10 Reasons We’re Excited We Moved to Indiana

If you haven’t heard, we moved to Indiana! While we have met so many great people during our time in the South, we are so excited for this next adventure.

Here are a few things we are most excited about:

1. Snow / Autumn / Seasons in General

While some people prefer to live in eternal summer, we learned we are not two of them. The first two years we lived in Georgia, we didn’t have a car with functioning air conditioning, so this could have something to do with our hatred of humidity and temperatures over seventy degrees. After four years (five years for Ries) this hatred does not seem to be dissipating and we long for changing leaves and snow that sticks to the ground.

2. Kroger.

I want my low prices and I want my high quality groceries. It’s weird that a grocery store matters so much, but that’s where a lot of my time and money is spent.

3. Indiana State Fair.

Me: I can’t wait to take you to the state fair!

Ries: I’ve been to the state fair.

I grew up spending the vast majority of my summers enrolled in an endless list of 4-H projects, so the state fair holds a very special place in my heart and mind. My brother and I spent the whole spring and summer working toward getting to the state fair in both our animal projects and non animal projects and every year we spent hours walking through and looking at the displays to admire the state fair winners and figure out what we could do better the next year. This experience mixed with Dole-Whips sold out of a pineapple shaped booth, lamb burgers, deep fried candy bars, grilled corn, and whole roasted chicken made the state fair one of the highlights of the year. And I’m convinced you haven’t been to the state fair unless you’ve walked through all the displays, sweat through your shirt, and walked until your feet fall off.

No one does the state fair better than Indiana except maybe Iowa. And that’s an event I’d still like to see.

4. Driving in Indiana.

I remember when I used to drive on 231 from Crawfordsville to Greencastle, my biggest driving frustration was people driving 57 instead of 60 in a 55mph zone. Flash forward to driving in the South–people flying past 20 mph over the speed limit, swerving in and out of lanes without turn signals or a glance to see if anyone is occupying the lane they are attempting to enter (*cough, cough* I AM,) speeding through red lights (See: The Death of our Honda Accord,) and the general “F*** it, I don’t care if I hit you, that’s why I pay for car insurance” attitude. Add Prius hatred in there and a fear of all white trucks–if you drive a white truck in the South that means you probably don’t own a driver’s license…or any brain cells.

I’ll never complain about getting stuck behind a tractor again.

5. High quality second hand items.

I spent a lot of time shopping at Goodwill, antique stores, and second hand shops when I was in college. And while I stopped dressing myself in shirts from the 80’s and skirts from the 50’s (turns out those two things aren’t compatible and don’t look good together) we still have a very nice lamp that I bought for five bucks, and a few other nice things that were made before I was born.

I generally stayed away from secondhand stores down south in fear of bringing bed bugs into our apartment. (We actually had a clause in our lease about not bringing used furniture into our apartment.) Additionally, I once went into a TJ Maxx in Augusta and the image that came to mind was rats in a sewer fighting over trash. And TJ Maxx has new products. I don’t want to see what the secondhand rejects look like.

6. Two-second towns.

I used to drive through tiny towns when getting from one place to another in my previous days as a resident of Indiana. Maybe this isn’t necessarily something unique to the state of Indiana, but I haven’t seen many since I moved to the South in 2013. For some reason I find it comforting to know there is civilization between the cornfields. Down here, as far as I’ve seen, there are cities and the in between bits are filled with disintegrating houses, abandoned school buses sunk into the earth by weeds, and other chunks that look like something out of a zombie apocalypse movie.

7. Modern buildings / Victorian houses

I have a theory about why Southerners allow their buildings fall into disrepair and rarely put any effort into preserving historical buildings, but I won’t go into it because my Southern friends would likely disagree with me, and my Northern friends wouldn’t believe me because they don’t understand the impact the Civil War (better known in the South as the War of Northern Aggression) had on the Southern states. Ask me at a dinner party.

8. Museums / Art / Theater / Culture in General

I saw a play in the South once. It was Romeo and Juliet at University of Alabama Huntsville. I’m sure that some theater somewhere in some Southern state can put on a good show, but this was not the time, place, or theater company we were looking for. (Rapping Shakespeare is the fastest way to get me to walk out of a show.) The few museums we visited while living in the South were not taken care of and a lot of the exhibits were in poor shape or outdated. Preserving information, culture, history, and architecture just isn’t a priority. And for two people who majored in the arts, that’s a problem.

9. The Midwestern Mindset

I don’t know what it is about Hoosiers, but they aren’t like most people from other parts of the country. Generally speaking, things are slower here, people out in town are friendly and will go out of their way to take care of strangers, and there are fewer people with extreme opinions (and the opinions they do have, they don’t force upon others in the way that is so common these days.) Some might find this atmosphere bland, but after living in an extreme for half a decade, we’re just fine with bland.

10. College Campuses

In addition to going to college in the North, I also grew up on a college campus. A college campus in a small town, which I know that may not seem like anything special, but while most people don’t think of this, a college campus is an instant community. As weird as it sounds, the last community we were a part of was the Marine Corps, and while we chose to leave the Marine Corps, we had a little family of friends we had made from going through the same (usually stupid) stuff together. Out in the wild, especially in big cities, we found it was difficult to meet people and make friends, so having that small community and being part of something makes it easier. Combine that sense of community with campus events and beautiful academic buildings and we’re happy campers.

Thank you so much for reading! We are so happy to be in Indiana and see some old friends again. Keep up with us here, or on our Instagram accounts.

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