How is it really-going to live in the country?
Suddenly, when we saw movies, we no longer sighed for living on a gray sixteenth floor to the ‘How I met your mother’ , but for lunch in the midst of nature as ‘Memories of Africa’ . Oh, friends, he gave us. We entered and was gnawing little by little to the urbanite that was in us: it was the syndrome of ‘I leave everything’ .
And we left it, and we retired almost on tiptoe to the field after having managed to live so in the center of the city that we pulled the balcony and we were in our favorite bar , in the health center and in a department store, all at the time. It happened to Sabina Urraca , writer , to Max and Susagna , founders of the traveling community Familias en Ruta , and even to this one who writes .
And you, do you notice? Is it happening to you too? Do you close your eyes and you look very far from the madding crowd but you still do not know whether to give the step or not? So, this article is for you. That’s right – really – living in the countryside:
1. LIVING IN THE FIELD DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN TO IRTE SUPER FAR … OR YES
Your new life does not necessarily have to be several hours from the city : I, for example, live only 45 minutes by car from the center of the capital, while Sabina is completely away from civilization: “I think my house It is as close to the field as it can be, perhaps closely followed in the category of “being very in the field” by a hermit cave on top of a mountain, I only say that to get there you have to leave the car on high of the valley and walking down for half an hour on wild boar paths,people ask for my address or ask me the name of my town, and I do not know how to explain to them that I do not have a street or a town. I live in the middle of the mountain. The mailman does not arrive here, and you can only find my house if someone guides you. I have several neighbors nearby, all very particular people who have decided to live with few things and feed on their own gardens, “he says.The thing is: you choose how much you want to lose!
2. YOU WILL NEED THE CAR FOR EVERYTHING
Even to go buy the bread. If you have taken seriously that of living in nature, the most normal thing is that your house is far enough away so as not to think about making the walk you walk (unless you have no choice but to carry everything on your shoulder, as it happens to you to Sabina). However, even this has advantages: ” Here we parked next to the house , when in the city we could take between half an hour and an hour at least to find a hole “, explain the founders of Familias en Ruta.
3. YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND MUCH LESS IN TONTERIES
Of course you will take walks through your land, and even around, but you will not make life “on the street”, if the street means terraces with friends or shop windows with your partner. The best? You will spend much less money , at least to consume things “to distract you”, because you will not be exposed to them. That is to say, the pasta that you leave in cañas (which inevitably become dinners) and in that shirt that you just saw and without which suddenly you can not live will diminish noticeably, almost to become a strange capitalist spawn: “I have been living in the valley for almost four months, going to the nearest town once a week, without moving or going back to Madrid or any city. a festival of books in Bilbao, and I thought the theme Christmas shopping was a little last lap. having to carry everything you buy for half an hour walk through the forest , objects take much more value. I was a little scare to see people carrying all those bags, “says Sabina.
4. YOU WILL FORGET THE NOISES …
At least, of the unpleasant: “In the countryside we hear silence, the chirping of the birds, the mujir cows , the mechanical saw when cutting the firewood … In the city, the sirens, the cars and motorcycles and the works they let rest, “say Susagna and Max. However, with this silence must be done separately. Do you remember the last time you did not hear ANYTHING? Probably not, so maybe it will cost you something to get used to it. It happened to Sabina, who at first could not sleep because he heard even the slightest creak of the house (not counting the coming and going of the boar). However, now it seems wonderful: “Silence is something that I loved, and it scares me a little to go back to the city and not be able to adapt to the worldly noise again, “he tells us.
5. … AND THE SMELLS WILL COLLECT A NEW MEANING FOR YOU
“In the town you smell of grass, fire, dung, and in the city, with smoke, with sweets, with perfume”, summarizes Susagna and Max, who confess, in fact, that one of the things they like least of living in the countryside is “the smell of slurry, which, fortunately, is rare” . Sabina also experienced an olfactory shock when she breathed again in the city after four months without leaving her retirement: “The first day everything smelled strange and bad: the perfumes of the people, the smoke from the cars, the smell of food that I left the bars … I got scared, because I thought I had become intolerant to the city , but it happened to me in a couple of hours “.
6. YOU WILL HAVE A MUCH MORE NARROW RELATIONSHIP WITH ANIMALS …
In four months in the field I have seen more animals than in my whole life in the city: rabbits, snakes, eagles, mice (but of the pretty ones) and even badgers have crossed my path, without counting the cows and horses that I find when I go for a walk or the goats that pass through my door every day (and that constitute for a newcomer to the green a show as or more hallucinatory than the pastor himself). The same thing happens with Sabina: ” The animals fascinate me, I have a neighbor that I helped to raise two orphaned foals, I’ve already seen several boars (I hear them almost every night) and once I saw a fox, I think the encounter with the fox, with whom I was looking at my eyes for a while, was one of the great momentazos of my life, “he explains.
7. … AND YOUR PETS WILL HAPPEN AS NEVER
My three cats have never been happier (nor have they been more beautiful) than scampering around the countryside. In fact, one of them had anxiety and the other a distrust that prevented him from sleeping peacefully … and his problems have practically disappeared since we arrived here! Of course, they are so, so happy that I had to get them out of the clutches of mice, birds and even tadpoles … And not always alive …
8. YOU WILL OVERCOME THE AGOBIO OF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOSE ANYTHING
“The best thing is the tranquility and the possibility of getting up every day, walking through a wonderful environment and knowing that we do not need too much to live with quality and well-being, ” admit Susagna and Max. In fact, being in the field, the FoMO (Fear of Missing Out, or Fear of Missing Something), that XXI century syndrome that attacks us when we think we could be doing something better than what we are actually doing , practically disappears. Now, even though you see on Twitter that your friends are going to a super interesting theatrical premiere instead of lying in front of the fireplace like you, you will not feel restless. Total, even if you want to join the plan, you were not going to get there in time or joke …
9. NO, YOU WILL NOT CONCENTRATE MORE
“The quality of life improves a lot in some ways, that’s clear, you have better color, you eat better, you sleep better (…) Although there’s something I’ve discovered, stress is not something that radically changes the field the city : if you have to do many things, your level of demand and your burden may be exactly the same in one place as in another, calm is something inside, “explains Sabina. In fact, she still does not know how the experiment to retire to the Alpujarras Granada will be to put together her book: ” I thought I was going to write a lot while I was here, that nothing would de-center me, and the truth is that in the countryside there are also a thousand distractions that can mislead you Will is necessary anywhere. Actually, I have not finished my book yet, so I will be able to know if the balance has been really positive when delivered to the publisher and published, “he confesses.
10. YOUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL CHILDHOOD
In the case of Susagna and Max, it was precisely the birth of their first daughter that made them take the step to withdraw from Barcelona: “We were looking for a place where we could live as a family, calmer, closer to nature, a place where our daughter could discover the world with confidence , where children could grow with greater freedom of movement, where the playground was not an island and bypass the roads were not the daily challenge. Now that they have two offspring, they appreciate the fact that they can go out and play alone and without any fear , as well as the special school they have found: “We were looking for a school for our two children located in a mountain environment and in Garrotxa (Girona) we find it.The rural public center has a family atmosphere, mixed age groups , great involvement of parents and a wonderful natural environment. ”
11. YOU WILL DO THINGS THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO
Paradoxically, being in the field makes you – at least at the beginning – feel totally ignorant . Is that plant poisonous? When are the almonds picked? Should I be afraid if I find a snake? And that in the best of cases, because if you decide to take the experience to the limit as Sabina, in addition to asking you, you will have to do many things that you have never done before, and probably do not want to repeat in your life : “My house is beautiful, an old restored farmhouse very nice, but I have no shower or running water in. The tap is outside, so I bathe by heating water in a giant pot and using buckets and basins.” The toilet is in a small stone building a few meters from the house . ”
“So far, it’s funny to live like that, I like this medieval life to bathe in front of the fireplace, but sometimes I dream that I take a hot shower, the shower, that magical water that falls from the ceiling, you appreciate until you see yourself soaking in a tin bucket … “, says this rural heroine. But there ‘s more !: “You have to arrange to have firewood, hot water and food. If you forget something in the weekly people travel, you know you have to wait another week to buy it . But I compensates me make these efforts, “he tells us. However, this does not have to be your case: I live ten minutes by car from three supermarkets, and I have a bathroom (and even though my house does not have a street number or street, they do not even agree on what the area is called!)
12. YOUR NEIGHBORS WILL BECOME VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE FOR YOU
“The best thing is to live surrounded by such beauty, and with beauty I mean the nature that surrounds me and the people who live near me , people with whom, living all a little isolated, immediately I have established very close and familiar relationships “, Sabina illustrates us. Susagna and Max also boast of the good situation with their neighbors , although in their case there are not many either. However, what I really like is the opposite: they do not know me here, so I do not have to go around the street every second time or be presentable to anyone. And to that, friends, I call it FREEDOM.
13. YOU WILL OVERCOME YOUR FEARS
Above all, the most atavistic, such as being alone in an uninhabited spot or standing firm against the darkness of the night ( without lampposts, the night landscape has another look ). “Fear that gave me most at first was a bummer: the night forest, wild boars, being alone in such an old house, nighttime storms … . Everything around me remitted to horror movies I was a When I slept badly and I was frightened by any noise , then that stage happened, and suddenly, walking at night in the mountains seems to me the most natural thing“, says Sabina, again triumphant before the rigors of rural life.” It has made me feel very good to overcome the fears I had at the beginning. I think it has given me a lot of peace . ”
14. SOMETIMES, YOU WILL LEAVE LESS THE CITY, AND YOUR FRIENDS
Being at the core is also cool, especially because of the cultural offer , as Sabina, Susagna and Max agree (in this category also LA FIESTA , of course). However, this nostalgia of bulla and brotherly love is solved by making periodic visits to the center : “To the small town that we have nearby we go at least once a week to buy, walk, meet with friends or go to some activity, and to the capital every month or two months, depending on the desire, meetings or training we have, “the bloggers tell us. The best thing is that these visits become real expeditions, and charge more value once you do them only once in a while. Also, believe it or not, they allow you to spend more time with your friends or your family , because many times you will decide to stay to sleep with them to make the most of the time in the city. Or they will go to spend the weekend in your house as if on a trip !
15. REMEMBER: GOING TO LIVE IN THE FIELD CAN BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE
Retiring in nature is not a good idea if you work in the city , Sabina reminds us (spending hours in the car every day can end up with the most obvious rural benefits). Nor is it advisable to enroll in an adventure as extreme as yours unless you “like a little austere life, do not be afraid of animals, and look for intense experiences ,” as she recommends. However, remember that all that is in your hand: you can choose to go far or near enough, have hot water or not, live in a town or very apart: the change will be less the fewer things that separate your home current of what you will have in the rural environment.
That is, with an Internet more or less managed, a toilet inside the home and a good shower, the thing should not differ too much from your life as you know it, except that you will not be so close to the center and that you will be even more Handsome to breathe, sleep well and waste time lying in the sun. “We would recommend to each person and family that they try to follow their dreams, and if one of them is going to live in the countryside, that at least they will try it “, grant Susagna and Max. ” Life only have one, and you have to enjoy the place we want to be , and if not where we are, look for opportunities, create them, invent and perform them . Maybe then we realize that and we were happy where we were, but to return to the same place feeling different, we may have to walk and make some new route, even if it is circular“.