I wouldn't say it's boring, it just a matter of finding where the action is. We just got back from England and Wales and you are generally correct about more people being out and about on the sidewalks, but part of that is because owning a private vehicle is much more expensive leaving people walking or taking public transportation. When we were in London, the parks were full of people enjoying the day, but London reminds me a lot of New York city. I live in Florida now, but there are places where you don't see many people exept in their cars, but there are places like at the beach where many people are out walking and socializing and there are things to do at the beach. We also have certain hot spots in our city that feel like a cozy small town with many people out enjoying music, food, socializing and I always have a good time. My father also was in the military and I even served for a while, overseas is a lot of fun, but state side is also a lot of fun.