I would think that both of those shards would offer you a good flavor for the game.
That is another attractive asspect of UO is you can develop chars across many of the shards,your not confined to just one shard except for house ownership.
Take your time,create chars on a few shards, get a feel for the game and then if you decide its a game that you would want to immerse yourself in, well begin shopping for a shard and group of players that you enjoy and earn abit of gold to build a house.
I caution you however that even with its out of date graphics UO can be a very addictive game.
Like others have pointed out at the present time we are seeing an influx of returning players which isn't at all uncommon. People play for a year or two then put their accounts on hold while they explore other games and then return to the one that really has the most diversity in the depth of your paticular gamestyle.
If you ever take a notion to explore Lake Superior please feel free to give me a shout,we have an extensive Alliance with a great number of player who love to help out someone just coming into UO.
Good Luck and I hope you enjoy the game so many of us love.
I am wondering just how to contact someone. The game keeps telling me that there is no such person as so and so. What am I doing wrong?