I moved from the South to New York City. Here are 13 things I never thought I'd miss about Southern living.
- I moved from New England to the South, and back up north to New York City over the course of the last five years.
- While living in North Carolina, I thoroughly enjoyed taking in everything the slower-paced lifestyle had to offer.
- After moving to a bustling metropolis like New York City, I never thought I'd miss the South, but was surprised to find out that I do.
- Here are the 13 things I miss about Southern living, from the delicious food to the classic Southern fashion.
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As a born and bred New Englander, I was excited but anxious to move down south for college and attend Elon University, a small private university just outside of Burlington, North Carolina.
As I grew acclimated to the Southern lifestyle, I truly fell in love with the beautiful temperate weather, delicious food, and charming Southern style. I never thought I would miss the slow-paced Southern lifestyle after moving to a city like New York, which offers a melting pot of cultures from all over the world.
However, I soon realized that there were quite a few aspects of Southern living that I really missed.
I miss the delicious regional Southern food, despite having access to every kind of cuisine in New York City.
The weather in the South truly can't be matched.
It's really easy to get around in North Carolina.
I miss having easy access to cities, mountains, and tons of beaches, without even having to leave the state.
There are so many hole-in-the-wall café's, restaurants, and shopping centers — and they're practically never teeming with people.
I miss the cheaper rent — you could get so much more for so much less.
I surprisingly miss the over-the-top Southern style.
I was never more than a stone's throw away from basically every fast-food restaurant.
Even though there are incredible coffee shops in New York, I do miss my favorite local coffee shop in North Carolina.
I miss being able to say "ya'll" instead of "you guys" and not get any weird looks.
Thrift shopping in the South is on a whole other level.
I miss how friendly and polite everyone is in the South, although it could be almost annoying at times.
More than anything, I miss the slower-paced lifestyle of living in the South.
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