Living Upcountry became a Dream Come True
One of the fascinating things I enjoyed as a child is spending time upcountry. The place
that one gets a chance to do things that are not otherwise possible in the busy city life. There was
a cabin Upcountry in the north where we went for a couple of times in the summer when dad got
a vacation at his work in the city. There was a lot of amazing sceneries to see and things to do.
Although the place has undergone through several transformations and changes now, I would not
forget the lasting memories and experiences acquired in my childhood.
The atmospheric conditions and scenery upcountry is unique as compared to the city
home conditions. On a daily basis, I am used to the city rush of people and cars squealing in a
hustle report to their work on time. There was limited time for one to sit back and relax in an
atmosphere full of the hustle and bustle of city life where everything is loud. Everything is
different upcountry. The chilling and cooling silence at night that one could hear a pin dropping.
Everything around in the north is natural, the beauty of animals playing with each other around,
rustling around the bushes and trees to hunt and gather for their food, animals scaling up and
down trees. The atmosphere is conducive, calm, and serene enough for one to sit back outdoors
relaxing enjoying nature it is pure form: the singing of birds, calm and relaxed atmosphere. It
was a sight that a person born and raised in the busy hustle and bustle of the city would have a
hard time believing it exists in real life!
City life is characterized by high levels of pollutions from factories, cars, and everything
around. Many people hit the streets every minute going to work, hustling, and trying to make a
living; therefore, the air is always thick and stuffy with smog, dust, and sewage smell. However,
upcountry the air is cleaner and fresh. The first time I went there I noticed a big difference in the
way the air smelled. It is unbelievable that air felt this good. I was determined to take deep
steadily breathes to take in as much fresh and clean air as possible. There was a feeling of
freshness that I wanted to stick on, and I literary heard the contamination in my lungs escaping.
At home, no one has the freedom to move around because the streets and environment are
not safe enough for walking around. Upcountry offered the freedom for us to walk everywhere,
taking things along the way without fear. It provided me a chance to enjoy as a kid: playing
outdoors, walking along the streets to the local stores, climbing trees, enjoying fresh juice fruits
from trees. For the first time, I felt safe and peace playing and walking outside. My resolution as
a kid was to raise my family at this place, my upcountry when I grow up. I have finally decided
to raise my family upcountry, they have the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, fresh
and cleaner air, safe environment, and cold conditions to sit back and enjoy a normal life as
upcountry families — the childhood memories and experiences to something more exciting and
beautiful than city life for my family.
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