Things I learned in the Northeast

  • There is no traffic (except Boston, of course)
  • Asians are a rarity outside of the metros.
  • Unless they’re studying at reowned universities of course
  • There are two ways to serve a lobster roll—the Connecticut way or the Maine way. I prefer the Connecticut way with warm bread oozing with butter enveloping each lobster chunk…not like the cold salad way of Maine.
  • Obviously rich towns with a lot of money often invites the best ice cream makers.
  • People may tear up while watching from afar the former president’s estate.
  • I won’t always get seasick while on a boat.
  • Falling asleep in a rocking boat is the best way to sleep
  • 100% maple syrup comes from boiling sap from maple trees for hours (as a Californian, I never knew)
  • All maple syrup is organic, because maple trees are never farmed and are grown in the wild
  • Popular syrup like Aunt Jemina actually may not even have maple syrup and consist of syrup dyed brown
  • There is still no such thing as a $5 lunch. I know, I thought that I would find it in areas away from big cities
  • Dartmouth is one of the smallest Ivy Leagues. Not to mention the small city of Hanover that it occupies.
  • Cellular service in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2014 feels more like 2004. I often can’t get a signal.
  • Older Caucasians love the Northeast.
  • A sculpture made of bone, crab shells, and snail shells can be inspiring
  • The Red Sox will always be the Red Sox
  • It can take awhile to get to Boston proper from Somerville and Cambridge even if it’s a few miles away
  • An ice cream shop is never quite what it seems from 3000 miles away
  • Lines in Boston are nothing like lines in San Francisco and New York City
  • There is nothing like a lobster bake on an island in the middle of nowhere
  • No matter what building you walk in Boston, the floors will squeak with every footstep; you will learn that there is no such thing as walking softly in that city
  • If you’re in a small East Coast town and you want a touch of whimsy in your hip boutique shop, sell Fred products. In fact, sell only Fred products and visitors will ooh and aah over “selective” taste.
  • Yes, fall colors is quite beautiful
  • But for me, as for many nature-y things that everyone has seen in many Instagram/Flickr/Facebook/Twitter/Path photos, I saw one leaf and I felt that I saw it all
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