Leaving St. Paul, Minnesota
Being a person who actually did grow up in St. Paul, Minnesota, I can tell you that leaving it certainly was a culture shock. Even though I transitioned here years ago, Minneapolis still seems a little strange at times.
I'll have to agree with you, Michael Hobbs. I recently moved to the west bank university area from Frogtown, and it is a different world over here. I had no idea that white people liked eritrean food, or that ethiopians liked to hang out at starbucks.
Chalk up another lurker born and raised in St. Paul. My (first) culture shock ocurred at 13 when we moved to an uber-wealthy NYC suburb in Nassau County.
Chalk up a lurker who lives in San Diego and, when he sees Minnesota on the news 2-3 times per winter says to self "how the hay do those people stand it?".
Actually Most of the people who stay or come in a least tolerate it and a good number love winter here (It has actually been quite mild the last 5 years and a goodly number of the people are hoping high snow year to do cross country sking, snow shoeing and snow mobleing.)
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>Chalk up a lurker who lives in San Diego and, when he sees Minnesota on the news 2-3 times per winter says to self "how the hay do those people stand it?".<
So I'm half Iowan, half Arky. Been in Iowa since I was 12 (now 24) and I have to say, athough I adjust to the cold (I too think that 50's are appropriate shorts temps in Feb) I gotta say, bleh. And yes, there is a big difference in culture between the midwest (or IA and MN anyways) and most other places. On the upside, my new job will grant me travel around the world 2-3 weeks/month. So I will probably dislike German winters and Spanish summers equally. At least I'll have variety.
I think 50's are shorts weather as well. Though even in Saudi it only gets to 50 centigrade in summer.
I've visited St. Paul a few times... The locals were always so nice...
I lived in St. Paul from 1987 to 1997. I also lived in State College, PA; Salt Lake City, UT and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Culture shock? Try moving from Houston to rural southern Minnesota! I moved to Fairmont two years ago after spending my whole life till that point in and around Houston, and boy, did I get the change of scenery I wanted...
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