbs.
Pro: They’re pretty
There’s a lot of trees in the suburbs. And especially during the summer, when the sun is shining and the weather is beautiful and everything is green, it’s especially nice to take a walk in the sunshine.
Con: They’re huge
Everything in the suburbs is all spread out. You can’t get anywhere interesting without a car, and even then it takes at least fifteen minutes to get there.
Pro: It’s quiet
Since everyone in the suburbs stays inside, walking in the suburbs is always nice and peaceful. It’s kind of nice to be able to walk down the street and sing along to your music and not have anyone look at you like you’re crazy.
Con: It’s quiet
In the city, there’s always something going on. There’s music playing as you walk down the street, and there’s always people around. It’s way more exciting than the stupid boring suburbs where the most exciting thing you hear is a siren.
Pro: It’s clean
Graffiti in the suburbs is an eyesore that it quickly removed. Garbage isn’t piled on the streets, and the air usually smells like grass, not sewers.
Con: It’s boring
Nothing ever happens in the suburbs. All the fun things happen downtown, and it’s so friggin far away