Life in the country
So, I am really excited about rural medicine. Both my husband and I have big plans for our life in the country and we can't wait to get out of the city.
We have wonderful friends in the city, however, and we enjoy going out on the town occasionally, so we plan to be close enough so we can get into the city for our urban fix once a month or so. But, we still want to be an active part of our community and blend in as well as we can.
My question is for those of you who have grown up in small towns. I know how closely knit small communities are--having spent several months of my rotations in one. I've heard that it's hard to break into that closeness if you are new in town, however. Have you found that to be true?
Also, we are pretty left of center politically...though we certainly aren't activisits--i.e., bumpersticker/tshirt/yard-sign types. We have both travelled a lot and are way overeducated, and I guess we like to think we are pretty worldly and open minded people. I know that small towns, particularly in the south/southwest tend to be pretty conservative, but we do get along with lots of different types of people (as evidenced by the parties we throw for our friends, where no one knows each other!).
Is there any hope for us to find friends and like-minded people in a small community?
By small, I mean 6-7K, 1-2 hours from the nearest large or medium sized city.
And what about schools....? Are they as bad as people say?? We don't have children yet, but want to soon...
Sorry for the ramble. Looking forward to your replies...
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