Background Noise and Being Settled

<p>The one thing that I&#8217;m surprised I&#8217;ve gotten used to since moving is the background noise I constantly hear from my open window. When I first moved into the apartment, it took a few nights for me to settle in. Most nights I can hear people outside talking, fighting, or generally carrying on from the street bellow. It&#8217;s not terribly loud since I&#8217;m so high up on the 19th floor, but it did take some getting used to. Then there&#8217;s also the general noise from inside the building itself: people coming and going, doors opening and closing, the elevators which are close by, and the neighbours poor dog that whimpers when they&#8217;re away for too long (poor little guy!) It&#8217;s a huge contrast to the quiet basement and sleepy (well, boring) suburbs where I came from. And now I actually find it all quite comforting, like I&#8217;m intimately part of a living system. It&#8217;s a nice feeling. I don&#8217;t even get startled when the postal person drops off my mail in the slot of my door.</p>

<p>How&#8217;s <em>that</em> for settling in?</p>
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