Before we get started, I need to prepare you for something. When you tell your friends, loved ones, or even complete strangers that you’re moving to New York, you will probably experience this phenomenon.
First, you’ll see excitement light up in their eyes, as if your move is going to let them somehow live out their secret inner dreams of adventuring in the Big Apple. They’ll probably ask you something like: “Oh really? What part of New York?”
Your response of “Buffalo” will evaporate that dreamy look faster than a drop of water drizzled on a hot griddle. The excitement etched on their face will quickly become shock, taken over by a false expression of cheer as they try and hold on to the delight they had for you only a moment before.
After the initial surprise, you’ll most likely see their face morph into concern, distaste, or maybe even disgust as they dredge up their mental pictures of the strange land known as Buffalo. The next thing out of their mouth if you live anywhere south of upstate New York is most likely something like this:
“Don’t you know how COLD it is up there? You’ll be buried in snow!”
The snow isn’t always what they’re really worried about, though. When most people picture Buffalo NY, the image in their heads is seedy, dirty, and industrial. You might think of steel mills, plants, railroads, or crime. Then you picture all of that grime buried under 6 feet of snow.
The truth is, they couldn’t be more wrong. Sometimes you have to see it to believe it, but Buffalo isn’t all about snow and factories. Sure, it gets cold, and yeah, there’s a lot of snow, but the city is equipped to deal with those things.
My mission in this blog is to showcase the reality of what it’s like to live in Buffalo. My girlfriend and I moved here September 13th, 2013, which is about three weeks ago. I intend to tell you all about our experience with moving from start to finish, and then share with you everything we learn as we explore the beautiful new city that we live in.
Why do you care what I have to say? Well, maybe you won’t. Maybe I have nothing important to tell you that you don’t already know. Hopefully, you’ll be able to learn something from our experiences. Perhaps you aren’t looking to move at all; maybe you’re just traveling to the city for business, or coming through the airport on your way to see Niagara Falls or head into Canada. Maybe you already live here and you’re looking for something fun to do.
Whoever you are, I hope to include something in this blog for you. I have to admit this is my first blog (we will learn and grow together), but I’m confident that it will be coming out every Thursday (just in time for the weekend!) and should cover a variety of topics going forward, not just about moving but about living in Buffalo.
Together, we can explore what there is to do around the city, where the best places to eat are (I know you want to find out who has the best Buffalo wings), learn a little about the history of the area, and compare the culture between the north and the south.
We’ll also talk about practical things, like the process of setting up utilities and internet, the gritty details of moving and unpacking, finding a place to shop for groceries, the process of converting your license, and what it’s like to paint and clean your new place while you’re surrounded by boxes.
Next week, I’ll go in depth about myself and my girlfriend, tell you a little bit about the house we moved into (steeped in history), and explain how we chose Buffalo in the first place. I hope to see you then!