When I was a little girl, this view was of trees and grass, but now I see house, after house, after house, and far away the buildings merge into each other.
Far away, on the left I can see Concordia's Christ, the biggest monument in my country. I can hear cars passing by, the wind, and the little birds making noise on the roof. I smell the city, a mixture of pollution and soil.
At sunset, the colours of the landscape look more beautiful than morning, and the wind picks up. This view make me feel peaceful and I am happy to live here. I appreciate the landscape still, even with all the new houses and buildings.
Crows patrol outside the century old house we call home, a home that we are about to lose. We have to sell because the maintenance costs are rising day by day.
From my window I can see the adjacent houses situated on the north side, I can hear my neighbors talking, the dogs barking, and there are birds that sing. But it smells of dogs, as there are 9 dogs living in the gap between my house and the house next to mine.
Whenever I am in this room, I can't help but think about my childhood because this is the room I used to share with my brother. I love everything about it, this secret window and the unique view. As darkness falls you can barely see the distant houses.
I hate the fact that most of the old houses in this neighborhood are being replaced by new apartments. These old houses have been here since Calcutta was the capital of British India.
#Murray, Utah, United States
From my window I can see into many others. The building opposite is close enough that I can see there are flowers in almost every apartment window.
At night I can hear people laughing, and the sound of silverware on plates in the small cafe below. This sound combined with the twinkly lights makes me feel serene as the tempting aroma of their food wafts up to the open window. I can also hear a bell ringing in the nearby church and the sound of cars rushing by below. I love the activity and life on my street.
Heavy traffic ceaselessly flows up and down this street. Vehicles and motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and colors. The noise of these vehicles is the first and last thing I hear every day.
In the mornings I see the housewives washing clothes through the windows opposite me, and I hear the sound of dealers opening up their shops and cleaning vigorously. The activity of the dealers and housewives makes me feel optimistic for the new day, even though the vehicle noise makes me wake up early and feel sad.
I live in a very small village next to the sea, there are only a few people left here. The streets are empty, it's very calm and quiet. My view is very lush, it’s as if the plants want to make up for the lost time in winter and autumn.
It's quite windy and the only sound I can hear is the the trees swaying in the wind. I can smell the freshly cut grass from the lot next to me. My neighbor takes good care of it, as he wants to sell it; the land prices have been rising in the last few years. I feel very calm here, that is why I love it so much.
During spring and summer the green of the trees breaks up the uniform pattern of the concrete apartment blocks. From 6am-8am, time slows down, there's little traffic and the cool morning breeze goes perfectly with a fresh cup of coffee. This view represents my childhood, home & love - my girlfriend lives right across the street.
Usually the evening is the best time to enjoy the view, especially during June when the Linden trees are in full bloom. The smell is incredible and it sweeps over the whole neighborhood.
#Miami, Florida, United States
This morning as I stood to take this photo, the air was fresh and Ms. Smith from next door was having her morning coffee under the tree which is home to a family of iguanas.
As the day progresses more iguanas will come down from the tree, but fortunately not many come on our side of the fence. I don't really like how close the iguana tree is, because I fear one may fall on me if I sit out there, even though it is probably unlikely.
I love the amount of animals that live in this lake. There's a often a turtle just under the iguana tree, and as I look up a gaulin is snatching a fish and taking him away for his meal.
#Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
I’m on the 26th floor of a 50 story building - not too high and not too low: just right. I’m low enough that I can still see and hear everything going on in the street, and high enough that there is always a breeze on my balcony, and there’s no mosquitoes.
From here I can look over the whole city. My window faces east and every morning I feel like I'm looking at the best scenery ever and it's never going to be any better than this. But then the night comes, and the view just pulls you in with a million colors and its New York-like soul. Sometimes I feel like I have a huge virtual reality screen and the scenery is changing just for me.
From my window I can see the typical urban kaleidoscope of structures which are sprouting up in my area. Across the roofs of my neighbors (where cats frequently play at night), I see the tall, lean building which has recently been constructed. It’s the first of its kind to be erected in this area, but I am dead sure that a lot more will be constructed in the near future. I love taking comfort in this window after a long stressful day.
