You may think it’s a little over dramatic to claim Seattle is “a whole new world,” but it’s pretty crazy different from South Bend, Indiana. I’m also listening to the Aladdin soundtrack, so that may have something to do with it. Who can say… In any case, we are officially Seattlites (our whatever you call people who live in Seattle). We sold essentially all our belongings and headed west. Here are my esstute insights to the main differences:
1. Our House. In SB we rented a house with about 3,600 sq ft (if you include the basement). Now we live in a basement apartment of a house that has 650 sq ft. It’s a big change.
2. The Food. There are a thousand and one places to eat here, and none of them are chain restaurants (at least not near us). The food is AMAZING! In SB you’re lucky if you can find anything that’s not a fast food chain.
3. The Hills. SB is as flat as I am. Seattle is ridiculous. We live on top of a giant hill in a neighborhood called Queen Anne. To give you an idea, Brian can ride his bike to work in 5 minutes. It takes him 15+ to get home and he’s drenched in sweat. Sexy.
4. The Weather. SB had extremes. Horrible blizzard winters and blazing hot summers. Seattle is very mild and moist. It apparently always stays between 40 and 75 year round. I’ve been freezing my tuches off though because we live in a hobbit hole.
5. The People. There are people EVERYWHERE. It’s busy. There are fit tattooed hippies and hipsters around every corner and apparently you aren’t allowed to live here after 45. It’s like Logan’s Run.
6. Driving. SB streets are super wide and fast. Here, there are cars parked on both sides of every street and there’s usually only room for one car to squeeze through. You have to parallel park pretty much anytime you want to park. Luckily, we live close to stuff, so we walk essentially everywhere (park, library, restaurants, grocery store, etc).
Here are some pictures of our new place.