Perhaps because I grew up in an area of urban sprawl, I don't enjoy big cities – from the hectic pace to the dirty streets and skyscrapers, the entire ambience isn't for me. The bustling nature of life in a city presses on me, overwhelming my senses. The one major city I love is Paris, in which it is virtually impossible to get lost and which offers unlimited hidden treasures to be discovered.
Cities began as the center of social life. To this day, large cities offer exposure to culture – through museums, theaters, music halls, and more – usually unparalleled by rural areas, which makes suburbia the perfect balance for me.