East Coast vs. Midwest

I feel like i have touched on this before but i was unable to find it in my archives so i’m still going to write about it. Sorry if it seems redundant but it’s been a while since i have so at least it’s not too fresh. Anyhow. You many know that i was born and raised on the East Coast, Virginia to be exact, and moved to the Midwest about 2.5 years ago now. Wow, how time flies. But, being an East Coast girl and moving halfway across the country has it’s differences, both good and bad. Here i’m going to just give a few of each, of at least things i’ve noticed that are a bit different.

  • Cheaper cost of living – where i was in Virginia wasn’t totally expensive and was still reasonable but compared to where i’m at now, cost of living is cheap.
  • Humidity – this summer hasn’t been quite as bad but with all the lakes around me, it is super humid out here. I had never felt humidity quite like i have until i moved here. It sorta feels like you have to walk through water on some days.
  • Food – i know in the bigger cities there’s tons of food choices, but here in a smaller city, there’s hardly anything to choose from. I feel like the oriental and Mexican food just doesn’t have any flavor from what i’m used to on the East Coast. Also, this city is supposedly famous for it’s cashew chicken, but it ain’t the cashew chicken i’m used to! Ick!
  • Lots of vintage – there are thrift stores and antique shops in my hometown, but not like here in Missouri. Each town has it’s choice of an antique shop or place for vintage, even the very small towns. I’ve always said that if you’ve ever wondered where your childhood toys went, there in a vintage shop in the Midwest somewhere. You can find just about anything out here!
  • Road trips – it’s no secret that i love to travel and out here you can be in your choice of another state in a matter of a little over an hour (Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma). A handful of other states are just less than a day’s drive away so it’s easy to take a weekend trip to explore. I need to get on that road!
  • Less variety – again, in bigger cities this may not apply but things i can find back home are not as easy to find out here, in terms of in the grocery store, restaurants or some other items. Certain brands are not found in stores or certain places to eat, like Firehouse Subs, Five Guys Burgers or Sheetz. Those of you who know what Sheetz is, you know what i’m talking about.
  • Mentality – this is just my opinion, but the Midwest has a mentality all it’s own. If you really want to see what true America is, the Midwest is the place to be. (I mean no offense by this statement, it’s just my opinion and it’s not meant to be negative in any way.)
  • Mountains – I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and boy do i miss those at times. Northern Arkansas has it’s fair share of hills and pretty views but nothing compares to hiking the Appalachian Trail or seeing my star on Mill Mountain.

These are just a few differences i’ve noticed from living smack-dab in the middle of our country. Again, it’s just my opinion and view of what i’ve experienced and isn’t meant to be negative. I enjoy the city i live in and will most likely be here for some years to come but home will always be home. I’m sure if you’ve lived in several different places you’ve noticed some differences too. What do you notice about where you live now, Sweet World?



Filed under change, Life in general, Travel

3 responses to “East Coast vs. Midwest

  1. I have heard we’re getting a Five Guys, but who knows!

  2. Haha, now I’m curious to know where in MO you live? There are several Five Guys that just opened in Kansas City last year. I live half way between KC and Springfield. And thrift store & vintage finds are few and far in my area- now I need to try your area out b/c I always joke I want to live on the coast just for flea markets and thrift stores!! 🙂 Glad I found your blog, I’m a new follower!

  3. Wow, I live in Roanoke,we moved here 3 years ago and we have visted star mountain….did you know there’s even a live web cam for people to see the star area 24/7? Now I will be moving all the way to Seattle which we know will be much better for us food wise (more diverse food) and more fun stores to visit, but horrible on cost of living side. 😦 Anyways,just thought I’d say hi since I saw you were in our area. 🙂

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