…okay, not sure if anyone actually says that, but give me a break — I’m new here!
Since moving to Boston last summer, I have been inspired by how incredible this city really is. Here are 10 reasons why I think Boston is a great place to be a transplant:
1. The People: Bostonians and transplants alike are some of the kindest and most considerate people out there. I have no idea where the whole rude Northeasterner stereotype came from, because it definitely does not hold true around here! Need help getting your groceries and baby to the car? I’m sure someone will offer. Have you ever played pickle pulled over next to a snow bank while the person opposite you does the same, both of you waving each other on? Someone has to go! Why are you so polite?! But really, the people in Boston are this country’s best kept secret.
2. You’re in Good Company: There are so many people from so many different parts of the world here! New in town? Looking to make some buddies? You don’t have to worry about people being too cliquey because, odds are, they’ve been there too!
3. Snow Days: I know, I know…so much snow! But coming from a place where a snow day is something to celebrate, it is so fun to wake up to fresh snow and excitedly watch the news, waiting for your school to show up at the bottom with the word “Cancelled” next to it! Sledding, hot chocolate, movie marathons…it’s so much fun!
4. Road Trips: When we lived in New Orleans, we would drive 5 hours to see some friends for the weekend. Here, you can drive less than 2 hours and go whale watching in Cape Cod or 3 hours for a weekend (or day!) ski trip in Stowe! There is so much to do and see within a close proximity here – and something to suit just about everyone’s personality!
5. Farmer’s Markets: Okay, I haven’t actually gotten to experience the magic that is Boston’s farmer’s markets yet, but I am ready! There are so many great farms close by that offer a wonderful organic selection in the spring. You can join a CSA and get a weekly basket of produce or just browse all the goodies these lovely farmers have to offer. April can’t get here soon enough!
6. Efficiency: I love the requirement here that every construction site has to be attended by a police officer. The trains run on time. School is not cancelled for a Super Bowl parade. If this seems normal to you, that’s awesome, but let me tell you – it is not like this everywhere else!
7. Parks: Oh, the glory of Boston parks! The beautiful swing sets and climbing structures! The dumping grounds for lightly used outdoor toys to be shared by all the neighborhood children. It really is a beautiful thing. (Have I mentioned that I am excited for spring?!)
8. The ‘Burbs: So many different neighborhoods with so many personalities!
9. The Walkability: Although Boston is anything but pedestrian, people sure know how to get around on foot here! When we first moved here, I thought pedestrians were brash, but it’s really that they are used to drivers respecting the safety of those commuting on the 2 legs God gave ’em!
10. Safety: On that same note, where is all the crime in this city?! I LOVE watching the news here…I refused to watch the local news back in NOLA (yes, extremes, I know). I am so grateful to be raising my daughter in a place where I feel safe and I feel she can be safe. Is there any better feeling?