It’s a bit of a joke that people in Minnesota are ‘Minnesota nice.’ They’re polite, reserved, and mild mannered. Which if you know anything about Philadelphia is about as 180 as you can get from Philly attitude. It’s a bit stereotypical obviously, but I find it to be true that Minnesotans are nice. They’re friendly, polite, and interested in others well-being. I find it lovely and well…nice. And the scenery doesn’t hurt either.
There are some rumors that fitting in as a transplant to Minnesota can be a challenge, but I would say that’s the same challenge we faced in the Philadelphia area, too–just with different reason. People were busy and many people (just like in Minnesota) live in or near family and old friends making ‘breaking in’ a little tougher. We found ‘our people’ there, and we’ll do so here, too. We just know it will take some time.
And besides a lot of my friends live on the internet anyway-with friends from coast to coast that I’ve met over the years I know I have my people even if they aren’t nearby.
We have found though that Minnesota is exactly that phrase-it’s Minnesota and it’s nice.
The weather has been wonderful with temperatures that are warm, but not hot, and plenty of sunny days. In a word-nice. (Don’t worry– I know winter is coming.
People here embrace the outdoors, and we have, too. Again the weather here makes a big impact on that. We walk every day, visit ‘our’ lake sometimes several times a day, bike, Pokemon hunt, walk the dog, paddleboard, and swim. It’s been wonderful to get outside and see such a beautiful place in our own backyard.
Then there are the communities. Cities surrounding Minneapolis and Minneapolis itself are constantly hosting events, there are wonderful parks, recreation leagues, the libraries, and so much more that is free or low cost to residents to experience. There are festivals, parades, water ski shows, events, amazing cultural events, and some of the most accessible entertainment I’ve ever experienced. There’s just so much to do and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it all.
And there’s the food scene which YUM. Coming from the suburbs in Philadelphia where chain restaurants ruled and good eats were far and wide we’ve been spoiled. Almost ever meal we’ve eaten out has been phenomenal. There are great family places, amazing foodie spots, hip bars, local Mom & Pop shops, and so many fun places we’ve explored. My only complaint? A lack of real pizza (sorry, Minnesota).
Most importantly we love it here (well, most of us do most of the time). Sure there are some feelings of sadness about leaving behind people and places we loved (and the only home the little kids really remember), but there is just so much to see, do, and experience here that while I can’t claim 100% happiness we’re pretty dang close.
Minnesota is nice, and I’m happy we’re here.