Originally Posted by Saskia
Its a big decision, before where I live now, Dunedin (Pop 120,000) I lived in Canberra (Pop 350,000) and before that, like the middle of Sydney (Pop like 4 million).
Its so impersonal living somewhere big, I feel. Its like everything and everyone is always in transit. In Sydney I could walk down George st at 3am on a Monday or Tuesday and go to a bakery for coffee - I find that sort of surreal. Now that I have a real choice to choose where I want to go and where I want to live the more I feel I want to go somewhere smaller, maybe where I can meet some people that are grounded a little. But maybe everyone is the same.
I don't really care for going out clubbing much, and I am vegan so I don't do many restaurants, I think maybe Armidale (while not being very small - but for me it is) might be nice. I don't feel i've ever met 'real' people.
I would suggest looking at towns on the outskirts of larger cities. Farther away than to be a suburb but close enough to not be a major outing if you want to experience the larger city life.
We are a 30-45 minute drive so close, but not too close.
I have found the suburbs to be a rather cold place to live. Most of the people are just there to sleep then head back into the city for work each day