Can you ever know anywhere like your Home Town?

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    Nov 25, 2011 9:09 AM GMT
    I am in my Home Town quite often since a) I work here and b) my parents live here. I grew up here and lived here full-time until the age of 18 (in two different houses) then moved to university, after 4 years I moved back in with my parents for a year or so then moved out into my own place in my home town. After 18 months I moved in with my bf in a small town about 20 minutes away, and after 18 months there we bought a house a little bit further out.

    I love my home town - it's quite a small town but a great location, it's a suburb of Greater London so it's only 40 minutes into Central London (it can take longer than that going from South London to North London) it's near to London Heathrow airport, and even the south coast is only about an hour and a half away. It's got a small town vibe but there's plenty of larger towns within short distances for shopping/going out, and there's lots of countryside around as well. I've never lived anywhere I like more!

    I've been in my current house for nearly a year now and I still know very little about my current town - pretty much just my routes to work, the gym, the supermarket! Whereas my home town, I know all the streets, all the shortcuts and could find my way around blindfold probably.

    Do you think you ever know a place you move to as an adult as well as your home town? I think even if my parents move on I would keep returning here - I actually wanted to buy a house here but because of the great location it was way too expensive - maybe one day!
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    Nov 25, 2011 9:33 AM GMT
    I'd say I explored 90% of my city in a 4 - 5 year time span. Mainly because I hate traffic and like to know alternate routes to get around. Also because it's good to know all the escape routes in case some hood rats are following you. icon_lol.gificon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 25, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI'd say I explored 90% of my city in a 4 - 5 year time span. Mainly because I hate traffic and like to know alternate routes to get around. Also because it's good to know all the escape routes in case some hood rats are following you. icon_lol.gificon_neutral.gif


    I think a big part of it is that you really get to know a town by walking around, which obviously I did a lot of growing up as I didn't drive! I moved to my new town when I could drive so I only know how to get places in the car really - I rarely walk into the town centre even though it's only 10 minutes away.
  • rnch

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    Nov 25, 2011 12:03 PM GMT
    quoting the song lyrics sung by the late, great louis "sachmo" armstrong: "do you know what it means, to miss new or-leeennzzzzz, and miss her with all your hearrrttttttt...."


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    Nov 25, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Yes you can.
    I grew up in a small city, pop about 56,000, and moved to Vancouver 2500 miles away when I was 18. Within about 3 years I knew that city and every suburb inside out. Of course it helped that I love just driving around in my car or puttzing around on my motorcycle. Not everyone is going to do that though. There were lots of guys I knew who had moved to Vancouvers west end before I did and were lost outside of a 15 block radius because either they didn't have a car or they just weren't interested.
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    Nov 25, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    No. because there is NO place like Tel Aviv anywhere else on Earth.
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    Nov 25, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidNo. because there is NO place like Tel Aviv anywhere else on Earth.

    Tel Aviv sounds like a patch of heaven. I'd love to go there!

    I went back to one of the neighbourhoods in which I grew up a long time ago. It looked so similar, but felt so different; I didn't "know" it anymore...
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    Nov 25, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    Yes. More so, even. They're home towns by adoption, cities that absorb you.
    Mine was, and still is, London. New York and Antwerp are close runners up.
    I've only recently begun to get re-acquainted and make peace with my home town.
  • calibro

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    Nov 25, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidNo. because there is NO place like Tel Aviv anywhere else on Earth.


    that's not such a bad thing at times... but to the OP, what you're talking about is called heimat. it's a german word that doesn't have a translation for in english.
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    Nov 25, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    I visited Tel Aviv when I was a kid. All I remember was loud American music that was about a year behind the times. I haven't visited any other major world cities.

    Back on topic, I think it depends on 1) where you are and 2) what kind of person you are. Some areas are designed better for exploring, either by driving or by walking. Areas like mine just sprang up over time, and they aren't designed well. They're just a haphazard mix of residential and commercial areas. Some people are better explorers than others too. I think it requires a certain amount of patience, curiosity, and courage. You have to be willing to spend the time to move around, and you have to be willing to take risks finding the little places that might be either really cool or really crappy.
  • Webster666

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    Nov 25, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Below is a 1925 pic of the tiny town where I grew up.
    Actually, I lived about 2 miles farther out (even more rural).
    I can picture every inch of that road that went from this intersection, to our house, and beyond.


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  • TheIStrat

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    Nov 25, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    I could not see myself living in Herndon Virginia again
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    Nov 25, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    This is a picture of my hometown. Scenic rust belt.

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  • safety43_mma1...

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    Nov 25, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    nothing comes close home is where the heart is if u ask me. trees fresh air nature what more so u need?
  • JP85257

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    Nov 25, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    I hate where I grew up. I am here now and was kicked out of a bar last night because I am gay. So I cant wait to go home. I hate this fucking place.
  • JP85257

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    Nov 26, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    JakeGHK said
    JP85257 saidI hate where I grew up. I am here now and was kicked out of a bar last night because I am gay. So I cant wait to go home. I hate this fucking place.


    Where are you from? How did they know you were gay?

    Im from Carlsbad New Mexico and they arent blind. I dress better and still have a little swing in my walk. They arent blind. I was there with my best friend who are regulars and was minding my business. I tipped a bartender who is also a friend and her fiance didnt like "fucking faggots touching his woman like that."

    I put a 5 in her cleveage. She presented her boobs, I tipped her and she just laughed her head off.

    10 minutes later I am surrounded by a bar back and 4 very large security guards.
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    Nov 26, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva said
    Iceblink saidThis is a picture of my hometown. Scenic rust belt.

    --Dow Chemical pic--

    That doesn't look like any part of Royal Oak that I remember. More like Warren.



    Royal Oak is where I have lived for many years now, but I grew up in Midland.
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    Nov 26, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
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    Haaretz saidNo. because there is NO place like Tel Aviv anywhere else on Earth.


    Tel Aviv reminds me of Los Angeles with palm trees and design sidewalk by the beach. Jaffa or Yaffa near Tel Aviv is totally different.


    You do know Tel Aviv is built on destroyed Palestinian villages? It expands by constructing new buildings and tearing down the old.
  • JP85257

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    Nov 26, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    I know Phoenix like the back of my hand. Backroads. Front Roads. ALL of it.
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    Nov 26, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidI just switched to a geography major. Immerse me into a new community and I'll have it memorized in weeks.


    Wait a minute, what happened to music?
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    I've lived my entire adult life in cities other than my small hometown of 50,000 in rural Illinois. Everywhere I've lived, including my college town and the two cities I've lived in since then, I've trolled around and memorized every inch. I used to love getting in the car and driving until I was lost. It's a great way to learn shortcuts and where traffic pinch points are. Plus, I like to explore.

    Both of us can't wait to move out of state again so we can learn a new territory.
  • jagjock

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    Nov 26, 2011 9:16 AM GMT
    I know Vail like back of my hand, the back bowls the lifts the secret trails, and the only other place i now as well as vail is aspen where my grandparents live. but in all my travels nothing compares the this great landscape, friends, or just everyday AWE inspiring beauty