I've been here in Boston (well, Cambridge) for two weeks now. I have learned a lot in that time.
-Locals who find Southern accents charming outnumber those who find them off-putting. When I referred to the cashier and bagger at the grocery store as y'all, the bagger cried out Y'all should come back here, okay? and beamed like she'd greeted a native speaker in Spanish.
-You can take the train to Wonderland.
From herrafeliks' Picasa gallery
-Actually, you can take the train almost anywhere. In fact, we've only taken the car out 3 times since we moved here.
-People don't really smile or say hi on the street, but most will smile back if you initiate.
-Everything is more expensive.
-Making new friends is the best part of moving.
-Autumn is a season that actually happens in some parts of the world. I am wearing long sleeved shirts that I have never worn before.
Look at all those clothes! BONUS: my replacement glasses came!
-Living in the city is complicated. You have to move your car once a month so they can clean the streets. The apartments are tiny. Sometimes the trains close down at weird times or break. In exchange, I get to live within walking distance of virtually anything my heart desires. So far, the tradeoff is working.
-People here are very educated and well-spoken. I have a feeling my competition for jobs is VERY stiff.
-Did I mention that our apartment is tiny?
-Silly art projects do wonders for the job-search grumpies.
-So does chocolate cake. And wine.
big ups to Nico for hosting that wonderful dinner
So what does Cambridge have in store for the DePalmas? Only time will tell. Hopefully gainful employment and eventually a functioning oven. In the mean time, I'm gonna be getting to know this big, weird, cold city.
What is the hardest move you've ever made?