During rainy reason I can hear the splatters of rain on the metal roofs which sometimes sound like a melody. At other times the sound of the rain reaches a crescendo, and then we know our streets are likely to flood.
#Ringgold, Virginia, United States
I love where I live. It is fairly quiet as I live out in the countryside; however, I can see some cars here and there. I can see the neighbors play with their kids, dogs running around, birds flying, and I sure hear a lot of lawn mowers. I also see the mail arriving, and the school bus picking up and dropping off kids.
Afternoons are the best because of the view. The sunsets are amazing; especially on a nice summer night. Winter can be just as amazing with the view of the snow-covered trees, grass, the road, with the beautiful sunset in the back.
I don't like this area much. I came here because I didn't have any other option. My apartment is situated in a mini market, which is semi residential, semi commercial area.
From my window I see the top of a plaza which is still being developed, some houses, and minaret of a mosque. I can also see a burger shop sign. Being a market, this area is quite noisy, and I hear all sorts of voices and noises throughout the day. The scenery and sounds change at night. By 8pm shops start closing, and by midnight everything becomes peaceful. Except for a few street lights, the area becomes dark.
This view does not make me think or feel anything good. Sometimes I look outside just to have an idea of the weather and heat.
I live at the very edge of the city and all my windows face west, to the last few buildings. I look out over sky, birds, and beautiful sunsets all year long. I'm not sure anything except seasons will ever change here - the view is just the same as it was ten years ago. Still, I could stand by my window all day long without getting bored.
The air here is fresh and clean, it's nice and quiet without city noise, the sky is always beautiful and sunsets are simply amazing. If I could, I'd keep this view forever.
My window faces a toilet block. It’s a composting toilet so no water is used to flush it. A full open flyscreen wraps the top half of the building so that the toilet always smells clean. All I can smell is fresh country air, and the fragrance of fruit trees and flowering bushes around my room.
I hear the birds calling many different tunes all day, from sun up in the break of dawn into the night. I also hear kangaroos bounding around outside chasing each other from time to time.
Our little garden provides us with nourishing herbs and salad greens that we have planted. It is such a delight to eat what we grow and it fills my heart knowing that I can live from the land.
My view makes me feel alive, like I am free from the normal restrictions of modern suburban life.
#Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Argentina
It’s almost winter, but the sun is warm enough to enjoy it. The view is relaxing, the blue sky and the pine dancing slowly with the wind makes me feel calm. I can see my neighbors’ houses from above, the lemon tree, the grapevine next to my house, a variety of trees and a telecommunications tower in the background. It’s very quiet outside, as most people are working, and there’s very little traffic noise.
At sunset I can see an orange glow on the horizon, and the mountains are revealed. The lights turn on outside coloring the streets orange. People are coming back from work, and the traffic noise is increasing. As sun sets, cold invades the room. The dim light in combination with low temperature makes me feel a little weird, I want a cup of coffee.
As I take this picture, I can hear birds singing and wind blowing inside the vents. I feel happy.
I love that I can see seasons change. In summer I feel every light breeze that brings the cool air from the waterfront. In autumn I watch the colors of the forest at the other side of the river changing. In winter I can see the river become slowly covered with ice. In spring I watch the ice break and the stream take it to the sea and trees next to my windows blossoming.
My apartment’s windows face the river Daugava, which is the largest river in Latvia. It is about 800 meters wide at the point where my building is located, so all I see is a vast amount of water and a mixed tree forest on the other side of the river.
As a northerner and introvert at heart, I love the fact that all I see everyday is nature even though I live in the largest city in the Baltic states.
Most mornings I get a spectacular view of the lush green mountains that cascade around my house. Some days there will be fog surrounding the green, and oppressing the morning.
I have a tropical jungle of a garden to glance at when I wake up, and the cage full of our large guard dogs.
In the evenings, when the sun is setting, I can see the bright blue skies become dark, and the green mountains turn a sort of black, as the sun goes down. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful this setting actually is.
I can see directly into a neighboring apartment. I’m not sure how many people live there in total, it could be 3 or more. Sometimes I see a person cooking, other times opening or closing the window, but mostly I just hear them chatting and laughing. It’s nice and lively.
