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Welcome to the hood!

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The trauma of moving house has been slightly softened by the novelty of a new neighbourhood. 

Although I have lived in my old house for decades, it has been very much a city environment, where neighbours nod and smile shyly at each other and perhaps exchange a few pleasantries about the unseasonal rain or the traffic, which always makes for a good conversation topic when you have nothing else to fall back on.

There is very little interaction, and everyone keeps very much to himself, perhaps not so much because of any urban snobbery as such, but more so the pace of life where everyone is rushing off to work, to school, to buy and sell, to catch buses and skytrains and whatever else it is that city people do.

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