1. The lack of humidity. It’s great for my hair and lungs!
2. The number of gluten-free restaurants and options. I’ve had the opportunity to try so many new gluten-free foods! Rudi’s Fiesta Tortillas are a new favorite. They have a lot of flavor and aren’t dry or crumbly like a lot of gluten-free products. Larkburger, Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta and Bonefish Grill are a few of my favorite restaurants.
3. The view! This is the view from my driveway, but I have amazing views every time I go for a walk, a bike ride, a drive — even my drive to work is breathtaking.
4. All the bike paths EVERYWHERE! Today I went for a bike ride and ran over a live snake, though
5. That it’s almost always sunny. People have been telling me Colorado has received much more rain than usual this year, and it does seem to rain or storm around 4pm every day — but it is so nice waking up to the sun shining instead of another dreary day. I swear, MA weather is similar to how most imagine Seattle to be. Truly nice days are few and far between and it sometimes rains and is cloudy for days on end. Aside from improving my mood, I also like it for a vain reasons — when I get color, the circles under my eyes (allergic shiners) are far less noticeable and I don’t even bother wearing concealer most days.
6. The pace of life. Maybe I just lucked out with my job, but based on the places I interviewed and what I hear, it just seems people value work/life balance much more here. It’s actually hard for me to get used to – actually taking a lunch break instead of working through it, leaving at 4:30 instead of 5 or later, and nothing seems nearly as urgent as it did in Massachusetts.
7. The number of trees. There are still trees here, and supposedly the pollen is not any better here, but I WAS SURROUNDED by trees everywhere I went in MA. It was like we lived in a forest! Obviously, that’s not good when you have awful seasonal allergies. There are still plenty of trees here, but it’s far less than back in MA, which is nice and seems to have improved my allergies.