The people in the flat underneath mine have a child who’s apparently a bit of a terror. I know this because I can often hear them yelling. The noise gets quite annoying, I wish they’d speak rather than yell all the time.
When it’s dark, finally a cool breeze enters my apartment and brings in the smells my neighbors cooking their dinners. Time to cook myself.
I see tiny houses and roads around me throughout the day from a height. There are many people and vehicles going about their business, but I feel disconnected from them, as though I am watching a silent movie.
I love to spend my time near the window especially on a sunny day, but sunny days are few and far between here.
As the sun sets, I can see lights flickering as though in a time lapse. As peaceful as it is, I miss waving a hand to a neighbour and hearing children play. At night as much as I love the silence, I wish I could sense some activity around to make me feel less isolated.
From my window I can see many others, and each window has a story to tell. In the mornings you can see some smoking cigars, some in their bathrooms, and some are cooking. You can actually smell their food - typically curry soup or sometimes fried dried fish. Some neighbors go out to eat breakfast at the food court nearby that they call the hawker center.
You can hear garbage collectors, grass cutting, children playing football, neighbors shouting and arguing, the MRT metro train passing, and airplanes flying. Often we close the curtain on this window or obscure the view with our laundry - we put our wet clothes on a bamboo pole to dry outside.
At nightfall, the house lights opposite come on one by one like watching Christmas lights. Again you can smell curry soup and dried fish cooking, and you can hear children laughing like they’ve not seeing their parents for a long time. There are also big guys drinking and chatting at the hawker center, sometimes they’ll be watching sports and cheering loudly.
This is the view from our 7th floor condo unit. I often see delivery trucks and people going in and out the warehouse that our unit overlooks. Every day, I also see their stock guys outside to smoke, eat and chit chat with their friends during their breaks. The warehouse opens around 7am and doesn’t close until 11pm.
I enjoy people watching from my balcony, especially at night when cool breezes occasionally come along. The only thing that I hate is that our unit is on the side where the sun rises, so I got myself some blinds and blackout curtains to prevent me from getting woken up too early - I’m definitely not a morning person.
#Prague, Czech Republic
Each morning, colorful boxes of panel-buildings greet me when I look out my window. My row of boxes greets them back, though not so cheerfully since the tenants can’t seem to agree to renovate them, and our row has remained a washed out green.
Lights are being turned off as the sun rises, cutting diagonally across the row of apartments, like a toy Jedi sword cutting up cardboard doll houses. So many life stories behind each of those windows.
At 7 am, the courtyard in the center is empty, save for a dog who walks his owner regularly at that time (in crisp morning air I always hear the owner ordering his dog to slow down, to wait for him, and the dog invariably does the exact opposite).
An hour later, I can hear heels clicking, people going to work, and the smell of toast, bacon, eggs wafts up from nearby apartments.
By 10 am the little kindergarten monsters are let loose into the courtyard, making enough noise to wake up the sleepy heads.
By 8 pm in the summer, the sun settles down to the left of my window, creating stunning sunsets. The courtyard is more quiet, people are relaxed, clinking of cutlery can be heard through open windows. On game nights (hockey, football) I know who’s winning simply by listening to the shouts of fans at the local sports pub, and on weekends, when the fireworks go off in the distance, by the municipal hall, someone’s gotten married, graduated, or just decided to have a blast. By midnight or so, the lights gradually go out, and the little box-town of a hundred life stories goes to sleep.
There are around 25 stray cats on the street, and twice a day I hear the guard call out to them for food. I love to see all the cats run towards him.
We sometimes crack jokes about the house right across from ours being haunted - it’s been unoccupied for years and is mostly hidden behind old trees. I hate the tangled mess of wires hanging from the street light, but these are so common in Pakistan that you eventually learn to ignore them.
All year round, I hear street vendors shouting out advertisements of their wares as they push their carts from street to street, selling a wide variety of things - from fruit and vegetables, to plastic buckets, to stove repairing expertise.
The first time I stepped into this room with heavy boxes full of books, letters and memories, I was impressed by this view: it seemed to me that the window goes through an entire wall.
