In two days I'll be getting on a plane to head back to the land of skyscrapers - Chicago. I have grown to appreciate the good things there too, the beauty that the Lord has provided in the city.
Side note, but did you ever realize that the city was actually God's idea first? Christ will return and New Jerusalem will be the fulfillment of the Lord's promises. Jerusalem - a city. Hebrews 11:6 actually says that when we long for our heavenly home, we actually take comfort in knowing that God is preparing for us a city. The day when I realized this, my whole concept of the city was flipped upside down. Yes, there is corruption and darkness in the city, but it's also a dim shadow of what's to come! How beautiful is that?
So even though the city is unique too, I still love the mountains, hills and cottages of my small town/village. It's pretty cold and smoggy here currently, but although it often smells bad outside, the haze actually adds a glow to sunset. I went out for a walk the other day, despite the cold, to encapsulate a few memories from my home before heading back to school.