November 9, 2018
There is nothing like a little distance to get a clear perspective.
My husband and I moved from Minneapolis to Houston five months ago for a quick in-and-out yearlong adventure in the Lone Star State. Minneapolis had been our home for the last six years and it was the first place we lived together as a couple. It has been a cultural shock to say the least. And while Houston is starting to feel like our [temporary] home, stepping away has helped me understand all the things that make Minnesota a gem.
It’s easy to take for granted how important nature is on our lives. I’m not a hiker nor one to go forest bathing but I do feel like going by lakes and parks on your daily commute gives you a visual break from all the concrete and helps decrease stress. Not to mention it helps improve the quality of air that we’re breathing in. Well, let’s just say the land of 10,000 lakes has you covered!
I feel like this one needs no explanation, but in Minneapolis you get all of those perks people look for in bigger cities: great food scene, innovative art scene, visiting musical talent and enough activities to keep you busy throughout the year. But you also get the mystique that people crave from small towns: knowing your neighbors, small communities that care for you and yours, authentic experiences that you can only get here.
One thing that I have noticed lately is that Minnesotans are super involved with the social causes they believe in, and they have a very strong environmental conscious. They bike [or scooter] to work, buy local and are outspoken about what they believe is right. This type of behavior is contagious.
Coming from Costa Rica, people often ask me how I like the weather, and more specifically, the cold in Minnesota. I know this is not for everybody, but I have to say I quite enjoy having four very distinct seasons, and I still feel like a kid every time in snows. It’s magical!
I don’t know if it has to do with the endurance required to survive those six-month long winters at sub-zero temperatures, or the shared sorrow of a Vikings loss, but there is a very clear and strong Bold North pride that I now share.
This is just a short list but I could go on and on about all the amazing things Minnesota has to offer. Ultimately, it will always have a special place in my heart and I will always consider it my home. We can’t wait to come back.
November 9, 2018