Now, when I look through my window, I see life; the way it goes: so easily, but at the same time so unpredictably. Sadly, when I look through the same window today I feel the biggest killer in this world is loneliness. I just sit here for hours, looking down and sinking in the silence.
In the evening, the sky turns violet, purple, and step by step paints itself darker and darker, leaving the prints of the day that just have passed through. I inhale deeply and wish that someone would see this immense beauty and imagine tomorrow might be better than today.
Because the buildings neighboring me are lower, from my window I have one of the best views of the city. If I turn my head to the left, I can see the Mediterranean Sea. It is far away, but from this vantage point, I can see it. If I turn my head to the right, I can see a mountain ridge which reaches more than 1000 meters. A great view!
What I love most are the sunsets. Every day I can admire a great sunset, but on windy days (and this is a very windy place) the sunsets are unbelievable.
I can see the salt fields from my window. My street is always windy and most of the time it smells like the ocean. At the end of the street there is a walkway that goes along the river where many people run and walk throughout the day. In the sky I can see storks, seagulls, and during the day I hear the swallows too.
At night I can hear the crickets and the frogs. This view always makes me feel happy because it’s quiet and peaceful, it was actually one of the reasons I moved here. I love it.
#Novo Selo, Serbia
From my bedroom window, I can see the house of the most important person in my life, my uncle. It was no accident that I chose my room to be the one that faces his house.
I love waking up and seeing his perfectly cared for garden and smelling the freshly-cut grass in the air. Before going to bed, seeing at least one light turned on makes me feel safe and protected.
#Easter Island, Chile
From my window I can see Ahu Tahai, the island’s sunset spot in the distance. This place makes me feel so calm, I can hear the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks and smell the sea breeze.
I feel very lucky to be here, in the middle of the ocean. I love the peace and how calm this island makes me feel. However there’s also a sad feeling: I ask myself why is time passing so quickly.
#Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This main road is very busy in the morning and evening, because all the workers use this road to reach their offices located in Shah Alam. My wife and I hate the noise from the cars, lorries and motorcycles, however, the sound disappears when we close the windows.
The view from my window is very beautiful in the morning, and at night the light shimmers into our house from the outside, it makes me feel inspired and relaxed.
I love that I live on a high floor and I can see everything from a bird's perspective and how the scene is always moving. I hate the noise, though, and the man-made environment. I wish I could see the stars at night, but the city lights make that quite challenging.
From my window I can see the center of my town and many different buildings, ranging from old abandoned houses to new modern office buildings and flats. I can see both a mosque and the biggest statue of Virgin Mary in the world.
During the day I can hear the traffic from the boulevard nearby, but at night, thankfully, it gets quieter.
#Viña del Mar, Chile
Rows of high-rise buildings separate me from the Pacific Ocean. This is my first day in the city, and I am anxious to go out and see what it has to show me.
This will only be my home for a few days as we’re on the road at the moment. I hope for clear skies so we can enjoy the city tour we’ve booked. I cannot wait to get out there.
Nine hours later I am back, city tour completed. After a quick shower, I sit on the bed and watch the lights flick on in windows across the city as the dusk comes.
Looking through my window I can see my roses, I love to throw the windows open so I can hear the birds singing and bring the fresh air inside.
In the morning, the sun is shining and it gives a warm feeling to the room. As time passes and the afternoon comes, I get a glimpse of the sun through the windows. It gives me energy and a really good feeling to be looking at this view. I love to see the sunlight, hear the birds sing and smell the roses, this is what makes my day.
Looking out on this view I feel I am home; I love everything about it. In the mornings I hear people as they go out to work, then there’s a lull and it’s much quieter, until I hear them return again in the evenings.
Living so close to others, I can smell their cooking, hear their laughter and I never feel alone. The people here are great, some stay for a long time, others for a short time but all are friendly. Living in this place makes me feel good.
From my window I can see the Colombian mountains laid out before me. This is the beginning of the dry season so I can smell grass and horses, and hear birdsong. The landscape is very dramatic.
