I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I have lived, worked and studied in Baltimore, Berlin, Scotland, England and Wales. I traveled to Poland (ask me about winter in Wrocslaw!) Amsterdam, and Paris.
But I never stopped being a New Yorker. Although, for the opportunity to raise both roses & Romano tomatoes in a big enough back yard (and still make money), I would consider moving. Baltimore can be very nice that way.
I served as an Independent Living Aide in Monmouth, Wales. One of his clients had advanced Muscular Dystrophy, the other had been a quadriplegic for 20 years. It was hard work. But it was very rewarding. The greatest reward was the knowledge that I helped two handicapped men lead a fuller, more enjoyable lives. Mind you, I had a steep learning curve there ... I almost got fired for a lack of sensitivity to people's emotional needs.
I have put myself in situations requiring me learn to deal with many different people and circumstances, and am not done doing so.
BTW, this is an edited version of what goes on my Real Estate profile, so if it sounds like a pitch, it is based on one.