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Living in the country: a survival guide


As most of you probably know, I live in
a tiny village in the countryside. The benefits are many: less crime,
less pollution, less stress. And compared with the noisy and dirty city…
I mean, just look at it! Who wouldn’t want to live here? Well, plenty of people, actually. That’s why the cities are so big:
rural life isn’t for everyone. But some people who are more used
to an urban lifestyle may one day find themselves
having to relocate to a small town, and that will take some adjustment. So here are a few tips I have for you. I don’t know how much help they’ll be,
but I think they’ll be of some help. First, you may need to find
different ways of enjoying yourself. Out here we don’t have any of
your fancy clubs and bars. We did use to have a disco in the next village, and in the village after that some youngsters
have just opened a shisha bar, and… that’s it. But rather than think of giving things up, think of it as an opportunity to try something new. Go hiking or biking, learn to fly a kite,
go to a beer festival. It’s a different life.
But that doesn’t mean it’s less fun. You can certainly get very drunk
at a local beer festival, and many people do. Not that I’m recommending you do so yourself,
but the option is there. The tricky bit is getting to know people, because rural folk have this thing where it takes
them a long time to consider you a friend. But once they do, you have a friend for life. What can help is having children or a dog. At least then you’re likely to come into contact
with other parents or dog owners; but that’s not an option for everybody. But to be really accepted, you have to play
an active role within the community. Me, I’m the guy who posts those YouTube videos
of the annual Straw Bale Festival. Of course, you don’t have to be
an internationally recognized media star to gain the respect of the locals. For example, you can join a society. Rural Germany has societies
coming out of its ears: sports clubs, shooting clubs, choral societies, brass bands, historical societies,
the volunteer fire brigade, amateur dramatics societies, rabbit-breeder
societies, model railway clubs, rock bands, dance groups, you name it. There are many different ways of getting involved. But while getting involved
is unquestionably a good thing, trying to change things
might not be your best tactic. If you’re going to complain about the noise
from the annual village festival and demand that it stops dead at 10 pm sharp, you’re not going to make yourself very popular. You may even have the law on your side, but people are not going to forget
how you ruined their fun. Your best strategy is always to join in. And rural life can be full of excitement. Like the time somebody’s goats escaped
and started eating the neighbour’s garden. Or the time somebody tipped hot ashes onto their
compost heap and nearly started a forest fire. Or the time a tame magpie came
to live with us for a week. In all seriousness, though,
I find life here fantastic. If you’re a city dweller forced, for whatever
reason, to go and live in a tiny village, then my advice is: get involved in the community and find new ways of having fun. Hopefully, that will make life
a bit easier for you. Thanks for watching. If you’d like to
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