It’s in sharp contrast to the rainy season when it often rains for 24 hours or more at a time. The rain feels endless. The seasons here are so determinant in all aspects of life. But I feel very comfortable here, living very simply with just the basic things I need, and I love the people here, they are so friendly and helpful.
I live in a block of flats on the sixth floor, this is a view you get used to if you live in Bucharest. Below, covered by trees, is the hydropower facility that takes care of heat and water for the surrounding buildings. They have a lot of linden trees in the yard to make the view more pleasant. The trees smell wonderful during the summer, especially when it rains.
During the day, the area is very busy. The facility workers are always fixing things and almost every morning I wake up to the sounds of metal welding and pipes being thrown around.
Nights are usually quiet, I can hear the crickets and the birds from the nearby park. I like the view and the whole area. I wish I could live here forever. Unfortunately, I am being forced to move so I won’t enjoy this scenery for much longer.
Currently facing me is a huge block of local authority flats; but they're due for demolition soon. They’re set to be replaced with a new block of flats. While I understand and can empathize with the housing crisis we have, there’s a selfish part of me that’s looking forward to not having to look out onto this rather ugly building and instead be able to see more of the beautiful park that's directly to the right of it.
I have the great fortune (for London standards) of having an extremely large floor to ceiling window, with a door leading out on to the balcony. It's also east-facing, which means that on the days the sun does decide to come out in full-swing, brilliant light comes through in the mornings and afternoon. When the door's closed, I can't hear much, but when it's open in the summer, I hear all the hustle and bustle from the main road down below me.
From my window I can see the rooftop garden of my neighbor’s house. Sometimes, children play there. I like it when they’re there because they’re so cheerful.
At other times women come up to the roof to take a short walk, or bring up the clothes they have washed to dry. Every day, just before the sun sets, a man waters the plants of the garden.
Beyond the rooftop garden there is a new building being constructed. There is lots of construction happening in my area, and I hate the noise it creates. However, I really like my view, it lets me see the children play, their laughter and joy, and this makes me happy too.
This view reminds me that people never completely conquer nature, as the houses sink in the green of the trees and plants. Out of my window I can see most of the suburban part of the city. Even though I only live on the fourth flour, I overlook the other houses as they are only one or two stories high. On the horizon there’s the TV-tower, which is the tallest construction in the city.
Because these windows face west I get to see pretty gorgeous sunsets. I never get tired of those! Also, most of those small houses in the view are heated by the stove or fireplaces, so in cold seasons you can see smoke rising. The only thing I do not like is that these windows don’t open. That’s a shame because I assume there are quite a lot of birds hiding among those green branches and I would like to hear their song.
I love the view from my window because I can see my neighborhood evolving. The large building has just been built, therefore we can see newcomers gradually settling in. Conversely, the backyard below my window is filled with chickens and ducks, so it’s often possible to see new chicks and ducklings, and to see them growing over time.
This neighborhood is never truly quiet, as no matter which part of the day it is you can hear traffic, the neighbors and chickens and dogs making all kind of noises.
When I come back home by the end of the day, before sunset, the view is very relaxing, as the orange sun illuminates the street. The view at night is breathtaking, as the city lights shine in the night sky.
When I get up, the first thing I do is look out at my beautiful city. Most mornings I’ll see my elderly neighbor as he drinks his coffee and smokes his cigarette on the terrace next to mine.
There’s always a lot of sounds, I hear birds, I hear traffic, I hear my neighbors, but the view from my window always makes me feel better. This part of town is growing very fast, and there’s a lot of changes every year, but I like those changes because they make my city look better.
At the end of each day there’s another beautiful view of my city, the sky turns dark blue and the clouds turn pink or red.
My view makes me feel connected to a bustling, lively city, even though I live in the suburbs. I love that I can see the modern buildings that make up Bangkok as well as the cranes that are busily erecting the future iconic buildings of the city. At night, the lights twinkle and it’s beautiful.
I really dislike the mobile phone tower that sits directly in front of my building, if I were just 5 floors higher in this building, then it wouldn’t disrupt my view.
I've only been living here for 2 months, but I can see that it won't be long before I have new buildings to look up and enchant me with their twinkling lights.