From ‘middle of nowhere’ to a wonderful city

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve lived most of my life in “middle of nowhere” rural Pennsylvania. The area certainly has its nice qualities: fresh air, rolling hills, and thousands of trees that dance in the wind on warm summer days. There’s also hardly anything more amazing than the landscape covered in a deep, peaceful snow on wonderful winter afternoon.

snow in pennsylvania

I certainly miss a lot of things about my home in Pennsylvania, and I love going back every year to visit my family. Yet there are plenty of unfortunate things about living in the middle of nowhere as well: no broadband internet, having to drive forever to get anywhere and less to do in the local area. If you think I’m exaggerating, take a look at this snapshots of the area from Google Maps:

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See all that green? Yeah not much in sight. It’s about a ten minute drive each way to the nearest store, a convenience store / gas station, and another thirty minutes from there to arrive at the nearest Wal-Mart. Want to meet up with some people at the movies? Better plan to leave an hour before showtime!

Here’s an even closer look at my childhood home:

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And here’s where I live now, in the West End of Boise:

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Quite the difference! I’ve always found myself drawn to cities, despite growing up in such isolation. I dreamed of the day where I’d be able to walk down the street to a coffee shop, or just take an afternoon stroll through city streets. I’m lucky to have had the pleasure of discovering Boise and settling in there over the past few years.

I love so much about Boise! First of all, my childhood dreams have been fully realized. There are several coffee destinations within walking distance, I can walk to the movie theater, the park, and to a wide selection of dining establishments. There’s nothing I love more than walking or biking downtown to the Capital City Public Market on a Saturday morning and seeing all the people browsing the various local goods.

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Boise downtown

I don’t know what it is about cities, but I can’t get enough of just walking around downtown, hearing the cars whiz by, feeling the breeze between buildings and taking in the air (which is surprisingly fresh in Boise!).  I love having brunch downtown and watching the people all around laughing and smiling as they pass by.


brunch at Fork, Boise
Brunch at Fork

I can’t wait to get back home to Boise! There’s so much I miss doing: coffee in Hyde Park, brunch downtown, movies at The Flicks, riding the Greenbelt and so much more! Yet I’m also excited to head back to rural Pennsylvania this summer. It’ll be my first summer in Pennsylvania since 2011, and I’m excited to see the trees, smell the air and to take Vanessa to Hersheypark!

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