It has been a while since I have last written. The first month was difficult for me but it has gotten better. Chris and I keep joking that you can drop me off in the middle of any city worldwide and I’ll be fine but put me in another environment and it’s a catastrophe. So far, I’ve been job hunting and meeting people. I’ve been having a lot of luck meeting people but not so much luck on the job hunting side. I’m keeping my fingers crossed though.
In the meantime, I put together a “Things I Love So Far” list and a “Things I’m Still Adjusting To” list to paint a better picture of our experiences here.
Things I love So Far:
- The storms here are incredible. I love a good storm with lots of thunder, lightning and rain. One of my all-time favorite things to do is to curl up on the couch during a storm to read a good book.
- The sky is beautiful. When the clouds finally part, they open up to a vibrant, deep blue sky that goes on forever. Because it is pretty flat here and we are surrounded by farm land, there are hardly any obstacles blocking the view of where the sky meets the land.
- People have been very welcoming. As I said before, the first month was rough but once we were finally able to go out and meet people, we came across some fabulous individuals. The people can really make or break a place but Rochester seems to luck out in the people department.
Things I’m Still Adjusting To:
- I believe the worst drivers in the United States were all gathered together and then dropped off in Rochester, Minnesota. By no means do I think I am the best driver, however, the things I have seen in the three months we have been here are startling. For example, today, I almost was jackknifed when I was going through a green light because some guy decided he just was going to go through the intersection despite the red light. (Thank goodness nothing happened.) I’ve also seen cars driving in the wrong direction off a highway ramp TWICE now. I still can’t figure out how this has happened. Many of the cars are missing bumpers or have huge dents in their bodies. I’m so paranoid when I drive now because every day I see or experience some terrible driver cause or almost cause an accident.
- The domination of a major employer over a town. I’m still trying to figure this one out. I’m used to being in an area with a wide range of employers and job opportunities that I don’t know how to react when the options are basically whittled down to one. Obviously, the employer is one of the best in the world and holds an incredible amount of possibilities but breaking into the organization does not seem very easy. As someone who craves options, I’m still trying to get used to this reality.
- Good Mexican food does not exist here. Chris and I have tried about six of the eight Mexican restaurants here. Enough said.
- The fear of the approaching winter. Every single person has told me we are so lucky we came after winter. I can’t decide if people are trying to scare me or trying to prepare me. From what I have heard, winter begins in September and ends in April and it is an unrelenting eight months of freezing temperatures and falling snow.
That’s it for now! I’m off to enjoy the beautiful weather outside.