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User Image....paragraph....I hail from Benelux! There is enough bustling activity here while also being tranquil in nature. It is also cheerful with high quality facilities! I am lucky to be here.
....paragraph....The Benelux union is located in Europe and nowadays we pay for our goods with the Euro currency instead of the the original Florentine/Firenze florin-based currency. I lived through a real life currency-swap, so everything I learned during primary school got shook! My parents still say: "the rent was 700FL" and it will mean something like: "the rent was 400E". Confusing, cha!
....paragraph....My hometown has several districts.The residential area in the northwest is known as the Northern Quarters — that's where I live. Walled-off train tracks separate it from the center which is known as The Core. The Core, in turn, is separated from the southern area known as Southport by a long lake. The entire town is hugged by the Forests of Lure to the west and the Alvernian Forests to the east. But other cities and towns are in the vicinity, so despite the abundance of nature it's not like the boonies at all.

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....paragraph....There are several places I frequent in my hometown. They are all located in the central area which is known as 'The Core'.
....paragraph....The grand café Starforest can be a little snooty at times but it is a traditionally busy place. It's warm and classy in nature. The Eagle next door is a great place for letting loose and dancing the night away. My personal favorite: On the edge of the town center next to a cinema lies Mr. Smith's — it's 80's old-school vibey yet has a modern touch — a bit of a paradox ... think along the lines of how folks love the Stranger Things series, that's the feel! More near the marketplace there are the La Passione and Menno's. Both serve great lunch and delicious ice cream! Ice creaaaam! Finally Asia and Sarajevo are restaurants with owners that I know very well — they are kind! My hometown also has a castle, which has a public park around it and swans in the moat.

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....paragraph....My home is in the Northern Quarters, the biggest residential area in town. My home is likely to be smaller than most average American homes. We are a smoll country after all. There is actually a shortage of homes in my country because we are crazy about the environment and won't build (much-needed) extras until we reach a very low level of nitrogen pollution. (I love the environment and do lots to make a minimal impact, but compared to many surrounding countries mine is sort of nutty zealous at times! It drives costs up to extremes.
....paragraph....My house is perfectly 'finished'. No cracks, no dents, trash is all sorted and recycled according to materials, there's no visible wiring, we generate power using solar energy, et cetera! It is trendy. We receive lots of visitors (sometimes to the dismay of my introverted side) so it is important to keep everything tidy and clean. I also spruce things up with plants. I love the combination of a light, modern room with smoothly finished walnut wood for warmth, dark green of plants for tranquility and a pop of color such as a sleek teal or a friendly orange.

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....paragraph....I also love the fruit walls! I don't think Americans are very familiar with the concept of pulling products "out of walls" as we call it ... Umm, it is like having many many very tiny ticket-windows in a wall, but instead of talking to a person to buy a ticket you instead insert a small amount of money and pull out a product! Usually cheap and convenient on the go. It used to be a popular concept here for our native snacks, but now we also have such walls for fruits and other fresh products. So when you walk to the town center you can take a break along the way and pull fresh strawberries "out of the wall"! It's yummy!

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