I've lived in NYC for 10 years. Here are 9 things I miss about the Midwest.
I moved from the Midwest to New York City 10 years ago and there are lots of things I miss.
I miss the friendliness and quiet of the Midwest, as well as the spacious grocery stores.
I get homesick when I use words like "bubbler" and no one knows what I mean.
I moved from Wisconsin to New York City over 10 years ago.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and both of my parents are Midwesterners as well.
I moved to New York City for college and have lived here ever since, but some aspects of the Midwest will always feel like home.
I often find myself missing the general friendliness of the Midwest.
When I walk around my hometown, saying hello to everyone you pass is common courtesy. In New York City, such friendliness would be viewed with suspicion. Even making eye contact with someone you don't know is deemed a breach of city etiquette.
There's also a practical reason why greeting strangers doesn't happen here — there are just too many people. You'd be saying "hello" or "good morning" multiple times for every step you took.
New York City's cramped grocery stores make me miss spacious Midwestern ones.
Quite frankly, grocery stores in New York City are terrible compared to grocery stores in the Midwest. In my experience, they're much smaller, more expensive, have a narrower selection of items, and are less aesthetically pleasing. I miss shopping in grocery stores the size of football fields.
The convenience of driving to stores and loading up my car with heavy bags was something I took for granted in the Midwest.
In New York City, you can only buy as much as you can carry on the subway. I miss being able to make giant grocery runs without splurging on a taxi home.
I miss the quiet of living in a rural Midwestern town.
A chorus of sirens, revving motorbikes, construction work, and rowdy pedestrians can be heard at all hours in New York City. When I go back to the Midwest now, the quiet makes my ears ring, but I still miss it when I leave.
It's hard to satisfy my cravings for quintessential Midwestern foods like puppy chow and bratwurst in New York City.
I've found that my favorite Midwestern foods aren't very popular or widely available in New York City. If I want a tater-tot casserole or "puppy chow" snack mix, I have to make it myself.
I'm dreading the day that Trader Joe's stops stocking kringle from Oh Danish bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. The grocery chain is known to frequently discontinue beloved items.
Public parks are nice, but I miss being out in nature where I can't hear traffic a short distance away.
While New York has some beautiful corners of nature like Central Park, I find parks less rejuvenating when they're packed with lots of other people and right in the middle of the city.
I get homesick when I use words like "bubbler" and no one knows what I'm talking about.
Where I'm from, a drinking fountain is called a "bubbler." When I ask people in New York City where I can find a bubbler, I get confused looks.
Of course, I miss my friends and family who still live in the Midwest most of all.
Moving to a new city brings lots of exciting new friendships and opportunities, but I do miss seeing familiar faces. Out of all of the perks of life in the Midwest, my favorite part about going back to visit is seeing the people I love.
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