As a California girl moving to Virginia has been a big change for me. When we received our orders here I was bummed we didn't get the chance to move somewhere a little more glamorous like San Diego or Hawaii, but I was also very excited to get the chance to experience living on the East Coast. From what I had heard back home, its like a whole other world out here. And boy was that the truth! A lot of things are different here than on the West Coast and it definitely took some getting used to.
For one thing the "freeways" here aren't called "freeways." They are called "highways," and the speed limit is only 55 mph!! Good grief its sooo slow! Not to mention all the one way streets out here...and those stupid service roads...they are such a nuisance...I absolutely hate that about Virginia! I also don't like the humidity out here during the summer, it makes you feel so gross no matter how many times you shower. The moment you step outside you start melting into a hot sweaty mess! I could probably go on and on and list a bunch of other things about va that I don't like but instead I want to share some things I have grown to love.
1). I absolutely love living right near the beach...I grew up in SoCal but we always lived more inland and were about an hour from the beach...Not too far away, but not close enough to go everyday during summer. When I arrived here in July, hitting the beach was one of the first things I wanted to do. My besty and I had a great time soaking up the sun and even rode a buggy along the boardwalk. That buggy was an epic fail, but we laughed our butts off during the whole ride and made a lot of great memories. Thats when I officially fell in love!♥ There are so many great restaurants and cute little shops along the boardwalk, not to mention a ton of places to go out and have some fun at night.
3). I Love that there are so many amazing historical places in Virginia. If you haven't discovered this about me yet, I am an avid History lover. Call me a nerd, but I've always been fascinated by history and culture, especially here in America. When my besty came down in August we made it a point to visit Cape Henry and climb the lighthouse there. It blows my mind to think that only a few miles from where we live is where the first settlers landed in America! :)
So here's to spending the next 2 & 1/2 years here in Virginia Beach...I'm sure by then I'll find even more things I love about living here. ♥