Time is flying! I’ve been living in Virginia for a little over 8 months now and I think it’s fair and time to write about my random observations, thoughts, opinions (key word!), loves, likes, dislikes, and all other word vomit. I hope I don’t offend anyone. It is what it is. If you’re moving here, or interested in what I’m experiencing or what may be going through my head…enjoy. I’ll update as life here goes on.
1. The southern hospitality here is so cute and impressive! Yes ma’am, no sir…paper or plastic? yea, I can get used to that. Take notes Cali!
2. It’s a Commonwealth state. There’s a whole lot that has changed elsewhere that needs to change here that people seem to think does not.
3. The weather is schizophrenic. How is it gonna rain, snow, and be sunny all in the same week?! Man o man.
4. I would have to agree with the statement “Virginia is for Lovers” ❤
5. People here LOVE to eat, and well…sadly, it shows. I was like oh no, the man ain’t bringing me down!
6. The restaurants (there are tons!) and malls are great!
7. The beach is about a 2 hour drive 😦
8. DC, Maryland, Jersey, New York are all on the East Coast and are easily accessible via car, train, or cheap flight! Aweshommmmme.
9. Demographics consist of primarily African-Americans & Caucasians. Prepare for sad but true statement: I’ve never been around so many Black people in my life that actually get along. Love it. Education makes a difference.
10. There’s tons of festivals and cultural events (Ironic because I don’t consider Virginia to be a diverse state) which are right up my alley!
11. It’s very traditional. So, nearly everybody & their mom goes to church on Sunday even if everybody and their mom goes to the club on Saturday night. Smh! #dobetter
12. There are so many trees!
13. Strangers wave as they drive by and regularly stop and have convos with each other like nothing.
14. There’s not really any sidewalks, and only buses in the city. You def need a car.
15. People here seem to have super negative views and opinions on those of Latin descent – grrr…hate that.
16. There are so many birds! Woody Woodpecker and all.
17. There aren’t really any street lights so it’s super dark at night. The stars are beautiful.
18. There are so many bugs!
19. I’ve never seen so much road kill and animals cohabiting in my life. I dunno if I would have been a fan of Eden, Lord lol.
20. The Mexican food here smells so good and then whomps. No one can top Cali. NO ONE.
21. You can’t smile in your Driver’s License photo. WHACK! You’ll never see my ID.
22. Produce is expensive and the choices are basic.
23. Carytown is the cutest ever! If or when you come — you’ve got to go!
24. If you are 16 and over, you do not have to be given a break at work. That’s crazy to me! Y’all know I like my breaks…I was hot when I learned that lol. (I’m at work now! smh…)
25. It’s a great place for families.
26. I fancy phrases used like “That thing” when referring to someone and “What in the world?!” when astonished by something.
27. The city is small and shaped like a circle. I’m still learning it, but it’s definitely easier than most.
28. The street names change out of the blue to the weirdest names and the highways usually go by name versus number – or so it seems.
29. Although I’ve finally found a nail shop that doesn’t take all day or make me bleed (through annoying trial and error), they suck. Get your mani/pedi before your trip.
30. Nothing is open on Sunday. That is a slight exaggeration. Slight.
31. When asked if it is calling for rain or snow, “It” refers to the meteorologist who has given a forecast that you should be aware of.
32. People can’t drive in the rain or snow. That is possibly universal.
33. People park illegally in no-parking zones and non-applicable spots (i.e. handicap, mother with children). Yea, I don’t even know why those spots exist.
34. If you love geese…shoot, enjoy!
35. Hospitality here extends beyond words. Maybe it’s favor, but people are always generously lending a helping hand here. The world should take notes.
36. Personalized license plates are like birth certificates. Everyone has one.
37. I didn’t know I owned a “pocketbook” until I came here.
38. Richmond is a great place for job opportunities and an “upgrade” in living, or so it seems.
39. I don’t see myself living here forever…or really anywhere forever. But for now, I appreciate it and I view it as a different kind of beautiful. Like anywhere, the people I’ve been blessed to have met and exchange touches of the heart have definitely made my experience one of a lifetime 🙂